April 1, 2011 - May 9, 2011
The Northeast Regional Juried Contemporary Fiber Exhibition is a collaborative effort between RoCo and and the Surface Design Association presenting 28 artworks that expand the definition of fiber art. Jurors include 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 Memorial Art Gallery's Curator of Special Exhibitions Marie Via.
This exhibition promises some of the most challenging and engaging works made by artists using fiber materials or processes in the Northeastern US. Jodi Colella’s three-inch round seed sculptures were created by repetitively hand punching colored wools with a needle, and Michéle Rattè’s large scale assemblages incorporate cable, fiber, stones, shells, and even applied gold. Carol Ann Rice Rafferty’s Dressing Gown to Filter Out Bad Chi is a muslin shift whose entire surface is covered with used coffee filters and beeswax.
Marilyn Beal, Jodi Colella, Dana Connell, Elena Shandalov, Linda Rae Coughlin, Cady Fontana, Rebecca Fricke, Meredith Grimsley, Marilyn Henrion, Tracy Jamar, Pat Klein, Elaine Longtemps, Saberah Malik, Jane Ogren, Carol Ann Rice Rafferty, Michèle Ratté, Adrienne Sloane, Priscilla Smith, Laura Tabakman, Betty Vera, Jeanne Williamson, and Vivien Zepf.