Mel Leipzig: Families and Friends
Curated by Donna Gustafson, PhD., Curator of American Art and Mellon Director for Academic Programs Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University Graduate Faculty, Rutgers Department of Art History
September 16 – October 29
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, September 16th from 6-8 p.m.
Bedminster, NJ August 4, 2016: The Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce its fall exhibition “Mel Leipzig: Friends and Families,” curated by Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator, Zimmerli Art Museum Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The exhibition will open on Friday, September 16th and will remain on view through October 29, 2016. The opening reception and a talk by the artist will take place on Friday, September 16th from 6-8 p.m. and will be free and open to the public.
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1935, Mel Leipzig studied at Pratt Institute, the Cooper Union and Yale University. A realist painter who has focused on portraiture for over 40 years, he is among New Jersey’s best known and most visible artists. Recent exhibitions of his work have been seen in New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Princeton, and Trenton. This exhibition includes a selection of portraits staged out of doors and in domestic and office settings. Ranging in date from 2000 to 2016, they include portraits of friends and colleagues, the artist’s family and the families of friends.
Titled “Mel Leipzig: Friends and Families,” the exhibition is divided into two sections. While Leipzig is best known for the environmental portraits set within cluttered rooms with dramatically rendered perspectives, there are also a significant number of paintings in the artist’s oeuvre that might be described as landscapes. Bringing these portrait/landscapes together for the first time, these portraits of individuals and couples in nature are installed on the main floor. Among these are portraits of ceramicist Toshiko Takaezu, painter Carmen Cicero, Director of the New Jersey State Museum Margaret O’Reilly, and graffiti artists from Leipzig’s hometown of Trenton. On the second floor, a selection of paintings explores the connections between and among family members and friends. Representing a long-standing and on-going interest in the social networks that both limit and encourage our extensions of self, these include portraits of the artist’s family, and families of friends as well as a group portrait of the cast of Hedda Gabler in the theater at Mercer Community College. In addition to the exhibition of his paintings, the artist will be painting on site at The Center on Thursdays beginning September 29th and will give three free lectures.
- Tuesday, September 27th 7-8 p.m.
Analyzing Paintings in Terms of Tone, Color, Space and Composition: Manet in Relation to Brueghel, Degas, Della Francesca, Eakins and Velazquez
- Wednesday, October 5th 7-8 p.m.
Analyzing Paintings in Terms of Tone, Color, Space and Composition: Matisse and Picasso
- Wednesday, October 26th from 6-7 p.m.
Walking tour of “Mel Leipzig: Families and Friends” with the artist
Space is limited and advance registration is requested. To attend either lecture, please register online here or give us a call at 908-234-2345.
Botanicals: The Art of Carrie Di Costanzo
As part of The Center’s faculty exhibition series, the work of Carrie Di Costanzo is on view in the lobby.
September 16 – October 29
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, September 16th from 6-8 p.m.
Discovering botanical art in 2008 opened the door to a new way of working with paint and paper. I focus on highly detailed representations of plant life, clearly defining the correct structure of the plant, while also conveying a strong sense of beauty and three-dimensional form. The last eight years have been committed to sharpening the essential skills of strong observation, attention to detail, and a good painting technique. To that end, the use of small brushes helps depict the many different characteristics of the subject. Gouache and watercolor paint are perfect for painting the veins of leaves, flower petals, and stems. Used in a transparent manner, the layering of colors creates a wonderful luminosity. As well, the composition, a significant element, greatly enhances each piece. By placing certain components of the plant on the page in a way that creates movement, the allure and elegance of the subject is heightened. The plant is researched in order for me to understand all the important traits that make it unique. Most plants are painted from life, but color studies, sketches, and photos are relied upon when the plant dies. I have concentrated on botanical subjects that appeal to my love of certain textures. The delicate petals of flowers such as chrysanthemums, dahlias, and tulips are challenging, as are fruits, which offer a wide variety of different skin surfaces. I find the process of portraying the beauty of plants very satisfying and will continue to pursue their likeness for many years to come.
Members’ Non-Juried Exhibition 2016
June 24 – September 3, 2016
The Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to present its annual Members’ Non-Juried Exhibition, a yearly opportunity for The Center’s members to exhibit artwork in any media. This year one hundred and twenty-seven members participated, submitting works in painting, pencil, charcoal, pastel, photography, mixed media, sculpture and ceramics. While the majority of the entries are paintings, the variety of sculpture, ceramics and mixed media continues to increase, showcasing the diverse community of artists at The Center.
New Jersey artist Serena Bocchino judged the Members’ Exhibition entries and awarded eight prizes. The “Sally Bush Memorial Award” first prize” was given to Oscar Beck (West Milford), Awards of Excellence were given to Dan McCormack (New York) and Thomas Martin (Edison), and Honorable Mentions were awarded to Lori Goldberg (Bedminster), Rita Koch (Flemington), Tatiana Luts (Bridgewater), Naomi Nierenberg (Somerset) and Michael Zambelli (Basking Ridge).
In a statement Bocchino told artists, “It is an honor and a delight to judge this years’ Members’ Exhibition. It is not an easy task to award some artists and not others, so do not dismay if you were not chosen. So many artists, including myself, have not been chosen for exhibitions and awards – however this is certainly not why we make art. So keep working, developing and challenging yourselves. And enjoy the creative process.”
About the Judge: Serena Bocchino
Serena Bocchino is a New Jersey artist whose themes include the visual interpretations of American jazz. Bocchino has a Masters Degree from New York University and has received acknowledgment from many institutions, including New York City’s Artists Space, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center and the Museum of Modern Art.
“Bread and Circuses” by Naomi Campbell will be on display in the second floor gallery. The title, taken from Roman satirical poet Juvenal (circa A.D. 100), suggests a translation into a modern day political game of food production. In this new series Campbell explores the collusion between nature and science where the desire for perfection has embedded its way into the new world of hybridizations. Based on nature’s sculptured forms Campbell induces new definitions through fragmented objects, bending forms, concepts and connotations of the everyday natural system. The work raises questions about engineered staples and their implications as part of Campbell’s longstanding investigation into areas of environmental science through installations, photography and sculpture. Campbell was born in Montreal, Canada and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Campbell studied at the Collége de Champlain, Quebec, the University of Guelph, Ontario and the School of Visual Arts, New York. She also studied painting and printmaking at The Art Students League of New York. Her art is displayed in numerous permanent public collections, some of which include the City of New York; the City of Irving, Texas; the City of Geochang, South Korea; the New York Public Library; the New York State Museum, New York and the Trenton City Museum, New Jersey. Curated by Susanne Karbin and Mazdak Shadkam.
“Essence of Form” by Princeton, N.J. artist Jim Perry will be on view in The Center’s lobby. Jim Perry received his BA in sculpture from Bard College and studied with sculptor Jake Grossberg and painters Murray Reich and Jim Sullivan. During the 1970’s, Perry was motivated by minimalist Donald Judd and began experimenting with geometric and minimal forms. In 1975, Perry had artwork accepted into the Whitney Biennial. Although sculpture is Perry’s passion, for thirty years he stopped making art to become a graphic editor. He worked for Dow Jones, Merrill Lynch, the Wall Street Journal, and, the New York Times for twenty-eight years, creating bar charts and other visual representations. In 2008 when he turned sixty years old, he resumed sculpting. Perry’s artwork has been exhibited at the Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ; Gremillion & Company Fine Art, Houston, TX (2011, 2013); Morpeth Contemporary, Hopewell, NJ (2010). He is represented by Gremillion & Company Fine Art, Houston, TX, Isabella Garrucho Fine Art, Westport, CT, and Westbrook Modern, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. It has been stated by Curator Kate Somers that “Perry’s sculpture is animated by its contradictions,” in recognition of “a sense of stability and movement within the same work.”
