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In today’s gathering, we had a walk-through with Gabriel de Guzman, Smack Mellon’s Curator, who talked with us about what a curator is and what they do in their position.
In one project that is occurring, “Empathy”, Gabriel discussed with us the different artists he meets and asked for their artwork to be presented in the exhibition. One artist who stood out to me the most was Iván Sikic; his artwork is about femicide that happens in his homeland of Peru. This piece caught my attention because Iván is showing respect and gratitude to the death of women in his country and especially around the world by presenting a ceremony that is seen in a video.

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Day 1 – Icebreakers & Media Lab with artist mentor Claudia Bitran

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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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