September 17–October 22, 2011 | Olean Public Library Gallery and The Center Gallery, JCC, Cattaraugus County Campus, Olean
Southern Tier Biennial exhibitions celebrate the vitality and diversity of contemporary art in the Southern Tier region. See the works of 28 artists from nine counties of New York’s Southern Tier in what promises to be a showcase of our region’s finest artists.
Dual opening receptions will be held on Saturday, September 17 at 3pm at the Olean Public Library Gallery with award ceremony and light refreshments followed by an ArtParty at 4:30 at The Center Gallery at JCC featuring hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and live entertainment. Both are free and open to the public.
This project is a collaboration among the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Olean Public Library Gallery, Jamestown Community College, and the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation through the generous sponsorship of the F. Donald Kenney Foundation. The Center Gallery is located in JCC’s College Center, 2nd Floor and is open Monday-Thursday 8am–7pm and Friday 8am–3pm. The Olean Public Library is located at 134 N. 2nd Street in Olean and is open Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm and Friday 9am–6pm. (art at top by Nance Jackson)
__________________________________________________________________________Statements from our 2011 Jurors For two decades, I organized the regional juried exhibition at Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, but it was not until I began serving as a juror for other institutions that I fully appreciated how challenging it is to select the best work, especially from projected images rather than the actual objects. Can concept ever trump craftsmanship, and vice versa? What is that surface texture really like? Do the colors on the screen remain true? Should we select a broad cross-section of the submissions or confine ourselves to work that we’d include without hesitation in a curated show? As I reflect on our choices, I feel that one quality present in all the work is “heart.” The commitment of the artists living in the Southern Tier is clear. Whether abstract, figural, or conceptual, this work is deeply felt. By turns joyous or melancholy or comical or dream-like, it gives us pleasure precisely because we can imagine the artists creating it. I would like to thank Gerald Mead, my partner in the jurying process, for making a melding of our separate visions so easy. And to the Southern Tier Biennial staff: you were organized, supportive, and gracious in the extreme. It will be exciting to see the show in the flesh and to meet some of the artists who made it possible. My congratulations to you all!
Marie Via Director of Exhibitions Memorial Art Gallery
It has been a pleasure and a privilege to jury the 2011 Southern Tier Biennial. Juried exhibitions such as these are exciting opportunities for both artists and the arts professionals who select the artwork. Artists are afforded the promise that a larger public will experience their work through both the exhibition and its accompanying illustrated catalog (that has a life after the exhibition). The jurors, through their task of selecting the work that will comprise the exhibition, have the invaluable opportunity to become acquainted with artists they may not know and to see the most recent efforts of artists familiar to them. I was impressed by the overall quality of the entries and wide representative spectrum of both approaches and media. As a result, I feel confident that the assiduously selected final choices provide an exceptional sampling of the best artistic achievements of the artists of the Southern Tier. The broad range of the work in this exhibition - from abstraction to realism and many points in between – firmly indicates that contemporary artists in this region truly embrace all forms of artistic expression in their practices. While the forms of that expression may vary, the level of excellence remains high. Among the many strengths of this eclectic exhibition are its diversity and the fact that it honors the innovation, creativity, ingenuity and dedication of the artists whose work it contains. I am grateful for the efficient efforts of the team that organized the exhibition and also extend thanks to my co-juror Marie Via for her insight and spirit of collegiality throughout the jurying and judging process. It has been an honor to work with all of you. Finally, I urge you - the viewer - to visit both venues of this dual site exhibition to get the full benefit of the rich array of work. Each of the artists in the exhibition has found and perfected their voice and your maximum appreciation will come from “hearing” those voices together in concert.
Gerald Mead Independent Curator and Arts Writer Lecturer in Design, Buffalo State College __________________________________________________________________________STB is made possible by an endowment from the estate of F. Donald Kenney F. Donald Kenney was a graduate of Olean High School and Holy Cross College. He went on to earn Master of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from Harvard University. Kenney, who died in 1997, devoted his life to international investment banking and served as chair of Harriman Ripley International and Merrill Lynch International prior to becoming chair of Goldman Sachs International Corporation from 1976 until his retirement in 1984. Kenney served as chairman of the Board of the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts as well as on a number of international arts boards including the International Council of Museums, the Finnish Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Ireland–America Arts Exchange, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The F. Donald Kenney endowment is managed by the Cattaraugus Regional Community Foundation. Established in 1995, the Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in our region. Grants from the foundation support many areas including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service and youth development.