“MOVIS: By Line,” a site specific installation, will be presented in the first floor gallery. MOVIS is a local artist collective from Princeton, New Jersey that formed in 2006. Its current members are Rita Z. Asch, Berendina Buist, John Goodyear, Susan Hockaday, Eve Ingalls, Margaret Kennard Johnson, Marsha Levin-Rojer and Frank Magalhães. Its members stated, “From the conception of By Line, MOVIS’s idea has been to use line as a way to unify a complex exhibition space. Most of us physically use line in our work, but it has many implications beyond that basic definition: a line of music, a line of thought, lines through space, etc. For the presentation of the project we decided that each artist would select a section of the gallery for his/her own work, while thinking also of ways to connect all the artworks and unify the space. Thus, in effect all the art in the gallery becomes one artwork.” MOVIS has exhibited at the New Jersey State Museum, Hunterdon Art Museum, Noyes Museum of Art, Atrium Gallery among numerous others.
The Center for Contemporary Art in collaboration with the Indo-American Arts Council will host the 13th annual “Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora.” The exhibition will open on Thursday, March 17th and will remain on view through April 15, 2016. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 17th from 5-7 p.m. and will be free and open to the public.
The Indo-American Arts Council’s production “Erasing Borders,” curated by Vijay Kumar, is a stimulating exhibition that presents artists of the Indian diaspora who challenge issues of sexuality, terror, disease, the environment, racial and sectarian politics in painting, prints, installations, video, and sculpture. The diverse theme and style of the art juxtaposes traditional Indian aesthetics with Western elements. It also expresses the hardship of personal and cultural disturbance throughout the worldwide community. Twenty-four artists were selected for this exhibition.
As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization, the Indo-American Arts Council’s is committed to “promoting, showcasing and building an awareness of artists of Indian origin in the performing arts, visual arts, literary arts and folk arts.” For further information, please visit www.iaac.us.
On Sunday, April 3rd from 2-3 p.m. The Center will be holding a live family performance, Tenali Raman: Folk Tales of India, presented by Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center. The production Tenali Raman: Folk Tales of India is about the jester-poet Tenali Raman, who served on the court of Krishnadevaraya, the Vijayanagara emperor in 16th-century India. Despite having no formal education, Tenali Raman used his brilliance and great wit to work his way into the emperor’s court. In this family play, Dragonfly Multicultural Arts brings Tenali Raman to life through stories of his adventures and tricks. With music, dance, and comedy, these folk tales are delightful for those who know the Tenali Raman stories as well as those who are new to his tale. The performance will be followed by light refreshments. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and may be purchased online by clicking here.
The Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce three new winter exhibitions: Nature; Dallas Piotrowski: Selected Works; and a Faculty Exhibition by John Reinking.
All three exhibitions will open on January 8th and will remain on view through February 20th. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, January 8th from 6-8 p.m.
Nature is curated by Wes Sherman. According to Sherman, “Nature” is about the transformative process of experiencing nature and the art object that reflects that interaction. Each of these artists creates art with a direct narrative from nature to object. Filtering the experience of being in nature through art-making results not just in the representation of nature, but in bringing that experience into our daily lives.” This exhibition will showcase the work of artists Katrina Bello, Jessica Demcsak, Jason Middlebrook, Naomi Reis, and Ben Suga.
Wes Sherman received his MFA from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, NJ. Sherman has been painting since 1992 and in 2011 he received a fellowship for painting from the New Jersey Council of the Arts. He is currently the chair of exhibitions at The Center for Contemporary art and has had over thirty solo exhibitions.
Dallas Piotrowski: Selected Works, is curated by Mel Leipzig. Piotrowski is a realist painter primarily known for her paintings of the natural world. Piotrowski was also the curator at The Gallery at Chapin, Chapin School in Princeton, NJ for eight years. Her artwork has been exhibited at the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton City Museum, The Woodmere Art Museum, Noyes Museum and the Monmouth Museum. Piotrowski’s work has also been included in over two hundred juried exhibitions and twenty-five solo exhibitions. Piotrowski received her AA Degree from Mercer County Community College and has studied at the Trenton State College (the College of NJ), the Children’s Book Institute of Publishing and Writing Rider College,(Rider University) Vassar College, NY, and audited classes at Princeton University.
Mel Leipzig currently lives in Trenton and was a professor of art history at Mercer County Community College. He studied at the Cooper Union, Yale and Pratt and has had over fifty solo exhibitions. His art is displayed in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Academy Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, among others.
A Faculty Exhibition by John Reinking will be on display in The Center’s lobby. Reinking has been the head of The Center for Contemporary Art’s ceramic program since 2010. He received his MFA from Marywood University in Scranton, PA and his BFA from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, NJ. Reinking’s exhibition will showcase artwork that has been fired in his Anagama wood kiln. An Anagama kiln requires someone to add wood to it every few minutes for ninety-six hours straight. Reinking stated, “At first glance, my pieces are not what most would consider beautiful. They are thick, rough, and have imbedded material. These pieces have been through intense conditions during the wood/soda firing process; severe heat, some partially buried in ashes, and rapid cooling. Because of these conditions these pieces exhibit a story, much like a life lived. They display their life experience through cracks, flame marks, and ash deposits.”
2015 International Juried Exhibition
November 6 – December 12, 2915
The Center for Contemporary Art’s 2015 International Juried Exhibition opens on Friday, November 6th and will remain on view through December 12, 2015. The opening reception takes place on Friday, November 6th from 6-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Also, a specific installation by Katie Truk will occupy The Center’s lobby through December 12, 2015.
Juror Margaret O’Reilly selected thirty-seven pieces from over one thousand entries submitted by artists from across the U.S., plus Japan, France, Latvia, Canada, Norway, and Australia. The exhibit consists of work in a broad range of subject matter and media. O’Reilly, stated, “To all the artists who offered their work up to the jurying process for the 2015 International Juried Exhibition, I salute you. It’s not easy to put your work out there to be judged by someone you don’t know. I am always excited to see what is inspiring and informing artists’ work. Thank you for sharing your unique visions with me.”
Three artists were selected for awards:
1st Prize: Zoya Taylor (Oslo, Norway)
2nd Prize: Anne Stoeber (Morris Plains, NJ)
3rd Prize: Paul Mordetsky (Hightstown, NJ)
Artists Naomi Campbell (Brooklyn, NY) and James Perry (Tunkhannock, PA) were selected for the special Exhibitions Committee Award of a solo exhibit at The Center for Contemporary Art which will take place in 2016.
Margaret O’Reilly is the Curator of Fine Art at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. Ms. O’Reilly joined the State Museum staff in 1988, and took on the curatorial role in 1997. At the State Museum, she has organized over 90 exhibitions including a complete re-installation of the Museum’s art collection – American Perspectives: The Fine Art Collection; the critically well-received exhibitions, Aljira, Dream & Reality (2014), Dahlia Elsayed: Hither and Yon (2013-14), Jon Naar: Signature Photography (2013), Reality & Artifice – New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Art (2010), Transcendent: Toshiko Takaezu in the State Museum Collection (2009-10), Women’s Works (2002), and Mel Leipzig: A Retrospective (1998); as well as Vision & Voice: Artists in Dialogue with Contemporary Poetry (2005), and many New Jersey Artist Series exhibitions. Ms. O’Reilly received her MA in painting from Kean University, and her work has been included in numerous exhibitions in the region. Her research and exhibition interests echo those found in her own creative output and include issues of chance, identity and mortality, among others, while the formal qualities of particular interest are density, repetition and serial structure.
