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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Press Release: GINA PHILLIPS among 102 selected for 'State of the Art' exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Gina Phillips, Fort Dirt Hole, 2013, fabric, thread, ink and paint, 156" x 324"

September 13, 2014 - January 19, 2015
New Orleans, LA - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. recently announced that the exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now will feature 102 artists from all over the country. New Orleans-based artist, Gina Phillips’ work will be included in State of the Art, which debuts at Crystal Bridges on September 13.
Crystal Bridges President Don Bacigalupi and Assistant Curator Chad Alligood traveled to New Orleans in January 2014 to conduct an interview with Gina Phillips as part of the search for the most compelling American art being created today.
This studio visit was one of nearly 1,000 stops made by the curatorial team during a year-long, 100,000 mile journey across the country to discover artists whose work has not yet been fully recognized. The result is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that draws from every region of the U.S., offering an unusually diverse and nuanced look at American art. The 102 artists selected range in age from 24 – 87, including 54 male and 48 female artists from across the country.
Phillips’ 13 feet high and 27 feet wide fabric painting “Fort Dirt Hole” will be included in State of the Art. She begins a piece with a simple underpainting in acrylic paint on canvas or muslin...then finishes the piece by appliquéing fabric and thread on top. Phillips uses a communal gathering process to source her fabrics, as neighbors, friends, family often donate to her artistic process. Her sewn work hover between two and three dimensionality and often the backs of her pieces are as interesting as the front sides.
“The complexity of themes in the work mirrors the diversity and individuality of the makers. Each artist represents meaningful conversations happening in rural communities, small towns, and more densely populated urban centers all across the country,” said Crystal Bridges assistant curator Chad Alligood. “The artists are responding to the same things we’re all responding to in our daily lives. We hope that
this exhibition will inspire new ways to experience contemporary art and the evolving narratives that make up our cultural fabric.”
From works on canvas and paper to photography, video to installation, sculpture to ceramics and more, the diverse range of styles and voices from across the U.S. reflects what’s happening in American art right now.
“The exhibition is a glimpse into the state of art in our nation at this moment,” said Crystal Bridges president Don Bacigalupi. Presenting the exhibition at Crystal Bridges provides us an opportunity to see contemporary art in the broader historical context. By examining a wide range of works by artists from across the country, we can gain insight into our nation as a whole: our collective passions, challenges, and concerns.”
The State of the Art exhibition, featuring more than 200 works by the 102 artists, will
reach beyond the museum’s temporary exhibition spaces, extending into the permanent collection galleries and activating community areas indoors and out. Visitors to the exhibition will traverse through the museum’s permanent collection galleries, featuring masterworks such as Asher Brown Durand’s Kindred Spirits and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Radiator Building—Night, New York, before arriving at the museum’s 20th century gallery and the beginning of the State of the Art exhibition. The exhibition continues in the temporary exhibition galleries, occupying a total of approximately 19,000 square feet of gallery space.
For additional information on State of the Art, please contact:
Beth Bobbitt at or (479) 418.5700
About the Artist
Gina Phillips is a mixed-media, narrative artist who grew up in Kentucky and has lived in New Orleans since 1995. Her work is influenced by the imagery, stories and characters of both regions. She started her career as a painter, but over the years, has increasingly incorporated fabric and thread into her work. The most common narrative characteristic that runs through her work is tragicomedy. The people and/or animals that tell the story often embody a magical realism.
Gina Phillips has a BFA from University of Kentucky and an MFA from Tulane University’s Newcomb College. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country including at Pepperdine University, Tulane University and most recently at Ballroom Marfa. In addition, her work has been presented at numerous art fairs including PULSE LA, PULSE Miami, Texas Contemporary and VOLTA Basel. Phillips’ work has been featured in Art in America, The Times-Picayune and ARTNews, among others. She was selected as one of twenty-seven international artists featured in the Prospect.2 Biennial of Contemporary Art curated by Dan Cameron and her collection of fabric portraits, “Friends and Neighbors” was exhibited at Volta8 as part of Art Basel in Switzerland. Phillips' work was most recently featured in a mid-career retrospective at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art entitled, “I Was Trying Hard to Think About Sweet Thing,” October 2013 - January 2014. She is scheduled for solo exhibitions at the 21c Museum in Louisvulle, opening September 2014, and at the Birmingham Museum of Art in late-2015.
Her work is in numerous collections including University of Kentucky, Lexington; NASA; New Orleans Museum of Art; Ogden Museum of Southern Art; 21c Museum, KY; the Drake Hotel, Toronto; The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation; Tulane University and House of Blues (various locations across US.); Josh Rechnitz, Thomas Coleman, Ellen and Cooper Manning, and the collection of Marilyn Oshman.
Gina Phillips lives and works in New Orleans, LA and is represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery.
About Crystal Bridges
The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. Opened to the public on 11-11-11, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a nonprofit charitable organization for all to enjoy. Philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton chairs the museum’s board of directors. Since its opening, the Museum has welcomed more than 1.4 million visitors, and garnered nearly 8,000 households in its membership. Some 55,000 school children have participated in the Museum’s Willard and Pat Walker School Visit program, which provides educational experiences for school groups at no cost to the schools. More than 220,000 visitors a year utilize the Museum’s 3.5 miles of walking trails.
Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall. Guest amenities include a restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds, a Museum Store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, and a library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material. Sculpture and walking trails link the Museum's 120- acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.
Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. Included within the collection are iconic images such as Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, and Andy Warhol’s Coca-Cola [3]— each reflecting a distinct moment in American artistic evolution—as well as major works by modern and contemporary American artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe, John Baldessari, and James Turrell. The permanent collection, which continues to grow through a strategic acquisition plan, is on view year-round and is enhanced by an array of temporary exhibitions, which were viewed by some 216,000 visitors in 2013.

