Prayers for the Pandemic an online exhibition organized by Drawing Rooms and curated by Anne Trauben
Prayers for the Pandemic is a show that is happening in places across the US right now. It draws inspiration from Tibetan prayer flags (learn more about Prayer flags here) that are generally made of colorful rectangular cloth and often found strung along trails and peaks high in the Himalayas. The flags are used to bless the surrounding area. While we are all living through the coronavirus pandemic, we feel we could all use blessings. We want to send good and positive Karma out into the world, and brighten each other’s days in the special way that art can do.
Our goal is for you to flood the world with your prayer flags and we will create an inclusive online show of images of the flags posted here on our website, Facebook and Instagram. We will also be creating an online and print catalog, and we ultimately want Prayers for the Pandemic to become the exhibit which reopens our gallery when restrictions are lifted. Prayers for the Pandemic will reach thousands of people locally, nationally, and around the world.
We are publishing these artworks in installments throughout the spring and summer, and the first group of 34 artists' works are now online!
While our gallery, Drawing Rooms, in Jersey City, has been closed to the public since 3/16/20, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are acting on our belief that art is more important than ever to the well-being of all of our communities.
Front-line healthcare workers are doing amazing heroic work and essential workers are keeping the current state of our society going.
Artists– we can do something to use our skills and talents to help do what we do best. We are currently taking submissions for Prayers for the Pandemic from artists living locally, nationally, and around the world.
Spliced Connector Inaugural Online Exhibition "Mapping." Curated by Karen Fitzgerald. Hosted by SHIM Art Network.
May 22 - August 20, 2020
'Mapping' forces on us a need to make sense among the disparities of style and aesthetic. It asks for a slow paced looking, a fear-less associating, and an embracing of the rich visual language present here at Spliced Connector. The restless shifting of light and energy present in this work embodies that which carries us to the delineation, and unification between matter and spirit. Spliced Connector group was founded on the intergenerational idea of connecting young and older artists. These connections lurk amidst the mapping of the riches in our visual language.
“Art and Hegemony: Artists Fight Trump” at
The vision for this public art project is to transform our “main street” spaces into literal windows of understanding; spaces in which the community can learn about the positive strides being made by local organizations around a wide array of social justice issues that don’t make daily headlines. Windows of Understanding is a creative, community-building response to the negativity and hate being perpetuated in today’s media landscape. Our belief is that through visual language, artists can communicate methods of understanding in powerful ways that cut across cultural boundaries.
Now in its third year, over 20 non-profit organizations will be paired with an artist facilitator to create an original work of art that answers the question: "How do we see through hate?". The works will be on display at venues throughout New Brunswick and Highland Park, NJ from January 20- February 29, 2020.
Programming such as walking tours, “Tables of Understanding” events at local restaurants, poetry readings, performances, educational workshops, and film screenings complement the visual displays throughout the run.
WHAT BOOKS DO BETTER
NEW JERSEY BOOK ARTS SYMPOSIUM
On November 8, 2019, the twenty-fifth annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, What Books Do Better, will feature presentations by: Ioulia Akhmadeeva, a Russian- Mexican visual artist, teacher and researcher; Maureen Cummins, founder of the Inanna Press, a recipient of the 2009 Pollock-Krasner Award, and a book artist who has long been engaged with found printed matter; Patricia Dahlman, a Cincinnati-born artist, recipient of New Jersey Printmaking Fellowship from the Brodsky Center for Innovative Print and Paper, and part of the Dana Women Artists Series; Helen Donis- Keller, Michael E. Moody Professor and Professor of Biology and Art at Olin College of Engineering currently researching the genomic structure and function of viruses of soil
bacteria, one of the driving forces behind her artists’ books; Jaz Graf, an artist who works with paper and print, incorporating printmaking techniques, digital imaging and experimental bookbinding methods, as well as manipulating plant fibers, textiles and wire; Suzie Tuchman, a recent graduate of the Montclair State University MFA program, who works in sculpture, printmaking. papermaking and book arts; and Maria Veronica San Martin, a Chilean-born, New York-based artist working in printmaking, artist books, installations, sculpture, and performance art.
The lunchtime artists reading seminar, arranged by printmaker, artist and poet MaryAnn L. Miller (Cures for Hysteria), will include Kim Bridgford, the director of Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference, and editor of Mezzo Cammin, an Online journal of formalist poetry women, and author of ten books of poetry; and Jo Yarrington, who creates site-specific exhibitions, and collaborative projects using varied combinations of materials.
During the continental breakfast, artists Shellie Jacobson and Catherine LeCleire will provide a workshop and a demo. Catherine will demo metal leafing, and Shellie will lead a workshop in creating accordion books with integrated pockets out of a single sheet of paper. As always, all attendees are invited to attend. Materials will be provided.
