Art Omi’s Open Figure Drawing for Adults gathers Wednesday evenings either outdoors in the Sculpture & Architecture Park or via Zoom sessions to sketch, draw, and render from a live model.
Open to artists of all skill levels ages 16+, each two-hour sessions is self-guided and intended to provide time and space for members of our local community to share in the exploration of this traditional art practice. Participants must supply their own materials. Click the session links below to register for the session. Please note that registration will be capped for live sessions in order to uphold social distancing protocols.
Earlier this month, Art Omi reopened the Newmark Gallery with an exhibition of photo collage and video art by American painter and mixed media artist, Howardena Pindell. Pindell’s extensive body of work addresses political themes, including racism, physical trauma, memory, and the human experience.
Born in Philadelphia in 1943, Howardena Pindell studied painting at Boston University and Yale University. After graduating, she accepted a job at the Museum of Modern Art, where she worked for 12 years (1967–1979), first as Exhibition Assistant, then as Assistant Curator in the Department of National and International Traveling Exhibitions, and finally as an Associate Curator and Acting Director in the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books. In 1979, she began teaching at the State University of New York, Stony Brook where she is now a full professor. Throughout her career, Pindell has exhibited extensively.
Pindell often employs lengthy, metaphorical processes of destruction/reconstruction. She cuts canvases in strips and sews them back together, building up surfaces in elaborate stages. She paints or draws on sheets of paper, punches out dots from the paper using a paper hole punch, drops the dots onto her canvas, and finally squeegees paint through the “stencil” left in the paper from which she had punched the dots. Almost invariably, her paintings are installed unstretched, held to the wall merely by the strength of a few finishing nails. The artist’s fascination with gridded, serialized imagery, along with surface texture appears throughout her oeuvre. Even in her later, more politically charged work, Pindell reverts to these thematic focuses in order to address social issues of homelessness, AIDs, war, genocide, sexism, xenophobia, and apartheid.
Howardena Pindell’s work has been featured in many landmark museum exhibitions, such as: Contemporary Black Artists in America (1971, Whitney Museum of American Art), Rooms (1976, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center), Another Generation (1979, The Studio Museum in Harlem), Afro-American Abstraction (1980, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center), The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s (1990, New Museum of Contemporary Art), and Bearing Witness: Contemporary Works by African-American Women Artists (1996, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta).
DATES: Now through November 1, 2020 Every Friday through Sunday / 11am – 4pm
ADMISSION: Free / Registration Required
A timed entry system will permit gallery visitation. Visitors will be able to register for a half-hour slot in advance, or upon arrival to the Sculpture & Architecture Park if space is available at that time. No more than eight visitors will be allowed in the gallery at once, and all visitors will be required to wear masks during their visit. Click here to register
LOCATION: Omi International Arts Center Newmark Gallery
1405 County Route 22
Ghent, NY 12075
Art Omi is launching a new program called, Camp Omi in a Box: an interactive camp experience that captures the spirit and quality of Camp Omi in a whole new format. Every Friday, families pick up a 18” x 12″ x 3” cardboard carrying case containing each and every material, tool, and product a camper needs to complete four art projects.
Activity prompts encourage visits to the sculpture park and themes focus on contemporary art, artists, and ideas. Boxes also contain instructional guides, invitations to two live online sessions, and links to fun video tutorials led by Camp Omi teaching artists!
Camp Omi in a Box is available now for purchase; Camp Omi in a Box begins July 6 and runs through August 21. Children may participate in a single week, or the whole seven-week program.
DATES: July 3 – August 14, 2020
COST $145/week, 10% discount for 2+ weeks
LOCATION: Omi International Arts Center
1405 County Route 22
Ghent, NY 12075
Art Omi’s Explore Tour is a new audio tour to guide Art Omi visitors ages 6-12.
If you’re nearby and planning a trip to the park with young people, give a listen to Art Omi’s newest audio tour, available through the free GeoTourist app (iOS + Android)!
This up-close and personal adventure highlights some of Art Omi’s most famous and awe-inspiring sculptures and pavilions. Listeners will hear fun facts about the artists and their work while discovering elements of art and expanding the way they see the world around them. The Explore tour covers a wide range of themes, materials, and concepts suitable for the elementary grade levels (ages 6-12).