NEW DIRECTIONS 2015 NATIONAL JURIED CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION

PRESENTED BY BARRETT ART CENTER/DCAA

OPENING SEPTEMBER 26 THRU OCTOBER 21, 2015

©Offering III High-fire ceramic mixed media sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash  Excited and honor to have my sculpture juried into the Barrett Art Center's 29th contemporary art exhibition. Looking forward to attending the opening reception on Saturday, September 26, 4-7PM.    ABOUT NEW DIRECTIONS and the BARRETT ART CENTER:     New Directions is a premier national exhibition of contemporary art in all visual art media, showcasing the current work of established and emerging artists from across the United States working in a varied array of medium and genres.  The show is visited by art appreciators and collectors from the Hudson Valley and beyond, including New York City and the suburbs of Connecticut. Now in its 29th year, and juried by professionals of repute from the country’s leading modern art museums, this exhibition brings contemporary art to an atypical venue - the warm and welcoming galleries of Barrett Art Center’s 1830's Greek Revival Townhouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.  Surprisingly, the Barrett townhouse lends itself well to a dramatic, visually compelling presentation of contemporary and cutting-edge work.    ABOUT OUR JUROR  :     Janet Bishop currently serves as the Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).  Over the course of her tenure at SFMOMA, Janet has organized dozens of special exhibitions and presentations of the museum’s collection of 20th and 21st-century art, and published and lectured widely.  She was one of the lead curators for   The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde   — an award-winning exhibition that premiered at SFMOMA before traveling to the Grand Palais in Paris, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  Other exhibitions of special note include   75 Years of Looking Forward: The Anniversary Show   and   Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective  .   While SFMOMA is undergoing expansion construction, Janet is overseeing its off-site exhibition program—“SFMOMA on the Go”—which presents exhibitions in both traditional and non-traditional venues throughout the Bay Area and beyond.    Janet is currently at work on two special exhibitions slated for SFMOMA’s newly expanded facility:   Matisse/Diebenkorn  , an exhibition co-organized with The Baltimore Museum of Art that will explore the influence of Henri Matisse on Richard Diebenkorn, and a retrospective of the work of David Park.   Janet was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B.A. in art history and psychology from Cornell University in 1985 and her M.A. in art history from Columbia University in 1988. Her first museum job was at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell.  She currently serves on the Johnson’s Advisory Council.    

©Offering III High-fire ceramic mixed media sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash

Excited and honor to have my sculpture juried into the Barrett Art Center's 29th contemporary art exhibition. Looking forward to attending the opening reception on Saturday, September 26, 4-7PM. 

ABOUT NEW DIRECTIONS and the BARRETT ART CENTER:   New Directions is a premier national exhibition of contemporary art in all visual art media, showcasing the current work of established and emerging artists from across the United States working in a varied array of medium and genres.  The show is visited by art appreciators and collectors from the Hudson Valley and beyond, including New York City and the suburbs of Connecticut. Now in its 29th year, and juried by professionals of repute from the country’s leading modern art museums, this exhibition brings contemporary art to an atypical venue - the warm and welcoming galleries of Barrett Art Center’s 1830's Greek Revival Townhouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.  Surprisingly, the Barrett townhouse lends itself well to a dramatic, visually compelling presentation of contemporary and cutting-edge work.

ABOUT OUR JUROR:  
Janet Bishop currently serves as the Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).  Over the course of her tenure at SFMOMA, Janet has organized dozens of special exhibitions and presentations of the museum’s collection of 20th and 21st-century art, and published and lectured widely.  She was one of the lead curators for The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde — an award-winning exhibition that premiered at SFMOMA before traveling to the Grand Palais in Paris, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  Other exhibitions of special note include 75 Years of Looking Forward: The Anniversary Show and Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective.
While SFMOMA is undergoing expansion construction, Janet is overseeing its off-site exhibition program—“SFMOMA on the Go”—which presents exhibitions in both traditional and non-traditional venues throughout the Bay Area and beyond. 
Janet is currently at work on two special exhibitions slated for SFMOMA’s newly expanded facility: Matisse/Diebenkorn, an exhibition co-organized with The Baltimore Museum of Art that will explore the influence of Henri Matisse on Richard Diebenkorn, and a retrospective of the work of David Park.
Janet was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B.A. in art history and psychology from Cornell University in 1985 and her M.A. in art history from Columbia University in 1988. Her first museum job was at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell.  She currently serves on the Johnson’s Advisory Council. 
 

MONMOUTH MUSEUM: PLEASE TOUCH! SCULPTURE EXHIBITION 2015

MONMOUTH MUSEUM: PLEASE TOUCH! SCULPTURE EXHIBITION 2015

Museum Statement:
Please Touch! Sculpture Exhibition at the Monmouth Museum is a Main Gallery juried exhibition featuring wall and free standing sculpture that can be touched by visitors. This exhibition is intended to help visually-impaired people overcome the barrier they experience at most museums by allowing everyone to experience art by touching. Sighted people will also learn to experience art without relying on their eyesight in addition to a visual artistic experience.

