Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Spring News Update

In light of the many disruptions from the corona virus that we are all experiencing, I wanted to post some updates from my studio and from the Myth Makers. Note: all dates listed below are tentative.

Cate McQuaid featured my instagram page in the Boston Sunday Globe April 5th, 2020
"Stuck at Home, these Boston Artists are doing great things on Instagram"

Interpreting the Natural, an exhibition curated by Donna Dodson. This show has been postponed to August/September 2020. Stay tuned for more details as they unfold.

LES Gallery at The Clemente Center, 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun 12pm-7pm, http://www.theclementecenter.org/
Interpreting the Natural: Contemporary Visions of Scholars' Rocks will feature recent artwork by eleven award-winning artists: Laura Cannamela, Mark Cooper, Furen Dai, Christopher Frost, JooLee Kang, Woomin Kim, Karen Krieger, Susan Meyer, Andy Moerlein, Laura Moriarty, and Elisa Pritzker alongside traditional stones from the collection of the renowned scholar Kemin Hu. Informed by each artist’s enthusiasm for ancient scholars’ rocks or viewing stones, the exhibition will include sculptures in ceramic, wood, wax, concrete, embroidery and mixed media, in addition to ink and digital drawings, encaustic paintings and stone installations. This show will have concurrent exhibitions in New York City at the Korean Cultural Center in September/October 2020 and at the Clemente Center in NYC Aug/Sep '20.


On view 24/7 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave, Boston. New works in the windows- wood, 3D prints, bronze. Drive by and shop from a safe social distance. The gallery is closed. Please contact bostonsculptors@yahoo.com for more information or to make a purchase.

 

New work @ Clark Gallery in Lincoln, Mass., in the windows 24/7. The doors to the gallery remain ajar and they continue to safely welcome art followers by chance and by appointment. Call first,617-386-6115. Note: The gallery safely delivers and installs new acquisitions while following all prescribed social distancing guidelines.

 

New works in bronze: L to R: Walking Rhino, Pregnant Kangaroo, Elephant Princess and Elephant Nun. Please contact me directly for more information or to make a purchase, donnadodsonartist@gmail.com.

   

New work in Alabaster: Cardinal Mother. Available at Georgia Blue Gallery in Anchorage, Alaska. The gallery is currently closed. Please call for an appointment, 907-563-2787, or visit their website to view work online, http://georgiabluegallery.com.



Coming up in September 2020: new work at 3 Stones Gallery in West Concord, Massachusetts.

SAVE THE DATE: The Amazons are coming to the Boston Sculptors Gallery in Dec 2020-Jan 2021!



News from the Myth Makers:
The Phoenix Festival for "A New View Camden" has been postponed to April 2021...
We were selected as one of 8 finalists for a prestigious national competition: the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge in Camden New Jersey. Each artist team is responsible for addressing the problem of illegal dumping, educating the community about solutions and imagining a new vision for the city landscape.
Camden reveals 8 artists selected to bring ‘a new view’ to city
Six Artful Ways Camden Will Transform Prior Illegal Dumping Sites
‘A New View Camden’: $1M Bloomberg Challenge Reclaims Urban Dumping Grounds with Public Art
Camden’s new view: Here are 8 new public art projects coming this summer
Who'll give Camden 'A New View'? Artists selected for installations throughout city
Camden wins Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art grant






Flannery's Peacock has been postponed ... stay tuned for more details as they unfold.
Coming up at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, Georgia: Flannery's Peacock, a tribute to Flannery O'Connor and her beloved peacocks.





I hope everyone is staying safe, sane and healthy during this crisis.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Spring News

Celebrating Women in the Arts during Women’s History Month in March 2020 at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center: an exhibition of three Artist Scholars: Donna Dodson, Karin Rosenthal and Vaughn Sills

515 South St., Waltham. Gallery hours, Mon-Fri 9a-5p.



On view 24/7 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, new works in the windows- wood, 3D prints and bronze from March-May 2020.