Katie Truk: Wishful Intentions
September 11 – December 12, 2015
The Center’s site specific lobby installation, “Wishful Intentions,” was created by Hamilton, N.J. artist Katie Truk who works entirely with wire and pantyhose. Her installation will remain on view through December 12, 2015. In 1995, while an undergrad at Alfred University, Hamilton, N.J. artist Katie Truk began experimenting with pantyhose as a medium. Truk states, “My pieces are a marriage of sensual malleability of pantyhose and the rigidity of wire. Internal conversation and motion are induced within the static confine. Thread binds and extends the aggression and vulnerability, echoing life’s twists, turns, and pulling within our rigorous regulations and expectations.” About the installation Truk stated, “All the pantyhose in this installation were donated by the CCA community. Over fifteen pounds were contributed, for the greater part, by women. Each pair contains the hopes of being their best. Collectively these woman stand enduringly as trees. Weathering the storms. Sheltering and nurturing life. Radiant in bloom, bearing of fruit, and shedding of time. It is they that support the hives of life.”
The Thing Itself – curated by John Yau
September 11 – October 24, 2015
Mr. Yau, curator, poet, and art critic, has over the past thirty years visited many artists’ studios and in that time has found that there is a lot of work that, for a variety of reasons, is seldom seen in galleries. Most often, these were works are on paper. According to Yau, “What got me was the humblenes
s of the materials, and how artists were able to start with a piece of paper, and with simple instruments
create an entire cosmos, a distinct reality.” For this show Yau has invited a number of artists who demonstrate, as Yau has said, “No matter how much art I have looked at, and written about, I still find that merging of materials, rigor and imagination both magical and mysterious, a world arising out of the artist’s interaction with something as common and ordinary as a piece of paper.”
“The Thing Itself” artists are Marina Adams, Phil Allen, Louise Belcourt, Gideon Bok, Lois Dodd, Kurt Knobelsdorf, Marilyn Lerner, Judith Linhares, Sangram Majumdar, Thomas Nozkowski, Eleanor Ray, Joyce Robins, Gary Stephan, Don Voisine, Richard Whitten and John Willenbecher.
“+1” – Curated by Wes Sherman
September 11- October 24, 2015
“+1,” curated by Wes Sherman, is in the second floor galleries. This exhibition, like ”
The Thing Itself,” comes out of the many years Sherman has visited artist studios and his realization that artists often refer to other artist’s work to illustrate the ideas that are being achieved or thought about in their own work. Frequently a picture or clipping is pulled out to show the comparisons. “+1” focuses on painters
and Sherman has asked a handful of artists to invite another artist to exhibit a work next to their own painting. This pairing, much like a diptych, creates new contexts between the two paintings, opening up new observations that otherwise might have gone unnoticed.
“+1” pairings: Suzanne Joelson + Harry Roseman; Valeri Larko + Jane Dickson; Tom McGlynn + Jim Osman; Darren McManus + Trygve Faste; Ilse Murdock + James Benjamin Franklin; Sylvia Plimack Mangold + Catherine Murphy; Hanneline Rogeberg + Suzanne McClelland; and Terry Thacker + Matt Christy
Members’ Non-Juried Exhibit 2015
June 5 – August 29, 2015
The Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to present its annual Members’ Non-Juried Show, a yearly opportunity for The Center’s members to exhibit work in any media. This year, one hundred and eighteen members participated, submitting works in painting, pencil and charcoal, pastel, photography, mixed media, sculpture and ceramics. While the majority of the entries are paintings, the variety of sculpture, ceramics & mixed media continues to expand, showcasing the diverse community of artists at The Center.
Joan Sonnenfeld and Brian McCormack, artists and directors of Hamilton Street Gallery, judged the Members’ Exhibit entries and awarded seven prizes. The “Best in Show” award went to Dorothy Siclare (Millington), Awards of Excellence were given to Michelle Gibbs (Martinsville) and Peggy Santangelo (Piscataway), and Honorable Mentions were awarded to Philip Lee Smith (Basking Ridge), Kathleen S. Hollan (Succasunna), Deborah Huff (Raritan) and Jolanta Talaikiene (Far Hills).
Joan Sonnenfeld stated, “All of the work was very high quality, making it a challenge to decide whom to award. We wish there were more prizes to give out! The caliber of the art is excellent, and we are honored to be invited to judge this exhibition.”
About the Judges: Joan Sonnenfeld and Brian McCormack
For over thirty years, artists Brian and Joan have exhibited their work in museums and galleries throughout the metropolitan area, and have collectors nationwide and abroad. As Directors of Hamilton Street Gallery, a contemporary art space located in Bound Brook, New Jersey, they have had the unique pleasure of representing hundreds of artists as part of their topical and exciting art exhibits over the past four years. In addition, the artist/couple also aspire to attract and influx of arts and culture, in hopes of revitalizing this oldest community in Somerset County.
Anna Kell: The White Room
Sam Metcalf: Big Game of the American West
Jay Sullivan: Glove – The Emotional Core of Objects
April 6 – May 23, 2015
Three solo exhibits open on April 6th at Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ. All exhibits will remain on view through May 23rd. The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception for the exhibits on Friday, April 10th from 6-8 p.m.
The two exhibits in the first floor galleries present the work of artists Anna Kell and Sam Metcalf who were selected from the 2014 Juried Exhibition for The Center’s special Exhibitions Committee Solo Exhibit Award.
Indiana native Anna Kell will exhibit her installation, “The White Room.” Kell’s paintings and installations have been featured in exhibitions nationally at venues such as the Jolie Laide Gallery in Philadelphia, the Governor’s Island Art Fair, the AC Institute and Caelum Gallery in Chelsea, Root Division in San Francisco, and the ARC Gallery in Chicago. She is currently Assistant Professor at Bucknell University, where she teaches painting and drawing. According to Kell, her work is an “investigation into the way nature is represented in our cultural commodities.” She builds paintings and installations out of existing images of idealized nature: wallpapers, found paintings and prints, needlework, puzzles, posters, labels, patterned textiles, upholstered furniture, rugs, floral mattresses and even lampshades.
“Big Game of the American West” presents the work of New Jersey artist Sam Metcalf. Metcalf describes the exhibit as “a series of kinetic works that use the bones of mule deer, elk and bison to recreate the optical effects of wind sculptures that are commonly displayed as lawn ornaments across the country.” Metcalf’s work has been exhibited at the Art Ark Gallery, San Jose State University Gallery and the Herbert Sanders Gallery in San Joe, CA., the De Young Museum,111 Minna Gallery and Root Division in San Francisco among others.
“Glove – The Emotional Core of Objects” is on view in The Center’s second floor gallery. Photographer Jay Sullivan of Red Bank positions his work at “the intersection of photography and psychology,” choosing subjects that challenge his emotional and psychological boundaries. This exhibit represents “four years of work and a lifetime of memories” and results from a deep exploration of his relationship with his father.
Line, Color and Surface
January 9 – February 21, 2015
“Line, Color and Surface” is curated by well-known New Jersey painter Mel Leipzig, and features the work of four artists: Harry Naar, Sue Ferguson Gussow, Geoffrey Dorfman and Tracey Jones.
Harry Naar’s work focuses on the still-life and the landscape, which in his words, “…continually stir my interest and offer me countless possibilities and constant scrutiny based upon direct observation from nature, psychological ideas derived from memory experience, and analytical organization.” Naar received a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. He also studied in Paris with the French painter Jean Helion. Naar has received numerous awards, scholarships and honors and his work has been featured in one person and group exhibits in galleries throughout New Jersey. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Morris Museum, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, The Jersey City Museum, The Montclair Art Museum, The Noyes Museum of Art and many private and corporate collections. Naar is Professor of Fine Arts at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J.
