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Amy Beecher: Artist in Residence

Running from January 20, 2017 to February 18, 2017 in the Holzwasser Gallery

The New Art Center in Newton is pleased to announce our 2017 artist-in-residence: Amy Beecher. This winter, Beecher will transform the New Art Center’s Holzwasser Gallery into a multi-media studio, combining digital and analog modes of printmaking to create unique works of art. We invite the public to come and get to know the artist, her materials, and the way she works, and to participate in the creation of a print portfolio created by scanning, rubbing, and making marks with still life objects.

In addition to hosting open gallery hours, Beecher has also planned a series of talks and workshops designed to get visitors of all ages engaged in her process as she works on a print edition for her upcoming exhibition at GRIN Gallery in Providence. This project is presented in conjunction with our main gallery exhibition, The Newest Romantics: Sculptors of Botanical Photography, which features new works by Beecher.

Open Studio Hours: Thursdays from 1-4:30PM & Saturdays from 1-6PM, For all ages, free

Wild Newton: 3 Thursdays (2/2, 2/9, 2/16), 4:30-6PM
For teens, grades 7-11, $80 Artists reimagine a routine journey as a walk through uncharted territory to create a unique photo zine.

Re-imaging Nature: Saturday, February 4, 1-2:30PM, For families with children 6+, $15 per family
Work together to create a multi-media diorama “set” inspired by work on view in the Main Gallery.

Hybrid Species: Saturday February 11, 1-2:30PM, For children grades 2-4, $10 per child
Explore the gallery and choose descriptive words to guide the creation of an imagined plant.

Artist Talk: Thursday February 9, 7PM, Free
Learn about the artist’s practice, source materials and the inspirations including Roman Murals, food advertising, and the photography of Irving Sandler.

Amy Beecher is an artist living and working in New York and Providence. Her work—sculpture, installation and performance that comically examines the institutions and industries that shape the identities of white American women—has been presented in art centers and galleries nationally, including recent exhibitions and programs at Providence College- Galleries, Providence, RI; Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY; Creative Time, Printed Matter, Bruce High Quality Foundation and Muelensteen Gallery, all in New York, NY; 7 Dunham Place, Garden Party Arts and Primetime, all in Brooklyn, NY; and Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and Tiger Strikes Asteroid, both in Philadelphia, PA. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Shandaken Project, Shandaken, NY and the Digital Media Center for Art at Yale University, New Haven, CT. She holds a MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University and a BA in Visual Art from Brown University. This October Beecher will be in residence at the MacDowell Colony as an Interdisciplinary Arts Fellow. Upcoming projects and exhibitions include an iteration of the commissioned digital project Raid the Database IV for the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, a site-specific photographic sculpture for The New Romantics at New Art Center in Newton, CT this winter, and a solo exhibition at GRIN in Providence, RI this spring.

Beecher has taught a diverse range of students. As a museum educator she designed programs, facilitated workshops, and led inquiry-based tours at The Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York and The Museum of Art and Design in New York City. She was the founding Visual Art teacher and International Baccalaureate Coordinator at Mott Hall Charter School in Bronx, New York, before moving to Providence as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Providence College. Beecher will be Special Lecturer of Design at Providence College in the Spring of 2017. She has also taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY.

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