Featured in ArtVoiceWV Emerging Artist Series

I am honored to be a featured artist in the ArtVoice WV Emerging Artist Series!

“ArtVoiceWV profiles West Virginia artists and explores what sparks their creativity. Our artists tell their story in their own words. The videos vary in length and style, reflecting the artist and his/her work…

ArtVoiceWV is produced by Jack Kelly and Marla Carr. Jack has 30 years experience producing for public broadcasting. Marla also worked in public broadcasting but chose to pursue a career in the arts. Jack and Marla retired to Berkeley Springs, WV to be near family and to live in a small but vibrant arts community. Together they created the ArtVoiceWV project.

Kelly’s production company, 78 Degrees West Films, provides the production and post-production facilities for ArtVoiceWV.”

You can see the entire series here: https://artvoicewv.com/
Or on their youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzHLfxGd_TXflCmTmF8UGLg

Next Gen 4.0 Exhibition

NextGenLogoFINAL-1024x346An upcoming exhibition that I’m a part of:

“VisArts presents NextGen 4.0 a juried group exhibition that showcases next generation aspiring artists 17 to 27 years of age from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area. The annual exhibition offers young artists, who have little to no exhibition record, the opportunity to bring their work to a wider audience.

This year’s exhibition features: Acadia Kandora, Caitlin Angulo, Luiza Carson, Brennan Cox, Matailong Du, Allison Gong, Heather Hannan, Caroline Hatfield, Elli Hernandez, Mia Navarro, Shelley Picot, Nicholas Seitz, Sarah Tilton, You Wu, and Joy Yi.

The exhibition is planned and realized by a dedicated team of gallery interns and volunteers with mentorship from the VisArts gallery staff. “From the call for entry to the preparation and installation of the artwork, the entire process is a learning experience- for the first-time exhibitors as well as the organizers of the exhibition”, says Main. “Watching this exhibition take shape is inspiring. The interns embrace the vision to seek out the undiscovered young artists in our community. They are passionate about bringing their peers’ artwork into the public light”.”



Biophilia: A Mixed-Media Exhibition

Mixed Media artists Acadia Kandora and Caliph Greene will be exhibiting in the Phaze 2 Gallery with an opening reception will be April 14th and an artist talk at 5:00pm. This showcase will be available for public view on both Friday, the day of the reception, and Monday, April 17th. Both Greene and Kandora are graduating seniors at Shepherd University. In this joint show each artist builds upon the theme of Biophilia. This is a hypothesis suggesting that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature from within their constructed world.

Caliph Greene’s large scale paintings explores organic abstraction while forcefully addressing the disruptive conversation between nature and the structural conventions of mankind. Through plant life, construction sites, and storm systems, he interprets various degrees of transformative growth. Greene invites nature to co-author each painting by allowing rain and chance to dictate the forms of each biomorphic shape. A sense of relentless discord is found in his choice of materials ranging from household products to oil paints, gesso, salt, liquid dyes, and threads.

Acadia Kandora uses a subtractive digital engraving process to create energetic compositions and structures made from repetitive patterns in the format of large and small scale prints. The repetitive patterns utilize the idea of “building blocks” in reference to living or natural materials such as honeycombs or crystals emphasized by the use of bold color. These patterns are countered by and integrated into imagery of technology and industry. Through a combination of collage, traditional technique and digital fabrication she is able to extend the reach of relief printmaking which is in itself a process of building one layer on top of another. This technical and process oriented approach is something that she sees as integral in both the aesthetic and conceptual assertions in her final compositions. Refreshments will be provided.

Ink It Exhibition

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Printmaking exhibition I am a part of juried by Helen Frederick:

“Exhibit Description: “INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices” is an exhibition juried which highlights current fine art print practices by featuring the best graphic work by artists from across the region who choose both traditional and nontraditional printmaking processes to communicate images and words in multiple. The 53 works selected by juror Helen Frederick were created by artists who employ and combine techniques which include engraving, lithography, woodcut, mixed media monotype, collograph, etching, aquatint, chine collé, screenprinting, letterpress, photogravure, cyanotype, solarplate processes, and archival inkjet printing. Awards include a solo exhibition in 2018 to be awarded to one artist selected by the juror.

The “INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices” exhibit features the work of 53 artists: Katherine Akey, Cynthia Back, Leda Black, Allison Semele Blair, Lee Bowen, Nikki Brugnoli, Danqi Cai, Danielle Cartier, Donald Depuydt, Nina Chung Dwyer, Zach Fitchner, Kate Fleming, Jenny Freestone, Stephanie George, Susan Goldman, M. Alexander Gray, Tom Greaves, Mia Halton, Jessi Hardesty, Winston Harris, Robert S. Hunter, Pauline Jakobsberg, Acadia Kandora, Rebecca Katz, Nilou Kazemzadeh, Barbara Kerne, Cookie Kerxton, Brian Kreydatus, Rachel Lebo, Harriet Lesser, Tiffany Lin, June Linowitz, Joseph Lupo, Matthew McLaughlin, Nancy McNamara, Chris Mona, Carol Moore, Susan Due Pearcy, Iris Posner, Carol Reed, Randi Reiss-McCormack, Justin Rubich, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Rhonda Smith, Todd Stong, Janis Sweeney, Caroline M. Thorington, Patricia Underwood, Priya Vadhyar, Adrienne Waterston, Ellen Verdon Winkler, Max-Karl Winkler, and Clare Winslow.”