az exhibition opportunity – arizona biennial 2015

The Tucson Museum of Art released their prospectus for Arizona Biennial 2015. Here is general information and photos from the last biennial. 
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All Arizona artists over 18 years of age working in any media and theme can submit their work to be considered for Arizona Biennial 2015. This exhibition will be on view at the Tucson Museum of Art July 25 – October 11, 2015. The work juried into the exhibition will be selected entirely from digital images or video submissions by noted guest curator Irene Hofmann, Phillips Director and Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe.

All works must be original and completed within the last two years

Deadline: All entry forms, fees, and images must be received at the Museum by 4:00 pm, March 13, 2015

Entry Fee: $30 for up to three art works.

Click to download → Prospectus

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state of the art – discovering american art now

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I am excited to let you know my work will be a part of the State of the Art exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of America.

This is certain to be a one-of-a-kind exhibition experience – for artists and visitors both – as curators travelled 10,000 miles across the United Sates to visit with nearly 1000 artists. My studio was in that mix of visits as were a handful of AZ artists. I recall the initial phone call and email I received – I really couldn’t believe it ( for the record – I do believe it now ).

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Photo by Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

About the exhibit:
State of the Art features 102 artists from across the country selected for inclusion as a result of Crystal Bridges president Don Bacigalupi and assistant curator Chad Alligood’s travels and visits (mostly in person, some via Skype) with artists from every region of the U.S.

About the art works:
· Works in the exhibition include photography, video, ceramics, action/interaction, glass, fiber, installation, paper, painting, and sculpture.

· There are more than 200 total works in the exhibition

· The exhibition will reach beyond the boundaries of the Museum’s temporary exhibition spaces, extending into the permanent collection galleries and activating public and community areas indoors and out. Gallery spaces will total 19,000 square feet.

There is no charge to view the exhibition.

WHO: Crystal Bridges, Museum of American Art
WHAT: STATE OF THE ART – DISCOVERING AMERICAN ART NOW
WHERE: Bentonville, AK
WHEN: September 13, 2014 – January 19, 2015

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Visit the press page here on my blog and see the YouTube studio visit and/or read about the show and my work.

There is more to share but this is a good start.
Did I say I am excited? Yes I did. I am.

I could have titled this post No Woman is an Island.

today i am a fly

Today I am a fly – it’s all I could think while painting the one image below.

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Fly (detail) – casein collage on panel, 8 x 8″

From the start of this bug series, I want to paint a house fly. Here is what I know: flies carry over 100 pathogens, they feed on liquid or semi-liquid substances besides solid material (softened by saliva or vomit), and they deposit feces constantly, their entire body is covered with hair (like) projections, and the female is bigger than the male.

Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis come to mind.

I work on the small 8 x 8″ for a good while, but it’s good to be done. I don’t want to be a fly anymore.

Below is a detail of the grasshopper I painted. I don’t know why I didn’t post it before. I painted it for its symbolic association – one who has much to learn.

I also learn I should always photograph a work before I varnish it, otherwise the sheen interferes.

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Grasshopper detail , varnished casein collage on panel, 10 10″

Certain I was only going to make 4 works for this invitational exhibition. I woke up early to organize this post and when I open my front door, this sits on  the screen at eye level – a beautifully symmetrical moth – I am told it’s a hawk moth. Has it arrived to be drawn? I wonder.

While contour line, pattern and texture of the insect are alluring, I would want to include its anatomy. That seems like a challenge.  I’ve already gotten back to my figure studies, but this bug show is not for a good while. I have a few more small panels. I might find time for another bug.

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MicroArt – a group exhibition

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Micro Art for Micro Spaces

The Microdwelling Movement is growing!  People are shrinking their living quarters to decrease their carbon footprint, getting rid of clutter, and living smarter.  In that spirit the Shemer Art Center is hosting MicroDwell and MicroArt in February & March of 2014.

