Openings Fall Exhibition 2013 Artists


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Openings, a collective of visual artists whose mission is to explore the connections between creativity and transcendence, will sponsor our 7th annual art exhibition featuring the work of 37 diverse artists that will run from Sept. 13 – Oct. 25, with the opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 19th from 7-9 pm inside the church. There will also be an Artist’s Walk Thru tour of the exhibition with the curators and many of the exhibiting artists talking and answering questions about their work on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd from 7-9pm.
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  1. 1. OPENINGS “1). All of the Above – The Big Questions Answered?” THE ARTISTS
  3. 3. OPENINGS 2013 3 of 43 THECURATORS FOSTERING CONVERSATION THROUGH ART KEENA GONZALEZ Keena was raised just outside of Los Angeles moved to New York City in 2000 in order to aggressively pursue her work as a photographer. Since relocating she’s not only had the opportunity to further develop her commercial portfolio but she’s discovered a way to expand and transform her personal body of work which has been in the making since the mid 1990’s. In 2008 Keena earned her BFA from the School of Visual arts, graduating with honors from SVA, twice receiving the Special Photography Award Scholarship. During her tenure at SVA her photographs were featured in a number of group shows and in 2007 she worked as a part time assistant in the studio of renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. Recently Keena became involved with the collective known as Openings where she serves on the governing body of the group. In both 2012 and 2013 she acted as co-curator of two group shows held inside the historic church of St Paul The Apostle - one of the oldest living churches in Manhattan. In addition to curating, and being twice awarded a scholarship to attend the Lake George artist residency, she has continued to have her photographs shown in a number of galleries including but not limited to A.I.R. Gallery, Visual Arts Gallery, Fowler Arts Gallery and Callahan Center Gallery all of which are located in New York.
  4. 4. OPENINGS 2013 4 of 43 THECURATORS FOSTERING CONVERSATION THROUGH ART MICHAEL BERUBE Michael Berube was born in Endicott, New York. He moved to NYC in 1980 where he still lives and works. He earned his BFA Summa cum Laude from Hunter College in 2007 and his MFA, also from Hunter College, in 2010. During his time at Hunter College he was the recipient of many awards including the Graf Grant, the Tom Woods Award, The Sommerville Art Prize, and the David and Sadie Klau Fellowship. He was also the 2010 Hunter College nominee for the Joan Mitchell Graduate Studies Award. He has had multiple exhibitions in New York, both group and solo, including exhibitions with the artist collective Openings on whose governing body he serves. He has work in the permanent collection of the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hunter College.
  5. 5. OPENINGS 2013 5 of 43 THEARTISTS Eric Dalzen Erik Dalzen (b. 1983) is a Brooklyn based artist. His work combines absence and presence to create photographs, sculptures, drawings and videos concerned with human experience and the unknown. He received an M.F.A. from Hunter College and a B.F.A. from Brigham Young University. Dalzen has recently exhibited at New Holland, St. Petersburg, Russia; hpgrp gallery, NY; Aviary Gallery, MA; Humble Arts Foundation, MA; Ugly Art Room, NY. He has recently published several books Horrible Bodies (2013), Sixty-Fifth Street and Columbus Avenue (2011) and One Hundred Lies and One Truth (2011).
  6. 6. OPENINGS 2013 6 of 43 THEARTISTS Janna Dyk Born in Los Angeles and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Janna Dyk's present base in New York has proved fruitful to her work in interdisciplinary collaboration, photography, sound, installation, writing, and drawing. Currently pursuing a Master in Fine Arts at Hunter College, she is a graduate of Asbury University, has studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and completed an artist residency in Beijing, China, with Art International Residency Projects. She is the former Center Coordinator at the New York Center for Art & Media Studies (NYCAMS), and was the Collaborative Visual Arts Curator for the 2012 Chelsea Music Festival, which included, among other shows, curating OPEN CAGE: NEW YORK, a 75-person performance at Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology, [ON SILENCE], a group exhibition at NYCAMS, and Silence, an interdisciplinary collaborative performance at the Rubin Museum of Art. She has exhibited her work nationally.
