Sunday, June 21, 2015

Road Trips

Summer has arrived in all its green glory! I wrote a little something about summer in my e-newsletter about enjoying the abundance of this season. If you want to sign up for the announcements- please click here.

One of my goals for this summer is more road trips. This week I took two!

First, was to see  Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. A special thanks to my friend Ellen Martin for making the arrangements.
Photo by Robert Langdon
Mana Contemporary houses artists studios, art storage, shipping, the Florence Academy and exhibit space. The place is huge and has incredibly forward thinking plans for Jersey City and its other worldwide locations.



Carole A. Feuerman 

Great idea of moving large and heavy pieces of work.

Interior of the building


Yigal Ozeri 

Francesco Clemente, Black Flag

Sante D'Orazio, Priests Headshots: Damien Hirst

Louise Fenne, Christine with Lovebird No. 2



The second road trip was the Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ was to hear Jae Ko's artist talk on "Forces of Nature."  We went with a friend and artist, Andy Pawlan.  Jae Ko is an incredibly warm and down to earth artist. When you see her images, please remember these are all paper! 
Peter and Andy

Me & Peter

Jae Ko's work

panoramic view of the installation

Jae Ko and Andy

Jae Ko's work





Saturday, June 20, 2015

Bridge Project

I wanted to share a project that I am working on for the next year or two. There is a bridge near my house that was demolished and is currently being rebuilt. Every day that I am home, I photograph the progress and the crew. My plan is have to an exhibit of the photographs at City Hall in Asbury Park or a local gallery. My goal is to have the community, the construction crew, and the stakeholders in the town and county see the process of a new bridge.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from this process:






For more images, please visit: http://sunsetbridgeasburypark.blogspot.com


Friday, May 15, 2015

OPEN CALLS

Open calls. Check them out. Apply soon and good luck!



A.I.R. Gallery "Currents: Do you hear what I hear?"
Curator: Anthony Elms, writer, Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and the Editor of WhiteWalls Inc.
Submission DeadlineJune 12, 2015 
Exhibit DatesMarch 17 - April 17, 2016 

Governors Island Art Fair
Call for Artists
Deadline: June 1, 2015
The 2015 Governors Island Art Fair (GIAF) is seeking independent artists worldwide working in all disciplines; painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and sound art, to submit their work to one of New York’s largest independent exhibitions. Taking place on Governor's Island, each selected artist will be awarded an exhibition room or large outdoor space in the historic and beautifully dilapidated buildings of Colonels Row. The lines between artwork and the surrounding environment will be blurred across the lawns and landmark houses of bucolic Governors Island. Application fee is $35. Find out more on the Governors Island Art Fair website.

Old   Enough  To Know   Better - WCA Philadelphia
ENTRY DEADLINE: August 15, 2015
November 1—November 28, 2015 
Crane Arts Center, Philadelphia
An international juried exhibition sponsored by the Women’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter, of work by mid-career and emerging women, and women-identified, artists  over the age of 35.  click here

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition 
Black and White Juried Art Show - Call for Entries
Deadline: June 10, 2015
Presented in a massive Civil War-era warehouse in Red Hook, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) will present the Black & White national juried art show. This enormous space will afford artists the opportunity to exhibit very large-scale work. Artists are encouraged to work in all sizes, subjects, and media (aside from film) - including oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, pastel, drawing, print, mixed media, sculpture, assemblage, installation, and fabric. The juror for the show will be Christiane Paul, a curator of Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Find out more on BWAC's website

CUE Art Foundation
Open Call: Curatorial Projects & Solo Exhibitions
Deadline: Apr 20, 2015

CUE Art Foundation is currently seeking Curatorial Project and Solo Exhibition proposals for the 2016 exhibition season. CUE’s Open Calls provide one deserving curator and one emerging artist the necessary resources to realize an innovative project/exhibition at CUE's storefront location in 2016. A panel of established curators will select the winners of both Open Calls and serve as mentors to the finalists throughout the exhibition planning process. CUE provides institutional guidance, a stipend, shipping budget, and an accompanying exhibition catalogue featuring an essay written by a participant in CUE’s Young Art Critic Mentoring Program. Find out more on the CUE Art Foundation website

