Southern Tier Biennial (STB) exhibitions celebrate the vitality and diversity of contemporary art in the Southern Tier region - the counties of Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins. A professionally juried contemporary art exhibition open to nine counties of the southern tier, it was founded in 2003 to make a measurable and positive difference for rural artists. The STB affords artists an opportunity to take part in the process of a professional art competition and be rewarded for those efforts. All of the artists’ statements and photographs of their work are on the STB website.
Best In Show Winner: Schuyler Dawson
Honorable Mention: Theresa Heinz
Honorable Mention: Kellin Jansen
Honorable Mention: Susan Forrester-Mackay
Exhibition Dates: September 23– October 27, 2017 Dual opening receptions were held on Saturday, September 23 at 3pm at the Olean Public Library with an award ceremony and light refreshments followed by a second reception at 4:30 at the JCC Center Gallery featuring hors d'oeuvres, happy hour refreshments and live music by the State Street Ramblers. Both were free and open to the public.
The exhibiting artists in 2017 were: Satyavani Akula (Elmira, NY, oil painting), Ellen Bahr (Alfred, NY, archival pigment print), Fay Bleier (Limestone, NY, oil painting), Gwendolyn Brown (Ellicottville, NY, oil painting), Judson Brown (West Valley, NY, oil painting), James Colby (Lakewood, NY, digital giclee), Schuyler Dawson (Alfred, NY, sculpture), Audrey Kay Dowling (Westfield, NY, block print), Jacqueline Fischer (Alfred, NY, sculpture), Mary Ann Fritz (Machias, NY, fiber art), Susan Forrester-Mackay (Fredonia, NY, oil painting), Barbara Fox (Little Valley, NY, oil painting), Lindsey Glover (Trumansburg, NY, digital print), Hall Groat II (Endwell, NY, oil painting), Anthony Hanakovic (Endwell, NY, oil painting), Theresa Heinz (Cuba, NY, mixed media), David Higgins (Corning, NY, mixed media), Dale Inglett (Alfred Station, NY, mixed media), Kellin Jansen(Alfred, NY, painting), J.W. Johnston (Whitney Point, NY, photography), Heather Kanazawa (Kennedy, NY 14747, painting), Susan Kendrot (Windsor, NY, monotype), Medis Kent (Findley Lake, NY, fiber art), Ashley Kerr (Alfred Station, NY, sculpture), Mark Kirsch (Jamestown, NY, dye print), Jennifer Miller (Westons Mills, NY, oil painting), Barbara Mink (Ithaca, NY, painting), James Mullen (Endwell, NY, linocut), Richard Nolan (Johnson City, NY, wood), Catherine Panebianco (Jamestown, NY, photography), Serena Preston (Belfast, NY, drawing), Eileen Proto (Olean, NY, gelatin silver print), Nicole Shields (Randolph, NY, mixed media), Jeremy Speed Schwartz(Wayland, NY, animation), Christine Sullivan (Elmira, NY, oil painting), Hannah Thompsett (Allentown, NY, ceramic and fiberglass), Chris Walters (Corning, NY, photography), Mikel Wintermantel (Allegany, NY, oil painting), Celeste Withiam (Trumansburg, NY, drawing), Hope Zaccagni (Alfred Station, NY, oil painting), Stephanie Zwyghuizen (Jamestown, NY, linocut print).
Thomas Paquette -The paintings of Thomas Paquette of the Crary Gallery Board of Directors in Warren, PA, have shown in prominent galleries from coast to coast, including solo exhibitions in Chicago, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington DC, and in Maine and several other states. Museum venues for his solo exhibitions include Erie Art Museum, Evansville Museum of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, The Rockwell Museum, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Wildling Art Museum, Quick Center for the Arts, among others. Besides some large corporate (Federal Reserve Bank, Queen Mary II) and public (States of Minnesota, Montana, Maine) commissions, his paintings have been selected to hang in eighteen U.S. embassies on five continents, including Rome, Athens, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Taipei, Santiago. Thomas lives in northwestern Pennsylvania with his artist wife, Ellen. He received his BFA in Painting from Bemidji State University in 1985, graduating summa cum laude. Since earning his MFA in Painting from Southern Illinois University in 1988 on full fellowship, he has worked full-time as a painter and has lectured in Greece, Wales and England as well as in the U.S. Thomas is currently working on paintings from the entire length of the Mississippi, which will show in museums in 2018-19.
Tullis Johnson, curator and manager of archives at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, has organized multiple exhibitions of contemporary and historical significance, including the nationally touring exhibition, Charles Burchfield : Weather Event, which received the Award of Commendation at Museums in Conversation from the Museum Association of New York. Through his writing on Charles Burchfield, he is an emerging Burchfield Scholar. Respected for placing the work of Burchfield into a contemporary context, Johnson’s scholarship continues to break new ground in the understanding of the artist. His exhibition Blistering Vision: Charles E. Burchfield’s Sublime American Landscapes is currently on view at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York. Johnson received his B.F.A. from the Visual Studies Department at the University at Buffalo earning the Eugene Gaier Award for Excellence in Print Making.
This project is produced by the Tri-County Arts Council, in collaboration with the Olean Public Library, Jamestown Community College, and the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, made possible by an endowment from the estate of F. Donald Kenney.
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