  7. 7. OPENINGS 2013 7 of 43 THEARTISTS Seldon Yuan Seldon Yuan received a BHA at Carnegie Mellon University and his MFA at Hunter College. His art has been exhibited nationally and internationally in various galleries and venues including the MoMA in New York, International Center of Photography, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Arario Gallery, Rare Gallery, La Generale in Paris, Gallerie 69 in Oslo, Norway, Around Space in Shanghai, and the Museum of New Art in Detroit. He has also completed a commission for Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City and is currently included in the Bronx Museum of Art AIM Biennial.
  8. 8. OPENINGS 2013 8 of 43 THEARTISTS Samantha Holmes Samantha Holmes is an artist based in New York and Ravenna, Italy who focuses on conceptual and material experimentation in the medium of mosaic. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the ARTPLAY Design Center (Moscow), the Moti Hasson Gallery (New York), and the International Festival of Contemporary Mosaic (Ravenna). In 2011, she represented Italy at the European project Les Langages du Bleu in Paris and was recipient of the International GAEM Art Prize (Young Artists and Mosaic) from the Museum of the City of Ravenna, which holds her work within its permanent collection. She is the founder of design mind and editor of SoloMosaico, the leading international journal on contemporary mosaic. A graduate of Harvard College (Visual and Environmental Studies, 2006), she is presently a Master’s candidate at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Ravenna.
  9. 9. OPENINGS 2013 9 of 43 THEARTISTS Chris Leib Born in the San Francisco Bay Area and now living and working in New York, Chris Leib has exhibited his artwork across the United States, in Berlin and across France. Leib’s art has been positively reviewed in the San Francisco Examiner, Kunst Magazin (Berlin), Hi-Fructose Magazine and Huffington Post to name just a few, and his work has been published in the De Young Museum’s Members Guide. He holds a BA from UC Berkeley and has studied art at San Francisco State University and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Leib has twice been an Artist in Residence at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and has received competitive grants from the George Sugarman Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission. He has had a solo exhibition at SFMoMA, and his most recent solo exhibition “Becoming Worthwhile” was exhibited at Cain Schulte Contemporary Art in Berlin. Leib’s work can be found in important public and private collections in the United States and Europe.
  10. 10. OPENINGS 2013 10 of 43 THEARTISTS Summer McCorkle Summer McCorkle is an artist creating work in multiple mediums with an emphasis on the still and moving image. Ms. McCorkle has shown her work in New York, San Francisco, Guadalajara, The Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts and The National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2013, she received a Marian Naumburg Fellowship in photography at the MacDowell Colony. She also participated in the AIM program in conjunction with the Bronx Museum and was included in the exhibition Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial at Wave Hill. Ms. McCorkle holds a Master in Fine Arts from Hunter College and a BA in Photography from San Francisco State University. She was born and raised in Wisconsin and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
  11. 11. OPENINGS 2013 11 of 43 THEARTISTS Eric Jaiju Lee Eric Jiaju Lee earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at Hunter College in New York City where he has been residing for over the past two decades. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Lee also works in Beijing, China where he has established a studio practice in recent years. Lee exhibits regularly both locally and abroad, with works belonging to international private and corporate collections. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Lee is currently an adjunct professor of fine arts at Hunter College of the City University of New York, Art Institute of New York City and at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, New Jersey. Lee is also an independent curator and guest lecturer at museums and institutions in the greater New York area. Best known for his work as an abstract painter Lee has recently been expanding into various other media such as figurative drawings, collage, sculpture, art video and sound art.