Sue Ferguson Gussow is a figurative painter who works in a wide range of drawing and painting media, a graduate of The Cooper Union, Columbia University and holds a Masters of Fine Art from Tulane University. She is a Professor Emerita at The Cooper Union and has also taught, lectured or served as visiting critic at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Bennington, New York University, Maryland Art Institute, Parsons School of Design, the Frick Collection, Tulane University, Alfred University, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture and The Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark. Gussow’s work is widely represented in the collections of various museums, including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian, the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, the Minnesota Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Free Library, the Frick Collection archive and has been represented in the Museum of Modern Art lending collection.
Geoffrey Dorfman is a painter, writer, and musician. According to a 2005 Brooklyn Rail review, “Geoffrey Dorfman is an artist who has spent the better part of the last three and a half decades immersed in the implications of what it means to be painting now.” Dorfman received his BFA from Cooper Union and his MFA from Syracuse University. An Associate Professor at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, he has taught painting, drawing and modern culture there since 1978. He has also taught at the Parsons School of Design (Graduate Program) and served as visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Dartmouth College in 2000/01. His work has been exhibited widely and his articles have been published in Artforum and Stagebill magazines. He recently curated the, “Hans Hofmann: The Legacy,” exhibit at the Painting Center in New York City which received excellent reviews in the N.Y. Times, The N.Y. Sun, and The N.Y. Observer. Dorfman has a large oil painting in the permanent collection of the Columbus Museum of Art in Georgia and is represented by the Ober Gallery in Kent, CT. Also a musician, Dorfman has given full length solo concerts in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Bechstein Hall, the Marjorie Deane Little Theater at the Westside YMCA, Columbia University, Westminster Choir College, Stevens Institute of Technology and the Cooper Union.
Tracey Jones is a painter who has worked abstractly for many years. She has had five solo shows at the Elizabeth Harris Gallery in Chelsea and her work has also been shown at the Brata Gallery, the Max Hutchinson Gallery, A.I.R., the National Academy of Design Museum, the J. Johnson Gallery, the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota, Sideshow, and The Painting Center, among other venues. Most recently she was featured in a solo show at the Ober Gallery in Kent, Connecticut. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as The New York Times, Arts, and Art in America. Jones received a BFA from Cooper Union in 1972 and an MFA from Syracuse University in 1974. Jones is Associate Professor, Performing and Creative Arts, at The College of Staten Island, CUNY.
Mel Leipzig lives in Trenton, and until recently taught painting and was a professor of art history at Mercer County Community College. He studied at the Cooper Union, Yale and Pratt and has had over fifty one-man shows. His works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Academy Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, among others. In 1996 he was one of the last individual artists to receive a grant in painting from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006 he was elected to the National Academy.
2014 International Juried Exhibition
November 7 – December 13, 2014
First Prize: Constance Bassett
Second Prize: Jo-El Lopez
Third Prize: Anna Kell
SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS COMMITTEE SOLO EXHIBIT AWARD
ABOUT THE JUROR:
Evonne M. Davis is Co-founder and Artistic Director of Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ. (visit at aferro.org), as well as a working artist. She has also served as the Gallery and Education Director for City Without Walls. Evonne studied at the School of Visual Arts and Cornell University. She has worked with youth in many contexts, including teaching creative writing workshops to LGBT youth, overseeing the Art Reach program at City Without Walls, acting as a mentor and serving on the Arts High School Advisory Committee.
Evonne has curated independent and affiliated exhibitions for the past 14 years in innovative as well as traditional settings, including a vacant lot in Coney Island and the back of a 1978 Volvo. Other locations include The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Valley Arts, Ironworks Gallery, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Studio 411, Red Saw Gallery, Arts Guild of New Jersey, The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ, Print Making Center of NJ, Seton Hall University, and 207 Gallery, New York City, among many others. Evonne has facilitated partnerships with Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark Arts Council, The Polish Cultural Institute, Brick City Development Corporation, Camera Club of New York, The Newark Museum, The Montclair Museum and many, many others.
You’re U.S. – At Home With America
You’re U.S.: The Exhibit
The Center for Contemporary Art, in partnership with “You’re U.S.,” will host, “At Home With America,” a multi-media traveling exhibition opening at its Bedminster, NJ location in fall 2014. The exhibition will present thirty “American Profiles” of subjects from across ten states, and is the first body of work created in an effort to collect profiles from all fifty states.
Each American Profile consists of a portrait in oils accompanied by literary and audio biographies. An audio component will be available for smart phones by scanned QR Code.
Before Coming to the Exhibit
Check your smart phone to make sure you have a QR Code Reader app installed. If not, download a free one before coming to the exhibit. When you get to the gallery you can use the the app to scan the QR Codes next to the portraits and then press “play” to enjoy the audio component.
Story Recording Sessions
Emile Klein will hold recording sessions on Saturdays throughout the exhibit. Call the office at (908) 234-2345 to reserve a one-hour slot. Use the time to interview a family member or friend, or tell your own story. $10 per session includes a CD of your recording. All recordings will become part of the NJ Digital Highway archives at Rutgers University.
Lecture on the Art of Portraiture
Saturday, October 18: 1-2 p.m.
Free-call (908)234-2345 to reserve a spot
Exhibition Opening Reception:
Friday, September 5, 2014 6-8 p.m.
September 5 – October 25, 2014
You’re U.S.: The Project
Founded in 2010 by Emile Klein, You’re U.S. is a NGO with a mission to create, “A history that every American can call their own.” Its core values are Accessibility, Trust, Inclusion, Collaboration, and Education, and its vision statement reads: “You’re U.S. collaborates with the country’s artists and craftsmen to create multi-media life stories that honor the varied populace of contemporary America.”
In 2010, reliving the tradition of a 19th Century American limner, artist Emile Klein began traveling through each American state by bicycle, painting portraits of selected subjects in exchange for the opportunity to live alongside them. This barter system creates equal opportunity art ownership to a wide variety of people in recognition that every person’s life experiences, perspectives, and lives are equally relevant and valued. Dual ownership of the portrait gives the option of borrowing it for exhibition purposes. Written and recorded elements complete the resulting “American Profile.” You’re U.S. has partnered with Pop-Up Archive and the New Jersey Digital Highway to preserve multimedia profiles and raw interviews.
You’re U.S.: School Program
In the vicinity of each exhibition venue, Klein will work as a visiting artist with area Middle Schools, guiding students and teachers in the creation of biographies of their local heroes to be uploaded to an interactive map of the United States, contributing to a growing story of our nation as told by its youth.
You’re U.S.: Exhibition Schedule
• September 5 – October 25, 2014: The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster
• November 2014: Philadelphia, PA
• January 2015: Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE
• February 2015: McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA; space TBD in Durham, NC; Table of Contents, Brooklyn, NY
• March 2015: Salem Art Works, Salem, NY; Orchard Skateshop, Boston, MA
Annual Members’ Non-juried Exhibit
Exhibit Dates at The Center for Contemporary Art: June 23 – August 23, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, June 27th from 6-8 p.m.
This show is eagerly anticipated and is a great exhibition opportunity for artists at all levels of expertise. It is also a chance for The Center to show off its very talented artist members! Three cash prizes and three honorable mentions will be awarded.
