The annual AUTUMN INVITATIONAL is one of our favorite shows. For good reason.
By showcasing the artists who have achieved the most success over the past year, measured by sales and jury awards, it looks back and welcomes back artists who are truly fan favorites, as well as those we are just getting to know.
By showing their most recent work, we all share the opportunity to see and enjoy new directions, series and even experiments in progress.
There is a short but exclusive list of artists in this year’s edition, which officially kicks off THIS SUNDAY from 4 to 7 PM:
* The headliner of this show is always the winner of the Mary-Rowe Memorial Jury Prize—and this year, for the second time ever, we have two worthy co-honorees in KAREN RODEWALD and JEFF THOMAS. Jeff returns to the Wall with more of his unique “hanger art,” acrylic paintings encased in plastic and draped from clothing hangers, as well as his found-object sculptures, featured exclusively in our 3D case. Meanwhile, Karen shows us the exciting next steps in her ongoing exploration of geometry and color: 12 almost hypnotic gouache and watercolor paintings gathered under the playful title “Garden Party.”
* Before the Invitational, BAYAHT HAM had one piece only in our last two year-ending juried exhibitions. But he made the most of the limited real estate, selling both drawings and winning Best Representation of Social Media with “Party Scene” last December. Now Bayaht is able to show us a fuller range of his work, mixing his sense of humor and love of retro images with portraiture and multi-people tableaux.
* WOODLEY WHITE has accrued a loyal following over a wide range of juried exhibitions, from SUMMERTIME (eponymous t-shirts) to RESIST (RGB!) to UNDER $100 (“Cat in Space”). Now he can truly unleash his love of celebrities, unknown but equally memorable figures and textile patterns across a phenomenal collection of 29 paintings, most on found wood.
We look forward to seeing you SUNDAY AFTERNOON, and for those of you who would like to transcend mere attendance and become a PARTICIPATING ARTIST at a very special show that caps this year—our 40th Anniversary Show, THEIR NAMES ARE NOT ANONYMOUS ANYMORE—make sure to pick up one of our entry forms, scheduled to be printed just in time for the Opening Reception. We’ll also post these forms next week on our Issuu library so you can easily download one from there.
This juried affair, harkening back to our very first show in December ’78, specifically seeks work from CIS/TRANS/GNC WOMEN ARISTS in all media (2D, 3D and multimedia) and accepts entries through Thursday, October 18. If you fit that criterion, you may be on the Wall or in the 3D case yourself between November 11 and December 28. Better yet, take the top prize and you’ll not only be in that show; you’ll automatically be part of the 2019 AUTUMN INVITATIONAL!