Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Triple Art-Show Extravaganza, Cover Art for AATA, and SILA Award

In the first post of 2013, I'm going to barrage all of you with exciting news and shows galore!

First, I would like to thank The Journal of the American Art Therapy Association for featuring my painting, "Left," as the cover art in their latest issue.
Journal of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), featuring my work "Left"
Original art 36" x 48", oil on canvas

The piece focuses on the ambivalent implications of an empty hospital room (healing and returning home versus passing away), and was made during my time working at a children's hospital as an art therapy student intern.  The issue itself focuses on Art Therapy Education.

Additionally, my work "Pull" was selected for a certificate of merit in the Gallery category of the Illustration West 51 competition, through the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles.

Pull, 30" x 40", Oil on canvas

 As always, I feel honored to be selected alongside other talented artists chosen by SILA.


In the following weeks, I will be taking part in two group shows and one solo show/artist talk.  Here is information all all three of them, in order that the openings will occur:

The Art Jamboree: "The Aura of Art"

Where:  Hilton Garden Inn, 611 N. Broadway, Milwaukee WI 
When: Friday, January 25th, 7pm- 11pm
Features: Juried group art Exhibition, live dance/music performances, poetry readings, cash bar, art raffles
Exhibiting Visual Artists:
Kate Pfeiffer, Jack Long, Michael Kautzer, Amy Cannesta, K.E. Schaffer, Josh Hintz, John Kowalczyk, Kim Loper, Timothy Westbrook
For More Information:

The first show I'm involved in is a group showing through a Milwaukee event called The Art Jamboree: "The Aura of Art", which takes place at The Loyalty Building at Hilton Garden Inn on Friday, January 25th.  My work and the work of 6 other artists was selected from among 95 submissions to be included in the show.  Additionally, two artists featured from the Coalition of Photographic Arts and Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, respectively, will show work as well.

I am excited about all of my shows, but I must say that it has been a while since I have been this excited for an art opening.  In addition to the the visual art, The Art Jamboree will feature live painting, acoustic performances from members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, spoken word performances, a costume design display from the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and live dance performances from Danceworks and The Milwaukee Ballet.

Please check out the incredibly exciting schedule at the Art Milwaukee Website or view the Facebook Event page for the show.  The event is FREE to the public, with a cash bar, art raffles, and other various prizes.  You are literally going to be bombarded with visual, performance, and musical art all night long.  And finally, it is important to note that the opening takes place on my birthday, so I'm going to be pretending that the entire event was carefully crafted by creative minds in Milwaukee to celebrate the anniversary of my birth.

Solo Show Opening and Artist Talk at Indiana Wesleyan University

Beard Arts Center (Gallery East)
4200 John Wesley Court
Marion, IN 46953
When: Saturday, February 2nd, 4pm-6pm

I am thrilled to have been invited to exhibit and speak as a guest artist at Indiana Wesleyan University.  The show, which will be up through February, will feature my most recent work, some of which is still in progress.  Additionally, during the opening I will be giving an artist talk about my work and influences and doing a Q&A.  

These paintings are so new they don't even EXIST yet!  Here is a sneak peek of some of the works in progress:

Future Perfect: How do you get from here to there (Pius Alumni Show)

Pius XI High School
135 N. 76th St., Milwaukee, WI 53213
When: January 21st- March1st (Opening Reception February 15th, time TBD)

I will be showing 5 paintings made between 2008-2011 in a group alumni exhibition at Pius XI High School, which has a nationally recognized and exceptional visual arts program.  More details will be made available in coming weeks.

That is all I have (for now).  Be sure to check in for updates on the upcoming shows and I sincerely hope to see you at any or all of them!