Members’ Exhibition 2019


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Members’ Exhibition 2019 – Call For Artists

An important Attleboro Arts Museum (AAM) member benefit is the opportunity to annually exhibit original artwork in the Museum’s Ottmar Gallery. In the spirit of our tagline – Arts for Everyone – all work that meets the exhibition guidelines is accepted into this exhibition. Once the work is exhibited, a guest juror will award prizes.

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  • Delivery Dates: November 14th, 15th & 16th; 10am-4pm
  • Exhibition Dates: December 6th, 2019 – January 31st, 2020. The Museum will close Dec 21st, 2019 and reopen Jan 2nd, 2020.
  • Opening Awards Reception: Saturday, December 7th from 2-4pm

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Awards Totaling $700 in Cash & Prizes

  • $100 for Best Representational
  • $100 for Best Abstract (non-traditional, experimental)
  • Six $50 Juror’s Choice
  • Four $50 Blick Art Materials gift certificates
  • Merit Awards will also be distributed

 

 

ARTISTS: The entire measurement of each 2D piece, from one outside edge of the frame to the other, cannot exceed 30”x 30”, or weigh more than 30lbs. Sculpture must weigh under 100lbs with a maximum footprint of 36”x 36”. 

 

The Members’ Exhibition is not a juried show.  All work that meets the guidelines will be accepted. Please note that in order to accommodate up to three works per artist, a firm overall size restriction per piece must be enforced.  There are no exceptions, thank you for your cooperation.

 

VIEW A COMPLETE PROSPECTUS with all requirements.

 

Top image: Catherine Meeks

 

Enormity – NEA Big Read: Attleboro


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Enormity

An exhibition inspired by Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea

 

Exhibtion: September 14th – 21st, 2019

Enormity Opening Reception and NEA Big Read Kick-off Event:

Sat., Sept. 14th, 2019; 2pm – 4pm

Free and open to all

A reservation is requested, but not required.

Call the Attleboro Arts Museum at 508-222-2644 x10 or email office@attleboroartsmuseum.org to reserve your space.

 

“Devoted Daughter” by Madi Cook-Comey, Wheaton College Class of 2019. Found object, embroidery thread, acrylic and watercolor.

 

Since 2007 the Attleboro Arts Museum has been an active partner in the NEA Big Read: Attleboro.  In this National Endowment for the Arts program, participants are encouraged to read the same book at the same time – and extend their connection to the chosen text through local arts and culture activities. The NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. 

This year, in collaboration with sculpture students from Wheaton’s College Department of Visual Art and History of Art, the Attleboro Arts Museum presents Enormity – an exhibition of original 3D forms inspired by Nathaniel Philbrick’s bestseller In the Heart of the Sea.

Enormity explores perilousness and overwhelmingly difficult circumstances. Emerging sculptors interpret the actions of a vengeful whale, the profound struggles between moral code vs. survival and how – despite being surrounded by the seemingly endless angry seas – one fights to carry on. 

 

Wheaton College Exhibiting Artists

  • Madi Cook-Comey
  • Josephine Coppinger
  • Nathan Domingos
  • Lilly Etlinger
  • Bláithín Haddad
  • Martín Hanley
  • Sophia Hatzikos
  • Sasha Kasem-Beg
  • Kelley Montoya

Kelly Goff, Wheaton College Associate Professor of Art; Co-Chair, Department of Visual Art and the History of Art

 

 

“Unfinished” by Nathan Domingos, Wheaton College Class of 2020. Metal, wood.

 

 

An exhibition opening reception and NEA Big Read: Attleboro Kickoff event will be held on Saturday, September 14th, 2-4pm at the Attleboro Arts Museum. All exhibiting artists will be recognized during the reception.  Sea songs of the period by musician David Coffin (pictured) will be featured, sponsored by The Ray Conniff Foundation. Coffin, whose ancestors were Nantucket whalermen, has an extensive collection of songs from the Maritime tradition.  Sea-chanteys, ballads and the songs of the sailors comprise his main repertoire. In addition to performing at book readings with Nathaniel Philbrick when In the Heart of the Sea was first published, he arranged and performed the music for the NBC documentary on the story of the Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex. Reservations are appreciated – but not required: 508-222-2644 x10 or office@attleboroartsmuseum.org

 

 

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

 

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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Attleboro Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

“Either … feed our bodies and our hopes a little longer …” by Lilly Etlinger, Wheaton College Class of 2021. Hardtack – Baked flour and water, repurposed wood pallets.

 

 

Thank you haircut


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David Laferriere is at the tail-end of a Shave-My-Head fundraising effort for the Attleboro Arts Museum. The goal is $20,000 and a little over $16,000 has been raised so far, and as the President of the Board of Trustees he would like to say thank you to those who have donated by letting them decide what kind of haircut he should get before the May 1 Annual Meeting.