  12. 12. OPENINGS 2013 12 of 43 THEARTISTS Ariel Zakarison Ariel Zakarison was raised on a farm in Eastern Washington State near the city of Pullman. She obtained her BA from Western Washington University in Bellingham in 2009, with an Interdisciplinary Concentration from Fairhaven College in integrated art, printmaking and animation. She currently attends Hunter College in Manhattan, New York where she is earning her MFA in painting, printmaking and works on paper and where she will be completing her thesis in December 2013. Miss Zakarison currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
  13. 13. OPENINGS 2013 13 of 43 THEARTISTS Ori Carino Ori G. Carino was born in a Houston Street loft in downtown Manhattan, NYC (1982). He was raised within the Lower East Side art-movement of the 80’s, living in a functioning gallery on Houston street until he was seven. When he was five he painted with Keith Herring, which lead him to start writing Graffiti. At age 13 Carino’s street art brought him to attend programs at Parson’s and Cooper Union before being offered a scholarship to attend the studio program for painting and installation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) in Boston. During this time Carino became a respected muralist and painted numerous public and private murals, along with commissioned paintings and garments. He received the prestigious NYC Studio program grant award along with two special grants from the office of the Dean (SMFA). After graduating in 2005 he relocated to New York City from where he currently works and lives. He has exhibited in group shows in NYC, Boston, West Palm Beach, Miami, Dallas, San Francisco, Amsterdam Holland and Paris France. His work is in private collections in the US, Europe and Asia. Notably, Carino’s paintings were included in the historic book, “The King of Dharma,” a first-time publication of an important set of Tibetan paintings from the 18th century written by the two best selling authors Geshe Michael Roach and Christie Mcnally.
  14. 14. OPENINGS 2013 15 of 43 THEARTISTS Timothy Collins Timothy is interested in collage, the artifact, and its role in design practice through physical modeling and materiality in architecture. As an architectural designer and senior model fabricator at Hillier Architecture (now RMJM), Timothy was involved in several major local and international projects including the East River Science Park in New York City and the Seocho Research and Development Center for LG Electronics in Seoul, Korea. Timothy has lectured and been a guest critic at several universities, including Carnegie Mellon, Hunter College, Pratt Institute, Stony Brook University, and Parsons School of Design. He has taught architectural design, freehand drawing, and visualization at multiple universities as well. His recent publications include honorable mention in the Storefront for Art and Architecture "White House Redux" design competition and "Architect's Draw: Freehand Fundamentals" by Sue Ferguson Gussow, Princeton Architectural Press, 2008. Timothy received an March from the Graduate School of Architecture in Florence, Italy at Syracuse University’s Division of International Programs and a BArch from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union. He currently teaches 4th year undergraduate design studios at the City College of New York and is a practicing artist whose work has been featured in museum collections as well as multiple exhibitions both in the United States and abroad.
  15. 15. OPENINGS 2013 16 of 43 THEARTISTS Jen Phippen For the last two years, I have been working with people at the end of their lives as a hospice social worker. As I gain greater understanding of their stories and the similarities therein, I see a correlation between their histories, experiences and humanity with my own humanity and consequently, with my own art making. Their stories have inspired me to love and explore and to appreciate life. I use photography as a means to document the world around me. I’m not only an artist, but also a social worker, a keeper of stories, a documentarian. My photographs call attention to things that other people overlook, much like the patients I serve. This exploration helps me engage more deeply with the space and time I’m in. These photographs capture the ephemeral quality of our life and experiences. My goal is to create images that find beauty in the forgotten. Through focusing on the details and beauty of decay can remind us to live in the here and now.
  16. 16. OPENINGS 2013 17 of 43 THEARTISTS James Vanderberg I was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and my work continues to harken back to the coasts of this landscape. Although rooted in abstraction and interactions of color, all my work makes a connection between the figure and field, landscape and our place in that space. I received my MFA from CUNY Hunter College in 2008, creating large-scale abstract works for my thesis exhibition, for which I earned the Hunter College Tony Smith Award for exceptional graduate work. While at Hunter I was also awarded the Lutz/Riedel Fellowship for exchange travel to L'École des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. It was here that I immersed myself in the landscapes of Monet, Cézanne, and the Impressionists, as well as the landscape and light of Provence and Brittany. Currently, an exploration into the structures of nautical knot systems provides a reference for drawing and composition in my painting. For the past five years I have taught studio art and art history from the university level to local community workshops. I am an instructor at Brooklyn Art Space in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, and adjunct instructor at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY. I live and work in Brooklyn with my wife and son.
