With PAPER 2019, Silvermine Arts Center introduces a new annual exhibition series designed to focus on a particular material and consider it in the broadest terms. Curated by Jennifer Farrell, Associate Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paper 2019—on view at Silvermine Galleries from April 3 to May 16—features prints, drawings, photographs, artists’ books, and handmade paper as well as three-dimensional works made with paper. The public is invited to an opening reception on Sun., April 7, from 2-4 pm.
“The aim of the exhibition,” said Farrell “is to highlight the vitality, diversity, sense of experimentation and skillful execution, and the many ways in which contemporary artists approach this material.” Finalists, all of whom are included in the exhibition, were chosen from over 400 submissions from almost every state in the U.S. The geographical spread gives the exhibition a national perspective. Roger Mudre, Silvermine Gallery Director, added, “Viewers will find a wide range of works made on or with paper, including sculpture and installations along with the traditional disciplines of drawing, painting, and photography.”
Visitors to the Silvermine Galleries might be inspired to experience making art with paper themselves after seeing the different and intriguing ways contemporary artists are approaching this traditional material. Concurrent with the PAPER 2019 exhibition, the Silvermine School of Art is hosting one and two-day workshops that explore special studies in paper arts including bookbinding, book art and garden journaling. The following workshops are offered: Watercolors: Garden and Illustrative Journaling with Nancy McTague-Stock, Tues., April 16, 10 am to 4 pm; Bookbinding: Artist Sketchbooks and Journals with Gavin Dovey, Sat. and Sun., May 4 and 5, 10 am to 3 pm; Lisa Arnold’s Art Journaling for teens age 11-15, Fri., May 10, 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Altered Books, Transforming Old Books into New Art with Jane Lubin, Fri., May 17, 10 am to 4:15 pm. No prior expertise is needed, and all are invited to attend. To register for any of the special workshops, prospective participants can visit the website or call the School of Art at (203) 966-6668 ext 2.
The exhibition will showcase close to 100 works created by 71 artists across the country, including: Angela A'Court of New York, NY; J.L. Abraham of New York, NY; Dustin Adams of Idaho Falls, ID; Tommy Anastasio of Palm Coast, FL; Theo. A. Artz of Philadelphia, PA; Chellis Baird of New York, NY; Sandra Baker of South Windsor, CT; Anita Gangi Balkun of West Hartford, CT; Justin Barfield of Niles, MI; Lisa Berger of Newtown, CT; Miriam Bisceglia of Woodstock, NY; Mariella Bisson of Woodstock, NY; Emily Blundell of Westport, CT; Sonia Bombart of Weston, CT; Larissa Borteh of Chicago, IL; McCormick Brubaker of Menands, NY; Nina Buxenbaum of Bethel, CT; Jennifer Cadoff of New Rochelle, NY; Helen Cantrell of Old Lyme, CT; Ann Chernow of Westport, CT; Marcia Cooper of Brooklyn, NY; Aurélien Couput of New York, NY; Ivy Dachman of Croton on Hudson, NY; Marina Daneva of Stamford, CT; Elysa DeMartini of Stamford, CT; James Dormer of Fort Collins, CO; Katharine Draper of Norwalk, CT; Alanna Fagan of Milford, CT; Arlene Farenci of Glen Ridge, NJ; Ecka Blaire Faulds of Hastings on Hudson, NY; Donna Forma of Southport, CT; Sally Frank of North Salem, NY; Catherine Freudenberg of New York, NY; Leslie Fry of Winooski, VT; Hanneke Goedkoop of Rowayton, CT; Vincent Hawley of Staten Island, NY; Fran Henry-Meehan of Southport, CT; Kate Holcomb Hale of Arlington, MA; Lauren Horelick of Arlington, VA; Renée Hughes of Simsbury, CT; Leandre Jackson of Philadelphia, PA; Mary Janacek of Fairfield, CT; Christina Kang of Morgantown, WV; Judith Orseck Katz of Westport, CT; Elisa Keogh of Norwalk, CT; Barbara King of Hastings on Hudson, NY; Lara Knutson of Long Island City, NY; Karleen Loughran of Hamden, CT; Carole P. Kunstadt of West Hurley, NY; Nancy Lasar of Washington Depot, CT; Liz Leggett of Westport, CT; Wayne Madsen of Noblesville, IN; Victoria Manning of Brooklyn, NY; Ellen Mason of Sarasota, FL; Mary McFerran of Croton, NY; Kiyoshi Otsuka of Bronxville, NY; Maryanne Pollock of Washington, DC; Gina Randazzo of Hastings on Hudson, NY; Barbara Ringer of Ridgefield, CT; Gerald Saladyga of New Haven, CT; Susan Siegel of Woodstock, NY; Marisa Silverstein of Hastings on Hudson, NY; Taro Takizawa of Syracuse, NY; Job Tibay of Norwalk, CT; Lynne Tobin of Providence, RI; Cedric van Eenoo of New York, NY; Evan Venegas of New York, NY; and Gregg Welz of Norwalk, CT.
“We’re delighted to introduce a new exhibition series with a national outlook and reach,” said Mudre. The next exhibition in this series will focus on Fiber Art, and information on submitting to FIBER 2020 will appear on the Silvermine website www.silvermineart.org later this year.