The City of Kingston is proud to announce the last show in the 2019 Exhibition Schedule:
What does 'sanctuary' mean to Kingston?
Whether it’s a home, a preserve, a walk in the woods, or
even the welcome haven of an entire country, human beings seek it, crave it,
need it. Even if it’s as modest as cardboard box on a street corner, we all seek sanctuary.
The question is are our sanctuaries disappearing?
Sanctuary is a group exhibition of small works of visual art that explores the concept of sanctuaries, and what they mean to our community. The concept for Sanctuary was developed by Distinguished Artist , Julie Hedrick, as a way to deepen and expand the recent political conversations regarding sanctuaries. Hedrick was personally motivated by her own experiences as an immigrant, and considers this exhibition a part of her work as one of the first Distinguished Artists of Kingston.
Traditionally connected with the sacred & divine, sanctuaries were often religious spaces or buildings that offered a haven for weary travelers, and persecuted peoples. Sanctuaries provide safety, but do not have to be a physical space or structure. A sanctuary can be a breath, a song, or a work of art...
Sanctuary hopes to create a space for a nuanced interpretation of sanctuaries, and what they mean to Kingston. How are sanctuaries developed? Is our current community a sanctuary? If so, for whom? How can we work to create a inclusive, and welcoming environment? We hope artists are inspired to tackle these challenging conversations in their submissions.
Collaboration is a key part of what makes a sanctuary possible. Artists of Kingston are invited to submit a piece of artwork in response to our theme & title; Sanctuary. Work will be displayed communally at the Ground Floor Gallery at City Hall, with an opening reception on October 5th, from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM.
About the Curators
Julie Hedrick- Julie Hedrick’s body of work is an oasis amongst these
troubled times. Hedrick responds with her palette, her most recent exhibition
of pink hues at The Nohra Haime Gallery in NY references the sacred colors of
birth functioning as a personification of feminine energy and power, these
works explore and honor the Earth as our mother.
Sanctuary is Julie and her partner and collaborator Peter
Wetzler’s newest project. They are creating a series of art works, poetry and
musical compositions to be exhibited and performed in 2020. The concept is
based on the idea of Sanctuary in all its complexity and feeling.
Julie Hedrick has exhibited extensively throughout the
United States, Canada, Colombia, and Europe. She is a graduate of the Painting
Studio Program at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). Born in 1958
in Toronto, Hedrick is based in Kingston, New York. She is also a poet and has
participated to great acclaim in readings, performances, set designs and
discussion panels. Hedrick was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in
2012 and was recently honored with the Kingston Distinguished Artist Award
alongside her composer husband. Hedrick has been represented by Nohra Haime
Gallery since 1998
Janet Hicks- Janet is Vice President and Director of Licensing, Artists
Rights Society, the preeminent copyright organization for visual artists in the
United States. Janet serves on the Executive Committee of the visual arts arm
of CISAC, known as CIAGP, the International Council of Creators of Graphic,
Plastic, and Photographic Arts. She is also a curator and advocate for emerging
contemporary and outsider artists and the Director of One Mile Gallery, which
will celebrate 10 years in Kingston next year.
Laurie DeChiara- Laurie De Chiara a New York City native, is an independent
curator/ former gallerist with an M.A. in Contemporary Arts/ Arts Management.
She has been a creative force wearing many different hats in the art world for
more than two decades. In 1997, she
opened De Chiara|Stewart Gallery in NY’s Chelsea district with partner Richard
Stewart and her curiousity led her into the European market and she opened
müllerdechiara galerie in Berlin, Mitte with partner Sonke Magnus Müler in
2001. Her independent curating projects
continued and she was invited to do
exhibitions in varying venues from galleries to Kunstvereins around the
USA, Denmark, Mexico City, Bangkok, Berlin, and Italy.
From 2006 onward she continues to expand her practice, often
even beyond the traditional art platform doing projects with artists creating
opportunities to work in a wider context.
In 2010, De Chiara established ArtPod (www.artpod.org), a socially
engaged not-for-profit in Berlin with a focus on creating large scale
accessible art experiences and commissioned exhibitions.
In 2015, she returned to the New York this time to the
Hudson Valley in Kingston, NY. The new creative ventures for De Chiara Projects
began with a small Art Salon Gallery in Stone Ridge and then a public viewing
window gallery in Uptown Kingston.