There are 4 choices with the last choice being a write-in. The only criteria to vote is that you have to have made a donation, or will make a donation (use the donate link below) of at least $10. His hair is currently at about 8 inches and could use a good haircut. Make your choice before midnight, Friday, April 26.

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Tempera: Nature and Narrative


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Exhibition: April 6th – May 4th, 2019

 

On Saturday, April 6th:

  • 2pm – 3pm: Egg tempera demonstration by exhibiting artist Eileen Kennedy
  • 3pm – 4:30pm: Opening reception

Free and open to all.

Reservations are but not required, but are appreciated: 508-222-2644 x10 or office@attleboroartsmuseum.org

 

“Dona Nobis Pacem” by Eileen Kennedy, egg tempera.

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Exhibiting artists:

  • Michael Bergt
  • Jon Gernon
  • Miranda Gray
  • Eileen Kennedy
  • Jennifer Knaus
  • Carol A. O’Neill
  • Banjie Nicholas
  • Diane Savino

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“Imagination” by Michael Bergt, egg tempera.

 

Egg tempera is a mystical medium as it has roots in the early Renaissance.  During this time period, such artists as Giotto, Piero della Francesca and Fra Angelico were paying homage to the deity and angels.  The medium sanctified nature and all that it touched in its pictorial plane. Naturalism played an important role on the depiction of sacred themes. 

The act of creating these magnificent jewel-like paintings was accomplished through simple media: the yolk of an egg, ground powdered pigments and water.  Mixed together and applied with tiny brushstrokes, which layered color upon color, an artist could achieve translucency and opaqueness.  The weaving of brushstroke and tempered paint created exquisite iconic artworks.   The nature of the tempera medium is open for experimentation as well as continuum with ancient practices in our modern day.

The eight artists in this exhibit have conceived new stories which are documented through the medium of tempera.  Michael Bergt’s work features the human figure, integrating classical myths, sensuality, and the human condition.  Jon Gernon draws inspiration from the Renaissance, drawing on symbolism and combining it with magic realism.  Both Carol A. O’Neill and Banjie Nicholas are drawn to nature, weaving birds and leaves into their picture planes.  Jennifer Knaus marries female iconography with quirky elements of nature; she is interested in tapping into the subconscious.  Eileen Kennedy’s painted narratives come from dreams and memories to create stylized figures caught up in shallow spaces.  Lastly, Diane Savino weaves nature with human nature, creating commentaries about journeys, desires and sanctity.

This exhibition offers fresh approaches to a medium that the Italian writer, Cennini Cennino, wrote about in his treatise in the 1400s. The participating artists feel a kinship with the ancient medium, drawing inspiration from early masters and continuing their artistic lineage.

 

 

Top image: “Girl with Zinnia” (detail) by Jennifer Knaus, egg tempera.

 

 

Opposites


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The Attleboro Arts Museum asks, “What’s the difference?” 
A call to explore opposition in personalities, nature, qualities, direction, result, or significance.

 

JUROR’S DECISION CAN BE FOUND HERE

 

Image: Brian McClear

Animal Magnetism


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Animal Magnetism – Selections from the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Permanent Collection presents the Museum’s own menagerie to the public from February 13th – March 2nd, 2019.  Featuring paintings, prints, and sculptural forms, the exhibition explores the animal kingdom, beloved pets and the profound relationship between humans and working animals.  

 

Exhibition: February 13th – March 2nd, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 16th from 2pm – 4pm

  • Reception is free and open to all
  • Live music performed by students of the Attleboro High School choral and instrumental programs
  • Reservations are not required, but are appreciated, by Thursday, February 14th. Call 508-222-2644 x10 or email office@attleboroartsmuseum.org

 

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Special Exhibition Feature:

Name That Breed! Test Your Animal Know-how

Gallery-goers during Animal Magnetism are encouraged to test their knowledge of animal breeds depicted in the exhibition. Select works will be accompanied by a plaque bearing a QR code that uncovers the breed on display. Name That Breed is presented in partnership with the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston.  MSPCA-Angell veterinarians and have volunteered their time and expertise by authenticating the breeds on view.

 

 

 

Image: Detail from Barnyard Scene with Chickens by W.T. Robinson (American, 1852 – 1934), oil.

 

The Reynolds Family & Attleboro Arts Museum Edmonia Lewis Art Education Scholarship


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The Attleboro Arts Museum is honored to commemorate the life, work, and exceptional talent of artist Edmonia Lewis by launching the Edmonia Lewis Art Education Scholarship. The scholarship is funded by The Reynolds Family and the Museum and is open to African American children, teens, adults, and adult/child pairs. It is administered by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee of Greater Attleboro. 

 

The Edmonia Lewis Art Education Scholarship is designed to assist students in obtaining visual art instruction and exposure to the wonders and challenges of art and art-making. No previous experience in an art studio is required to apply. 

 

The Review Committee typically selects 1-4 full tuition scholarships per year.  Art classes will range in size from a one-day workshop to a multiple-week, hands-on art studio experience.  