For information about Crystal Bridges, visit To learn more about State of the Art, visit the Huffington Post blog and Crystal Bridges website. For news updates, follow Crystal Bridges on Facebook or Twitter #StateoftheArt.

Jonathan Ferrara at The Aspen Institute Leaders Action Forum

J O N A T H A N   F E R R A R A
Be Disruptive: ART
Aspen Institute Action Forum

Aspen Global Leadership Network
Aspen, CO

28 July - 2 August 2014
For the second consecutive year Jonathan Ferrara has been invited to attend the Aspen Institute's Action Forum. As a part of the Action Forum each leader is asked to make an action pledge . . . 

 Ferrara has vowed, I will use art as a catalyst for change and stimulate new and innovative thinking on contemporary issues.

This years topic at the Action Forum is Disruptive Leadership. The Be Disruptive series focuses on leaders who think differently about how things might be done. They use their creative talents to turn existing solutions to societal challenges on their heads. We call these leaders “disruptors.” Their actions impact their industries, their communities, and the very way we live. Ferrara will be a lead discussant On this topic in the realm of art, Be Disruptive: ART.

 Ferrara asks, What is it about art that moves people? Can it move people to action? What artists have moved you? What are the opportunities you see for the arts to shine a light on major challenges where you live? How can you encourage and support these efforts?

Additionally, Ferrara will lead a group discussion on building communities through arts, literature and creativity. He will explore the role of creativity in a community.

For over 60 years, the Aspen Institute has convened the world’s leaders to pause and reflect on the critical issues of our time.  We invite these leaders to do more than just reflect.  We invite them to move “from thought to action” at the Aspen Action Forum. The Aspen Action Forum is an annual event offered every July in Aspen, Colorado.  Inspired by a previous gathering called “ACT II”, the Action Forum is designed to connect Fellows from the Aspen Global Leadership Network with other action-oriented leaders from Aspen Institute programs and partners.

All of those attending - over 300 leaders from 31 countries  - will share a common thread:  They will be “doers” - men and women who have committed to making a positive difference in the world.

The Action Forum program includes inspiring readings-based seminars, interactive roundtable discussions on leadership, intensive networking opportunities and “Action Workshops” offering help to those facing hurdles as they tackle challenges in their communities, countries and the world.

There is no other event designed to spur such a highly talented, global group of leaders to do something about the world’s challenges.

Dan Tague Featured in Solo Exhibition 'Money Matters' at Kendall College of Art and Design

Dan Tague, Greed States (Crying George), 2013, archival inkjet print on rag paper, 35" x 40", Edition of 5 with 1 AP

ArtPrize 2014
Money Matters
August 21, 2014 10:00 am–October 12, 2014 6:00 pm 
Location: The Fed Galleries at KCAD, Woodbridge N. Ferris Building

Hannah Chalew Featured in Upcoming Exhibition at Dishman Art Museum

Hannah Chalew, Columbus Canopy, pen and ink and thread on painted wallpaper, wire, 15 x 24 x 7 in.  