- Best of Show: Lisa Falkenstern
- Award of Excellence: Susanna Kopchains
- Award of Excellence: Dennis McKee
- Honorable Mention: Gillian Kelly
- Honorable Mention: Jane Jacobs
- Honorable Mention: Don Wilson
Exhibit Dates at Arts On Division: June 19 – June 22, 2014
Opening Reception at Arts On Division: Friday, June 20th from 6-10 p.m.
This year there was a second exhibition opportunity for everyone who enters the Members’ Exhibit! The judge selected 18 pieces for an exhibit at Arts On Division in Somerville! You will be notified by email if your work is accepted. All artwork will be back at The Center in time for the exhibition opening on Monday, June 23rd.
About the Judge:
Rachael Faillace, Executive Director at Rahway Arts District, Inc., is a visual artist and the former Assistant Director of Arts Guild New Jersey and Gallery Director at the Art School at Old Church. She has a BFA in Illustration, Rhode Island School of Design and MFA in Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Artwork pick-up: Monday, August 25-Wednesday, August 27th during office hours
SOFT: Elisa D’Arrigo, Jeff Hand, Derick Melander and Lucy White
Curated by Wes Sherman
Solo Exhibitions of New Works: Rebecca Simon and Dana McElroy
March 31-May 31, 2014
Opening Reception for all exhibits: Friday, April 4, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.
Bedminster, NJ January 31, 2014: Spring brings the opening of four new exhibits to The Center for Contemporary. “Soft” is curated by Wes Sherman and will present the work of New York area artists Alissa D’Arrigo, Jeff Hand, Derrick Melander and Lucy White in The Center’s first floor gallery. “Solo Exhibition Award Winners from the 2013 International Juried Exhibit: Dana McElroy and Rebecca Simon” will be on view on the second floor.
“Soft” brings together four artists who work with materials that are soft and supple, or appear to be so. The exhibit looks at how materials influence the creative process, and how, when they are used in ways that are incompatible to their intended function, our perception of them is altered. New York artist Alissa D’Arrigo creates glazed ceramic vases that gently twist and softly fold upon themselves in layers. Nashville native Jeff Hand grew up in a family of quilt makers. His work is constructed from cloth, felt, fabric and fake fur and offers a witty commentary on our culture. Derick Melander was born in Saratoga Springs, NY. He creates large geometric configurations from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing. The structures take the form of wedges, columns and walls weighing between five hundred pounds and two tons. Lucy White is known for creating art with materials as diverse as leaves, dirt and seaweed; and household products such as dishcloths, Handiwipes, Kotex and Band-Aids; as well as thongs, Tootsie Rolls and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.
Rebecca Simon is based in Brooklyn, New York. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA from Hunter College in 2010. Rebecca’s paintings seek to reflect the absurd, enigmatic, and often awkward elements of human experience. The figures in her paintings are victims of circumstance; they are often caught in vulnerable or uncomfortable situations. Her paintings invite reflection on cultural norms and expectations, gender dynamics, and feelings surrounding futility or inadequacy. While evoking an underlying sense of disquiet, these paintings don’t draw conclusions, but instead present narrative possibilities that ask to be considered.
Pennsylvania artist Dana McElroy received a BFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA in 2009. She photographs hand-built environments that illustrate the details of often personal human relationships, drawing from examples in her own life to describe the ironies, tensions, and growth involved in our interactions with each other. Dana states, “Building these spaces allows me to free the moment from surrounding distractions and isolate what is significant in my memory.”
Youth Art Month
Each year for the past fourteen years, in celebration of Youth Art Month, The Center for Contemporary Art has hosted exhibitions of Somerset County student work in partnership with Art Educators of New Jersey. Youth Art Month has a long history going back to 1961 and is supported by the National Art Education Association. Each year, each state submits a Youth Art Month report to NAEA and awards of excellence are given to 4 states. New Jersey has been in the top 4 for the past 12 years.
This year thirty-four Somerset County schools will be participating in two exhibitions during the month of March. Six works of art from SomersetCounty have been selected for a State-wide exhibition which takes place at the Statehouse in Trenton where over 100 pieces of student work are displayed from every county in the State. The young artists selected from Somerset County are; Elizabeth Maloney, 5th grade, from Liberty Corner School (Liberty Corner), Jacqueline SanJose,12th grade, from Somerville High School (Somerville), Karina Kozlowski,12th grade, from Immaculata High School (Somerville), Nick Ladino, 8th grade, from The Pingry School (Martinsville), Olivia Perkins (6th grade) from Montgomery Lower Middle School (Montgomery), and Ruthie Gu, 5th grade, from Central Elementary School (Warren).
Exhibition: March 3-9
Reception & Awards Ceremony: Sunday, March 9th from 2-3:30 p.m.
Exhibition: March 14-23
Reception & Awards Ceremony: Sunday, March 23rd from 2-3:30 p.m.
Click on the images below to activate the slide show of the winning pieces and view captions.
“Photography as Painting” curated by Mel Leipzig
January 10 – February 22, 2014
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, January 10, 2014
“Painting as Photography” is curated by well-known New Jersey painter Mel Leipzig, and features the work of three photographers: Christopher Fjelde, Aubrey Kauffman, and Francesca Picone.
Christopher Fjelde is a photographer and graphic designer based in Cape Cod, MA. He worked in the design field for over ten years and is passionate about both design and visual communication. Fjelde graduated in 2012 from the Graphic Design and Web Design Program at BostonUniversityCenter for Digital Imaging Arts.
New Jersey photographer Aubrey Kauffman has long been fascinated with landscapes and seeks to expand the vocabulary that defines them in his often desolate urban scenes. Kauffman received his MFA this year from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. His work has been included in many group exhibits and featured in solo exhibits at Enfoco Gallery (NY,NY), the TrentonCityMuseum, and the New JerseyStateMuseum.
Francesca Picone is a graphic designer and muralist. She uses daylight film with tungsten lighting to create a dream-like atmosphere in her photographs. Picone has been included in group exhibits throughout the region, including shows at The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton City Museum, and the Morris Museum. She studied Communication Design and Photography at Kutztown University.
Mel Leipzig lives in Trenton, and taught painting and was a professor of art history at Mercer County Community College until recently. He studied at the Cooper Union, Yale and Pratt and has had over 40 one-man shows. His works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Academy Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, and others. In 1996 he was one of the last individual artists to receive a grant in painting from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006 he was elected to the National Academy.
2013 Juried Exhibition
The Center for Contemporary Art’s Juried Exhibition opens on Friday, November 8th and will remain on view through December 14, 2013. Juror John Yau selected thirty-four pieces from nearly nine hundred entries submitted by artists from across the U.S. and Canada, Romania, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. The exhibit includes work in a broad range of subject matter and media.
Wes Sherman, Chair of The Center’s Exhibitions Committee, observed, “The Center for Contemporary Art is honored to have worked with John Yau as the juror for this year’s international exhibition. Mr. Yau looked through many artist proposals for this show and selected a number of great art works that reflect what artists are thinking about, not only from our region but across the country. Art is a declaration and this year’s artists are celebrating materials over imagery as seen in the fragile volume forms by Molly Burke, a fractal geometric collaged landscape painting by Kay Knight, or the electric pop interior space painting by Aliza Morell. A group show of this kind can be difficult to put together and John Yau has done a great job once again in creating a collective coherence between the thirty-four artists that are in this years show.
John Yau is a poet, fiction writer, critic, publisher of Black Square Editions, freelance curator and Associate Professor in Critical Studies at Rutgers University. His recent books include A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 2008) and Further Adventures in Monochrome (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). His reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times. He was the Arts Editor for the Brooklyn Rail (2006 – 2011). In January 2012, he started the online magazine, Hyperallergic Weekend, with three other writers. In 2002, he was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.
