Individual Artist Grant Awards Announced
Greene County Council on the Arts is pleased to announce the Columbia, Greene & Schoharie County recipients of Individual Artist regrant awards through the Community Arts Grants Fund Decentralization Program. The grants are competitive and represent the presentation of three $2,500 awards annually.
The Decentralization – Individual Artist Tier is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support for artists in the construction of new, original work. The awards are intended to engage the community through the artist’s creative process and promote personal artistic growth. This year’s proposals included choreography, literary, video, playwriting, and visual arts projects. There were several excellent candidates with imaginative ideas and high quality support materials, making the 2013 review a difficult process. After much deliberation, a panel of artists from Greene and Columbia County recommended Claudia McNulty of Climax in Greene County, Maria Kolodziej-Zincio of Hudson in Columbia County, and Michael Breitbach of Richmondville in Schoharie County as this year’s Individual Artist Grant recipients.
Claudia McNulty primarily works in paint and mixed media and has been represented in the Hudson Valley (Carrie Haddad Gallery; BRIK Gallery; SamuelDorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz; Athens Cultural Center) as well in juried shows in New York City, Florida, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC. The $2,500 Individual Artist award will enable her to develop a project entitled “Corn Porn” which will address what the artist describes as “the pervasive presence of genetically modified foods” through an interactive 3-dimensional installation. Public participation is critical to the project. Viewers will be encouraged to physically enter McNulty’s audio-enhanced sculptural space becoming, and recorded, as a temporary visual component of the work. “Corn Porn” will be portable and will travel to a number of local venues initiating questions and dialogue about the GMO controversy. Well within the genre of politically and environmentally motivated expression long embraced by this artist, this project also represents a fresh set of challenges. “Both sound and lighting would be major components in these environs . . . and would be my initial venture into creating a “space.” It is a simple beginning, but large for me,” McNulty said.
Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Apologies, Offerings and Celebrations; Dear Mother Nature at the Dorsky Museum
by Donatella de Rosa
A remarkable exhibit opened at the Dorsky Museum on June 23. I was there for the opening, I’ve returned several times… and I will certainly go back before the show closes on Nov. 4.
Dear Mother Nature—curated by Linda Weintraub— is a stunning indictment, an apology, an offering of gratitude, and a cry for change, expressed through the distinct vision of forty-two Hudson Valley artists.
I knew as soon as I stepped through the doors to the main gallery space, that I would be back to revisit these works. I was immediately entranced. A mere walk through— amid the chatter of a large enveloping crowd — wouldn’t do. Why? Because, this is that rare exhibit that requires the viewer to truly spend time with the art, to engage, to consider what the artist is saying, to participate. Read blog >>
Hudson Opera House Gallery February 2012 juried and curated by Carrie Haddad of Carrie Haddad Gallery and Carrie Haddad Photographs. Award receipients were selected by Carrie Haddad: Best in Show Award, sponsored by Jan Hanvik, presented to Claudia McNulty
“The universe is always putting new wine into old bottles.” Five elements; earth, water, fire, air and space constitutes the world as we know it. These elements form everything in existence. This combination is in a constant state of transformation. What we experience: people, houses, trees, galaxies; is just an expression of consciousness of these elements and its particular frequency. Every frequency in nature exists simultaneously, yet only what we see is what we experience. Our prejudice against the invisible causes us to discount and fear the unseen. The world of physical matter is just one expression of a particular frequency. Matter and energy can not be created or destroyed. All matter shares&a state of consciousness.
The question is, is the brain the receiver of the mind or the creator?