Coming up in New York City:
Interpreting the Natural, an exhibition curated by Donna Dodson

April 17th-May 16th 2020, Opening reception Friday, April 17th 7pm-9pm
LES Gallery at The Clemente Center, 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun 12pm-7pm, http://www.theclementecenter.org/

Interpreting the Natural: Contemporary Visions of Scholars' Rocks will feature recent artwork by eleven award-winning artists: Laura Cannamela, Mark Cooper, Furen Dai, Christopher Frost, JooLee Kang, Woomin Kim, Karen Krieger, Susan Meyer, Andy Moerlein, Laura Moriarty, and Elisa Pritzker alongside traditional stones from the collection of the renowned scholar Kemin Hu. Informed by each artist’s enthusiasm for ancient scholars’ rocks or viewing stones, the exhibition will include sculptures in ceramic, wood, wax, concrete, embroidery and mixed media, in addition to ink and digital drawings, encaustic paintings and stone installations.









News from the Myth Makers:

Coming up at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, Georgia... Flannery's Peacock!



Join us for the opening reception and public dedication of our sculpture from 1p-2p on Saturday April 25th, in honor of International Sculpture Day.


Coming up in New Jersey for A New View Camden!
We were selected as one of 8 finalists for a prestigious national competition: the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge in Camden New Jersey. Each artist team is responsible for addressing the problem of illegal dumping, educating the community about solutions and imagining a new vision for the city landscape.
Camden reveals 8 artists selected to bring ‘a new view’ to city
Six Artful Ways Camden Will Transform Prior Illegal Dumping Sites
‘A New View Camden’: $1M Bloomberg Challenge Seeks to Reclaim Urban Dumping Grounds with Public Art
Camden’s new view: Here are 8 new public art projects coming this summer
Who'll give Camden 'A New View'? Artists selected for installations throughout city
Camden wins Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art grant






















We are building a Phoenix Festival with a public amphitheater on site at 1401 Federal St., from May 7th-16th, with the help of school children, community volunteers, & city workers. Accompanying the public art installations throughout the city, there will be an indoor show at the Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden June 1-October 31st. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

New work and recent press

Great interview with Michael Arthur on Forbes.com, December 8, 2019, about how to have a career as an artist featuring myself and Andy Moerlein plus the origin story of The Myth Makers, “The Trajectory Of Artists’ Careers, And What You Can Learn From Them


Cindy F. Glanzrock, CEO of Glanzrock Curatorial Serviceslaunched a new initiative celebrating women artists, supporters of the arts, and women in design and real estate development. I was very honored to have  a Seat at the Table at the first event on November 19, 2019 along with Vinnie Bagwell – artist/sculptor who just received the Central Park commission for her work “Victory Beyond Sims” Alison Chernick – A documentarian who just premiered “Jackson Pollock: Blue Poles” at the International Hampton Film Festival,  Liza Donnelly – Cartoonist/illustrator, Author of “Funny Ladies” Gisue Hariri – Accomplished American architect and designer, described as one of the most, progressive and out of the box firms, and Rita Kalimian – Owner /developer of buildings including the first building that was committed to launching the Chelsea Arts District “529 ARTS” at 529 West 20th St.


Great conversation with Jennifer Oladipo and Kate Fleming, for The Chord on October 24, 2019, "Artist makes art. Context makes meaning."


Remembering Marilyn Yalom, author of The Birth of the Chess Queen and inspiration for The Match of the Matriarchs.


