art READY ’18 | Opening Reception, May 9th

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You’re Invited! Art Ready 2018 Exhibition |May 9-13th at Smack Mellon


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Smack Mellon is pleased to announce the opening of Art Ready: Selected Work from the Artist Mentorship Program. The exhibition presents the work of students who participated in the 2017-2018 session of Art Ready, Smack Mellon’s arts mentorship program for high school students interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts. This year students worked with professional artists who specialize in painting, drawing, sculpture, graphic design, and videography. During the spring semester students have experimented with practices such as paper casting, figurative drawings, sculpture, printmaking, collage, and magazine branding. Included in the show will be an impressive range of media such as painting, animation, and a fashion show among others.

Art Ready is a mentorship program designed to give students the opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to be a professional working in a visual arts discipline. Students are exposed to a wide variety of artists and arts professionals, participate in mentorships, and visit museums and galleries. This year, the Art Ready group took field trips to such cultural venues as A.I.R., Art in General, and Minus Space. Individual mentor groups’ excursions included the Met Breuer, Sharpe-Walentas Studios, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Read more about students’ and mentors’ experiences on the Art Ready blog:

Smack Mellon’s mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve. In 2007, Smack Mellon initiated Art Ready to extend its artistic services to creative high school students.

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Kris & Endie Making Sculptures for the Art Ready exhibition, May 9th!

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Art Ready visits the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art.

We had a wonderful visit and tour of the conservation department with artist, and Whitney staff member, Heather Cox. We learned about the intersection of science, art history and art making during our visit – a truly special inside look at how conservation works – such a great experience at the Whitney!AR_Whitney_2018.jpg

We also had an afternoon at The Museum of Modern Art – here we are captivated by a favorite of all, Henri Matisse, “The Red Studio”.  Another great day discussing art from the masters to contemporary art as we visited each floor of the museum’s collection and current photography shows, “Being” New Photography 2018 and the wonderful Stephen Shore exhibit. Great Day!


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GIII Apparel Visit


As we discussed in our previous post, the Noir Deus team went on a field trip to visit GIII apparel.  More specifically, we visited Phill’s good friend Gloria Straker. Gloria is Sr. Designer of Mens Activewear at GIII Sports by Carl Banks.

Who is Carl Banks you ask? Oh he’s only, former NFL linebacker for the NY Giants, and President of GIII Sports by Carl Banks.  So you can imagine our excitement when Gloria mentioned we would get an opportunity to meet the sports legend.

We had an amazing visit that day and Gloria took us through her process as a fashion designer with close to 30yrs of experience. She shared how they conceptualize a collection, design and produce it and the list goes on. From a line sheet to a tech pack we got a crash course in the tools and steps needed to develop a successful fashion collection/brand.

Carl took an interest in our group and shared some advice and other gems as well. He even gave us a project to complete in the upcoming weeks and our team was excited and completely up for the challenge. More to come on that.

Needless to say, we are forever grateful to Gloria and Carl for taking the time out to meet with us and share their extensive knowledge about the fashion business. Be on the look out for the 2020 GIII x Noir Deus sports collection 😉 .

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Branding with Phil!

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Our team has had a fun few weeks doing research and designing our collection. The brand is called Noir Deus and that’s as much as we will share at this point. We will do a proper unveiling on May 9th when we present the Spring Summer collection to everyone.

We have a few pics of a field trip/visit to a brand called GIII Apparel on Seventh Avenue in the fashion district.

We had some time to kill before we went up to their offices so we stopped ina few fabric and trim stores to get inspiration for our brand. Not to mention the obligatory “usie” in the lobby of GIII’s building.

Needless to say we had a very insightful meeting and got some pointers as well as picked up a potential new client. To be continued…

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