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. 
 

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! 

OUT OF BOUNDS: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION OPENS TODAY!

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Opening day is finally here. I am overwhelmed by the amount of love and support I have received from family and friends and the OOB artists during the long journey toward creating this exhibition. With deep gratitude, I am happy to share the Out of Bounds exhibition catalogue with you!

You can download the Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression Exhibition catalogue for free at organicartfarm.com

 

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! 

"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.