  17. 17. OPENINGS 2013 18 of 43 THEARTISTS Miya Ando Miya Ando’s metal canvases and sculpture articulate themes of contradiction and juxtaposition of ideas. The foundation of her practice is transformation of surfaces. Half Japanese & half Russian-American, Ando is a descendant of Bizen sword makersand was raised in a Buddhist temple in Japan and in coastal Northern California. She has continued her 16th generation Japanese sword smithing and Buddhist lineage by combining metals, reflectivity and light in her transcendent paintings and sculpture. In 2011 she completed two memorial sculptures for the 9/11 in which she utilized 30 foot tall pieces of steel which had fallen from the World Trade Center Buildings. Ando’s work is has been exhibited extensively throughout the world, including a recent show curated by Guggenheim curator Nat Trotman. Miya’s public commissions include projects in South Korea, London, New York and California. Her work appears in many important public and private collections and she is the recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2012, the Thanatopolis Special Artist Award and Public Outdoor Commission Winner and Puffin Foundation Grant winner. She received her Bachelor of Science Magna Cum Laude in East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley and continued her studies at Yale University, in addition to serving as an apprentice to a master metal smith in Japan.
  18. 18. OPENINGS 2013 19 of 43 THEARTISTS Andrew Berardi My name is Andrew Berardi and I am an artist and designer. I work out of my residence in Long Island, but I frequently visit the city for inspiration. Experimenting with graffiti as a youth led to my interest in typography. I always felt that letter forms have energy incorporated within them, which has influenced my design work. For the "1).All of the Above" show I want to create a conceptual piece that will make an emotional connection with the viewer. My ultimate goal as an artist is to spread positivity, inspire the youth and change the way people think.
  19. 19. OPENINGS 2013 20 of 43 THEARTISTS Joyce Yamada Originally from the West Coast, my scientist- physician-artist father imbued me with a love of both science and nature which remain at the core of my artistic vision. I attended U.C. Berkeley and the San Francisco Art Institute. Then by quirks of fate, my artist’s survival job was in medicine. I am an M.D., specialty Diagnostic Radiology. For more than 20 years I worked for one week as an artist followed by one week as a doctor. During this time I did not actively exhibit. In 2004 I quit medicine and am now a full-time artist. In 2006 I moved to Brooklyn and have since then exhibited in numerous group shows, including shows in NYC at the NurtureArt Gallery, PS 122 Gallery, the Leroy Neiman Art Center, New Century Gallery, New World Stages Gallery, St. Francis College, and Symphony Space, and in New Jersey at Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University and the Therese A Maloney Gallery at St. Elizabeth’s College. I am primarily a painter but also do site specific installations; for these I have been collaborating with Joanne Ungar, a collage artist whose survival skill is in high end video.
  20. 20. OPENINGS 2013 21 of 43 THEARTISTS Robert Aitchison Robert Aitchison’s art is informed by nature; investigating the structure and dynamics of the natural world while exploring diverse landscape themes. In his work he’s attracted to the chaos and complexity of uncultivated environments. The construction of his paintings is guided by various drawings and studies done on-site outdoors. Sketches created from memory also play an important role in the evolution of the works. Through the fusion of these disparate visual records Aitchison seeks to establish contemplative scapes that allude to the experience of being in nature rather than a depiction of specific locales. Aitchison was raised in Spring, Texas and studied painting at the University of Texas at Austin. His art has been exhibited in the United States, South America, and Europe and can be found in various private collections. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
  21. 21. OPENINGS 2013 22 of 43 THEARTISTS Katie Rubright Katie Rubright is a native Virginian. She received a BA in Art History from James Madison University in 2003, and a BFA in Combined Media from Hunter College in 2010. She will graduate in December 2013 from the MFA program at Hunter College, and lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
  22. 22. OPENINGS 2013 23 of 43 THEARTISTS Joey Kilrain Born and raised in South Philly, Joey Kilrain’s artistic style evolves as a product of his ongoing life lessons. His works serve as a means of personal therapy while telling the viewer his life's stories. With no loyalty to any particular discipline of art, Joey integrates traditional media (acrylic, pen & ink, papier mâché, metal fabrication) with mobile & web technologies. Basically, he'll pursue any medium which will fit the story to be told. A graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia, his works have been exhibited along the east coast. He's been published in Adobe’s Web Design Journal, Village Voice, and New York Magazine.