MicroArt is an exhibit of small works, nothing larger that 12″ in any dimension. Thinking big / working small – the 18 Valley artists invited include: Victoria Altepeter, Michael Anderson, John Armstrong, Donna Atwood, Ron Berman, Ron Bimrose, Sandy Blain, Sam Chung, Tom Eckert, Jane Kelsey-Mapel,  Becky Frehse, Sandra Luehrsen, Monica Aissa Martinez, Ann Morton, Cynthia Peterson, Tom Ortega, Helen Norsigian Rowles, Polly Smith, and Clare Verstegen.

The work is varied and wonderful and here is a very small (micro) preview.

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Victoria Altepeter
Nebulae (2)
Copper, nickel, silver, shibuichi, bronze, stalactite slices

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Sandy Blain
Dot Sphere #4”
Stoneware

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Tom Eckert
Eccentric Transcendence
Wood, Lacquer

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John Armstrong
Fly By
MM on Aluminum

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Sam Chung
Ewer (orange, black lines)
Porcelain, Glaze, China paint

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Sandra Luehrsen
Tree of Life
Earthenware, glazes, nichrome wire, gold metallic luster

Smith_Desert Nest

Polly Smith
Desert Nest
copper, bronze, glass enamel

Ortega_Llama

Tom Ortega
Llama
Wood and pain

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Clare Verstegen
Currents 2
Wool felt, pigments, wood

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Monica Aissa Martinez
Bee Study
MM on Panel

WHO:       Shemer Art Center and Museum
WHAT:
     MicroArt – a group exhibition
WHERE:  5005 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85018
Tel: (602) 262-4727
WHEN:     Thursday, February 137:00 – 9:00 pm.  Opening Reception for MicroArt ( is free and open to the public).
February 13 – March 23, 2014 – MicroArt exhibition be open to the public on Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Note: Saturday and Sunday February  2/15 – 16  does include a $5 admission fee to see both MicroDwell and MicroArt – and include wineries and breweries.

 More → Shemer Art Center and Museum

animal study / animal medicine

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Here are the last two small studies of an animal series, a vertebrate and an invertebrate.

The hummingbird is an animal with a backbone – more accurate – it has a well-developed internal skeleton.  Vertebrates have a complex body and for my work – make for an opaque focal point. The red In above detail represents muscle tissue, the white is bone.

The butterfly below – an invertebrate – has no back bone. Compared to my other work it seems more transparent. I’m surprised to learn 98% of animals are invertebrates. Other attributes: small and slow-moving, no back bone (no internal skeleton at all), and no cell walls.

…no cell walls!?

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This series of 4 (I’ve shown you 2 details in earlier posts)  are on panel. I laid in collage and carefully rendered shapes with graphite and casein. All these creatures are found in Arizona. And as the earlier post suggests, could have been found in my studio.  Each painting is finished with several coats of varnish.

These are for an invitational exhibition at Shemer – AZ MicroArt to coincIde with AZ MicroDwell (alternative spaces for simple living).pollinators

… now think animal medicine …
The hummingbird associated with guidance – is a light in the darkness. The butterfly supports transformation. Both connect to joy. The bee symbolizes work, community and communication. And the beetle surrenders to change, and is known for its adaptability.

Studying a Hercules Beetle
Bee Study



it’s all intimate

I start with a general outline, lay in the underlying structure and out of that surfaces everything else.

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I created a 4 minute video that shows various layers in the process.

The exhibition – Sex, A Woman’s Perspective @ Frontal Lobe, on Grand Ave – runs for the month of September. Also includes an opening reception, Sept 6th from 6-10 (First Friday) ; a closing reception on Sept 20th (Third Friday); and a Collector’s Tour sponsored by Artlink on September 21st.