Mark(ing) Time:
Expanded Notions in Drawing
August 13 – October 1, 2014

Inspired by contemporary and historical perceptions of drawing, this exhibition seeks to explore the immediacy of drawing, bringing new understandings of the media to a wider audience. Drawing remains one of the most ephemeral and yet rudimentary art forms. This group exhibition of international artists considers various interpretations of drawing, from traditional to avant-garde. These artists view drawing beyond the tool of the preliminary sketch. This exhibition is co-curated by Museum Director Megan Koza Young and Associate Professor of Art Xenia Fedorchenko.

Opening Reception
August 15
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.

Bonnie Maygarden Upcoming Exhibition at Ogden Museum

Bonnie Maygarden, Greyscale,  enamel on nylon, 64 x 36 in.  

Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by Regions Bank

August 2 - September 28, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday August 2, 6PM - 9PM
(Whitney White Linen Night) 
Louisiana Contemporary Website 

Louisiana Contemporary, presented by Regions Bank, is a statewide-juried exhibition organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Established in 2012, this annual event promotes contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provides exhibition space for the exposition of art, and engages an audience that recognizes the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center.

Maygarden says of this new body of work . . . We experience so much of our new reality through the glow of the digital screen, and in 1983, French theorist Jean Baudrillard was quick to underline this phenomenon in its primeval stages. In Simulations he states, "It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: a hyperreal." Baudrillard predicted that the simulations of reality created by our culture will become more real to us than reality itself, and furthermore he believed our culture would become a "desert of the real". Through my work, I am interested in uprooting our expectations and perceptions about technology-based images by creating handmade works that feel as though they were produced though the aid of technology. This shift from screen to reality creates an awareness of the lack of unique physical presence that we have come to expect in our culture.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Press Release for Bob Snead's 'Accommodations' Exhibition

B O B   S N E A D


21 July – 23 August 2014

Opening Reception
Saturday, 2 August 6-9pm
in conjunction with Whitney White Linen Night

(New Orleans, Louisiana) July 2014

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery is proud to announce Accommodations, new drawings by artist Bob Snead. The exhibition will be on view from 21 July through 23 August 2014 with an opening reception on Saturday, 2 August from 6-9pm in conjunction with Whitney White Linen Night. 

For his first solo exhibition at the gallery, Snead releases his newest series of layered, digital paintings in light boxes. Akin to his well-known oil paintings and installation pieces, these still-lives employ commonplace objects as an entry point for the viewer amidst disorganized, domestic interiors. As one changes viewpoints of any of these works, the depth of the piece is revealed in an ever-changing perspective of the scene, much like a 3-D sculpture. The vivid hues and light from behind illuminate the dynamic mess, rendering a vibrant patterned aesthetic.

“To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now.” Samuel Beckett

Snead says of the new work:

I utilize physical and emotional refuse to investigate the relationships and qualities inherent within contemporary domestic life. With craft and humor, I hope to create an immediate entry point for the viewer into a world that often has a bleak mental interior. My various projects can feel like disparate siblings, while a thread of autobiography attempts to hold them precariously together. Failures (from the tiny to the monumental in both process and life) are embraced, and the spaces and patterns that haphazardly form are exposed.

In this current body of work, I utilize a digital platform in the same manor I would approach a painting- layering forms, color, and line to meticulously build the compositions. The major benefit of utilizing a computer as a painting tool, is the ability to track every move made throughout the process and by utilizing contemporary printing techniques, I am able to produce an analog that imbues the same qualities I consider important in my paintings while also speaking to our increasingly digital existence.  These are contemporary still life paintings, which attempt to take on Beckett’s call to develop a form that accommodates the mess. And by utilizing the limited color palettes of some of my favorite still life paintings of Max Beckmann, Paul Cézanne, and Henri Matisse, I hope to create a visual harmony with the chaotic moments that live on the periphery of domestic existence. 

Bob Snead is a native of Charleston, SC where he graduated from the College of Charleston with a BA in Studio Art in 2002. Soon after he co-founded Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston and remained founding director of the organization until 2005 when he left to pursue graduate studies at Yale University School of Art. After receiving his MFA in painting and printmaking in 2007, he helped form the traveling artist collective Transit Antenna and spent the next two years developing community based art projects across North America. Since then he has continued a rigorous studio practice in New Orleans, where he is faculty at Loyola University. In 2011 he was named a distinguished alumnus of the College of Charleston for his extensive work with non-profit arts organizations, and he is currently Executive Director of Press Street / Antenna Gallery, a board member of both the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center and the Network of Artist Projects & Spaces, and was the director for the 2013 Hand-in-Glove Conference for Artist Run Organizations in New Orleans.

Bob Snead lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana and is represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery. For more information and images, please contact