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Sea and Soil // Water Access


  • Ely Center of Contemporary Art 51 Trumbull Street New Haven, CT, 06510 (map)

Two concurrent exhibitions, Water Access, guest curated by Fritz Horstman and Sea and Soilcurated by Debbie Hesse, take water as subject to explore our relationship to the environment.

Opening Sunday, May 5 from 2 – 4pm

Leila Daw,  Never to Arrive,  Burmese shwe chi doe tapestry and mixed media, 28 x 58 x 6 in., 2018

Leila Daw, Never to Arrive, Burmese shwe chi doe tapestry and mixed media, 28 x 58 x 6 in., 2018


Laura Barr,  Ocean Elegy 18 , oil on canvas, 38 x 48 in., 2019

Laura Barr, Ocean Elegy 18, oil on canvas, 38 x 48 in., 2019

Water Access
The Ely Center of Contemporary Art is proud to present Fritz Horstman as a guest curator in putting together Water Access. The artists in Water Access deal head-on with the ubiquitous and vital resource of water. Working in photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, and beadwork, they show their sensitivities to the complicated human relationship with water. Some of the work is overtly political in its environmental concern. Others depict its sublime qualities, its mundane aspects, the life it supports, or the ways in which we interact with it.

Curated by Fritz Horstman
Artists: Richard Barlow • Marilyn Crocker • Leila Daw • Daniel Eugene • Alexander Harding • Amy Jean Porter • James Prosek • Scott Schuldt • Gina Siepel • Joseph Smolinski


Sea & Soil
Sea and Soil includes works in diverse media by artists who share a fascination with ocean and earth ecosystems. Roots, soil, sea flora and related ecologies are explored thru paintings, photographs, constructions, living forms, socially engaged collaborations and performative actions to highlight beauty and awe as well as environmental concerns. Organic, often intersecting, rhizomatic projects and activities, inside and outside the building, create an incubator-like atmosphere to investigate lifeforms beneath us that nurture and sustain life. Through material investigation, research and augmented reality, hidden worlds come into focus, touching on ideas about stewardship, food security, global connectivity and spirituality.

Curated by Debbie Hesse
Artists: Laura Barr • Marion Belanger • Lys Guillorn • Allie Hornak • Briah Luckey• Cynthia Beth Rubin

Collaborations by: Ian Leung & Alice Wong • Nadine Nelson & Aly Maderson-Quinlog

Earlier Event: January 13
Ear to the ground