I am so excited to be co-curating an exhibition, Reclamation at the Nave Gallery in Somerville, Ma with two of my favorite ladies. The show will be up in November of 2015 – all you emerging female artists out there, submit your artwork! See the exhibition prospectus below. Or click here to read more info on the Nave’s website.
I am a proud graduate from Umass Amherst. I left the zoo with a BFA, concentration in still digital imaging and a minor in art history. And my final send off into the art world was my BFA thesis project, “Borrowed Memories.” It was my first taste of being an administrator within the art world. I remember being so scared and very intimidated to call the Umass Fine Art Department to schedule a space for my thesis work. I was standing in my dinning-room-turned bedroom in a big purple house I rented with my best friends. I called and stammering out I was looking for gallery space and would like to request the gallery that was a northeast dorm, and for the reception brought a ton of wine and got in trouble. It was perfect!
I am so pleased to say that I was accepted into the 30 Under 30 Exhibition that is presented at the Arsenal Center for the Arts! The most exciting part about the exhibition was that my sister, Robin and her husband Paul were also accepted into the juried exhibition! Although the three of us have been involved in art our whole lives, we’ve never been an exhibit together. The reception was last Thursday, (January 22, 2015) and my sister had her first night of grad school – but Paul, my dad and boyfriend and my friend Noelle came out for the celebration.
The exhibit space is unique in the fact that there are two levels with an intricate installation work in the middle of the gallery. My crew and I walked around upstairs reviewing the works and then moseyed downstairs to where my sister, Paul’s and my work was presented. And then I discovered that I was selected as one of the six spotlight artists! I thought my heart was going to explode, I was so excited! Below are some images of the evening.
I am the assistant director of a nonprofit visual arts organization located in Cambridge, and part of my job is putting together exhibitions. Coordinating these collaborations is something I love and feel grateful in being able to do so. It’s a chance for a creative collaboration between art administrator and artists. And in the fall of 2014 three artists came together for an exhibition called, Times Travelers.
This show was as much a labor of love for three participating artists, as it was for me. Putting everything together (including the artists) just overwhelmed me with such art-pride. The show was one of my favorite exhibitions I’ve ever put together (and at this point in my career it’s over 100). The work consisting of found materials, books, type writers, clocks – you name it and these artists transformed it! Walking around the gallery and hearing the stories of each piece merged together nostalgia and craft harmoniously.
But the real icing on the cake – was having Boston Globe Art Critic Cate McQuaid write a review of the show. It was one of those ‘art arrival’ moments. Here is a glimpse of the show:
The past month my gallery (Cambridge Art Association) has been closed to prepare for our fall exhibition season. This time period always feels like the calm before the storm… before those ‘back to school’ feelings take over and everyone has a case of PPD – Post Party Depression.
Within this month of calmness, my director and I went on a couple local gallery adventures – first was to the Concord Art Association to see the show, that sadly just came down, Sight Specific Exhibition – it was absolutely amazing. “Curated by George Nick, this exhibit is one of the most significant undertakings to date for the Concord Art Association. For this show, Nick selects a range of artists from legendary to mid-career painters, assembling more than 70 paintings from more than 50 artists. He comments, “The goal of the show is to celebrate the tradition of careful observation as the basis for an important aspect of American painting and to emphasize the remarkable variety of imagery it has generated.”
What I appreciated most as a local artist, as well as local art appreciator was the fact the Concord Art Association opened me up to artists I wasn’t familiar with, yet the artists hold national recognition. My favorite works that were presented were the following:
Mathew Cerletty, The Bath 2002 – I mean come on – what is not to love about this piece, the colors, the texture, the raw human emotion! It has everything.
Haley Hasler, Saginati Animali, 2013 – this lady, I just want to be this lady with her extravagance. And I think Rachel Zoe would see her vest, and say “I die.”
And lastly but certainly not least –
Joseph McNamara, Window (Yankee Stadium Demolition), 2012-13, Oil and mixed media on panel, 24 x 18 inches. To really understand the intricate work and details this piece is definitely one you need to see in person. I love the texture/overworked feeling of the canvas, with unfinished edging and evidence of grid lining, it brings the piece to another level of grittiness that would have be lost if the piece was polished and ‘finished’ as some fancy art reviewers might say. I also really loved this piece because it reminded me of something my Dad would enjoy, and would pull me aside at a museum and say, “Kid, come look at this one…”
Well that wraps it up for this show – stay tuned for more gallery boppin’ adventures.