  23. 23. OPENINGS 2013 24 of 43 THEARTISTS Laura Frantz Laura Frantz lives and works in New York. Her paintings have recently been exhibited at Grizzly Grizzly (Philadelphia), Joshua Tree Art Gallery (CA), Saffron Artist Space (Brooklyn), Janet Kurnatowski Gallery (Brooklyn), and through the Bruce High Quality Foundation. Laura has also exhibited her work in Ankara, Turkey, where she was a Fulbright recipient in 2007-2008. She received her MFA from Hunter in 2012.
  24. 24. OPENINGS 2013 25 of 43 THEARTISTS Mark Brennan Mark Brennan divides his time between Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Brooklyn, New York. He studied at Columbia University and currently teaches at the RELC School of Fine Arts & Design in Brooklyn, where his students have exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum and the MoCADA Museum. He alternates between two bodies of work: small meditative “elegies” of decayed leaves and twigs, and long landscapes based on the dunes at Newcomb Hollow, Wellfleet, the site of his (now abandoned) childhood home, which sits atop the bluffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. He relinquished an early art career in the 1980s, in which he showed large paintings, mixed media pieces and installations at various New York galleries. After a 20-year hiatus, he resumed exhibiting in 2009 with solo shows in Chicago and Brooklyn. His work is in private collections throughout the United States. All profits derived from the sale of his artwork are donated to charities dedicated to preserving and maintaining the natural environment.
  25. 25. OPENINGS 2013 26 of 43 THEARTISTS Elisa Soliven Elisa Soliven lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA in Painting from Hunter College and and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. Her work has been reviewed by Two Coats of Paint, Art Critical, Hyperallergic, and the Village Voice. In the past year, her work has been included in group exhibitions at Nudashank, Baltimore; Bull & Ram, NYC; Janet Kurnatowski, Brooklyn; the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Grizzly, Grizzly in Philadelphia, among others. She received the William L. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012.
  26. 26. OPENINGS 2013 27 of 43 THEARTISTS Benjamin Armas Benjamin Armas was born in Caracas, Venezuela into a family of noted artists including his father Ricardo Armas and uncle Enrico Armas. In the spring of 2000 he began studying architecture while attending the Cooper Union High School Outreach Program. In 2003, Armas was awarded the Presidential Merit Scholarship from Pratt Institute School of Architecture and graduated in 2008. He has since worked as a designer at Architecture and Urban Planning firms like WASA/Studio A in NYC and TDR Urbanistas in Caracas, Venezuela. His first major private residential project is currently under construction in upstate NY. Armas has also produced bodies of work in the fields of sculpture, photography and video.
  27. 27. OPENINGS 2013 28 of 43 THEARTISTS Reiner Hansen Born in Odense, Denmark and now living and working in New York, Reiner Hansen's work has been exhibited across the US including at Cain Schulte Gallery in San Francisco, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, internationally at Kunstverin Buchholz/Nordheide in Germany, and most recently at Jack Chiles Gallery in New York City. Hansen is a 2012 recipient of the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant.
