ARTISTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE – Online Exhibition

ARTISTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE:  Online Exhibition Sept 30 – Nov 21, 2020

Curator: Virginia Mallon

In response to the current political crises in America, a cadre of diverse and talented artists launched a year-long cross-country show into the heartland of America, united by the belief that art is and should be a catalyst for change.  Waylaid by the pandemic, the exhibit has launched virtually with planned exhibits in 2021.

Exhibiting Artists:

Donna Bassin, Beatrice Lebreton, Virginia Mallon, Marrisa Bridge, Lydia Makepeace, Jessica Nissen, Jonathan Talbot, Barbara Friedman, Dee Mallon, Yvonne Short, Jessica Waddington, Holly Gordon, Maggie Rose

Exhibition Tour Details:

ARC GALLERY & EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION VIRTUAL EXHIBT
Chicago, IL
September – November 2020

KUPFERBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT QUEENS COLLEGE
VIRTUAL EXHIBIT
New York, NY
October 2020

NEW HARMONY GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART
New Harmony Indiana
August 2021

 

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 30-Nov 21, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

RESPIRATION(S) NOW! Online Exhibition

RESPIRATION(S) NOW!:  Online Exhibition

Juror: Angela Davis Fegan

Exhibiting Artists: Jillian Bruschera, Stefani Byrd, John Calavitta, Jasmine Clark, Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy, Jennifer Farrell, Sabella Flagg, Juan Giraldo, Heidi Hogden, Amy Leners, David Obermeyer, Shevare Perry, Heather Schroering, Amber Taylor, Devon Thompson, Hugo Ximello-Salido

View video of the full exhibition below:

View “The Razor’s Edge” HD video by Stefani Byrd here.
View Shevare Perry’s “30+2” here.
View Heather Schroering’s “The Mouths Chef David McAtee Fed” here.
View Amy Leners’ New Moon, Animated Monoprint here.
View Jen Ferrell’s full “Respiration Book” here.
Did you miss the virtual opening reception? You can view the dynamic artist discourse with juror, Angela Davis Fegan, here.

RESPIRATION(S) NOW!

At the crux of some of the current crises that the world is enduring right now, is breath: African-Americans are being denied the right to breathe; COVID 19 is attacking lungs; and the lungs of the planet are in need of restoration. Life on our planet is inter-connected. Divisions and exclusions will insure the continued separation of humanity. Together we live, or together we perish. Humans are the problem and the solution.

Compassionate, righteous indignation, coupled with action for legislative justice is needed to shape a future that includes racial equality, universal healthcare, and planetary stewardship. What does a future look like that allows us all to BREATHE freely?! Each citizen of this world has a RIGHT to BREATHE.

Juror Statement: Respiration(s) Now! Is a collective portrait of American discomfort. Reconsideration of long existing wounds. These interdisciplinary works weave together a multifaceted narrative about collective grief, breath, isolation, and the value of human life. Public space is forever changed. Public discourse has taken to the immediacy of the streets and social media. Perception is not reality, and with this multi-person perspective, we begin to see a fuller clearer picture. Hopefully the online nature of this show allows for rumination on these works in the viewer’s private space during this collective pause.

Featured image is video still of Shevare Perry’s “30+2”

 

  • Exhibition dates: Aug 28 – Sept 25, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

REALITY AND ART

REALITY  AND ART:  Virtual Opening Reception Sat. Sept 12, 4-5pm
JURIED BY ARTIST AND PROFESSOR DANIELLE ANDRESS

Join us here at 4pm:

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Reality, Realism, Representation. Art is often about searching for and expressing reality, whether literally or conceptually. In our last juried show, “Consciousness of Abstraction”, we were interested in the movement away from imagery. This exhibition is a continuation of the conversation— from the considering of abstraction to the considering of its sibling genre, realism, reality and representation — or Reality and Art.

This environment of shifting and contradicting truths, denial of science, proliferation of  ‘alternative facts,’ and manipulations of imagery makes understanding reality and truth an illusive undertaking. The artist’s striving to express and understand reality becomes more complicated with this shifting appropriation of what is mere perception and what is reality. This show includes work that is representational in both the traditional sense of being compelled to express what you see and reality as a conceptual sense of using the contemporary current environment as a reference.

Exhibiting Artists:
Kristin Anderson, Allison Baker, Selene Bataille, Michael Borowski, Abbi Chase, Alexander Clark, Michele Corazzo, Robert Esau, SP Estes, Jack Flynn, Barbara Hansen, Michael Koerner, Jamie Kost, John Manno, Christopher Miller, Mary Murphy, Erin O’Neill, Daniel Walworth, Kelly Xintaris

(Image: Give Me Your Tired Your Poor by Barbara Hansen)

Exhibition Dates: Sept 2-26, 2020

  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

 

Cynthia Vaicunas

FLOAT:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 3, 6-9pm

In Cynthia’s new work gestural big brush strokes run into dense repetitive areas of bold color – challenging the flow by their placement. Her willingness to switch materials contribute to stops and starts to emphasize a point. Introduction of lozenge like shapes drop from the top to the bottom of the picture plane and interrupt the underlying primary movement. Both gently and boldly they reveal themselves. Like bombs they carry weight both visually and emotionally as they alternately float and drop redefining space and altering our perceptions. They force us to see what happens when an opposing force is introduced.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Katherine Nemanich

Line, Ink, Space:  Opening  Reception Fri.  May 3, 6-9pm 

Working with sumi ink and brushes of many sizes, Katherine Nemanich paints with broad movements that echo the rhythmic flow and rhetoric of selected musical compositions. She then transforms these marks into three-dimensional constructions as she tears and combines her calligraphic paintings, bending and layering the durable 100% cotton paper and fastening it in places with industrial elements—grommets, bolts, and wire. Nemanich’s constructions are non-rectangular and extend outwards across the wall or floor, or suspend from the ceiling.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Susan Emmerson

Afterwards: Opening Reception Fri. May 3, 6-9 pm

Susan Emmerson’s work speaks to the cause and consequences of natural disasters, both on a personal emotional level and on a more global scientific level. Using paper, Tyvek (a plastic paper), and drawings she explores the scenes of destruction and the imagery of loss. The wall sculptures depict disheveled, broken surfaces where Tyvek painfully peels away like paint or skin, and found objects and photos that recall lost mementos of home.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm 

Nelson W. Armour

Beyond:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 31, 6-9pm

In the series “Beyond” the images are meant to imply, to suggest, or to infer. Each environment is unique and the image aims at transcending the immediate setting into another realm. The viewer is invited to enter this territory and discover a new dimension.

These images seek to evoke mood, tension, and the unknown. While much of my work is rooted in reality, this series starts from a specific location but ends somewhere else. We live in times where the issue of what is real and what is not real is thrust upon us. This work invades this terrain.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 31, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 29 – June 22, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

nitty-gritty NIU Thesis Exhibition

March 28 – April 21

Opening Reception

March 30th

6 – 9 PM

M. Brej • A. Cortes • S. Dupré • N. Elson • R. Griffith • R. Hill

L. Iacoponi • M. Kennedy Nora • K. Rodey • E. Sawka • T. Silver • A. Viola