#FirstFriday: May Exhibitions We Love

May 1, 2015 by

Highlighting exhibitions that feature the work of WSW artists, we share the shows, near and far, that make up our monthly must-see list.


Close up from Blankets & Vases, Katy Collier’s solo show at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN.

New This Month:

Lucy Turner (Art-in-Ed Workspace resident ‘13) is showing ninety original prints made during her residency with Inter-National, a survey of international printmakers, at Seacourt Print Workshop, Bangor, Northern Ireland. Show runs April 29 – May 29, 2015.

Lauren V. Walling (Deputy Executive Director) is showing new ceramic and wire works in the three-person exhibition In My Life at Gallery 66 NY, Cold Spring, NY. Show runs May 1 – 31, 2015. Opening reception May 1, 6–9pm.

Jen P. Harris (Ora Schneider resident ‘12) is exhibiting with Back to Life: Resurrection Reimagined, curated by NYFA’s Curatorial Services in partnership with the Forum at St. Ann’s, St. Ann’s Church, Brooklyn, NY. Show runs April 12 – May 31, 2015. Opening reception May 3, 4–6pm.

Melissa Jay Craig (Studio resident ‘09) is showing with The Contained Narrative: Defining the Contemporary Artist’s Book, curated by Cathy Ryan, at Star Tribune Foundation Gallery, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN. Show runs April 8 – July 25, 2015. Opening reception May 8, 6–9pm.

Rejin Leys (Studio intern ’89) is showing with Consequential Translations, a group exhibition exploring experiences of the Dominican and Haitian Diaspora, at the Centro Cultural de España, Santo Domingo, DO. Show runs May 8 – June 20, 2015. Opening reception May 8, 7pm.

Phyllis Kudder Sullivan (Workspace resident ’11) is showing Tool Series No. 3 in the juried group exhibition Recycle, which featuring works made with repurposed materials, at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY. Show runs May 9 – June 14, 2015. Opening reception May 9, 1–5pm.

Beka Goedde (Studio resident ‘10) completed a site-specific outdoor installation Fictitious Force at the Old Stone House & Washington Park, Brooklyn, NY. Embedded in park’s lawn, its brightly-colored concrete tiles imitate the woven pattern of a braided rug and respond to early American craft traditions. Installation runs April 20, 2015 – April 19, 2016. Opening reception May 13, 6–8pm.

Rejin Leys is also showing with I catch the pattern, a group exhibition celebrating the poetry of Langston Hughes, at the Nesva Hotel, Long Island City, NY. Show runs May 14 – 16, 2015. Opening reception May 14, 6–9pm.

Rachel Frank (Artist’s Book resident ’10) is performing Rewilding Manhattan with Dan Theisen, a symbolic reintroduction of American bison into former habitats, at SELECT Art Fair, New York, NY. Performance May 15, 2pm.

Marisol Limon Martinez (Artist’s Book resident ’02) is showing her video You Are Red Just Like Me in the group exhibition Creative Mischief at the National Academy Museum, New York, NY. Show runs May 16 – 24, 2015. Opening reception May 15,  6–9pm.

Katie Bosley (Ceramics intern ’15), Danielle LaCasse (Studio intern ’15), Ellen Prosko (Studio intern ’15), and Katie Wofford (Arts Admin intern ’15) are showing new works created at Women’s Studio Workshop in How to Make a HomeWSW Gallery, Rosendale, NY. Show runs May 19 – June 12. Opening reception, BBQ, and studio open house May 23, 2–6pm.


Jen P. Harris’ Alchemists in the Garden from the show Back to Life: Resurrection Reimagined, curated by NYFA in partnership with St. Ann’s Church, Brooklyn, NY.

Last Call! Closing this Month:

Katie Ford (Studio intern ‘10) is exhibiting new sculptural works in Spanning, a solo exhibition exploring sound and personal proximity at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA. Hurry—show closes May 3.

Shelley Thorstensen (Studio resident ’04, Workspace resident ’05) is showing with Song of Myself at Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, PA. The group exhibition features works from the museum’s permanent collection inspired by Walt Whitman’s poetry. Hurry—show closes May 10.

Cynthia Back (Workspace resident ‘14) is showing collages that explore environmental destruction and suburbanization in the juried exhibition Wind Challenge 3 at Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA. Hurry—show closes May 16.

Emily Speed (Artist’s Book resident ’07, Rosendale Cultural Crossroads resident ’15) is showing with Indefinable Cities, a traveling international exhibition exploring the development of cities worldwide, at AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Hurry—show closes May 16.

Anna Tararova (Workspace resident ‘15) is showing with the juried group exhibition [re]define, which showcases exemplary use of paper and paper fibers from Ohio artists, at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation, Cleveland, OH. Hurry—show closes May 16.

Jessica Baker (Workspace resident ‘05) is showing nature-inspired prints, plus a site-specific installation, in her solo show Natural Remains at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY. Hurry—show closes May 17.

Clarissa Sligh (Artist’s Book resident ’88, ’04) is showing with Forget Me Not: Photography Between Poetry and Politics, an exhibition of the University Museums of the University of Delaware’s African American art collection, highlighting artists from the 1840s to present day. Forget Me Not is on display at Mechanical Hall Gallery, The University of Delaware, Newark, DE. Hurry—show closes May 17.

Jeanne Langan (Summer intern ‘13) is showing with River Oaks Arts Center’s Dirty South Mug Competition, which celebrates the art organization’s thirtieth anniversary, in Alexandria, Louisiana. Hurry—show closes May 23.

Wei Jane Chir (Dodge resident ’03, Artist’s Book Resident ’04, Workspace Resident ’08) is showing meditative drawings and prints exploring her shifting relationship to Western and Eastern aesthetics in the solo show Carefree Living with Chini Gallery, Taipei City, Taiwan. Hurry—show closes May 31.


Natural Objects (2011) and Whirlybird Configuration 7 (2009) from Jessica Baker’s solo show Natural Remains at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY.

Ongoing Shows:

Jessica Fong (Ceramics intern ’14) is showing with 2015 Yunomi Invitational at AKAR, Iowa City, IA. Through June 5, 2015.

Melissa Jay Craig is also showing recent works in a two-person exhibition at ZIA Gallery, Winnetka, IL. Through June 6, 2015.

Rachel Frank is also showing documentation of her site-specific performance Rewilding Platte Cove in the exhibition Inspired by Platte Cove at The Catskill Center, Arkville, NY. Through June 26, 2015.

Katy Collier (Studio resident ‘12) is showing elaborate woodcuts in her solo show Blankets & Vases at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN. Through June 29, 2015.

Maureen Cummins (Artist’s Book resident ‘98 & ‘03, Workspace resident ‘00 & ‘06) is showing her artist’s books in Social Conscience: The Work of Maureen Cummins at the Kohler Art Library, Madison, WI. Through June 30, 2015.

Kathy T. Hettinga (Artist’s Book resident ‘14) is showing in the juried group exhibition Found in Transition, a survey of Pennsylvania artists who focus on the importance of process, at the Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA. Through July 5, 2015.

Paula McCartney (Artist’s Book Grant recipient ‘05) is showing a selection from her series Bird Watching in 100+: A Photograph for Every Year of the MIA at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN. Through October 18, 2015.

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