2015 International Juried Exhibition
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.”