NARS Foundation
Open Call: Juried Solo Exhibition
Deadline: June 12, 2015
The NARS Foundation announces its fourth annual Juried Solo Exhibition Open Call. The NARS Juried Solo Exhibition Program provides emerging and underrepresented national and international artists with the opportunity to present a solo exhibition in New York City. The aim of the program is to create a platform for artists to experiment and exchange ideas while exposing their body of work to wider audience. The Juror for this year’s Open Call is David A. Ross, Chair of MFA Art Practice Department, School of Visual Arts.The artist must present a strong cohesive body of work produced within the last five years. Find out more on the NARS Foundation's website

 Philadelphia Sculptors
Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Philadelphia in September, 2015, is occasioning activities and festivities from many sectors of the city and region. Philadelphia Sculptors, in conjunction with the Globe Development Group, will make a unique contribution to the citywide events with "Pope Up," an exhibition of artworks that present artists' concepts relating to this historic visit. Artists of all backgrounds and media will create artwork that celebrates, comments upon, interprets, imagines, or explores elements of any established religion, or specifically the papacy and its history, social context, culture, and/or regalia. The exhibition will take place at Globe Dye Works, a former manufacturing facility in the Frankford section of Philadelphia that now houses small businesses, artists' studios, and community organizations. The show will run from September 4 - 27 and will be open to the public on weekends. "Pope Up" will be included in the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival and will continue throughout the month of September. Selected artists will also be able to sell smaller works in the "Pope Up" store.
Click here for prospectus and more information.
Click here for more information about Globe Dye Works.
Contact: Leslie Kaufman, lesliekaufman@verizon.net


A2O (Art and Artists Outdoors) pairs artists with youth at Philadelphia recreation centers to create public artworks based on environmental themes. The next session will begin in September 2015, and run through May 2016.  You can learn more about the program here: Art and Artists Outdoors. Artists of all disciplines are invited to apply (despite the word "mural" in the name, you don't have to be a painter), especially those with an interest in ecology and experience working with youth.
The RFQ and applications for A2O next year are attached and online at:
The deadline is May 22, 2015.


The Vermont Studio Center is excited to announce 50 fellowship awards for visual artists and writers at our June 15th, 2015 deadline, including:
  • 5 Pollock-Krasner Fellowships for visual artists of outstanding talent
  • 4 Windgate Craft Artist Fellowships for visual artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood (includes $1000 stipend)
  • 3 James Merrill Poetry Fellowships for outstanding American poets with demonstrable financial need (includes $500 stipend)
  • 2 Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowships for artists and writers who are raising children (one 4-week residency award that includes a $2,000 stipend & one 2-week residency that includes a $1,000 stipend)
  • 2 NEA Social Practice School Arts Residency Fellowships for socially-engaged visual artists (includes $500 stipend
For a complete list of available fellowships and eligibility requirements, visit:www.vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships

Satellite Galleries, Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers Newark Campus
The Paul Robeson Galleries curates smaller-scale exhibitions of two-dimensional works in three satellite galleries located on the ground and second floors of the Robeson Campus Center. These galleries are located in interstitial spaces, and are accessible all hours the RCC is open to the public. Preference is given to artists of this region, in particular New Jersey artists. Exhibitions are on display from September to December or January to July. This is an ongoing open-call, please send proposals at any time.
Please click here for details about how to submit a proposal. 
SculptureCenter.
DEADLINE: June 15, 2015 


The In Practice program offers artists curatorial and financial support to create new work for exhibition at SculptureCenter. We invite artists to submit proposals for new projects to be presented in early 2016. Artists selected for the In Practice exhibition will receive an honorarium and production support for the creation of new work. SculptureCenter seeks proposals that offer new ways of considering sculpture or furthering the understanding of the discipline and how it can intersect with other mediums.  Please see our website for more information! 

JAM GALLERY, Malvern, PA
CALL FOR ART: 2ND ANNUAL JURIED ART SHOW
Download prospectus here
JAM Gallery is happy to announce its second annual juried art show, to take place July 7 through August 29, 2015. Download the prospectus here. Deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM of June 9. Good luck!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Select Art Fair

I hope to see you in NYC this week!

Sculptors Guild at Select Art Fair

MAY 13 -17

Booth # 411

Small Works installation:
ZERO TO ONE  "There is an infinity between nothing and everything"


CENTER 548  // CHELSEA (formerly the Dia Building, between 10th and 11th avenue on 22nd Street) 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Kean University



By the Block
July 16, thru Sept. 14, 2015
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Fall hours resume: September 1, thru September 14, 2015


James Howe Gallery
Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue
 Union, New Jersey 07083

I look forward to seeing you!