  28. 28. OPENINGS 2013 29 of 43 THEARTISTS Visakh Menon Visakh was born in India and moved to USA in 2005. He currently splits his time creating installations, video art, mixed media drawings. His current body of work focuses on the creation of physical manifestations of digital artifacts and objects of fictionalized reverence, often born out of fascination for certain aspects of technology & science. Visakh has exhibited nationally and internationally including recent shows at the DUMBO arts festival, Spattered Columns (NY), Gallery Aferro (NJ), Rabbit Hole Gallery (NY), Digital Media City Gallery (Seoul) and included in the Rhizome Art Base. He was selected for the Mentoring Fellowship for Immigrant Artists at New York Foundation for the Arts in 2010 (NYFA). In 2007 Visakh received an MFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
  29. 29. OPENINGS 2013 30 of 43 THEARTISTS Patricia Bellucci Patricia Bellucci is a visual artist who lives and works in New York City. She studied painting and sculpture at New York's School of Visual Arts, where she earned a BFA. Patricia also holds an MA from Fordham University and a certificate in film production from New York University. Patricia‘s work engages layered compositions which synthesize the disciplines of painting, collage, and assemblage. She is a member of "Openings," an artist collective in New York City, and her work has been exhibited in New York at the Lower Eastside Tenement Museum, the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Storefront for Art and Architecture and St. Francis College, among others; most recently, her work was exhibited in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theater, the hub venue for the 2013 “10 Days in Dublin” arts festival.
  30. 30. OPENINGS 2013 31 of 43 THEARTISTS jdx jdx is a documentary photojournalist capturing the convergence of art, culture & architecture in downtown NYC. jdx's images & commentary have appeared in The New York Times, East Village Grieve, Hipstamatic's Adventures In Hipstaland, The Lo-Down, Bowery Boogie, Neighborhoodr: East Village & Animal NY.
  31. 31. OPENINGS 2013 32 of 43 THEARTISTS Jess Willa Wheaton Jess Willa Wheaton was born in Sebastopol, CA in 1984. She received a BFA in Painting from the California College of the Arts in 2010, and is a current MFA candidate at Hunter College in New York.
  32. 32. OPENINGS 2013 33 of 43 THEARTISTS Joachim Marx Born 1960 in Germany, Marx studied painting in Cologne, Germany and at the New York Academy of Art, where he received his MFA in 1991. His work was shown in solo shows at the Consulate General of Germany in New York; Caesarea Gallery in Boca Raton, FL; La MaMa La Galleria in New York, Schloß Opherdicke in Unna, Germany; Museum im Torhaus, Siegburg, Germany; American Painting Fine Arts in Washington DC and in NYC; Figureworks Gallery in Brooklyn and in 2008 had a painting in the Chelsea Art Museum. In 1995 he was invited to participate in a competition to design church windows for a church near Fulda in Germany. His designs were realized the following year. German public television featured him in a 30 min documentary.
  33. 33. OPENINGS 2013 34 of 43 THEARTISTS Alan Richards I was born and raised in New York City. Although not formally trained in art, I have produced artworks for many years. By profession I am an Audiologist and hold a Ph.D. I have worked in New York City for many years as an audiologist in private practice and as a Professor of Audiology at the City University of New York. My attention has now turned to the artworld. I have always been interested in art and industrial design. My earlier works were done in ink and water colors and are shown on my website. My interest in computers and industrial design evolved into photomanipulations from multiple images. Sometimes people think that these images are simple photographs. Not so. They consist of multiple images (as many as 20) in which segments of one photo is melded into the framework of the entire image. The images are often take on a surrealistic feeling but not all the time. Some of the images are painted as well. My goal as an artist is to view the world as others do not see and turn mundane events into unique images which are often playful or unusual. Some viewers might agree.
