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GRIDWORKS REVISITED EXHIBITION IN LEXINGTON

When I saw the call for entries for a show at New Editions Gallery in Lexington I couldn’t help but get excited…a lot of great artists in Louisville show their work there.  Some artists I know personally and some I do not…but all whom I admire…among that list are Teri Dryden, Joyce Garner, Cheryl Chapman and Joshua Jenkins.  When I saw the show was only asking for work sized 12″ x 12″, I was convinced it was directed right at me.  There’s something about the square shape that I simply resonate with and I have been making work that is both square and specifically sized 12″ x 12″ for years!

See No Evil‘, Digital photograph, encaustic wax, oil pastel and image transfer on board. 12″ x 12″, 2017

 

Founded in 1988 by Frankie York, New Editions Gallery is Lexington’s oldest contemporary fine art gallery and is recognized for the individuality of their artists and the exceptional quality of their work.  The gallery is now located in the heart of downtown, at 500 West Short Street.  GRIDWORKS REVISITED is a show featuring 60 plus artists, with over 120 works in a variety of mediums and diverse subject matter…and yep, you guessed it, all sized 12″ x 12″!  

 

Hands to Head‘, Digital photograph, encaustic wax, oil pastel and image transfer on board. 12″ x 12″, 2017

Exhibition dates for GRIDWORKS REVISITED at New Editions Gallery are from March 17 – May 12, 2017.  Join me at the opening reception in conjunction with Gallery Hop Friday March 17th from 5-8pm.  If you can’t make the opening reception, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am- 5:30pm.

 

‘Frida Rebel’, Digital photograph, encaustic wax, oil pastel and image transfer on board. 2015

 

New Editions Gallery
500 West Short Street
Lexington, KY 40507
OPEN: Tue – Sat: 11AM – 5:30PM
(859) 266-2766
 GRIDWORKS REVISITED Opening Reception:  March 17th 5-8pm

 

See you in Lexington!

~jz

2017 Great Meadows Foundation Artist Professional Development Grant Recipient

2017 has already started off on the right foot!!  It brings me great pleasure to announce that I have been awarded an Artist Professional Development Grant from Great Meadows Foundation!

Great Meadows Foundation is a grant giving foundation, launched in 2016 by contemporary art collector and philanthropist Al Shands.  The vision and purpose of Great Meadows Foundation is to strengthen and support the visual arts in Kentucky.  There are accomplishing this by empowering artists and visual arts professionals to research, connect, and participate more actively in the broader contemporary art world.

Examples of professional development grants awarded include travels to attend conferences, major exhibitions, art fairs and biennials.  These experiences will enable recipients to connect with professionals in the field and help them develop their practice.  In pursuit of their proposals, grantee artists are traveling to American cities such as Boston, L.A,, Chicago and New York, as well as to countries as diverse as Cuba, Dubai, Greece, Iceland, and Korea to name just a few.

So where am I headed?  I will be attending CONTACT, the world’s largest photography festival in Toronto during the month of May 2017.  Each day of this week long trip will be devoted to exploring the broad spectrum of programming presented at this internationally respected photography festival, with the ultimate goal of initiating meaningful interaction and exchanges with the individuals who are making, presenting and viewing these works alongside myself.

CONTACT is a photography festival that is committed to advancing knowledge, creativity and innovation in photography.  As a photographer whose heart lies beyond the click of the shutter, I too seek ways to advance knowledge, creativity and innovation in my work.  The impact of this deeply educational experience is sure to be present in my output for years to come, not only by inspiring new ways of creating but also incorporating conceptual ideas in my practice.  It could also be the impetus that broadens my audience and advances my career.

It was a true pleasure applying for this grant.  The wide parameters and narrow time constraints of the application made me super aware of current and upcoming exhibitions as well as potential development opportunities worldwide, several of which I have already submitted too!

Thank you Great Meadows Foundation!!

The Great Meadows Foundation region encompasses the 120 counties of Kentucky, and the Greater Louisville area of Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana. The next deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday March 19, 2017.  Travel in this cycle must be carried out between May 1 and October 31, 2017.  Click HERE to learn more and apply!

~jz

“Ways of Seeing”, a statewide traveling exhibition

Artwork that depicts an alternate reality is the feature of the Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling exhibit titled “Ways of Seeing.”  The work is abstract, conceptual, fantasy-based and experimental.  Some pieces imagine an alternate reality by exploring the unknown or by re-envisioning the known world.  Each work is by an artist in the Kentucky Crafted program or a recipient of the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship and will travel to 5 venues around the Commonwealth of Kentucky through December 2017.

Looking Backwards 2 (from Attempting Utopia series), Dye Sublimation on Aluminum, featured in “Ways of Seeing” exhibition.

As a 2014 Al Smith Fellowship recipient, it’s a real honor to be a featured artist in this exhibition and I’m also very grateful for the opportunity to have my work travel across Kentucky.  I must admit that the show is traveling to places in the state I have yet to visit.   And I love going to places I have never been before…even if it’s vicariously through my artwork!

Check out the exhibition in the following locations: (I will update this page with specific dates for shows in Williamsburg, Somerset and Madisonville when that information becomes available)

Appalachian Artisan Center, Hindman October 3rd – December 22 2016
Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts, Richmond January 9th – February 26th 2017
Whitley County Fine Arts, Williamsburg March – May 2017
Center for Rural Development, Somerset June – August 2017
Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville September – December 2017

 

“‘Ways of Seeing’ transports the viewer to a different time and place and gives them a sense of otherworldliness,” said Lori Meadows, Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director.  I’m ready to transport myself to some of these smaller towns, check out areas of Kentucky currently unfamiliar to me and see these works in person!

Road trip anyone?

~jz