Wesley Anderegg • Head Spinner
earthenware, steel, wood, 33x12x10 inches
February 15 - April 13, 2013
"Folk art is, indeed, the oldest of all the aristocracies of thought, and because it refuses what is passing and trivial, the merely clever and pretty, as certainly as the vulgar and insincere, and because it has gathered itself into the simplest and most unforgettable thoughts of the generations, it is the soil where all great art is rooted."
W. B. Yeats
Folk art draws its power from its directness, honesty and ingenuity. This exhibition brings together six contemporary American makers whose work has variously been described as folk art, outsider art, or visionary art. Half of this talented group includes individuals with no formal art training and half hold graduate degrees in the field of art. What binds them is that they are compelled to use their hands, hearts and minds to make work of great spirit and visceral interest.
Exhibiting artists include:
Wesley Anderegg, Harvey Peterson, Thomas Ridlon, Richard Rockford, Tod Smith, Jessica Straus
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| Sanam Emami
|| Adams Puryear
|| Thomas & Sarah Gelsanliter
|Our Cups Runneth Over
November 16, 2012- January 19, 2013
Our Cups Runneth Over is a biannual exhibition and sale of contemporary ceramic cups featuring the work of 33 artists from around the country. The exhibition attracts the attention of regional and national collectors and has become an important educational destination for students to learn about the various formal, conceptual and technical approaches that ceramics allows. For the exhibition, Sanam Emami, Head of the Pottery Department at Colorado State University, Fort Collins has conceived a site-specific installation that further explores her interest in the patterns of Iranian and Islamic art and architecture. While in Boston, Emami will be offering a visual presentation at Harvard Ceramics on Tuesday, November 13th at 5:00pm. For details click here.
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Thomas & Sarah Gelsanliter
Brian R. Jones
Lynn Smiser Bowers
Executive Order 9066
September 8 - November 3, 2012
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens and resident aliens of Japanese ancestry. Wendy Maruyama, a third generation Japanese-American and highly regarded artist/furniture maker based in San Diego, has created a compelling body of work examining this period in American history.
The exhibition includes three integrated parts: Executive Order 9066, the Tag Project, and a selection of historical artifacts. Executive Order 9066 involves a series of wall-mounted cabinets and sculptures referencing themes common in the internment camps. Maruyama's pieces integrate photo transfers based on the documentary photographs of Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake in conjunction with materials such as barbed wire, tarpaper and domestic objects. The Tag Project consists of groupings of 120,000 recreated paper identification tags suspended from the ceiling. The suspended tags evoke a powerful sense of the humiliation endured by the internees and the sheer numbers of those displaced.
Maruyama's inclusion of actual objects owned or made by the internees brings an intensely personal awareness to the impact of Executive Order 9066. Included objects range from actual suitcases used by families during their relocation to an array of items made by internees from available materials in the camps.
The schedule will feature a gallery reception, dinner with the artist and a Taiko drumming performance, and a lecture by Maruyama addressing her experience, inspiration and the process that resulted in this compelling project.
The traveling exhibition and catalog were made possible with a grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation. The exhibition will travel to:
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, February 1 to April 21, 2013
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona, September 28, 2013 to January 4, 2014
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California, March 1 to May 24, 2014
Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, California, October 2, 2014 to January 4, 2015
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Vitreous enamel, copper, sterling silver
1" x 2" x 1.4" • 2010
12" x 4" x 2" • 2010
Twelve Artists,Twelve Objects, 2012
July 14 - August 25, 2012
Twelve Artists, Twelve Objects, 2012 brings together MFA graduates from the Metals program at The State University of New York, New Paltz. The idea for this exhibition developed out of a project assigned at New Paltz where the objective is for students to have a limited amount of time to create a concise body of work. The project becomes an exercise in sketching, material explorations and trusting ones intuition.
Each artist has created twelve discrete pieces to be exhibited. The imposed parameters gives each artist the opportunity to take a step back from their regular practice to participate in a process oriented, idea generating exercise. The spectrum of working styles from object makers to installation artists to jewelers will ensure that a diverse and interesting collection of art is presented.
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The 2012 Artist Awards
April 14 - June 30, 2012
Initiated in 1994, the Artist Awards encourage and support the work of New England craft artists who demonstrate a mastery of their media and create original and innovative work. Every other year, a panel of jurors selects three award winners, one of the awards is funded by the John D. Mineck Foundation and earmarked for a furniture maker.
The 2012 competition jurors were:
Gail Fredell - Studio Furniture Artist, Educator and Arts Administrator. Based in Asheville, NC.
Jeff Guido - Artistic Director at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Heather White van Stolk - Jeweler and Associate Professor of Art at Massachusetts College of Art and Design
The 2012 Artist Award Winners are:
Abigail Newbold (MA), Fiber
Andrea Williams (MA), Jewelry
Brian Reid (ME), Furniture
SAC Exhibition Gallery
The SAC Exhibition Gallery is located on the second floor, above the SAC Retail Gallery:
175 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
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