Sculpture Now 2012
Sculpture Now 2012 describes contemporary experience through three-dimensions.
Reflecting the diversity of our time, this show hosts an array of artists who use a variety
of materials to express personal viewpoints and philosophies that characterize the things
we believe and do.
Michael Bednar, Eric Celarier, Meaghan Carpenter, Terry DeBardelaben, Connie Fleres,
Breon Gilleran, Adam Hager, Mille Jewtich, Peter Karis, Elaine Langerman, George
Lorio, Rosemary Luckett, Cathleen Sachse, Nicole Salimbene, and Rima Schulkind
describe our existence with commonplace items. Objects such as store receipts,
cameras, and broken china are repurposed to redirect our preconceived notions of our
ecological, political, and intimate lives.
Dennis Beach, Christian Benefiel, Greg Braun, Joel D’Orazio, Felicia Glidden, Linda
Hesh, Olivia Rodriguez, and Isabelle Truchon use new media, such as drywall board,
acrylic resin, and Tyvek paper, to create present-day metaphors. Using materials
available at this moment in time, this work reinvents new uses for home repair and other
supplies. Some of these artists recall a modernist taste for the simple, while others
depict a messier vision.
Jeffery Cooper, Michael Corigliano, Elsabe Dixon, Mimi Frank, Artemis Herber, Barbara
Liotta, Diane Szczepaniak , and Stephanie Williams use more traditional materials, such
as wood, steel, and clay, to create a variety of pieces that evoke current thinking
regarding personal landscapes, natural forms, nostalgia, and design.
Unable to settle on a single unified vision, these contemporary sculptors opt for a variety
of strategies to interpret the world in which we live.
Curator Sarah Newman will select the recipient of the Sculpture NOW First Place “Tom
Rooney Prize,” named after founding WSG member and long-time Board member Tom
Rooney. The $500 award will be presented at the Artists' Reception on June 23, 2012.
Sculpture Now 2012 is accompanied by a full-color exhibition catalogue.
Sculpture Now 2012 is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and
Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
About the Juror Sarah Newman
Sarah Newman is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art,
Washington, DC. Since joining the museum in 2006, Sarah has curated the exhibitions -
Chris Martin: Painting Big; Spencer Finch: My Business, with the Cloud (2010);
Washington Color and Light: Works from the Corcoran Gallery of Art (2010) (co-curator);
Elena del Rivero: Home Suite (2008); The American Evolution: A History through Art
(2008); and Looking for the “There There”: California Art from the Collection, 1950-2000
(2007). She has taught contemporary art history at the Corcoran and at George Mason
University, has published on the relationship between painting and film, and is a coauthor
of the book Essential Modernism. Newman is currently working on a major
exhibition of contemporary British art entitled Vile Bodies (upcoming, 2014). She holds a
B.A. from Williams College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California,
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