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SkowheganWALKS: Queens International
11:30 AM11:30

SkowheganWALKS: Queens International

SkowheganWALKS: Queens International

Sunday, February 10, 11:30AM
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368


Please join The Skowhegan Alliance at Queens International 2018: Volumes for a guided tour with curator Baseera Khan (A ‘14), and exhibiting artists Chris Domenick (A ‘12), Haley Bueschlen (A ‘15), Mo Kong (A ‘17), Asif Mian (A ‘18), Oscar Cornejo (A ‘14), and Cullen Washington Jr. (A ‘10).


Following the walkthrough, we invite you to stay at the museum for a day of public programming related to the exhibit, The Body as Volumes, from 1:00-6:00PM.

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Skowhegan WALKS: Studio Museum Harlem
7:00 PM19:00

Skowhegan WALKS: Studio Museum Harlem

SkowheganWALKS: The Studio Museum in Harlem
Thursday, December 17th, 7:00PM
144 West 125th Street, New York, New York (map)

Please join The Skowhegan Alliance for a guided tour of A Constallation with assistant curator Amanda Hunt and artists Aaron Fowler (A '14), Troy Michie (A '15), and Andrew Ross (A '11). Afterwards Kenya (Robinson) (A '14) will speak about her work in Black: Color, Material, Concept, also at The Studio Museum.

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SkowheganWALKS: Bushwick Open Studios
2:00 PM14:00

SkowheganWALKS: Bushwick Open Studios

The Skowhegan Alliance is hosting a special edition of SkowheganWALKS for Bushwick Open Studios!

We will visit the studios of Sharona Eliassaf (A '11), Cooper Holoweski (A '09), Catherine Lepp (A '04) and a pop-up show by Rachel Stern (A '14). The tour will conclude with a reception for Digging: a group show at the studio of Becky Kinder (A '04). 

We hope to see you there!

—The Skowhegan Alliance

Schedule // Walk Route

2:00PM // Meet Outside
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206

2:15PM // Sharona Eliassaf
56 Bogart Street, Suite 217

3:15PM // Cooper Holoweski
696-698 Hart Street, Ground Floor

4:15PM // Catherine Lepp
385 Troutman Street, Apt. 204

5:00PM // Rachel Stern
2 St. Nicholas Avenue, The Commons

6:00-8:00PM // Becky Kinder
454-460 Troutman Street, #3A

Participating Artists

Sharona Eliassaf,  Tips , 22x28inches, Oil and spray on canvas, 2015

Sharona Eliassaf, Tips, 22x28inches, Oil and spray on canvas, 2015

Sharona Eliassaf, born in 1980 Petach Tikva, Israel and raised in Queens, NY is an artist who works in Brooklyn, NY. Sharona’s fantastical paintings alternately depict color-studded dreamscapes, chimerical phenomena, and images of haunting humanity while Investigating The relationship of representational painting to social change and everyday experience.  

She received an MFA in Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts in New York City (2011),  a BFA in Fine Arts from Bezalel  Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (2004) and is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture,ME (2011).  She is a recipient of the Sharet foundation scholarship award for painting, The School of Visual Arts MFA Fine arts assistantship award and was a final nominee of the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant for painters and sculptors .

Her work had been shown in the 2012 biennial exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art, New York,  Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv  and has participated in several other exhibitions in New York and Telaviv. In 2012 Eliassaf cofounded “The Willows”, an artist run exhibition series in Brooklyn heights with artist Emily Weiner.

Cooper Holoweski, still from  Cannibal Universe  (work in progress)

Cooper Holoweski, still from Cannibal Universe (work in progress)

Cooper Holoweski was born in 1981 in Detroit, Michigan.  He holds a BA in political science and BFA in printmaking from the University of Michigan and an MFA from RISD.  In 2004 he was the artist in residence at Taller 99 in Santiago, Chile and in 2006 he was the artist in residence at Gallery Titanik in Turku, Finland.  In 2009 he was awarded the RISD/Skowhegan matching grant and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  His work has been featured at Storefront Bushwick, Famous Accountants, and the Untitled Art Fair.  His video work has been praised by Art in America as “magical” and “infinitely watchable.”  He recently toured his piece Katabasis, a 40 min video with live score, at such venues as the BRIC House in Brooklyn, Space Gallery in Portland, ME, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.  In 2015 he was awarded the Media Residency at the Clocktower Gallery and the Keyholder Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop.  Holoweski lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Catherine Lepp is a painter, living and working in Brooklyn. Originally from Sheffield, in the U.K., she received her BA in Fine Art from Manchester Polytechnic (1989). An alumnus of New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture (2003) and Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing (2004), she currently teaches painting at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.

