NBMAA’S 47TH MEMBERS’ SHOW
The New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) is serving up a lively stew of works by 90 emerging artists from throughout New England in an exhibit running through May 28.
Sarah Fritchey, full-time curator and gallery director at Artspace New Haven, set aside her normal duties to serve as 2017 guest curator of “Nor’Easter,” the 47th annual NBMAA’s member exhibition that brims with color and content. This year’s prize winners include fine art photographer Tracy Hoffman of Chappaqua, New York, conceptual artist Cecil Gresham of Bloomfield, Conn., and mixed-media artist Anita Gangi Balkun of West Hartford, who took third prize for her work, “Shoe Scribe.”
National artists 18 years or older with current NBMAA membership were eligible, with submissions of original works accepted in all media, provided they were executed during the past two years and had not been exhibited previously by the museum.
Fritchey considered more than 1,000 entries — ranging from acrylic to mixedmedia, oil, watercolor, sculpture and photography — before selecting the 90 artists for the exhibition. Overall, she said recently, the art is diverse and explores a wide range of contemporary issues. There are works that address consumerism as a national pastime, works that delve into the violence perpetuated on minority communities, works that explore the time and discipline required of artistic practice and the anxieties of the aging artist, and finally, works, she said, that “use appropriation as a strategy for critiquing the dominant narratives preserved by the major canon of Western art history.”