Three artists were selected by Yau for awards:
1st Prize; Kay Knight (Shorewood, WI)
2nd Prize: Denise Cashin (Washington, NJ)
3rd Prize: Aliza Morell (Highland Park, NJ)
Artists Rebecca Simon and Dana McElroy were selected for the Special Exhibitions Committee Award of a solo exhibit at The Center which will take place in 2014.
- Aliza Morell
- Denise Cashin
“New Work by Kasey Ramirez” and “Will Hutnick: He Chutes He Scores”
Exhibit Dates: September 16 – October 19
Opening Reception: Friday, September 27th 6-8 p.m. with Artist Talk & Demo at 7 p.m.
Bedminster, NJ: August 22, 2013: The Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce two new fall exhibitions of the work of emerging artists Kasey Ramirez and Will Hutnick. Both exhibitions open on September 16th and will remain on view through October 19th. The public is invited to an opening reception with both artists on Friday, September 27th from 6-8 p.m. Ramirez will give an artist talk and demonstration of printing without a press at 7 p.m. during the reception.
Kasey Ramirez grew up at the edge of the Pine Barrens in central New Jersey. Her prints and drawings explore the mysterious and spiritual nature of space, based on dreams and memories of certain locations, from sacred spaces to construction sites. She earned an MFA in Printmaking from IndianaUniversity in 2012 and a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008. She recently won the Estelle Campbell Second Place Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters Printmaking Competition. Currently she is an instructor of printmaking and drawing at EasternIllinoisUniversity in Charleston, IL.
Will Hutnick was born on Long Island, NY. He earned his M.F.A. in Painting from Pratt Institute in 2011 and received his B.A. in Painting and Art History from ProvidenceCollege in 2007. He has exhibited his work most recently at Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn, two-person exhibition with Jeanne Wilkinson), Rabbit Hole Projects (Brooklyn), Loft 594 (Brooklyn), and City Without Walls (Newark, NJ). Hutnick co-curated “Future Folk Pt. 1” at Brooklyn Fire Proof as well as “ONE AND DONE” at LaunchPad (Brooklyn). His work is featured in New American Paintings #99. During this summer, Hutnick is one of the artists in residence on Governors Island. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
Ramirez won the First Place Prize in the 2012 Juried Exhibition at The Center and the Special Exhibitions Committee Award of a solo exhibit. Hutnick’s work was also part of 2012 Juried Exhibit, which is where he came to the attention of the Exhibitions Committee.
Annual Members’ Non-juried Exhibit and Children’s Book Illustration Exhibit
June 21 – August 23, 2013
The Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to present its annual Members’ Non-Juried Show, a yearly opportunity for our members to submit work in any media. This year one hundred and eight members participated, submitting works in painting, pencil and charcoal, pastel, photography, mixed media, ceramics and sculpture.
A panel of three of The Center’s faculty members judged the Members’ Exhibit entries and awarded six prizes; Gary Godbee, Yelena Piatigorsky, and John Reinking. The “Best in Show” award went to Melissa Ross (Lebanon), Susanna Kopchains (Far Hills) and Martin Zlotkin (Benardsville) were selected for Awards of Excellence, and Honorable Mentions were awared to Francesca Leipzig Picone (Succasunna), Linda Lam (Bridgewater), and Letty Oratowski (Basking Ridge).
On view concurrently is a Children’s Book Illustration Exhibit of work by The Center’s members who selected a page to illustrate from one of five unpublished manuscripts provided by the New Jersey Children’s Book Writer’s Guild. Twelve illustrations are on view.
Rudolph Serra: Ceramics Martha Clippinger: Odds and Ends – 4/5/13 – 6/8/13
Rudolph Serra has been working in ceramics for more than three decades and during that time he has consistently asked the question, “What does clay have to offer in the creative experience?” In the 1970’s Serra studied at San Francisco State College with Stephan De Stabler, and at University of California at Berkeley with Peter Voulkos. Since then he has been making high-fired terracotta sculptures that seek to find non-utilitarian forms. By asking of clay how it folds, splashes, gouges, cuts, wrinkles, cracks, burnishes, etc., he reveals its sculptural form. Serra’s work is in numerous collections and he has been honored with a number of awards including the Pollock Krasner Grant and the National Endowment for the Arts Grant.
Martha Clippinger makes small constructions that balance between painting and sculpture. Using discarded lumber found in her Brooklyn neighborhood, she begins each new object by constructing small, intimate and quirky forms which she then paints. Clippinger first lets the found lumber dictate the shapes that she constructs, never modifying the lumber, and like a collage, arranges the found lumber until she arrives at an interesting form which she then begins to paint. The painting aspect of her work is a lively cocktail of color and geometric shapes that seems driven by the construction of the found lumber. Clippinger has an undergraduate degree in Art History from Fordham University and a Masters of Fine Art from Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University. Her debut exhibition was in New York City at Elizabeth Harris Gallery in 2012.
Romantic Realism: January 7- February 16, 2013
“Romantic Realism” is curated by renowned New Jersey painter Mel Leipzig and presents the work of painters Daniel Finaldi, Linda Pochesci and Kyle Stevenson. In his curator’s statement Leipzig explains, “Realism in painting in its purest sense can be described as an objective record of the surface of reality. When realism is used as the vehicle to express an intense subjective feeling, it enters the realm of romanticism. The three artists in this exhibition….use the structure of visual realism to express deeply felt, highly personal, emotional states.Therefore they can be called Romantic Realists.”
Daniel Finaldi lives in Highland Park, NJ and teaches Fine Art and Art History at Freehold Borough High School. He has an MFA from BrooklynCollege. Finaldi states, “I am devoted to observing people as they are and as I perceive them in their space. I wish to paint what I believe to be beautiful; space, air, color and the spark of life and the dignity that is in every soul.”
Originally from New Jersey, Linda Pochesci now lives and paints in Hyde Park, MA. She has an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and her work has been exhibited extensively. She taught at Rhode Island School of Design and most recently at WestMorrisCentralHigh School, Chester until 2011. Pochesci explains, “I am attracted to the dynamics of architectural spaces. Light and the shadows that it casts speak to me about the poetics of space.”
Hamilton, NJ artist Kyle Stevenson is a professor at MercerCountyCollege where he has taught Drawing, painting and 2D Design since 2002. He has an MFA Painting from the University of Delaware. According to Stevenson, “It was always assumed that he would become an artist, ever since as a three year old he needed to draw in order to keep quiet in church.”
Youth Art Month Exhibits: March
Exhibit Part I: Artwork by students in grades 6 through 12
Exhibit Dates: March 1 – 10, 2013
Part II: Artwork by students in grades K through 5
Exhibit Dates: March 15 – 25, 2013
Congratulations to the following artists whose work was selected for the statewide exhibit at the State Museum in Trenton:
Revisiting Landscape: Paintings by Wes Sherman
humus redux: landscape painting across a spectrum of abstraction
January 6 – February 25, 2012
Revisiting Landscape: Paintings by Wes Sherman
Curated by Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
In Revisiting Landscape Sherman explores the relationship between abstraction and landscape painting in his work, often starting with a painting from the canon of painting history, for example by Constable or Courbet, and abstracting it until he discovers something new about color, space and paint.
Sherman has been painting since 1992 and studied under Thomas Nozkowski at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where he received a Masters degree. He has shown in Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Tennessee and is represented by the Baumgartner Gallery (Salzburg, Austria), and hermanworks (Nashville,TN). He often is a visiting artist at Universities across the county, most recently at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.