New website for Donna Dodsonwww.donnadodsonartist.com



New work @ Clark Gallery in Lincoln, Mass:

 


New works in bronze: L to R: Walking Rhino, Pregnant Kangaroo, Elephant Princess and Elephant Nun

   


New work in Alabaster: Cardinal Mother

Georgia Blue Gallery, Anchorage Alaska
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Recent commission:
Steve, the South African Penguin




New work in Fiberglass: Mini Seagull Cinderella




Studio shot from Open Studios:




NEWS FROM THE MYTH MAKERS: DONNA DODSON & ANDY MOERLEIN


New website for the Myth Makers:
www.themythmakers.org


Recent Harvard Forest Seminar:
Working at the Intersection of Art and Science


Finalist presentation for A New View of Camden:
A Bloomberg Philanthropies public art project in Camden, New Jersey.


Seeking Higher Ground moved to the Art Complex Museum:




Wishing everyone a peaceful holiday season.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Open House And Visiting Scholar News



Join us on Saturday & Sunday September 28th & 29th from 12p-5p for a private Open Studio/ Open House event @ 123 Summer St in Maynard. 

I have re-installed Match of the Matriarchs and recent work from Zodiac at home and in the studio, I have new works in bronze and fiberglass (Mini Seagull Cinderella in progress) while the monumental Tiger Mothers and the original Seagull Cinderella get some touch ups. Andy Moerlein has lots of work inside and out including recent sculptures and prints from his Scholar's Rock series and new birds on branches (ceramic and wood assemblages). Make a day of it in Maynard- stop by Artspace Maynard's Open Studios to see over 80 artists at work and stay for dinner at one of the many amazing restaurants in town.




Visiting Scholar Appointment at the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center

I am pleased to announce that on September 1st I began my appointment as a Visiting Scholar at The Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. My research project will investigate the mythic and very real women who were portrayed in Ancient Greek and Roman Art and consider modern and contemporary Amazons in pop culture, such as Wonder Woman.

I was turned onto the idea of the Amazons after reading Madeleine Miller's two novels about Greek Mythology: "Song of Achilles" and "Circe." My preliminary research led me to the MFA and the Metropolitan Museum in NYC collections both of whom have fantastic examples of the legendary warrior women on pottery, gold rings, crystal beads and more. Two of my primary sources are "Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World" by Adrienne Mayor and "Postcolonial Amazons: Female Masculinity and Courage in Ancient Greek and Sanskrit Literature" by Walter Duvall Penrose Jr. This has led to a fruitful correspondence and lively discussion with these two renowned scholars.

I saw the movie "Wonder Woman" when it came out in theaters but only recently discovered "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women." I am currently devouring Jill Lepore's book " The Secret History of Wonder Woman." Note, the Addison Gallery of American Art has an upcoming show on the subject of Wonder Woman and Superman in pop culture: "Men of Steel, Women of Wonder" that is not to be missed, October 5, 2019 - January 5, 2020.

Update: Hand/Eye Magazine covered this story on May 22, 2019, "Match of the Matriarchs: A Maternal Chess Set." Jennifer Oldapio interviewed Kate Fleming and me for The Chord and posted the conversation  on October 24, 2019, Artist makes art. Context makes meaning.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

A Creative Conversation

Georgia Blue Gallery

July 21, 2:00 pm

A Reception, A Reading,
A Conversation on Creative Practice
Donna Dodson
Andy Moerlein
Nancy Lord photo by Irene Owsley
Perry Eaton
Mara Kimmel
We all agree that more conversations need to take place. Join us for this stimulating conversation on the Creative Process with these artists.

Nancy Lord will do a short reading of her writings related to birds, a frequent theme in all three of the artists' work. Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein will present new sculptures. Perry Eaton will be in the gallery as a guest artist, talking about his work and career. Mara Kimmel, Anchorage Museum Deputy Director will moderate.

Creative Process. How does a writer begin with the blank page? How do the artists address a block of wood? What is the process that drives each of these internationally known creators to success in their respective careers? What are the commonalities within each of their inspired paths?

This is a short talk intended for a broad public with an enthusiasm for creative activity, regardless of medium or professional ambition. The artists are each inspired speakers and exceptional practitioners of their craft. After the short reading and informal conversation there will be a reception and the opportunity to speak with each of the artists and the moderator.