Note: I continue to use the sound that artist/musician Joe Willie Smith and I created a few years ago. I think it’s a bit loud at the end. I’m amused, so  I leave it as it is.
lower volume if need be.

sex: a woman’s perspective

This summer I received an invitation from Beatrice Moore:

I am organizing an exhibit of all woman artists for September at Frontal Lobe Community Space and Gallery, in the Bragg’s Pie Factory building and I wanted to invite you to participate.

“Sex: A Woman’s Perspective” is intended to be interpreted in any way the artist likes. I’ve intentionally left off any descriptors so as not to influence the interpretation someone decides to make. This exhibit is one of several that will emphasize the work of Valley women artists. 

I didn’t wait too long to reply, especially after going through the list of invited artists – most of whom have been actively working in various mediums in the Phoenix and Valley art scene for many years.

Beatrice notes: the exhibit is comprised of women artists who I feel can interestingly, and provocatively, engage the public in a spoken, visual, and tactile dialogue about the many meanings and various interpretations of ‘sex’.

Artists include: Babs A’Delic, Melinda Bergman, Sue Chenoweth, Susan Copeland, Mona Higuchi, Dena Johnson, Carolyn Lavender, Annie Lopez, Carrie Marill, Monica Aissa Martinez, Lara Plecas, Christy Puetz, Irma Sanchez, Heather Smith-Gearns, Karolina Sussland, Jen Urso, Yuko Yabuki, and Denise Yaghmourian; with a special body painting project by Gingher Leyendecker.

Below are a few examples of works – you only see a part of the art or ‘in progress’ shot. You’ll want to  go see the show in person – for the complete experience.
(Some photos offer artist website link.)

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Carrie Marill
Quiet Conditions  – detail
gouache on paper
14″x40″ 
2009

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Irma Sanchez
Flesh – detail      
2′ x 2′ 
#4 of Sugar Panel Series.
Royal Cream Icing, (artists own recipe) applied to untreated wood, gel food color additive, gouche and silver aerosol.
2013
– Experimental

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Christy Puetz
Karla – detail
glass beads, cloth, mixed media
2013

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Karolina Sussland
Digital Print – in process
2013

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Annie Lopez
Area of Concern – detail
dress made of cyanotype prints on tamale wrapper paper
2013

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Yuko Yabuki
Oracle – in progress
acrylic on wood
18″x24″
2013

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Sue Chenoweth
The Ghosts of Christmas Past – detail
acrylic, wood and mylar on panel
24 x 18″
2013

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Denise Yaghmourian
I Love My Bicycle Face – detail
Performance
2013

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Denise Yaghmourian
Succulent – detail
Mixed Media
2013

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Yuko Yabuki
Oracle – in progress
acrylic on wood
18″x24″
2013

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Monica Aissa Martinez
I don’t think it needs a title – detail
Casein on Canvas
18″ x 35″
2013

WHO: Frontal Lobe Community Space and Gallery
WHAT: Sex: A Woman’s Perspective – Curated by Beatrice Moore
WHERE: Frontal Lobe Community Space and Gallery
in Bragg’s Pie Factory,
1301 Grand, Phoenix, AZ
WHEN: September 6 at 6:00pm until September 21 at 4:00pm
Opening Reception: 6-10pm, September 6, 2013
Closing Reception: 6-10pm, September 20, 2013
Special → Artlink Collectors Tour, September 21, 1-4

The exhibit will also be open Saturday September 21st from 1-4pm.
and by appt. : contact Beatrice Moore at 602.391.4016 or email her for more info.

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about the space:
The Frontal Lobe Community Space and Gallery is a relatively new space on Grand Avenue in the historic Bragg’s Pie Factory building. The goal of the space is to showcase both established and lesser known artists, and create a place where fine art and community endeavors co-exist, and at times, overlap. The space is intended to be utilized as a community space as much as a gallery, and provides a venue where non-commercial work is encouraged and embraced. Film, performance, music, exhibits, historical explorations, science, and a host of other topics and various mediums are encouraged as part of an eclectic mix and a variety of approaches.