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Open Exhibit - January 2018

Open Exhibit

January 9–February 4, 2018. PICK UP BEGINS February 4th until 6:00pm 
Juror: Ephraim Rubenstein
Opening reception: Thursday, January, 11, 6:30–8:00 pm

View full program here. | View all artworks here.

Kathleen Best Gillman, "March Thaw" Oil

"March Thaw", Kathleen Best Gillmann, Oil, Winner of Gallery Director's Award for Best in Show


Juror’s Statement:

It is a very daunting task to jury an exhibition that has paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, and photographs. These are very different languages, and there are many different dialects within each language. So it is almost impossible for one person to have all the linguistic skills necessary to do justice to the task.

As much as any juror can try to judge purely on the basis of quality, there is no way that his or her personal proclivities can help from entering into the equation. So, for those of you whose work was declined, please excuse my blind spots!

I thought that there were a great number of very strong photographs, so it was good to see such a strong core of photographers at work in the school. As hard as jurying the exhibition was, jurying the awards was even harder. The winner of The Gallery Director’s Award, March Thaw, is a very evocative snowy landscape with a great sense of space and atmosphere. I very much appreciated the abstraction of it—the open, white shapes in the foreground and middle ground, which really allow the painting to breathe. dConstruction, winner of The Art League Award, is a very ambitious painting, which I really appreciate. A cityscape with figures, cars, machinery, activity, weather—a very hard thing to pull off, and the artist did an admirable job. I admire anybody trying to pull together so many things in one painting.

So thank you again for giving me this opportunity. Best of luck to everyone! 

Ephraim Rubenstein

About the juror, Ephraim Rubenstein
Ephraim Rubenstein received his B.A. and M.F.A. from Columbia University. Mr Rubenstein has had eleven one-person exhibitions in NY; seven at Tibor de Nagy, one at Tatistcheff & Co and three at George Billis Gallery. He has exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Maier Museum of Art, and the National Academy of Design, where he won the Emil and Dines Carlsen Prize in painting. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Exxon Corporation, and Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Rubenstein is an active teacher. He was an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Richmond, where he received the Distinguished Educator Award and The Commonwealth’s Outstanding Faculty Award. He taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art and the National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts. He is currently on the faculty of The Art Students League of New York. He also teaches at Columbia University’s Department of Narrative Medicine, where he teaches the Literature of Art as well as Life Drawing.

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Thursday: 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 noon–6:00 pm

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