 

The first Reynolds Family & Attleboro Arts Museum Edmonia Lewis Art Education Scholarship was awarded on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019 to Ms. Jadyn Boyd.  

 

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About Edmonia Lewis

Edmonia Lewis was the first sculptor of African American and Native American descent to achieve international recognition. Her father was African American, and her mother was Chippewa (Ojibwa) Indian. Orphaned at an early age, Lewis grew up in her mother’s tribe.

In 1859, she attended Oberlin College in Ohio, one of the first schools to accept female and black students. She developed an interest in the fine arts, but an accusation of poisoning, believed to be racially motivated, forced Lewis to leave the school before graduating. She traveled to Boston and established herself as a professional artist, studying with a local sculptor and creating portraits of famous antislavery heroes.

Moving to Rome in 1865, she became involved with a group of American women sculptors and began to work in marble.

In addition to creating busts, Lewis sculpted biblical scenes and figurative works dealing with her Native American heritage and the oppression of African American people.

Learn more about Edmonia Lewis: www.nytimes.com/2018/07/25/obituaries/overlooked-edmonia-lewis-sculptor.html

 

Download an Edmonia Lewis Art Education Scholarship Application

 

Please deliver the completed application and all required supplementary material to:

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee of Greater Attleboro, P.O. Box 461, Norton, MA 02766, or e-mail to mlkgreaterattleboro@gmail.com

All applicants will be notified of scholarship award results 6-8 weeks after receipt of a complete application.

 

 

 

 

High Art 2018


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Theme – SHAPE

Exhibition Dates:  May 16th – 31st, 2018

Opening Reception:  Thursday, May 17th from 6:30-8:00pm

 

Participating High Schools:

  • Attleboro High School – Attleboro, MA
  • Bishop Feehan High School – Attleboro, MA
  • Bridgewater-Raynham Reg. High School – Bridgewater, MA
  • Franklin High School – Franklin, MA
  • Joseph Case High School – Swansea, MA
  • King Philip Reg. High School – Wrentham, MA
  • The League School of Greater Boston – Walpole, MA
  • Mansfield High School – Mansfield, MA
  • The Network Program – Attleboro, MA
  • Norwood High School – Norwood, MA
  • Seekonk High School – Seekonk, MA
  • Taunton High School – Taunton, MA

Learn more.

The Auctioneer


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The Attleboro Arts Museum’s Art Lovers Book Club launched in January 2010. A dynamic Museum member proposed this artful Book Club idea and the program was launched on a trial basis. After the success of the first meeting it was clear that the Book Club should live on.

Next Meeting of the Art Lovers Book Club:

Saturday, October 21st, 2017, from 2-4pm

The Auctioneer: Adventures in the Art Trade by Simon de Pury

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In “The Auctioneer,” Simon de Pury, a  distinguished auctioneer and art dealer, provides an account of his flashy career and today’s soaring art market, revealing a jet-setting, powerful, and private club of elites who buy, sell, and collect the world’s most expensive art.

Speaker: Chris Barber, Deputy Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts at Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers.  

Reservations are not required, but are appreciated.  Please call 508-222-2644 x10 or email office@attleboroartsmuseum.org by October 19th.  

This event is free and open to readers of the book – as well as those that are interested in the featured topic. 

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About Chris Barber

Chris Barber is a specialist in Skinner’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department. His special areas of interest are American furniture and 19th century folk art. Chris has also had experience working with 18th and 19th century American clocks, nautical and maritime art and antiques, and cataloged an extensive collection of early microscopes.

Chris joined Skinner 2004, and since that time has expanded his role to include auctioneering. An avid supporter of the arts, Chris is a member of the Museum Council at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and often lends his talents to supporting art and antique appraisal events for non-profit and corporate institutions. Prior to joining Skinner, Chris was a member of the American Paintings and Sculpture Department at Christie’s auction house in New York.  He has served as the auctioneer at the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Benefit Art Auction for the past several years and, by popular demand, will be leading the Museum’s 2017 Auction on November 4th.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

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Learn more about The Art Lovers Book Club

 

 

On view in the Ottmar Gallery during this event:

The Attleboro Arts Museum’s 26th Benefit Art Auction Spotlight Exhibition.

 

 

 

Three – A National Juried Exhibition


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THREE: Juror’s Decision

 

Image: Mandy Rusk-Shamrell

Teen Docent Program


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Attleboro Arts Museum Teen Docents lead museum tours and educational experiences for children and families.

Teen Docents are volunteers that come from all backgrounds and interests, but they all share a common passion for art and engaging with children and families.

All docents will receive free training from Museum staff. No prior museum experience is required.

This program is open to students in grades 9 – 12.

The Teen Docent Program is a community service opportunity. Participants gain service credit during the summer and school year.

Interested? Email: office@attleboroartsmuseum.org using the subject ”TEEN DOCENT.”

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A teen docent, Liz, discusses the work of “8 Visions” exhibition artists with young art campers.

 

 

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