PLEASE CLICK THE TITLE LINK TO VISIT MONMOUTHMUSEUM.ORG 

Conjure   High Fire Ceramic Mixed Media Mosaic Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

Conjure High Fire Ceramic Mixed Media Mosaic Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

Helios Horse   Mixed Media Mosaic Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

Helios Horse Mixed Media Mosaic Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

Offering   High Fire Ceramic Mixed Media Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

Offering High Fire Ceramic Mixed Media Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

I am excited to have two of my mixed media mosaic sculptures and one of my ceramic mixed media sculptures chosen for the upcoming Monmouth Museum's Please Touch! Sculpture Exhibition opening on June 28, thru September 6, 2015.


My artwork centers on the visceral nature of gathering, wrapping, layering, breaking, forming and hand-piecing many elements to form a cohesive whole. Hand-crafting and hand-piecing is essential to building my mosaic and mixed media sculptures. Museum goers will have the opportunity to connect with my works through the powerful sense of touch. I find the concept compelling. This wonderfully progressive and inclusive Please Touch! exhibition will enable the visually impaired and the sighted to experience aspects of the kinetic and meditative energy that is imbued into my work. I am honored to have my sculptures chosen for such a wonderfully special  exhibition that will allow the museum visitors to connect with me, my artworks and my intentions on such an intimate level. This is my first exhibition with Monmouth Museum. I can't wait to visit. I look forward to what I will learn from this interactive and transcendent creative experience. Gratitude. 


AFTV: The Artist Forum Episode #51 Out of Bounds

Anthony E. Boone and Noel Donaldson, Hosted by Shelita Birchett Benash

AFTV 51: OUT OF BOUNDS AIRED THURS., MARCH 5, 2014 @ 7:30PM EST Former AFTV host SHELITA BIRCHETT BENASH graces our stage for the first time in years to talk about OUT OF BOUNDS: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, her curatorial debut at the Blue Door Art Center and Gallery. Features guest artists ANTHONY E. BOONE and NOEL DONALDSON. (Exhibition features work by AF's Amos White V - See video link below.) Tune into AFTV this Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 7:30PM EST on Manhattan's Time Warner Cable 67, RCN Cable 85, FIOS 36. Not in Manhattan? View worldwide via MNN.org's Channel 4 at showtime.

So great working with Amos and AFTV, again. The Artists Forum is a wonderful platform for artists in all stages of development. Anthony E. Boone and Noel Donaldson are two deeply creative visionary artists. Their interview was engaging and informational. Must See TV! 

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

What a day this was! 7 hour drive to Pittsburgh for the closing weekend of the Women of Visions, Inc. "Storytellers Truth be Told!" exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Great show. So happy to have been a part of a beautiful exhibition put on by an historic African American guild of women artists. Truly special. Thank you, Laverne & Christine for an unforgettable experience! 

Curatorial Statement by Shelita Birchett Benash

“I always wanted to be free.”~ Thorton Dial

Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression is an international all media exploration of how deep creativity and fearlessness push artists outside the lines of traditional methods, applications and ways of seeing. The featured media are emblematic expressions of the untethered spirit that knows no limits.Out of Bounds seizes upon that symbiotic dialogue between viewer and artwork. And through social media’s real-time connectivity; the artist also becomes part of the conversation. With this action, the exhibition will attempt to break out of the static material gallery space; onto virtual platforms. By using various 21st century technological modes of direct communication; this exhibition serves as a fluid work-in-progress exposing the featured artists to the viewer’s gaze and gallery experience. Out of Bounds seeks to facilitate perspective cross-connections that forge new and significant links between viewers and artists, while revealing art’s value as a participatory culture and meaningful place maker. The interactive nature of the exhibition gives viewers the ability to openly engage with the artists as they consider the artworks, the power of personal narrative and unfettered creativity.

“Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression” has a corresponding Facebook page, Tumblr blog and Twitter account where viewers are encouraged to actively participate digitally with the artists. QR codes inside the exhibition also take visitors directly to Vimeo.com, where they can watch short films and videos by the “Out of Bounds” digital storytellers

https://www.facebook.com/freedomofexpressionexhibition

http://outofboundsfreedomofexpression.tumblr.com

https://vimeo.com/user36403724

 

 

"Libation" WIP

"Sometimes God gits familiar wid us womenfolks too and talks His inside business" (Hurston, 1990, p 70). 


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Luscious red clay. My heart sings. 

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This vessel has revealed itself to me. "Libation" WIP. The vessel had me tossing and turning with its process of becoming.  I am anticipating the wood firing at Tony Moore's Anagram kiln. I have wanted to experience wood firing ever since digging my hands into the clay two years ago. I am walking toward the fire. Will work a stoking shift. I look forward to all I will see, hear and learn. I will offer up my libation to the fire. Can barely contain myself.