Asha Ganpat will return as Artist-in-Residence; a small exhibition of works by symposium artists will be curated by NJBAS Curator, Amanda J. Thackray; Karen Guancione, NJBAS Artistic Director, will introduce the artists and serve as symposium moderator, Judith K. Brodsky will be the symposium Respondent; Anna Pinto, the NJBAS Scribe, will produce beautiful one-of-a-kind calligraphic nametags for all attendees. As usual, the day will conclude with a book artists’ jam, at which all attendees can share their work.
Onsite registration for What Books Do Better will begin at 8:00 a.m., workshops will run from 8:45-10:00. The program will run until 4:00, with an hour and a half for lunch. It will be held as usual on the fourth floor of the Alexander Library, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J.
For advance registration information, please go to https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/…/what-books-do-better-25…
What Books Do Better is co-sponsored by the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History.
SANCTUARY: a place of refuge or safety.
THE AMERICAN DREAM: a national ethos of the United States,
the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.
“Sanctuary Cities and the Politics of the American Dream“ is generously funded by the International Association of New Haven, the City of New Haven and Suzio-York Hill.
BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME
9.14 - 11.8. 2019
Index Art Center presents Bringing It All Back Home, a group exhibition of six artists exploring
the concepts of home, and what it means to come back to a place. Each artist brings a distinct visual language to the exhibition as they explore personal and social narratives within their work.
The title, Bringing It All Back Home, hails from the avant-garde folk rocker Bob Dylan’s 1965 album release by the same name. Dylans album skins emotional nerves raw. It was created at
a time not so dissimilar from today, bluntly facing racial injustice, international war and suffering, and rebellion in search of freedom. This exhibition seeks the meaning of home, a concept in constant flux, through the brutal honesty of the artists vision.
Curated by Colleen Gutwein O’Neal
InterWoven features regional area fiber artists, highlighting the various skills and versatility of the fiber community. From functional craft, to fine art, InterWoven features fiber and textile works in exciting and unexpected ways!
InterWoven will be held in our newly premiering space, G2 in BSB Gallery.
Exhibition Dates: Friday, August 2nd-Saturday, September 21st 2019
Felicia V. Bland, Agathe Bouton, Layo Bright, Samantha M. Connors, Patricia Dahlman, Molly Dilworth, Kate Eggleston, Robyn Ellenbogen, Anne Fine Foer, Katte Genetta, Zhen Guo, Hiedi Hankaniemi, Julie Harris, Beverly Keese-Kelly, Krystle Lemonias, Jolanta Michalska, Ann Marie Miller, Tatiana Oles, Theda Sandiford, Sarah Schwindt, Ayala Shimelman, Rachel Blythe Udell, Dominique Vitali, Joanna Wallace
Word | Image | Object 2019
an international exhibition of artists' bookworks that present a balance of word and image presented in a book or book-like form.
through December, 2019
Denver Public Library
10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkway
Denver, Colorado 80208
All Stitched Up
An international juried book arts exhibition
September 3rd – December 11th, 2019
Collins Memorial Library University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
September 14th – opening celebration
To stitch is to join together, to mend, or fasten as with stitches – to sew. To stitch is to bring together fabric, paper, wounds of the body, or cultural divides. Stitching can be an act of healing, hope, practicality, creativity, and revolution. All Stitched Up recognizes and celebrates the work of book artists’ where stitching has become an integral part of the visual design. Curators Catherine Alice Michaelis, Jane A. Carlin, and Diana Weymar will jury the show and a print catalogue will be created.
This exhibition will include pages from Diana Weymar’s Interwoven Stories project. This includes Refashioning Identity, which was created by members of the Puget Sound community in 2016/17 as facilitated by Weymar.
Catherine Alice Michaelis is an artist, writer, publisher, curator, teacher, and most recently – videopoet and animator. As proprietor of May Day Press, she is best known for her artist’s books that incorporate letterpress and pressure printing techniques. In 1998, Catherine began to feature sewing in her print work in relation to family, intimate secrets, and emotional healing. She collaborates often, with both artists and writers, and her 1999 collaborative project, Stack the Deck: 22 Artists Mark the Cards for Women’s Health & Healing, is frequently on show somewhere. Her artist’s books have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and are collected in over 80 institutions. Catherine was profiled in the ‘Nature’ episode of Craft in America on PBS in 2017. She lives near Olympia, Washington.
Jane A. Carlin is currently the Library Director at the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound. Prior to joining Puget Sound, Jane was the Director of the Design, Architecture, Art and Planning Library at the University of Cincinnati and has also held positions at Oxford Brooks University in Oxford, England, University of Texas, Arlington and Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. Jane has long been an advocate for the artists’ book. Her graduate these, A History of Art Book Publishing in Great Britain, serves as the foundation for many programs and classes she has taught on the art and history of books, including classes on William Morris, the history of the book, as well as artists’ books and social justice movements. In 2008, Jane brought the book arts to the Collins Library and has worked with community members to form Puget Sound Book Artists, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting book arts. Jane is the curator of numerous exhibits at the Collins Library and currently serves as the Vice-President of the PSBA organization.
