Art for Your Collection @ The Catherine Fosnot Art Gallery and Center

Opening Reception: December 2nd, 2021 from 6 – 8 PM
Exhibition Dates: December 2nd, 2021 – January 28th, 2022
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, Noon – 6 PM and by appointment
Location: The Catherine Fosnot Art Gallery and Center, 2 Atrium 102 Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London, CT 06320
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Passion I, Passion II and Here and There will be exhibited.

The Catherine Fosnot Art Gallery and Center in New London, CT and The Visual Art Library will again host the annual Art for Your Collection exhibition, opening on December 2nd at the gallery in Harris Place, 165 State St, 6-8 PM. Art for Your Collection was originally held at The Worcester Art Museum in 1958 and 1959 and then moved to RISD where it was held for almost 30 years. Last year, The Fosnot Gallery and The Visual Art Library hosted the annual show in New London. Ten renowned art critics were asked to name 3 to 4 artists on their radar—artists they considered important to include in the show. These artists were notified of the recommendation and invited to submit images of their work for review. The artists were given free expressive reign: some artists submitted their latest works; others created a special piece for the show. A review committee was formed and chose over 70 pieces of art, which will be on display in the gallery through January 29, 2022.

The artwork selected includes signed prints, drawings, collages, sculpture, paintings, and photography. It is an exciting, thought-provoking mix of contemporary voices. The artists whose works are included in the show are Alchemyverse (Yixuan- Shao & Bicheng Liang), Brandon Anschultz, Charity Lynn Baker, Lisa Corinne Davis, Martin Dull, Fred Gutzeit, Sono Kuwayama, Stephen Lack, Jazzmen Lee-Johnson, Joanne Mattera, Judith Modrak, Donna Moylan, Jordan Seaberry, Clintel Steed, Gina Werfel, and Cecilia Whittaker-Doe.

The art is all available for purchase. Admission is free. A portion of the proceeds will go to the non-profit Visual Art Library, also located in New London.

16 New Public Art Installations in NYC in September 2021 – Endangered Fossils in Flushing Meadows Park

Author: Irene Madrigal
Publication: Untapped New York
Published: September, 2021
Article link: Untapped Cities New York

4. Endangered Fossils in Flushing Meadows Park

Through May 10, 2022, Endangered Fossils by Judith Modrak will be on display at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Endangered Fossils features a series of sculptures meant to represent an imagined archeological excavation of New York State’s fossil record. Inspiration for the sculptures was drawn from trilobites, brachiopods and crinoids present from the Devonian period 400 million years ago — which today can be recognized for their similarities to modern crabs, clams and starfish. Each sculpture prompts its audience to consider the origins of our ecosystem.

As Modrak writes in her artist statement: “The larger concept was very much about the fossil record in light of disastrous climate change which is causing many species to tragically become extinct, fossils are even “endangered” as certain species may not leave a trace that they ever existed. Endangered Fossils is a homage to our beloved Mother Earth in a critical time requiring immediate attention.”

Artist Discusses Her Flushing Meadows Corona Park Piece

Publication: It’s in Queens
Published: August 19th, 2021
Article link: It’s in Queens

Forget about the chicken and the egg. What came first between art and science?

Judith Modrak’s Endangered Fossils is on view in Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s South Rose Garden until May 10, 2022.

Part of the NYC Parks Art in the Parks program, Endangered Fossils depicts an imagined archaeological excavation of New York State’s fossil record. It ponders the ecosystem’s origin and human roles, relationships, and responsibilities to it.

The sculptures are inspired by trilobites, brachiopods, and crinoids that thrived 400 million years ago during the Devonian period. (Similar to crabs, clams, and starfish, these organisms lived in marine environments akin to modern day coral reefs.)

Want to learn more? Modrak will discuss her piece on site on Saturday, Aug. 21, at 1 pm. (The South Rose Garden is near the Unisphere.)

“I am very grateful to bring this project to life in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and struck by the many symbolic connections — from the Unisphere, to the Rose Garden, to the Tent of Tomorrow and Observation Towers of the 1964 World’s Fair,” the artist stated. “Equally symbiotic is that the site was formed during a glaciation period approximately 20,000 years ago as part of the Long Island terminal moraine and was much more recently an ash dump, only to be transformed into the majestic park it is today, like a phoenix rising!”

Modrak has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe. Her seven-sculpture Our Memories was on Governors Island and in Central Park and Thomas Paine Park (below). Her permanent public piece, Fluid Pathways/Caminos Fluidos, has been in Spain’s Blanca community since 2019.