Monday, February 27, 2012

The Center for Contemporary Art Celebrates Youth Art Month

Each year, for the past twelve years, in celebration of Youth Art Month, The Center for Contemporary Art hosts 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 11 years.

This year fourteen public and private schools located throughout Somerset County will be participating in two exhibitions during the month of March. Part I of Youth Art Month runs from March 1-March 11 and features students in grades K through 5. Part II features students in grades 6 through 12 and runs from March 15-March 25. Public receptions will be held on Sunday, March 11th for Part I and Sunday, March 25th for Part II. Awards presentations will be held at 2:30 pm. each day.

This year, for the first time, The Center will hold two Family Open House events in conjunction with Youth Art Month receptions from 1-3:30 pm on Sunday, March 11th and 25th. Activities include a variety of hands-on art projects and artist demonstrations led by The Center’s faculty. Special class registration promotions will be offered, along with a summer camp preview, refreshments and more! The events are offered free of charge and the facility is handicapped accessible.

Come check it out! And bring a friend. All programs take place at The Center for Contemporary Art, 2020 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster, NJ. (908)234-2345

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Two new exhibitions open!

The Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the first two exhibitions of 2012. “Revisiting Landscape: Paintings by Wes Sherman” is a solo exhibition of the work of Denville artist Wes Sherman, curated by Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. “humus redux: landscape painting across a spectrum of abstraction” is curated by Jeff Williams of hermanworks (Nashville, TN.) and presents the work of three artists who take a new look at landscape painting. Both exhibitions open on Friday, January 6th with an opening reception from 6-8 pm, and run through February 25, 2012.

Revisiting Landscape: Paintings by Wes Sherman

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 include 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

Humus (HYOU‐mus) 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.

Gary Stephan

Gary Stephan has been showing his painting and sculpture since the late sixties in the United States and Europe. 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.

Judy Simonian

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 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.

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.

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