Sherman has had 24 solo shows and has been included in numerous group shows. Over the past year he has had shows at East Tennessee State University, Austin Peay State University, Lipscomb University, and Alfa Art Gallery and was the recipient of a Fellowship for Painting from The New Jersey State University Council for the Arts.
humus redux: landscape painting across a spectrum of abstraction
Curated by Jeff Williams/hermanworks (Nashville, TN)
Humus (HYOUmus) is the organic component of soil formed by decomposing plant material, and an appropriate metaphor for a show about how 21st century artists approach the abstraction of landscape. humus redux presents the work of Gary Stephan, Judy Simonian and Tiffany Calvert.
Tiffany Calvert lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BA with Honors from Oberlin College in1998 and an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers where she was awarded graduate teaching fellowships and the John Bettenbender Commencement Award.Since 1998, her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions including Lawrimore Project in Seattle, Visual Arts Gallery at SVA New York, and The Lab in San Francisco. She mounted three solo exhibitions with Lisa Boyle Gallery in Chicago in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
During 2006 and 2007, she was granted a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship and residencies at the ArtOmi International Arts Center (NY), the Artists’ Enclave at IPark (CT), and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program (CA). In 2010 she was awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and was selected for a subsidized studio from the Chashama Organization, NY.
Her curatorial projects include an exhibition of abstract painting, “Some Abstraction Occurs” for the Chicago Gallery 65GRAND in 2008 and “All Things Being Equal”, an exhibition of paintings objects and photographs at Raritan Valley Community College in 2010.
Tiffany is currently Full Time Instructor of Visual Arts and Head of Foundations at Raritan Valley Community College in NJ. Her work is housed in private collections throughout the US.
Judith Simonian was born in Los Angeles CA and received her B.A. and M.A. at California State University. She lives and works in New York City where this year she had a solo exhibit at the Edward Thorp Gallery. She exhibits regularly in museums and galleries throughout the United States and internationally.
Grants and awards she has received include two Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grants, and NEA Fellowship, California Confederation for The Arts Grant, MacDowell Residency Fellowship as well as residency fellowships at Blue Mountain Center, Virginia Center for The Arts and Foundation Valparaiso in Spain. She was nominated for an Anonymous Was A Woman Award and in 2011 and was Artist in Residence for 6 months as a part of Artists Alliance Lower East Side Rotating Studio Program, NYC.
Simonian has a permanent installation at PS1 Contemporary Art Center/Museum of Modern Art and is represented in many other private and public collections. She has taught in California at Otis/Parsons,Claremont Graduate School, the University of California at Long Beach, St. Michael’s College in Vermont, and currently at the Cooper Union in New York City.
Gary Stephan has been showing his painting and sculpture since the late sixties in theUnited StatesandEurope. He has had solo shows in this country at Bykert Gallery, Mary Boone, Hirschl and Adler, Margo Leavin, Marlboro, and Daniel Weinberg among others.
Stephan’s is in the collections of The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan, and the Museum of Modern Art in NY, as well as museums nationwide. He is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Stephan teaches in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He is currently represented by the Kienzle Art Foundation, Berlin. Ten of his videos are displayed on You Tube.
Youth Art Month: March 2012
Through You Into Action: April 16 – June 9, 2012
The Center for Contemporary Art and Gallery Aferro were excited to present Through You Into Action, a major multi-site exhibition and accompanying publication of the same name, commemorating the first 5 years of Gallery Aferro’s award-winning studio residency program. The exhibitions, curated by gallery co-founders Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox, presented an expansive and highly diverse cross-section of contemporary art practice, encompassing sculpture, printmaking, painting, installation, video and performance by 30 alumni of the program, which takes place in Gallery Aferro’s 20,000 sq ft building.
Connecting Bedminster (Somerset County) and Newark (Essex County) and featuring site-specific installations, Through You Into Action presented the artistic vibrancy of the region, and the important role that workspace programs and art centers play in placemaking and the free exchange of ideas.
Exhibiting artists: Anonda Bell, Katrina Bello, Gianluca Bianchino, Patricia Cazorla,Marcy Chevali, Lane Cooper, Kevin Darmanie, Don Edler, Dahlia Elsayed, Nadja Frank, Jerry Gant, Tai Hwa Goh, Hiroshi Kumagai, Norene Leddy, Ann LePore, Caroline Mak, Vikki Michalios, Margaret Murphy, Kathryn Okeson, Alison Owen, Peter Owen, Nell Painter, Ryan Roa, Steve Rossi, Irys Schenker, Ryan Schroeder, Jomar Statkun, Calla Thompson, Barbara Wallace, Ken Weathersby, Sara Wolfe.
The residency program brings together 10-12 local, national and international artists each year to work on ambitious projects. Each artist receives 24/7 access to a large studio, career support, studio visits from curators, the opportunity to participate in public events such as artist talks and open studios, a culminating solo exhibition, inclusion in a publication and the chance to document their experiences on the studio blog. With an ever-expanding alumni network of almost 60 artists, there are ongoing opportunities for collaboration and fellowship.
Gallery Aferro and the Center for Contemporary Art are both creative hubs where art is not only shown but made. The exhibitions as well as the accompanying publication allowed the public to learn much about process: how and why each piece was conceived, worked upon, and fully realized. The fully illustrated catalog, No. 19 in Gallery Aferro’s publication line of artist books, catalogs, essays and sound art CD’s, features writing from each artist illuminating their concepts as well as their experiences in the program.
2012 Members’ Non-Juried Show & Sale
Exhibit: June 22 – July 28
This show is eagerly anticipated and is a great exhibition opportunity for artists at all levels of expertise. It is also a chance for The Center to show off its very talented artist members!
Three cash prizes and three honorable mentions were awarded by this year’s judge, W. Carl Burger. Congratulations to all winners and to all ninety-one entrants on an impressive show!
- Best in Show: “Ten’s Art” by Jan Ten Broeke
- Award of Excellence: “Box with Red Bird” by Lawrence Quirk
- Award of Excellence: “My Imagination” by Gay Billich
- Honorable Mention: “Alchemy” by Kiyomi Baird
- Honorable Mention: “Fingering Out” by Yelena Piatigorsky
- Honorable Mention: “Birch Oasis” by Carol Thurlow
2012 JURIED EXHIBITION
November 9 – December 15, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, November 9th from 6-8 p.m.
Juror Edwin Ramoran selected forty-five pieces for inclusion in the exhibition from over 600 entries from the U.S. and abroad. The Center’s Exhibition Committee chose New Jersey artist Kasey Ramirez (see above) as the recipient of the special committee award of a solo exhibit which will take place in 2013. Ramirez received an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University this year. In addition, three artists were selected by the Juror for cash prizes that were awarded at the reception. First prize is $500 contributed by Investors Bank, second prize is $250, and third prize is $100 donated by the Bedminster Business Association.
1st Prize: Kasey Ramirez
2nd Prize: Abrahim Ahmed
3rd Prize: Erin Paulson
ABOUT THE JUROR: Edwin Ramoran
Edwin Ramoran is is Curator-at-Large for the Bronx Council on the Arts and Guest Lead Curator for the performance and public art festival titled Art in Odd Places 2012: MODEL which will take place in October along 14th Street. He is a recipient of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Curatorial Fellowship Grant and the apexart Outbound Residency. Previous positions include Assistant Curator at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Director/Curator at Longwood Arts Project/Bronx Council on the Arts, Director of Exhibitions and Programs at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, and Program Director of Arkipelago, a Filipino arts collective. He has been a guest curator in New York at the P.S. 1/MoMA, Museum of Chinese in the Americas, PERFORMA 05 at Artists Space, Center for Book Arts, Corridor Gallery, Dixon Place, Dieu Donné Papermill and Gallery, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, The LGBT Center, and Visual AIDS. Edwin serves on the board of PEPATIÁN, a South Bronx-based organization dedicated to creating, producing and supporting contemporary multi-disciplinary art by Latino and Bronx-based artists.
