Art as Migration, Movement, and Memory: Regional Juried Exhibit, ARTalks and Family Art Program

ARTalks 2018 postcardMigration, Movement + Memory

Who first lived in our region?  Who has moved here – willingly or under physical or economic duress?  Who makes up part of our community today?  How does movement of people shape our region?  Our landscape? And how does memory affect how we see and consider our region today?

We are holding our fourth annual ARTalks series of panel discussions plus a regional juried art show April 8, 15, and 22.  Inspired by global and local issues, including migration and the role of movement in nature as well as the body, our ARTalk theme for 2018 is Art as Migration, Movement, and Memory.

Movement Sunday April 8   2-4 pm

   Melissa Forbes + Cheryl Horning

Art: Learning to Look   Saturday April 14  2-4 pm

discussion + art making for families — all supplies included      ages 13-21 free / suggested donation for adults $10

Regional art exhibit opening reception   Saturday April 14    5-7 pm

Arlene Boehm, Melissa Forbes, Jamie Hankin, Cheryl Horning, Dong Kyu Kim, Christopher Manning, Barbara Masterson, Daniel Taulapapa McMullin, Dave Schwittek, Kara Smith, Steve Wildermuth

Migration Sunday April 22    2-4 pm

Barbara Masterson + Dan Taulapapa McMullin

Memory  Saturday June 23   5-7 pm

ASCC faculty members Jamie Hankin + Maj Kalfus

All programs are free unless otherwise noted.

Held Sunday afternoons at the Art School (1198 Rt 21 C Ghent NY) from 2-4 pm, each ARTalk features two nationally-exhibiting artists from our region exploring a given theme in a guided panel discussion along with a special exhibit of their work.  The talks will be presented April 8, exploring Movement, and April 22, exploring Migration.  A reception to meet the artists accompanies each ARTalk from 3-4 pm.  Artists for April 8 are Melissa Forbes, of Philmont NY, who began her study of art, dance and movement in her youth.  She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Grant.  Also presenting is Cheryl Horning, a sculptor, who has exhibited extensively around the greater Capital region, and who has encountered the experience of migration through her work as an ESL teacher.

On April 22, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, of Hudson NY is presenting.  McMullin is American Samoan, and  has exhibited his work in a solo show at the American Museum of Natural History and in a group show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is also an award-winning poet.  Barbara Masterson of Milton NY shares her work painting migrant workers from Hudson Valley farms.  Holding a MFA from SUNY New Paltz, Masterson has taught extensively, and has been featured in gallery and museum shows throughout the region.  She shares “These workers are some of the ‘faceless’ people that impact our lives. They often remain unseen and unknown despite their presence in our Valley for many months each year.  Getting to know and then paint them changed my perspective on my work and forged my commitment to knowing them as people and not merely as faceless workers in the field.”

The juried show Migration, Movement, and Memory features 11 artists from a regional call for art.  The opening reception is Saturday April 14 from 5-7 pm.  Also on April 14, in celebration of Slow Art Day, an international museum program to encourage deeper engagement with art, in our Art: Learning to Look program visitors may observe the exhibit from 2-3 pm, and then gather for a discussion and optional art-making as their own response from 3-4 pm.  All supplies are included and the program is free to ages 13-21, with a suggested donation of $10 for adults.

The theme of Memory will be explored in an exhibit and discussion on June 23 from 5-7 pm, featuring the art of ASCC faculty members Jamie Hankin and Maj Kalfus.

For more information, please see: www.artschoolofcolumbiacounty.org.

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