Diana Weymar lives in Victoria, BC. She has a studio practice and is the creator of Interwoven Stories, an international textile project. She grew up in the wilderness of Northern British Columbia, studied creative writing at Princeton, and worked in film in New York City. Interwoven Stories has been exhibited and implemented in Colombia, Switzerland, Syria, Canada, and the States. She has worked with, is working with or had a residency with The Zen Hospice Project, The Nantucket Athenaeum, The University of Puget Sound, UMass Amherst, The Peddie School, The Arts Council of Princeton, Build Peace, Trans Tipping Point Project, and The Textile Arts Center (Manhattan). Her work has been exhibited and collected in the States and Canada. She also curated art for the NRG Energy Headquarters in Princeton, NJ.
Westbeth Gallery is pleased to present Parent Portraits, an exhibition focusing on artists’ representations of their parents, curated by artists Robert Bunkin and Jenny Tango. The exhibition will offer works by these contemporary international artists working in diverse media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, intaglio printmaking, and embroidery:
Sigmund Abeles, Ken Aptekar, Anneli Arms, Joan Banach, Isabel Barber,
Brian Brooks, Robert Bunkin,Susanna Coffey, William Crist, Patricia Dahlman,
Harvey Dinnerstein, Elise Dodeles, Jenny Dubnau, Richard Estrin, Donna Festa,
Leonid Gervits, Dan Gheno, Susan Grabel, Amaya Gurpide,
Patrick Earl Hammie, Mark Hanson, Melanie Hickerson, Jayne Holsinger,
Sara Issakharian, Karen Kaapcke, Catherine Kehoe, Brian Kreydatus,
Mel Leipzig, Beverly McIver, Marybeth McKenzie, Ron Milewicz, John Mitchell,
Arnold Mesches, Bill Murphy, Danielle Muzina, Jennifer Pochinski,
Carolyn Pyfrom, James Rauchman, Joseph Santore, Elinore Schnurr,
Ryan Schroeder, Frances Siegel, Orly Shiv, Jenny Tango, Polly Thayer,
Audrey Ushenko, Clarissa Payne Uvegi, Costa Vavagiakis, Jerome Witkin.
The collaborative book "We Live in a Divided Country, Try to Bridge That Gap" work by Deborah Harris, Michael Dal Cerro and Patricia Dahlman is being exhibited as part of the "Permanent Collection Spotlight" at The Center for Book Arts. This is organized by Theo Roth and Anna Tuchin. "Permanent Collection Spotlight" is in conjunction with the exhibition "Politics of Place" from January 18 - March 30, 2019.
A city-wide public art project in New Brunswick, New Jersey Taking place from January 21 - February 28, 2019. For more information go to to www.WindowsOfUnderstanding.org
My project is located at Blackthorn Restaurant &Pub. I took photographs of women and girls in the New Brunswick, NJ community at two events and paired these photographs with quotes from women leaders such as Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The quotes were embroidered on colorful fabric.
Art Gym Denver is excited to announce Narrative Threads, an exhibition of works that utilize thread to form a narrative throughout the art displayed. This exhibition is curated by Art Gym member and Director of Abecedarian Artists’ Books, Alicia Bailey, and includes a roster of artists from across the country.
Narrative Threads features works that expertly combine the narrative and the tactile. The wall pieces, installations and books included all have narrative in mind, making use of thread and fiber-based materials to share that narrative. From ‘Migration,’ an artist book by Margo Klass which uses abstracted collage made of paper and salmon skin to discuss the process of Alaskan salmon migration patterns, to ‘Take a Piece. Leave a Piece’ by Art Gym member Katie Vuletich, which investigates the homelessness narrative through wearable art based on interviews the artist conducted with young people who experience homelessness. The exhibition looks at the entire spectrum of how thread and fiber are able to communicate a narrative to a viewer/reader.
This does not, however, mean that the narrative is at the forefront of each piece. In many of the works, the narrative elements step back and let the tactile nature of the works shine. Curator of the exhibition, Alicia Bailey, said concerning this, “Regardless of physical scale or structure, the selections invite the reader/viewer in for a tactile, hands-on experience that is engagingly intimate . . . even those not meant to be handled, tempt the viewer to touch their surfaces, enlivened as they are by the sewn line and texturally dynamic fibers.”
Alicia Bailey is a Denver based artist, curator and gallerist. She is the director of Abecedarian Artists’ Books and Ravenpress. She made her first artist book in 1996, and since then has developed an artistic practice focusing on handmade books and box works. Bailey describes artists’ books as “unique, interactive sculptures realized in the form of the book.”
Join us for the opening reception of Narrative Threads on Thursday, September 6 from 5 – 8PM as well as a curatorial talk with Alicia Bailey discussing the process of creating and curating the exhibition on Wednesday, September 12 from 6 – 8PM.
Exhibits are free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9AM – 6PM. They will be on display from September 6 through September 28, 2018. Alicia Bailey’s curatorial is also a free event.
"September 11, 2001," an unbound artist book was recently purchased by and is now in the collection of Wells Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.