UPDATED 07/03/12: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts presents Beauty… it’s not pretty – National Juried Exhibition – A survey of Artists exploring Beauty, in and by unconventional means, in America. June 16 – July 21, 2012
Selection Juror & Awards Judge: Kris Kuksi, Critically Acclaimed International Artist
With Special Guest Artist, Ewelina Koszykowska
30 works by 25 featured Artists from across the nation, in addition to exclusive works by Mr. Kuksi & Ms. Koszykowska.
Thanks to everyone who visited the Gallery on Saturday, June 16th for the Opening Reception. Although I didn’t have a chance to speak with everyone, I’m pretty sure most of the artists (Kim, Jenn, Mark G., TaVee, Patricia, Lisa, Jill, Mark K., Susan, Angela, Bruce, Abhilasha, Adele & Anna) were in attendance; the energy, conversation and catering were all excellent.
Kris offered an intimate and engaging Gallery Talk on Friday, July 13th to full audience in the Energy Gallery. The discussion included his childhood and influences, as well as the secrets of his sculpture construction and shipping tactics. In addition, Kris spoke about the scientific provocations of beauty and took the time to answers questions and sign books.
We were also delighted to host Kevin Champeny (NYC) and his wife Ana. Kevin’s work, What Remains (skull mosaic constructed from 35,000 hand-cast polyurethane flowers!), was the centerpiece of the exhibition and won the Grand Foundation Award. It was also great to finally meet Tamara Staser-Meltzer (SF) who’s collage Lillith hung in the Souza Gallery.
I’ll be putting together an electronic catalog documenting the show in the coming months which will be distributed wide and free. Thanks again to all of the Artists, Collaborators and Patrons that made Beauty… a remarkable exhibition.