virtual Members Exhibition

July 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

Welcome to the 2020 Virtual Members’ Exhibition. Each year we put out a call to our members inviting them to submit their artworks to be considered for the show, and each year we are thrilled to see what our community has been making!
Explore the virtual exhibition, and stay tuned for Creative Convos and other supporting materials will be released throughout the run of the exhibition. 

Sponsored by New Bedford Creative’s Wicked Cool Places 


THE EXHIBITION

2020 Members’ Exhibition
Juried by Dina Deitsch, Director and Chief Curator of Tufts University Art Galleries

Featuring Adrian Tio, Alyson Therrien, Claudia Flynn, Deb Ehrens, Diana Arvanites, Dora Atwater Millikin, Helen Granger, Iwona Lapczyk, Jane O’Hara, Jason Fiering, Jill Law, Joe Quigley, JP Powel, Kate Couturier, Keith M. Francis, Kendra Conn, Lynn Clapham, Marissa Fay-Martin, Mary Belden Brown, Milton H. Brightman, Nancy Whitcomb, Pamela Hoss, Scott Bishop, Spencer Pepin, Taylor Hickey, Viera Levitt, Wendy Stern, and William Popik.  


THE ARTWORKS

 


Juror’s Choice Awards
Best in Show: Scott by Pam Hoss

I taught a portrait class for ten years and found it to be invigorating. This winter I asked artists, former students and friends to sit for me. When the pandemic arrived in March I could no longer work from models. Therefore, in April I asked my husband Scott if he would be my model. Painting someone close to me had a profound effect on my expression.

First Runner Up: Keep your Distance! by Nancy Whitcomb

Nancy Whitcomb’s “Keep Your Distance” caught my eye for obvious reasons.  During this pandemic, it is the unspoken mantra most of us think as we approach a check out lane in the grocery store, as we enter an elevator and as we try to gather like we used to pre-COVID 19.  The images are reminiscent of vintage children’s coloring books in color and style of dress, yet the message seems quite timely.  The uncertainty in their expressions also suggest the bewilderment that many feel during this unprecedented and unpredictable time.  The measured distance to me implies that the “distance” one need to keep is dependent upon how close the relationship is to the bystander; the shorter the distance, the more familiarity, the greater the opposite.  As we navigate our ways through social distancing due to the pandemic, this artistic representation will be for all of us a reminder in the future of what we were forced to endure in 2020.  A somber message delivered with whimsy and  poignance. – Howe Allen, NBAM Board Member

Honorable Mention: CEREBRAL SEED by Claudia Flynn

Claudia Flynn has a long-standing interest in the interface of art and the human journey. She utilizes metaphors derived from ancient alchemy to elucidate deep structures in the creative imagination. Her art is deeply moving, transporting us as it were into the depths of the everyday world to reveal a dark and mysterious interior. Claudia’s work, often ritualistic in the way that it transforms the objects she makes or finds, does not turn away from the world; on the contrary, it fully embraces the world and reconnects it with an inner life, a life of the soul.


SEPTEMBER 14TH IS NATIONAL COLORING BOOK DAY

To celebrate below are links to color your own version of some of the works of our Members exhibition!

 

 

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THE JUROR 

 

Dina Deitsch
Director and Chief Curator of Tufts University Art Galleries

As Director and Chief Curator of the Tufts University Art Galleries, Dina Deitsch oversees the temporary exhibitions and public programs at the Aidekman Arts Center on the Medford campus and at the SMFA at Tufts Boston campus in addition to the university’s Permanent Art Collection.  She also organizes contemporary art exhibitions and chairs the University’s Gifts of Art and Public Art Committees. Before Tufts, Dina was the Interim Director Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University. She was the Director of Curatorial Projects at Goodman Taft, and the Curator of Contemporary Art at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.


THE ARTISTS