#FirstFriday: August Exhibitions We Love

August 5, 2016 by

Highlighting exhibitions that feature the work of WSW artists, we share the shows, near and far, that make up our monthly must-see list.

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Work by Libby Scarlett, on display now in Crossings – Ahvaland Summer Exhibition at Ahvaland in Åland Islands, Finland.

New This Month:

Rejin Leys (Studio intern ‘89) is showing work in Living In My Skin at Rio Penthouse Gallery III in New York, NY. The exhibition explores the complexities of the multicultural and multiracial island of Quisqueya. This body of work composed of eleven women in the arts, from Dominican and Haitian descent challenges societal norms by breaking through colonialism while channeling the original roots of Quisqueya. Opening Reception August 5, 2016 6 – 9 p.m. Artist Talk August 12, 2016 6 – 9 p.m.

Elizabeth Melnyczuk (Studio intern ‘16) is showing work in Carry On at the Dorsky Gallery at SUNY New Paltz in New Paltz, NY. The exhibition showcases the work of six artists, all recent graduates from SUNY New Paltz Photography and Printmaking Programs, who use different strategies and media to address periods of transition when our emotional or physical baggage is experienced more acutely. Liz’s monoprints are part of her continued exploration of nostalgia, home, and identity. Show runs August 5 – September 2, 2016. Opening Reception August 5, 2016 3 – 5 p.m.

Laura Manfredi (Art-in-Ed resident ‘16) is showing an engraving at the 8th International Printmaking Biennial of Douro in Portugal. Show runs August 10 – October 31, 2016.

Bryn Sumner (Studio intern ’11) is showing work in Life-Sized: A Small Works Invitational at Anthony Philip Fine Art in Brooklyn, NY. Show runs August 12 – September 3, 2016. Opening Reception August 12, 2016 6 – 9 p.m.

Laura Manfredi (Art-in-Ed resident ‘16) is showing a land art installation at the International WindArt Festival in Nordhessen, Germany. Laura’s work uses plant seeds as a reflection on the idea of change and transformation. Show runs August 14 – 28, 2016.

Mary Gordon (Summer intern ‘14, Studio intern ‘16) is showing work in Fresh Ink 2016 at Wonder Fair Gallery in Lawrence, KS. The exhibition is juried by another WSW alumnae, Katie Baldwin. This annual juried print show, now in its third year, features the work of exemplary printmakers and works to establish Lawrence as a preeminent center for creative print culture in the United States, and to highlight the importance of printed matter in the world entire. Show runs August 26 – October 23, 2016.

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Breakfast by Mary Gordon, on display at Fresh Ink 2016 at Wonder Fair Gallery in Lawrence, KS.

Last Call! Closing this Month:

Leah Mackin (Artist’s Book resident ‘17) is showing work in her solo exhibition Portable Document at The Print Center in Philadelphia, PA. In this show, Leah responds to the digital surrogate of the scrapbook, examining the handling of and relationship with archival materials as physical objects. Hurry – show closes August 6, 2016.

Laura Berman (Studio intern ‘97) is showing work in the solo exhibition Ebb and Flow at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. This new series of monoprints is based on the natural ebb and flow of landscapes near and far, deep and wide. Hurry – show closes August 14, 2016.

Jessica Dupuis (Chili Bowl Workspace resident ’10) is showing work in Meld at SPECTRE Arts in Durham NC. This exhibition features collaborative works by UNC MFA Alumni. Hurry – show closes August 15, 2016.

Libby Scarlett (Art-in-Ed Artist’s Book resident ‘14) is showing work in Crossings – Ahvaland Summer Exhibition at Ahvaland in Åland Islands, Finland. Hurry – show closes August 15, 2016.

Jamie Powell (Studio Residency Grant recipient ‘07) is showing work in the exhibition Splotch at Lesley Heller Workspace in Manhattan, NY. Inspired by pop culture and cartoons, Jamie’s paintings incorporate elements of chance and improvisation as she manipulates the canvas by dyeing, cutting, and tying pieces to create sculptural forms, revealing the underlying frame. Hurry – show closes August 19, 2016.

Elizabeth Mackie (Studio Workspace resident ‘05, Studio Residency Grant recipient ‘06, Studio Workspace resident ‘07) is showing work in Fiberart International 2016 taking place across two venues in Pittsburgh, PA: Society for Contemporary Craft and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, with Elizabeth’s work being featured at Society for Contemporary Craft. Hurry – show closes August 21, 2016.

Amy Schmierbach (Studio intern ’96, Art-in-Ed Artist’s Book resident ’99) is showing work in Transgressing Traditions at Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY. The exhibition includes 65 contemporary textile pieces from across the U.S. and around the world, including France, Hungary, and Australia. Hurry – show closes August 21, 2016.

Strata 5, monoprint, Laura Berman

Strata 5 by Laura Berman, on display now in the solo exhibition Ebb and Flow at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Ongoing Shows:

Jen Blazina (Studio Workspace resident ‘06, Studio Residency Grant recipient ‘08) is showing work in the group exhibition Bound by Glass at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. Through September 3, 2016.

Phyllis Kudder Sullivan (Studio Workspace resident ‘12) is showing work in Interconnections: The Language of Basketry at Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ. Through September 4, 2016.

Cheyenne Mallo (Studio intern ‘11) is showing work in the group exhibition THIRST at Capsule Gallery in Houston, TX. This exhibition celebrates the functional and decorative vessels which hold our summertime libations, whether it’s a mojito, long island iced tea, lemonade, or iced coffee. Through September 10, 2016.

Kathy T. Hettinga (Artist’s Book resident ’14) is showing her artist’s book made during her WSW residency, 4 3 2 CRY: Fracking in Northern Colorado, in Art of the State at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA. Through September 11, 2016.

Libby Scarlett (Art-in-Ed Artist’s Book resident ‘14) contributed to The People’s Cinema at the Saltzburger in Kunstverein, Saltzburg, Austria. Through September 11, 2016.

Cheryl Paswater (Studio Workspace resident ’13, ’14) is showing work in New Prints 2016 at International Print Center New York in New York, NY. Through September 17, 2016.

Laura Berman (Studio intern ‘97) is showing a series of new collages in the 2016 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile at H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO. Closing Reception September 23, 2016 6 – 8 p.m. Through September 24, 2016.

Dahlia Elsayed (Studio Residency Grant recipient ’04) is showing work in Sheherzade’s Gift: Subversive Narratives at the Center for Book Arts in New York, NY. This group exhibition explores the lived experiences of women artists from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Egypt, and Bangladesh that live in America through the lens of one of the oldest references from the Islamic world to permeate popular culture, A Thousand and One Nights. Through September 24, 2016.


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