Friday, December 23, 2011

Hera Gallery artists receive RISCA grants!

Hera Gallery artists receive RISCA grants
Myron Rubenstein, Carl Dimitri, Viera Levitt

Hera Gallery is pleased to announce that three artist members of Hera have recently been awarded grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Myron Rubenstein, Carl Dimitri, and Viera Levitt. Additionally, Hera Gallery also received an organizational grant for the gallery’s 2012 exhibition schedule. To have 4 of the 76 awards granted to artists within the community of Hera Gallery is unprecedented, and reflects the caliber and dedication of the artists associated with the gallery.

Hera Gallery received a project grant to support two major exhibitions scheduled for 2012. The first show to benefit from this grant is the Annual Children’s Art Exhibition, which features over 300 pieces of artwork made by elementary and middles school aged artists from across Rhode Island. This show is highly anticipated by the artists, families, and teachers involved, and provides children with their first professional exhibition experience. The second event that the RISCA grand will fund is an exhibition exploring the intersecting between technology and craft, aptly named Technocraft. This curated show will be generously hosted by the Jamestown Art Center due to Hera’s impending eviction from its Main Street gallery space.

Myron Rubenstein was awarded a Project Grant to help fund a printmaking project titled Head, Feet, Brains. This endowment will enable Myron will make a series of Intaglio prints that will be colored by ink and watercolor and shown both at Hera Gallery and The Newport Art Museum. Having blended medias for the duration of his artistic practice, Head, Feet, Brains will continue in his tradition of mixing media to create communicative images that delve into ideas of the subconscious.

Carl Dimitri won a Fellowship in Painting award. This award is a portfolio based awarded on the caliber of Carl’s artwork. A self-professed experimenter, Carl’s paintings swing between painterly aesthetics and those of a more anti-art aesthetic. Recently, he has been focusing on concepts of ‘painterliness’ itself, trying to subvert the idea from the inside by using crude color and lines and by beating the imagery into abstraction with all varieties of paint.

Viera Levitt was awarded a Project Grant for Beauty in the Beast: Photography of Brutalist Architecture. As director of CCRI’s gallery, Viera curated an exhibition about CCRI’s Knight Campus concrete brutalist “megastructure” in Warwick, that inspired discussion and a new creative look on this architectural style from 1950s to 1970s that prioritized massive geometric forms and use of concrete. Using this show as a stepping off point, Viera will utilize her grant to photograph other structures in New England that exhibit similar architectural styles to this ‘megastructure’. She intends to visit locations such as Brown University’s Sciences Library in Providence and the Fall River Government Center.

Images: Myron Rubenstein, Head, Feet, Brains, intaglio print, 2011. Carl Dimitri, Thinking About Charlotte Bronte, mixed media on panel, 2011. Viera Levitt, The Fifth Floor, photo, 2011.

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