#FirstFriday: Must-See June Exhibitions

June 1, 2023 by

June 2, 2023 by Women’s Studio Workshop

Every month we highlight exhibitions, events, and workshops that feature WSW alumnx artists! We share the shows near and far that make up our monthly must-see list.

New York

Image courtesy of Susan Newmark
The Red Eye, Collage and Acrylic, 30″ x 25″, 2023

Susan Newmark (Studio Workspace Resident ’95) will be having an Open Studio at the Ossam Gallery on Saturday, June 3 & Sunday, June 4 from 1–6 PM. The Ossam Gallery is located at 300-302 7th St between 4th and 5th Ave Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY.

Tatana Kellner (WSW Co-Founder) will have a Solo Exhibition at the KIPNZ gallery in Walton, NY. The exhibition will feature new paintings and prints reflecting the artist’s interest in contemporary issues and will take place from July 1 – 30, 2023. There will be an opening on Saturday July 1 from 12 – 6 PM. KIPNZ will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 6 PM, and will be open on the first Fridays of the Month, July 7 from 4 – 8 PM.

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo (Studio Residency Grant ’23) will be leading a workshop this weekend at the Brooklyn Art Book Fair. The workshop is called FLIGHT SCHOOL: a workshop in flight, breath & words. The workshop will focus on “the ways our actions, rituals and work can give wings to long lives for trans, non-binary, gender expansive, queer, folks of color” and “Artist Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo and F.S. collaborators will lead participants in writing and dreaming exercises and then invite all to make these collective dreams into kites/tools for continual flying!” The workshop will be at 5:15 PM and will be at Tent D (Street Fair on Maujer).

New Jersey

Image courtesy of Jayoung Yoon

Jayoung Yoon (Ora Schneider Regional Residency Grant ’18) will have work in the upcoming group exhibition Nature Walkers, which she also curated. Nature Walkers will open on May 30, and will be on view through Friday, June 16, 2023. There will be an Opening Reception on Saturday, June 3, 5-7 PM. The show will be at the Art Com Center at 17-19 Washington Street, Tenafly, NJ (2nd floor, CVS building). The gallery will be open Wednesday – Friday from 1-6 PM, and Saturdays from 2 – 6 PM.


Courtesy of Academy Art Museum Website

LaToya M. Hobbs (Studio Residency Grant ’23) has a solo show entitled Woodcuts at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. The show will be on view until July 23. The gallery is open Saturday – Wednesday 10 AM – 4 PM, and Thursday-Friday the gallery will be open from 10 AM – 7 PM. Admissions is free every day of the week. The gallery is located at 106 South Street Easton, Maryland.


Image courtesy of Jen Blazina

Jen Blazina (Studio Workspace Residency ’06 and Studio Residency Grant ’08) has work in the group show, Archive of the Air, which features artworks by Jaime Alvarez, Tabitha Arnold, Black Quantum Futurism, Jen Blazina, Scout Cartagena, Leigh Davis, Monroe Isenberg, Cindy Stockton Moore, Gülfidan Özmen, and Leo Tecosky. The show will be on view at the Past Present Projects Gallery, Bok Building #203 1901 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia. The gallery hours are Thursday – Saturday 12- 5 PM, and the show will be on view until July 29 2023.

Photo courtesy of Symone Salib

Symone Salib (Public Art Mural Grant ’20) has a a new piece called “We Are The Vessel”. This new work is on display in the group exhibition called Ties that Bind, which is curated by Nick Vicente, and is on view at Huddle 215, 338 Brown St, Philadelphia. When discussing her new work, Symone says “’We Are The Vessel’ is an exploration of self discovery through a trauma informed lens about the containers we put our trauma in our mind as a form of survival. This project was initially dreamed of during a series of trauma informed classes I had the opportunity to take with The Bartol Foundation to become a trauma informed facilitator. During one of the classes, a clinician named Dr. Meagan Corrado, spoke to the idea that as art educators we can work with people to let them create art and provide a space for them to process trauma. It gives people the opportunity to create a piece of art that can symbolically be a container to a hard experience they have been through. I truly believe that art can be such a transformative tool to create work that can symbolically be a vessel to hold the trauma we have experienced in this life”.


Image courtesy of Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts website

LaToya M. Hobbs (Studio Residency Grant ’23) also will be showing work in the group exhibition Together at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. This exhibition is on view in the Harriet and Warren Stephens Family Gallery, and admission is free. You can reserve your timed tickets here. The exhibition will be on view through September 10 2023. In the exhibition description, it is said that “Together demonstrates the power of art to tell complex stories with wit and substance and celebrates our differences. Julie Blackmon stages uncanny versions of everyday moments, while Sarah Sense cuts images of her ancestral homeland into strips and weaves them into traditional Indigenous patterns. From video and painting to textile and wood marquetry, whatever the means, these artists render their subjects in unique ways, occasionally pushing the boundaries of a particular medium”.



Image courtesy of Wilder Alison

Wilder Alison (Studio Workspace Resident ’23) is showing their solo show Lacunary Seeming, at Lateral Roma gallery in Rome, Italy. The exhibition opened on May 26, and will be on view until June 24 2023. The show can be visited by appointment. Please contact [email protected] for more information. Lacunary Seeming coincides with a residency with Lateral Roma, in which Wilder Alison is exploring themes of queerness, trans-ness, and neurodivergence.

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