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES FOR EXHIBITING ARTISTS:
Exhibit Opening Reception: Friday, November 9, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. – new date!
Exhibit Closes: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Artwork Return: Week of December 17, 2012
Artwork In-Person Pick-Up: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 from 2-6 p.m.
Water/Line: Mark Stockton and Cindy Stockton Moore: October 16 – December 3, 2012
The Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to present “Water/Line”, an exhibition of the work of Philadelphia artists Mark Stockton and Cindy Stockton Moore opening on Sunday, October 16, 2011 from 3-6 p.m. with an Artist Talk at 3 p.m. The exhibition runs through December 3, 2011 and is curated by well-known New Jersey artist Mel Leipzig.
Cindy Stockton Moore’s painted work explores the liminal landscape in a variety of media including encaustic, watercolor and gouache. Swimmers trespass in isolated bodies of water – restricted reservoirs, wetlands, and rivers- creating a sense of both playfulness and potential for disaster. Themes of unease within nature, impending danger, and vulnerability also run through Stockton Moore’s Actum Agere series. Here paintings are repeated and abbreviated resulting in shifts and alterations from piece to piece and creating a narrative series that references cinematic story-telling. The imagery is inspired by cult films and staged photographs, resulting in a related but evasive narrative.
Mark Stockton works with traditional materials and techniques to reference a range of historical portraiture. Through a time-intensive and rigorous process, he reproduces the synthetic product of celebrity through hand-drawn and intimately human means. Through his drawings, Stockton reexamines familiar images of famous and infamous archetypes in an exaggerated size and with painstaking detail. Working from memory, found images and Internet sources, his work reflects a collective consciousness that is shaped by our media-saturated culture.“Water/Line” speaks to the underlying themes connecting the work on view and the very different ways that these two, married artists work in their shared studio. Both artists are interested in saturation, Stockton with media-generated saturation of images, and Stockton Moore with the physical sensation of saturation. Both seek out the implied spaces around figurative images, but their methods differ dramatically in revealing them. Mark Stockton’s carefully rendered compositions introduce complex connections between iconic figures, while Cindy Stockton Moore’s looser, more intuitive approach to painting allows the media to obscure and reveal simultaneously.
Members’ Non-Juried Show: June 9 – August 25, 2011
The Members’ Non-Juried Show is an opportunity for The Center’s members to submit work in any media for this summer exhibition. Christopher B. Koep, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Raritan Valley Community College, was the judge for this year’s exhibition. Koep has taught at the College for 23 years and has been the recipient of two New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship grants as well as McDowell, Yaddo and Millay fellowships. This year seventy-seven of The Center’s members participated, submitting works in painting, pencil and charcoal, pastel, photography, mixed media and sculpture.
About the exhibition, Koep states, “I am impressed with the sense of beauty that all the pieces portray. The pieces selected for awards have a strong point of view and a high level of competence within their media. Sometimes the simplest of subject matter holds the most content.”
Award of Excellence: “Silver Bowl with Apples” by Letty Oratowski
Serena Bocchino: iPOP April 10- May 26, 2011
The Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to present an exhibition of the work of New Jersey-based artist Serena Bocchino opening on Sunday, April 10th from 2-4 pm and running through May 26th. iPOP is the term used by Bocchino to describe her recent body of mixed media work which includes paintings, “photo-paintings,” painted figures and drawings. Using bright enamel and her unique “pouring technique,” Bocchino creates a true wonderland in this installation. Surrounding her vivid and lyrical paintings is a garden with ordinary lawn ornaments such as bunnies, squirrels and flamingos which she transforms into iconographic pop elements. The result is vital and dynamic; a colorful and surprising environment which combines high art with popular culture.
Bocchino has developed her own poetic and unique visual vocabulary of rhythmic marks, lines and imagery. The result is an exciting fusion of color, mood and atmosphere. She continues to push the parameters of her paintings using a vibrant palette and textured imagery. In addition to her paintings, she will exhibit her “photo-paintings,” which combine digitally manipulated photographs with acrylic plexiglass sheets on which she paints to create a “pop synergy” between the different media. She continues to fully investigate her subject matter utilizing these and other industrial materials in bold new renderings of her visual language.
In iPOP Bocchino revisits, reinvents and reconstructs her world based on influences of the past three decades. The philosophical contrast of combining the high art of abstraction with ordinary lawn ornaments creates a contradiction that is both provocative and humorous. The ornaments are hand painted to match the paintings, and the integration of these figures creates an unexpected reality that spins ideas of fantasy and hope and creates a unique and personal perspective on life. Bocchino’s mastery of cosmic color and rhythmic abstraction gives the term “pop” – an oft-used expression – an explosive new meaning for our contemporary culture.
Bocchino is also a children’s book author and illustrator. Who Am I? The Story of the Artist, is her most recent book and will be on display and for sale for the duration of the exhibition. At the opening reception Bocchino will be available to sign copies of her book and limited edition giclee prints of the illustrations that combine watercolor illustration with her abstract paintings will also be on display. The public is invited to the opening reception free of charge and refreshments will be served.
About the artist
Since 1985 galleries and museums worldwide have featured Bocchino’s work including The Morris Museum, Morristown; The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton; Tria Gallery, NYC; ArtHaus, San Francisco; Campo & Campo, Antwerp; Studio Bocchi, Rome; the Galerie du Tableau, Marseilles; and the Millennio Gallerie D’Arte, Venice among others. Bocchino and her work have also been the subject of four films, the most recent of which, A Dream of Blue, directed by Greg Smith of Down the Line Productions, received the 2009 Best Inspirational Documentary Award by the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. The documentary, Observer Highway Revisited by filmmaker, Monica Sharf, featured Bocchino working in her studio and creating a painting from inception to completion. This documentary was screened at the International Film Festival at The Museum of Modern Art.
Bocchino has been recognized by many art institutions for her work and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the PS 1 International Studio Residency, the Artists Space/Artists Grant, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Art Matters Grant, the Brodsky Center Printmaking Residency and the Basil Alkazzi Award. Her work is included in prestigious private, public and corporate collections throughout the world, including those of McKinsey & Co. Inc., Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. Bocchino has a Masters Degree in Painting from New York University.
For more information about Serena Bocchino visit www.serenabocchino.com
For information about Who Am I? The Story of an Artist visit www.theamicollection.com
“Wild” (from the iPop series) 2008-09 Enamel paint on canvas 42×524″ Serena Bocchino
YOUTH ART MONTH
An exhibit of student work, in partnership with Art Educators of New Jersey
Part 1: Student Work grades K through 5: March 1 – March 13
Part 2: Student Work grades 6 through 12: March 18 – April 3
2011 Members Juried Exhibit: January 16 – February 12, 2011
Juror David Shevlino
Best in Show
Award Of Excellence
Judy Balance – “Winsor and Newton” Watercolor (photo not shown)
“Michael Graves,” a five panel portrait by Mel Leipizg February 17-
Annual Youth Art Month Celebration
in partnership with the Art Educators of New Jersey
March 1 – 31
W. Carl Burger & Rhoda Yanow
“New Jersey People & Places”
April 8 – May 7
Members Non-Juried Exhibit
July 8 – August 20
Art in Architecture
The exhibit of an international juried competition
September 11 – October 30
Juried Exhibit and Sale of Small Works
November 6 – December 4