BWAC is proud to present the finalists in our third annual national juried art show, Wide Open 3. The show opens on March 18, 2012, with a total of 134 works selected by eminent juror Charlotta Kotik, Curator Emerita of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. With gratitude to Charlotta Kotik and to every artist who applied to Wide Open 3, we look forward to a really awesome show.
The venue for Wide Open 3 is our massive Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront in Brooklyn, NY. Its enormous space affords us the opportunity to exhibit really huge work, and we will be using 8,000 square feet for this show.
About Our Juror
Charlotta Kotik, a native of Prague, came to the United States in 1970 to work at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York until 1983. From 1985 until 2007 she served as the first Chair of the Contemporary Art Department at the Brooklyn Museum. She developed many Brooklyn "firsts"; in the late 1980s, she initiated the Working in Brooklyn Series to document the energy of the nascent Brooklyn art scene; she established one of her major contributions to the practice of curating — The Grand Lobby Projects — in order to provide exhibition opportunities for installation-based artists such as Martin Puryear, Joseph Kosuth, Allison Saar, Ida Applebrook, Petah Coyne and many others. Additionally, in l993, as the United States commissioner for the Venice Biennale, she presented works by Louise Bourgeois in an exhibition that later traveled internationally. During the course of her career she has organized over 100 museum exhibitions, presenting the work by artists as diverse as Mariko Mori, Kerry James Marshall, John Cage, Jenny Holzer, and Robert Longo. Ms. Kotik recently organized a traveling exhibition of Annie Leibovitz's photography, an extensive exhibition with more than two hundred Brooklyn-based artists entitled Open House: Working in Brooklyn, and Graffiti — the first museum exhibition of graffiti art.