Coping: Responding through Art
Juried Multimedia Exhibit
This exhibit WILL be hung in the gallery!
Exhibit Dates: September 4–27
Gallery Hours: Friday & Saturday, 1:00–5:00 pm
“Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity. I don’t see a different purpose for it now.”
– Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012, American painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer, and poet)
“For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.”
– Georges Rouault (1871-1958, French painter, draughtsman, and print artist)
“In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing”
– Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890, Dutch post-impressionist painter)
Recent events have brought immense social and societal upheaval, to which no one is immune. And people have long looked to art as a way of coping with, expressing, understanding, and escaping from change in the world we live in. This exhibit is to showcase how artists are responding to global issues, from Environmental Awareness and Natural Disasters, to Politics and Government, Racial, Social, and Economic Inequality, Gender Identity and Representation, Mental Health, and more. Your response might be a sculpture, an oil painting, pastel painting, or maybe it’s finger painting or doodling on a napkin. All forms of art, expression, and technique are welcome. How are you using your art to cope?
Artists are invited to submit up to 5 pieces to this show, with short accompanying statements (approximately 500 words) about what your piece is responding to or depicting, what drove you to create it, or what you hope the viewer takes away from it.
Submission Deadline: Saturday, August 22
Jury Results: Thursday, August 27
Accepted Artist Drop Off: Friday, August 28, 3:00–6:00 pm; Saturday, August 29, 10:00am–2:00pm; Sunday, August 30, 10:00am–2:00pm
Jurors: John Tlumacki and Andre Rochester
John Tlumacki has been staff photographer for The Boston Globe for 30 years. Tlumacki was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in photography for his coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall. His assignments have included war refugees in Uganda, three winter Olympics, to surveillance photos of corrupt public servants.
Andre Rochester is a native of Hartford, CT. He specializes in acrylic, charcoal, and pastel. He studied illustration at the University of Connecticut: School of Fine Arts and completed his BA in Studio Art at Charter Oak State College. Andre also assists emerging artists with portfolio development, curating, and consulting for exhibits. He encourages young artists to develop their craft without losing focus on learning professionalism and business acumen.
Andre currently serves on the Board of Directors (2019-present) at Windsor Art Center, where he is also a member of their curatorial committee. He also served on the City of Hartford Commission on Cultural Affairs from 2014 – 2015. Andre has been featured in various publications, including CT Fashion Magazine, Hartford Courant, and Bristol Observer.