2017 Southern Tier Biennial
September 23-October 27, 2017
Best of Show:
Ode To Adolescence; Mixed Media Sculpture; 71” x 26” x 19”
Susan Forrester-Mackay - Hear No Evil....; Oil; 11” x 14”
Theresa Heinz - Within These Windows ; Mixed Media; 19" x 27"
Kellin Jansen - Out by the Chicken Coop; Beeswax & oil paint on wood panel; 23” x 36.5"
Satyavani Akula- Elmira, NY; www.vanifineart.com
Ellen Bahr - Alfred, NY; http://ellenbahr.com
Fay Bleier - Limestone, NY; firstname.lastname@example.org
Gwendolyn Brown- Ellicottville, NY; Gwensbrown.format.com
Judson Brown - West Valley, NY; www.judsonfineart.com
James Colby - Lakewood, NY; email@example.com
Schuyler Dawson - Alfred, NY; schuylerdawsonart.com
Audrey Kay Dowling - Westfield, NY; www.portagehillgallery.com
Jacqueline Fischer- Alfred, NY; www.jacquelinefischer.com
Mary Ann Fritz - Machias, NY; 716-353-8246
Susan Forrester-Mackay - Fredonia, NY; firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Fox - Little Valley, NY; www.bfoxfineart.com
Lindsey Glover - Trumansburg, NY; www.lindseyglover.com
Hall Groat II- Endwell, NY; HallGroat.com
Anthony Hanakovic- Endwell, NY; Anthonyhanakovic.com
Theresa Heinz- Cuba, NY; email@example.com
David Higgins- Corning, NY; Davidhigginsart.com
Dale Inglett- Alfred Station, NY; www.daleinglett.com
Kellin Jansen - Alfred, NY; firstname.lastname@example.org
J.W. Johnston- Whitney Point, NY; www.jwjohnston.com
Heather Kanazawa- Kennedy, NY; http://www.hkanazawa.com
Susan Kendrot- Windsor, NY; email@example.com
Medis Kent- Findley Lake, NY; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Kerr- Alfred Station, NY; Ashleyakerr.com
Mark Kirsch- Jamestown, NY; Kirschweb.net
Jennifer Miller- Westons Mills, NY; www.featherdust.com
Barbara Mink- Ithaca, NY; www.barbaramink.com
James Mullen- Endwell,NY; email@example.com
Richard Nolan- Johnson City, NY; www.woodcreationsbyrgnolan.com
Catherine Panebianco- Jamestown, NY;www.catherinepanebianco.com
Serena Preston- Belfast, NY; firstname.lastname@example.org
Eileen Proto- Olean, NY; www.protos-photos.com
Nicole Shields- Randolph, NY; email@example.com
Jeremy Speed Schwartz- Wayland, NY; Jeremyspeedschwartz.com
Christine Sullivan- Elmira, NY; Christinesullivan.com
Hannah Thompsett- Allentown, NY; Hannahthompsett.com
Chris Walters- Corning, NY; www.christopherallenwalters.com
Mikel Wintermantel- Allegany, NY; www.mikelwintermantel.com
Celeste Withiam- Trumansburg, NY; firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope Zaccagni- Alfred Station, NY; Hopezaccagni.com
Stephanie Zwyghuizen- Jamestown, NY; email@example.com
The topography of the state of New York is both wonderful and strange. The great metropolis on its eastern end, at times, seems to define it. While traveling abroad, one might claim New York as home, only to inspire visions of the Manhattan skyline, or the Statue of Liberty, lifting its lamp beside the golden door, but the vast state of New York is so much more than that. It is urban, but it is also rural, and everything else in between. It contains multitudes. Varied landscapes are populated by colleges, universities, museums and galleries that both cultivate and enrich the unique heritages and cultures that fill the state. The Southern Tier, situated above the 42nd parallel and forming the state’s most consistent and regular border, is no exception to this pattern of tradition and change.
Working, with Thomas Paquette, a landscape painter himself, it quickly became clear, during the jurying process, that topographies would define many of our selections for the exhibition. A variety of landscapes, industrial, pastoral and urban were highlights of the submissions that we were invited to view. Topographies, drawn from the folds of fabric, paper, or metal, or altogether imagined were included as well. Works done in a more traditional style were selected along with contemporary works in a variety of media.
I’d like to thank Ardyth Van Scoy for inviting me to participate in the selection process for this exhibition. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Thomas Paquette. Our conversations during the jurying process have led to what I think will be an interesting and diverse exhibition. The Southern Tier Biennial, and the support it provides to artists of the region, is a truly wonderful thing. I am honored to be a part of it this year.
Curator & Manager of Archives
Burchfield Penney Art Center
SUNY Buffalo State
The responsibility of a judge and juror is to bring to the process not only the full measure of one's education and experiences, but also a desire and earnestness to see works from within the paradigm that each artist creates. We had a good round of it for the 2017 Southern Tier Biennial, as there was a surprising array of approaches and talents submitted, from installations and video pieces, to more traditional painted canvases and photographic prints—and every medium between.
Ultimately, we chose works that not only stood out as superior examples within various media, but that also seemed to stake out unique territory from within the artist's vision, and paradoxically, united with the other chosen works to form a singular show. We felt, then, that the selection of works reflects the diversity of submissions, while also carrying a high standard. There were works we could not include for lack of space, some that may have felt redundant to include given the parameters of the exhibition, and some which tested the limits of what can truly be seen of a work of art that must pass through the limitations of a projected image. We are confident though that the works that form this exhibition are most exemplary and remarkable, an inspiration to the viewer.
I want to thank all the artists who submitted work for this show. It is not easy to give over to others' judgment, those objects that may have consumed a deep part of one's life to create. Today we congratulate and celebrate these visual artists whose works, this time or again, have found resonance in us, and thank them for providing us the opportunity to showcase their art in this exhibition.
Professional Fine Artist
Crary Art Gallery Board of Directors