Artists Talks integrated with Premiere Stages  By the Water by Sharyn Rothstein (July 16 – August 2; Zella Fry Theatre, Vaughn Eames Hall), directed by Adam Immerwahr. For tickets, please visit: http://www.kean.edu/premierestages/

Friday, July 17
Performance @ 8 pm
Post-Show Reception @ 10 pm (time approximate)

Sunday, July 19
Performance @ 3 pm
Talk-Back @ 5 pm (time approximate)
Post-Show Reception @ 5:30 pm (time approximate)

Click here for more information.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Putting solopreneurship into perspective

I don't often write from the heart, however, it seems appropriate today. 

Something always amazing happens when you take a leap of faith and begin to believe in dreams and your destiny. I find guidance and inspiration in reading poetry, particularly John O'Donahue's words. He wrote: “Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.” 2015 began at the Vermont Studio Center. Something about being in the snowy woodland hills of Vermont changed me.  The solitude made me think me of how life should be. My husband and I decided together that I we would live on his income and I would "try to make it" as an artist. 




In grad school, my peers and I talked about living everyday as an artist without "the day job." We imagined how cool and adventurous that would be - a dream come true. But to make this happen,  I had to take a huge leap of faith to try to "make it" as an artist.  I took the risk- and I mean I risked everything by making this decision. It was like one day I said, "fuck it - let's do this." I  sacrificed a stable paycheck,  broke open my fears, hopes and anxieties, overturned my ideas of who I was  and what I could be capable of, and learned to accept failures and successes equally. I gave up my beloved routines that kept me sane and replaced routines with  different daily adventures (and set backs) everyday. I made a promise to myself and my husband that I would try to live as authentically and passionately as I could for a year. Living passionately is not easy - just read what Justine Musk wrote about passion: Passion has an edge of war. It points to what we want so much that we’re afraid to want it. The ambiguity of hope. The fear of not getting. The fear of getting. 


But these reflections happen after you have an ah-ha moment. Something happened that gave me pause to step out my path and look back at how far that I have come.  Somewhere along the way, I read this really ironic sentence on a blog. It stopped me dead in my tracks and provided that "ah-ha" moment. You have a call at 2pm and your voice cracks … because it’s the first time you talked out loud that day. (Thank goodness it’s not a video chat, because… hair.) This is so true! (for more of these insights click here).  My days are spent in the studio working or in the office managing stuff and writing. I am alone during the day - well, the cats and dog are usually nearby. This little insight about being a solopreneur put everything into perspective- I seriously related to the writer with that experience. It made me pause and give myself some encouragement that maybe my soul's gps is on track, even though it is not easy. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wave Hill Open Studios and a New Installation

This Saturday, I ventured up to the Bronx to see the Wave Hill Open Studios. I had an opportunity to reconnect with Sara Jimenez and meet some new artists as well. Sara Jimenez and I meet when I organizing the panel discussion with Mira Schor at AIR Gallery back in January of 2014. Knowing Sara's work only in the context of her collaboration witKaitlynn Redell I was eager to see some of her new solo work. I was much impressed.




It reminds me of  my newest installation that I have been working on for some time in my studio. 

I also had the pleasure of meeting another artist and seeing his work- Musa Hixson.  I was really impressed with his work. His minimal form, a triangle shape, made with complicated nature forms, tree branches, was intriguing. 






It was a pleasure getting out and about. For two weeks, I had the mother of all colds and I have been so isolated for working on the installation and researching earthworks for the Noyes Museum project that I forgot there was a larger world outside my studio. Ironically, though , that there is such a geist in the universe that brings things together. I received an email reminder for tonight's lecture at PAFA from Virginia Maksymowicz about the new Dina Wind Lecture Series, “Artful Sustainability” presents an exploration of artist-designed, innovative environmental projects across the country. On my nightstand, I am reading The New Earthwork: Art, Action, Agency . About 3 years ago, I had ordered this book and am finally getting around to reading it! I was much impressed to see that my professor, Virginia Maksymowicz had written a chapter in this book. I am doing research while working on a new project. Back in 2013 when I participated in The Arctic Circle residency, I had collected what  washed up on the beach- plastics mostly.  I am drawn to material that is in a state of transition, which has been exposed to time, weather, and other forces of nature


Surprisingly, the Arctic was not the pristine, snowy landscape that I had imagined. There were other footprints in place - permanent “footprints” that Western industrialism and capitalism have brought to our planet. 


The Noyes Museum exhibit, titled Frozen Earth, will open May 29th. Stay tuned for more details.