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Open Exhibit - July 2018

July Open Exhibit
Juror: David C. Terry 
Exhibit dates: July 5–August 5, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, July 12, 6:30–8:00 pm

Open exhibits do not limit theme, medium, process or content. Artists are free to enter any current work made within 10 years.

View this exhibit on Flickr.
View the exhibit program.

Best In Show

Kathryn Mohrman,
Burmese Spear Fishing

The Monkith Saaid Memorial Award for Best in Show – Sculpture

William Pierce, Large Vessel

Q&A with Juror David C. Terry

What was it like curating a show based on digital submissions? What tips do you have for making artwork stand out when submitting it digitally?

DCT: It’s very challenging in many ways. I’ve curated digitally for juried shows as well as non-juried shows. The most important thing is to realize that you are not reviewing the actual work, but a rendering of it. This forces you to think more abstractly and to draw from your professional knowledge and experience. You must also, sometimes, make assumptions about what the work could be like in reality. There is some guesswork, but it’s all based on experience.

The most important thing I would say to artists to have their work stand out would be to have clear images that are not cropped and to not have any extraneous objects or information in the image. Ultimately, the curator/juror really just wants to see the work in its best light.

TAL: The exhibit you juried was “Open,” or un-themed. Based on the artworks you selected, what is the overall mood of the show? Did you notice any recurring subjects?

DCT: I noticed a lot of sea or ocean inspired work as well as nature inspired although uniquely conceptually rendered. Additionally, there was a lot of very well executed abstract work that was nice to see. Over all, the quality and skill of media manipulation was commendable.

TAL: Did you notice an overall color palette emerging as you made selections?

DCT: When selecting the work, I did not notice a particular overall palette. As in practice, I review the work individually in somewhat of a vacuum so that no other work influences my decision-making process. Then, I look at the overall selected group to see if there are any particular themes, trends or palette schemes. I particularly enjoy the fact that this is a strong and diverse exhibition.

TAL: In your opinion, what are the benefits of participating in a group exhibition?

DCT: I believe it’s very important for artists to see their work alongside their peers in all disciplines. The disciplinary lines are finally diminishing and people are now identifying themselves as artists and less as discipline-specific creators. This opens the lines of communication and collaboration and further serves as a catalyst for new ideas and inspiration. I believe that group exhibitions serve as community and thought-collecting experiences.

TAL: The Art League gallery is a community art space. What role do you think art plays in one’s community?

DCT: Art plays a tremendous role not only in one’s community, but as a communication connector to one another and our humanity. It’s how we document our experiences in this world and how we, often not knowingly, communicate cross-culturally and cross-generationally. I can say this with certainty as it is the very subject of an interactive international research project I’m working on called Sharing Perspectives.

TAL: What medium(s) did you find strongest as you made your selections?

DCT: As far as sheer numbers, there were more painters than any other medium. However, I found strong work in every medium which made it difficult to select but a much more enjoyable process.

TAL: Is there anything you wish you had seen more of?

DCT: As a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in sculpture, I’m always looking for different media or work that combines media successfully. So, I wasn’t wishing for more of anything in particular. Perhaps more of everything combined together.

TAL: What made the award winners stand out? This month there was an overall Best in Show, and a Best 3D artwork award.

DCT: When I made all of my selections, I took a week off from further review to choose the award winners. I wanted to have a fresh look at the show as a whole and at the work individually. I then noted to myself which works were still deeply imbedded in my mind for any number of reasons. I could have been the excellence in execution, the raw visual beauty or a challenge in interpretation and thought. The two works I selected stood out for all of the reasons above. They are works that left a visual imprint.

TAL: Did your own work as an artist influence your decisions?
DCT: My work as an artist informs my decisions, but does not influence them. It’s my curatorial and jurying work that allows me to see work in a multitude of media and format with an understanding of content, skill and aesthetic. This experience has added to my knowledge base and I’m looking forward to drawing up in it in the future.

Finally I would like to recognize that this experience was particularly fulfilling for me because almost 30 years ago I took a sculpture class at The Art League which was transformational to my creative career.

About the Juror, David C. Terry:
David C. Terry is an artist, independent curator and cultural producer as well as the Director and Curator of Grants and Exhibitions at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) where he oversees the Fellowships, Curatorial/Exhibition, Residency and Alumni Programs. Prior to coming to NYFA, Mr. Terry was Assistant Director at the Pelham Art Center, where he directed the exhibition, educational and outreach programs.

Born and raised in Washington, DC and a New York City resident for 21 years, Mr. Terry’s professional career covers a wide range of curatorial, artistic, administrative and academic experience. He has taught a variety of classes including objective and figurative drawing, abstract and figurative sculpture, portraiture and environmental and site-‐specific sculpture to students of all age ranges. He earned his BA at the College of William and Mary, and while earning his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Terry began his administrative, curatorial and teaching career at the Philadelphia Arts League.

Mr. Terry is a working artist, a curator with over 100 exhibitions and curatorial productions and experiences to his name, as well as a juror, and a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural affairs, Bronx Council on the Arts, Westchester Biennale and the Westchester Arts Council’s ’50 for 50’ Festival, the Alexander Rutsch Award in Painting, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program, Lumen Arts Festival, and a member of the GIA Support for Individual Artists Group Steering Committee as well as Board Member of the College Art Association and the Executive Member of the Fine Arts Federation.

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