MILLVILLE, NJ (April 2, 2019) – The new Emanation 2019 exhibition, curated by Julie Courtney, is now open in the Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center through December 31, 2019! “Emanation” is a continuing project at WheatonArts that forwards a strategic goal to enhance programs and exhibits through a deepened level of collaboration and interactivity with artists. The project includes three major program components: artist residencies during which invited artists create new work using glass; a nine-month exhibition of the work created during the residencies; as well as education and interpretation for public audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
“The artists in this iteration of Emanation have not previously worked in glass, but are creative thinkers and problem solvers, who have embraced the opportunity to experiment in a new medium,” notes Julie Courtney, curator of Emanation 2019. The artists she brought to the project each have a unique perspective and aesthetic on the integration of glass into their works, creating powerful visuals (and even sounds) relating to invisible labor, prison incarceration rates, beauty in destruction, and “cartoon violence,” just to name a few. Artists participating in the exhibit are Jesse Krimes, Tristin Lowe, Martha McDonald and Laura Baird, Karyn Olivier, Richard Torchia, Allan Wexler, and Jo Yarrington. (A biographical statement for each artist can be found at wheatonarts.org).
Utilizing the resources and facilities at WheatonArts for experiment based exploration, the Emanation 2019 exhibition features select final works developed and created by each artist. The results are displayed in the Museum with an emphasis on each artist’s creative process, providing audiences insight to the “astonishing amounts of research” that inspired their artworks, along with drawings, figurines, photo documentation, and early glass prototypes. Courtney states, “These artists see the world differently and provoke a lot of questions, revealing things that we might never consider.” Many of the process cases are evident to this statement, acting as small windows into the artist’s studious and investigative minds.
WheatonArts’ 1876 School House will also be in use to host an Emanation installation created by Jo Yarrington, spotlighting uranium, the periodic table element, using research from Marie Curie’s archives as well as Harry S.Truman’s papers. Family-oriented art programs that emphasize creativity and experimentation with various materials, including glass, are planned. The exhibition continues through December 31, 2019. Emanation 2019 will be a highlight of ignite! a WheatonGather on June 1, a Glass Studio fundraising event with a director’s tour and artist panel moderated by Emanation 2019 curator, Julie Courtney.
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Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey Cultural Trust. WheatonArts receives general operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Division of Cultural Affairs in the New Jersey Department of State, and is supported in part by the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. Special project support for Emanation 2019 has been provided by The Judy and Peter Leone Foundation and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.
WheatonArts and Cultural Center, founded as Wheaton Village in 1968, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to engage artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity. The mission will be advanced through the interpretation of collections and exhibitions; education initiatives and culturally diverse public programs; residencies and other opportunities for artists. With a history spanning nearly five decades, WheatonArts has earned regional, national and international recognition for its unique collections and programs. The Museum of American Glass is at the heart of the Center, housing the most comprehensive collection of glass produced in America – from the first glass bottles made in America to celebrated works by Dale Chihuly, Paul Stankard, and other contemporary artists who work in glass. Visitors experience the art of glassmaking, ceramics and flameworking in the Artist Studios. From April through December the Museum of American Glass and Down Jersey Folklife Center present special exhibitions. WheatonArts also offers traditional and multi-cultural programs, classes, workshops, performances, and weekend festivals. The award-winning Museum Stores offer traditional and contemporary art and craft in all mediums.