Sea and Soil // Water Access

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



Sea & Soil

Curated by Debbie Hesse

Laura Barr
Marion Belanger
Lys Guillorn
Allie Hornak
Briah Luckey
Cynthia Beth Rubin

Collaborations by

Ian Leung & Alice Wong
Nadine Nelson & Aly Maderson-Quinlog

ECA Students
Stephanny Freire
Jessica Lipinsky
Jillian Andes
Sheila Hutchings

Allison Hornak

A huge thank you to our sponsors & community partners!

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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


Sea and Soil // Water Access

May 5 – June 23, 2019

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 5 from 2 – 4pm
Public hours: Sundays, 1 – 4 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm

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 life forms 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.

TO—OR is a show rhizoming within a show, echoing the natural connections that govern our environment; organized by Allison Hornak, TO—OR showcases works by Jessica Gaddis, Kevin Hernández Rosa, Angelica Hilliman Cotto, Adrian Pulido, Eddie Negrón, Jovanzie Polanco, Kristine Roan and Antwaun Wright.

House Swarming is a collaborative installation from students of Audubon Arts District neighbor Educational Center for the Arts (ECA): Stephanny Freire, Jessica Lipinsky, Jillian Andes, and Sheila Hutchings.

Water Access

The Ely Center of Contemporary Art is proud to present Fritz Horstman as a guest curator in putting together Water Access.

About the Curator: Fritz Horstman is an artist, educator, curator and member of Ely Center Curatorial Advisory Group. He is the Artist Residency and Education Coordinator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, where he has worked since 2004. He has taught Albers workshops at the École des Beaux-Arts Paris, the Bauhaus Dessau, The Royal College of Art in London, the Exploratorium and many other institutions. He is also an artist who has exhibited his photographs, sculptures, drawings, and videos in Norway, France, Russia, Japan, California, and Brooklyn. He received his BA from Kenyon College and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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, it’s mundane aspects, the life it supports, or the ways in which we interact with it.



Water Access

Curated by Fritz Horstman

Richard Barlow
Marilyn Crocker
Leila Daw
Daniel Eugene
Alexander Harding
Amy Jean Porter
James Prosek
Scott Schuldt
Gina Siepel
Joseph Smolinski

University of New Haven Senior Exhibition

Katie Heinlein
Emily Powers

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