  34. 34. OPENINGS 2013 35 of 43 THEARTISTS Mary DeVincentis Working in ongoing series, developing ideas over many years, Mary DeVincentis finds inspiration for her paintings and monotypes from nature, literature, language, dreams and Buddhism. Her work has been exhibited at the International Print Center New York, the New York Public Library, the Kathryn Markel Gallery, Mary Ryan Gallery, White Columns, and the Brooklyn Museum and has been included in group exhibitions in the United States and Europe. It is represented in numerous private and corporate collections. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Printmaking from St. Martins College of Art in London, England. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
  35. 35. OPENINGS 2013 36 of 43 THEARTISTS Tim Rusterholz Tim Rusterholz is a sculptor, fabricator, and competitive distance runner currently living and working out of Philadelphia, PA. He received his MFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art in 2011, and BFA in Sculpture & Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. Tim received a University Fellowship upon entry into Tyler School of Art and was commissioned to create a bronze portrait of donor Jack Wolgin, displayed in front of Temple Galleries. Other notable accomplishments include commission work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Elizabeth Greenshield’s Fellowship, Best in Show in VCU’s Annual Juried Competition, and publication in NCAA Champions Magazine as a student athlete at VCU. For more information please visit
  36. 36. OPENINGS 2013 37 of 43 THEARTISTS Firth MacMillan Firth MacMillan is a visual artist living and working in Toronto. Her sculptures and three- dimensional drawings are meditations on the edge between image and object, representation and abstraction, form and formlessness. She has exhibited at CRG Gallery, Lyons Wier Gallery and Charles Cowles Gallery in New York and at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Gardiner Museum in Toronto, and San Bao International in China.
  37. 37. OPENINGS 2013 38 of 43 THEARTISTS Michael TianXiang I studied for an engineering degree in college and worked at a private firm for a few years after graduation in 2008. I decided that I did not like the 9-to-5 life style, or engineering for that matter; negotiated with my boss so I can work part-time at home and started doing art. I found myself to be intuitive with perceiving and creating shapes and forms so I started with sculpture; I have been doing that since 2011.
  38. 38. OPENINGS 2013 39 of 43 THEARTISTS Guillermo Lorente My name is Guillermo Lorente. I was born and raised in Cuba. With a Bachelor Degree in Art, I left Cuba In 1994 to further my art career. I travelled to Sweden where I established a gallery, partook in several art exhibitions and taught art. In 2002 I decided to come to New York which became my geographical place in where I am creating my new oil painting series “The Universes Strings and Bless Water”. Inspired by the Quantum Physics and The String Theory this Series of paintings are an intent to find an answer the quintessential questions as: “why we are here and the reason”, “what role does the Universe play in our lives and our existence?”
  39. 39. OPENINGS 2013 40 of 43 THEARTISTS Walter O’Neill www. Walter O'Neill art practice is concerned with the transcendent and ecstatic. He creates small abstract paintings arranged in series to create a visual dialogue across a defined area. Trained in traditional fresco painting and art history his art work echoes the compositional format of early Renaissance mural painting. His work has been exhibited in New York, Washington, D.C. Maine and elsewhere. Walter O'Neill studied at SVA, Hunter College and Skowhegan. He managed the fresco program at Skowhegan for ten years and is currently the director of the Educational Alliance Art School.
  40. 40. OPENINGS 2013 41 of 43 THEARTISTS Denise Gieseke Penizzotto Born into a large family of European decent, Denise began her artistic studies as a child learning from her Mother, a watercolor artist and traditional quilter, and her Father a woodworker. She gravitated toward painting and began studying the works of the Renaissance Masters. Her interest in large scale paintings began while learning the skills of billboard art, scenic and decorative arts. With these skills Denise began her travels abroad and through Asia as a muralist. She began working with Universal Studios teaching local artists the mural and decorative arts. During her time abroad she studied fine arts at Alnwick University in Northumberland, England. Upon returning to the United States she studies at Pratt Institute and at the New York Arts Student League in NYC. Denise is a resident of New York City.
  41. 41. OPENINGS 2013 42 of 43 THEARTISTS Ingrid Roe Ingrid Roe was born and grew up in the East of Germany but considers New York her home, where she has lived for more than twenty years. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from Hunter College, and is teaching various subjects as an adjunct in the Film Department at the School of Visual Arts. Ingrid works as a freelance photographer of art for private clients and foundations. This highly considered and detail-oriented work has informed her own practice of art making, often involving an acute sense of details which might at first only appear in the viewer’s peripheral vision. Her last big project was the principal photography of a book about designer and artist Leslie Chilton, published by Sun Press in 2012. Her work is in collections in Europe, the US, and Asia.
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