Rachel Stern, Paul on Purple Velour (2015)

Rachel Stern (b. 1989, New York City) received her BFA in Photography and the History of Art and Visual Culture in 2011 from the Rhode Island School of Design and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2014. Stern has exhibited works at Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Invisible-Exports, Pioneer Works, Northern-Southern, and Humble Arts Foundation’s 31 Women in Photography at Hasted Kraeutler. Her work has been featured in MATTE Magazine, Blink, Still, Vice Magazine, and Art F City. 

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Chelsea Gallery Tour
2:00 PM14:00

Chelsea Gallery Tour

Amelia Biewald (A '04), Ridley Howard (A '00), Michael Scoggins (A '03) and Gedi Sibony (A '99) on Saturday, November 8th. SkowheganWALKS is a series of gallery tours featuring members of the Skowhegan community. The participating artists speak about their current exhibitions and answer questions about their process and practice. The event is hosted by the Skowhegan Alliance.

The tour begins at 2:15 at Greene Naftali and finishes at Freight + Volume with an opening reception for Michael Scoggins.

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Come Together: Surviving Sandy
2:00 PM14:00

Come Together: Surviving Sandy

Alliance members and exhibiting artists Gabriela Salazar A '11 & Jesus Benavente A '12 will lead the tour and conversations with:

Julia Bland A '13
James Hyde F '03
Marlene McCarty F '11, Governor
Nyeema Morgan A '09
Arthur Simms A '85, F '10 

In the News
Jerry Saltz named this exhibition one of the best shows of the year in New York Mag 
Roberta Smith gave it a stellar review in the New York Times 

Many other Skowhegan alumni, faculty, and Governors are in the show as well:
Lynda Benglis F '78, '79, '99
Michael Berryhill A '07
Katherine Bradford F '09
Beth Campbell A '97
Francis Cape A '89, F '08
Patricia Cronin A '91
Martha Diamond F '77, '83
Mark DiSuvero F '83
Lois Dodd F A '79
Jean Jacques DuPlessis A '12
Rackstraw Downes F '75, '81, '02
Bill Jensen F '83, '86
Alex Katz A '49, '50, F '60, '63-64, '67, '71, '75, '75
Nils Karsten A '02
Deborah Kass F '97
Megan Kincheloe A '13
Nicola Lopez A '02
Mary Mattingly A '10
Josiah McElheny F '08
Donald Moffett F '04
Carrie Moyer A '95, F '10, Governor
Sheila Pepe A '94, F '13
Matt Taber A '12
Christopher Saucedo A '88
Joel Shapiro F '76, '80
Kiki Smith F '93, Governor
Rob Storr A '78, F '02, Governor
Mickalene Thomas F'13
Ursula von Rydingsvard F '88
Nari Ward A '91, F '03
Ishmael Randall Weeks A '07

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Greenpoint Studio Tour
1:00 PM13:00

Greenpoint Studio Tour

Join us this Saturday for another great SkowheganWALKS as we visit the studios of six Skowhegan alumni in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 


Keren Benbensity '09 is a romantic conceptual artist. She seeks to place emotion and a sense of 'the hand of the author' over the cold intellectualism of most of conceptual art. Through minimal interventions and economic gestures, she transforms ordinary/banal objects, ephemeral materials and texts coming from the everyday. By using drawing, photography, sculpture and video, Keren creates “contemporary relics” that investigate our today's notion of time through this paradox: Relics cannot be made, they are created within time.... Keren graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux­Arts de Paris in 2004 and the International Studio & Curatorial Program in 2011.

Christopher Carroll '08 has exhibited both nationally and internationally and produces art in a variety of media from painting and printmaking to video and sculpture. His work is often informed by his exploration of man’s physical relationship to the collision of nature and society. Christopher received his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010 and his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. He is a very great artist, possibly the greatest currently living artist known to man. This is a rare opportunity to see inside the work of this legend.

Maya Hayuk '11 is obsessed with symmetry and nourishing color played out in what might be views from the Hubble Telescope, airbrushed nail art, Ukrainian Easter eggs, chandeliers, mandalas, Rorschach tests and/or holograms. She has painted her iconic outdoor murals all over the world and, when not travelling, maintains an active studio in Brooklyn, sketching in paint to inform the large­scale works. She sees her studio painting and mural making as both inversely relational and symbiotic. Maya received her BFA in 1991 from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Andrew Ross '11 collaborates with industry as a creative consumer, making physical comedy through the misuse and misrepresentation of the capabilities of available products, and putting them through near­alchemical processes. He often makes architectural sculpture and installation using household or common materials. Beginning in March, he will be participating in LMCC’s Swing Space residency, where he plans to work with narrative, using video and photography. He will be constructing systems for fragmenting collaboration that mirror the divisions of talent and labor often seen in fashion media and the film industry, while making fantasy and horror stories. