Community Gallery

 

The Community Gallery is located in the lobby of the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Emory Street entrance.  For over a decade the Museum has been pleased to offer this prominent gallery space as an exhibition opportunity for both promising and professional artist members. By showcasing one or more member artist(s) per month, the Community Gallery maximizes the exposure of unique art and contact with Museum viewers.

See below to learn more about exhibition opportunities in the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Community Gallery.

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Community Gallery: October 2021

Drawings by Joshua Baptista

Exhibition: October 2nd – 29th, 2021. Exhibit closes at 4pm on 10/29.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm

Artist Statement:

“This series is a search to discover what exists between reality, fantasy, the unknown, and the general uncertainty in creating a meaningful reflection of life in a global pandemic. There is an undeniable parallel between the familiar yet distorted structures and architecture, and the psychic distress of sitting alone with our uncomfortable thoughts, shrouded in grief, confusion, and turmoil. I see these pieces as my living reactions to environmental chaos conveyed carefully on soft, torn paper,” remarks Joshua Baptista. 

The process of making each piece for the artist is highly intuitive, with every move informing the next until it starts to evolve into a space that looks familiar. The creation of these realms is reminiscent of the careful solitary crafting of an old blanket or quilt with the stark black ink weaving in and out like a uniting thread constructing a new reality. 

Biography:

Born and raised in Boston, MA, artist Josh Baptista completed his BFA at Montserrat College of Art in 2002. Josh subsequently pursued his MFA from American University in Washington D.C., graduating in 2009. Primarily a painter, Josh also mixes various media to create a parallel world filled with strange, mercurial, and innocently curious creatures. Heavily influenced by his roots in the 90’s skateboarding and street art scenes in New England, Josh projects a hesher mindset in his pieces, but does so with a wit and sharpness that illuminates the beauty in the oddities. Josh currently lives and works in Providence, RI. For more information and artwork visit www.joshuabaptista.com

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Images:

  • Top: Main St, ink on collaged paper, mounted on panel
  • Middle: Small Town Rainbows, ink on collaged paper, mounted on panel
  • Bottom: On a Hill, ink on collaged paper, mounted on panel

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The Community Gallery

COMMUNITY GALLERY ARTIST REQUIREMENTS

• All Community Gallery artists must be current members of the Attleboro Arts Museum through the run of their exhibition. 

• All artist members must complete at least 5 hours of volunteer service at the Attleboro Arts Museum prior to their anticipated exhibition. We appreciate this valued support. An AAM Volunteer Application and CORI form must be completed.

• All Community Gallery artists must place an ad in the Museum’s Benefit Art Auction full-color catalog. Minimum size ad required is a business card (horizontal format – 3.5” wide x 2” high) ad costing $40.

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GUIDELINES TO CONSIDER BEFORE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION

• A series of artwork is strongly recommended for exhibition in this gallery.

• The number of exhibiting pieces will vary and be determined by the Museum Programs Coordinator. Community Gallery Exhibitions have ranged in size from 3 large-scale pieces to a maximum of 12-15 smaller works.

• All artwork must be consistently framed or gallery wrapped and ready to hang at delivery. All 2-D pieces must have a wire hanging system that is compatible with the Community Gallery rail hanging system provided.  Artists are asked to consider neutral frames (black metal or natural wood) and white or off-white mats for the exhibited artwork.  All framed work must be uniform, please do not submit works that are in several different framing options. These guidelines are designed to yield united and successful presentation solutions that spotlight the art.

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To learn more about exhibition opportunities in the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Community Gallery contact Abby Rovaldi, Museum Programs Coordinator at either arovaldi@attleboroartsmuseum.org or 508-222-2644 x15

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