Sanctuary: Artist Member Talk
September 19, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us in discussion with the artists of this year’s Artist Member Show
Artists: Ioulia Akhmadeeva, Aileen Bassis, Leopoldo Bloom, Elizabeth Castaldo, Pam Cooper, Béatrice Coron, Gail Smuda
Ioulia Akhmadeeva (Krasnodar, Rusia, 1971) 2007 PhD, Arts Education, Faculty of Graphic Arts, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Russia. 1996 MFA, Graphic Arts (with honors). Russian State Academy of Fine Arts, Surikov s Institute, Moscow, Russia. Lives and works in Mexico from 1994. Visual artist and full professor in Michoacan State University San Nicolás de Hidalgo, in Morelia, Mexico. Working and researching in the area of graphic arts, printmaking and artist’s book. She has more than one hundred collective exhibitions and eleven individual shows in different national and international museums and some awards in the national and international competitions. Her work is in important private and public collections: The Bancroft Library of the University of California, (Berkeley, CA, USA), Special Collections of Stanford University Libraries (CA, USA), University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries (UTSA Libraries, USA), Art Library Artist’s Book Collection of University of North Carolina (USA), Museum of Fine Arts F. I. Kovalenko (Krasnodar, Russia), Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung ( Taiwan, Republic of China) and others.
Aileen Bassis was born in New York City. She received a B.A. in Studio Art from Binghamton University and a M.A. in Creative Art from Hunter College. She received a Fellowship in Photography from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Dodge Foundation Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, two grants from the Puffin Foundation, and a project grant from the Queens Council for the Arts. Her many artist residencies include two in poetry to the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Painting Fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Printmaking Fellowship to Frans Masereel Center in Belgium. She has exhibited her artist’s books in solo exhibits at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, College of St. Elizabeth in NJ, LaGuardia Community College. Her books are in the collections of Wellesley. Lafayette, Dartmouth Colleges, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Rhode Island School of Design and others.
Trained as an experimental filmmaker Leopoldo Bloom’s studio practice lies at the intersection of photography and book arts. His performative film series Big Films have been screened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Cinematheque, and the Pleasure Dome in Toronto. His current photo-book project: The Migratory Patterns of North American Queers at the Turn of the Century, is on hold due to a civil rights dispute with his graduate school. The Migratory Patterns … uses the obsolete format of the family photo album to reexamine queer storytelling. The online segment of the book provides narrative templates for viewers to present their personal story and photos. As a part of his David vs Goliath campagign to return to his studio space and graduate studies at Arizona State University, Bloom is petitioning Starbucks for support with an interactive meme project entitled #BIOGRAPHY of COMPLAINT.
Elizabeth Castaldo is an artist, printmaker, and bookbinder living and working in New York City and Peekskill, NY. Castaldo received her MFA from SCAD Atlanta where she was a Dean’s Fellow in Printmaking and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Most recently her work has been shown at Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh NY, the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council in New Jersey, and The Patchogue Arts Council on Long Island. Several of Castaldo’s artist’s books will be included in the upcoming exhibition, “Freed Formats: The Book Reconsidered”, traveling to various venues in New York and Connecticut. In addition to being in many private collections, Castaldo’s work has been collected by the Savannah College of Art and Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, and other institutions.
Pam Cooper, born in the United Kingdom, moved to The United States in 1990 and studied at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York graduating in 1994.
She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions nationally including the New Jersey State Museum, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Austin Museum of Art, the Art Gallery at the University of Central Florida and Kent State University Gallery. She was awarded the opportunity to participate in the Artist in the Market Place program at the Bronx Museum.
Cooper’s work is included in the artist files Pierogi 2000 and Momenta in New York City and the Arts Commission Gallery in San Francisco.
She participated in the New Jersey Fine Arts Annual at different museums throughout the state and was included in the Emerging Artists Series at the Monmouth Museum in New Jersey.
After briefly studying art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Lyon, and Mandarin Chinese at the Université of Lyon III, Beatrice Coron experienced life with a series of odd jobs. She has been, among others, a shepherdess, truck driver, factory worker, cleaning lady and a New York City tour guide. Coron has lived in France (her native country) , Egypt and Mexico for one year, each and China for two years. She moved to New York in 1985 where she reinvented herself as an artist.
Coron’s oeuvre includes illustration, book arts, fine art and public art. She cuts her characteristic silhouette designs in paper and Tyvek. She also creates works in stone, glass, metal, rubber, stained glass and digital media.
Her work has been purchased by major museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum, The Walker Art center and The Getty. Her public art can be seen in subways, airport and sports facilities among others.
Gail Smuda has been exhibiting her books for the past several decades in juried exhibitions – so far in 48 states and several foreign countries. She has received two Individual Artist Grants from the State of New Hampshire and has most recently been exhibiting her books and installation pieces throughout New England. In 2018 she was interviewed by Boston Voyager Magazine and in 2016 she was listed as 10 for10 in the 10th Anniversary edition of Artscope Magazine.
Starting as a painter her change in media over two decades ago was partially due to a change in scale. Books always seemed to be on a more human scale than the large abstract paintings she had been creating.
Her books reflect her interest in women’s work, history and books themselves as subject matter.
The theme of the 2019 Artist Members Exhibition at Center for Book Arts is centered in the artistic exploration of Sanctuary; how can the book arts be used as a tool to create and facilitate notions of inclusion and safety? How can the book be used to imagine new possibilities for Sanctuary? Artists delve into the conceptuality and physicality of safe space creation, in conjunction with the theoretical and applied practices of bookmaking.
Support for the Center for Book Arts’ Visual Arts Program is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.