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Northeast Regional Contemporary Fiber Exhibition

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) & The Surface Design Association present 28
artworks that expand the definition of fiber art.

Rochester, NY - February 25, 2011 - The 28 artworks and 22 artists on view in the Northeast Regional
Contemporary Fiber Exhibition
at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (April 1 – May 9, 2011) promise some of the most challenging and engaging works made by artists using fiber materials or processes in the Northeastern US. Massachusetts artist Jodi Collella’s three-inch round seed sculptures were created by repetitively hand punching colored wools with a needle and Vermont artist Michéle Rattè’s large scale assemblages incorporate cable, fiber, stones, shells and even applied gold. Buffalo-based artist Carol Ann Rice Rafferty’s Dressing Gown to Filter Out Bad Chi, a muslin shift whose entire surface is covered with used coffee filters and beeswax.

A call for entries went out in Fall 2010 and over 100 artists entered the juried exhibition, which is a joint effort of
the Surface Design Association and RoCo. The submissions from 9 Northeastern States were juried by Gerald
Mead, a Buffalo-based artist, independent curator and writer who was a long-time curator at the Burchfield-
Penney Art Center; Mary Giehl, artist and adjunct faculty member in the Syracuse University Fiber & Textile Arts
Program, and Marie Via, The Memorial Art Gallery’s Curator of Special Exhibitions. The jurors have also chosen three substantial cash prizes: First Place $500, Second Place $250, Juror’s Choice $250.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center Director Bleu Cease is excited about the works chosen. “Our jurors have
strong backgrounds and expertise in fiber art and they selected works that will intrigue and challenge viewers.
The pieces range in scale, concept, materials and process. The artworks in the exhibition also represent a range of artistic voices. The exhibition will generate a lot of discussion and debate, and that is the kind of dialogue and exchange that Rochester Contemporary Art Center exists to create.”

Northeast Regional Contemporary Fiber Exhibition features artwork by: Marilyn Beal, MA, Jodi Colella,
MA, Linda Rae Coughlin, NJ, Cady Fontana, MA, Rebecca Fricke, MA, Meredith Grimsley, PA, Marilyn Henrion,
NYC, Tracy Jamar, MA, Pat Klein, PA, Elaine Longtemps, NY, Saberah Malik, RI, Jane Ogren, PA, Carol Ann Rice Rafferty, NY, Michéle Rattè, VT, Elena Shandalow/Dana Connell, NY, Adrienne Sloane, MA, Priscilla Smith, MA, Laura Tabakman, PA, Betty Vera, NY, Jeanne Williamson, MA, and Vivien Zepf, NY.

The Northeast Regional Contemporary Fiber Exhibition precedes another contemporary fiber offering, Fiberart
International, a touring exhibition on view at the Memorial Art Gallery May 1 – July 3, 2011.

Patron Preview (for patrons & members of CoCo - Contemporary Collectors): March 31, 6-8pm
Public Opening Reception: April 1, 6 – 10pm (First Friday)
Artists’ Reception: May 6, 6- 10pm (First Friday)

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The Surface Design Association is a non-profit international membership organization with over 4,000 members whose mission is educate members and the public about fiber art and surface design.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) is a non-profit and a venue for the exchange of ideas. As a center for thoughtful contemporary art RoCo provides unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists.

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(585) 461-2222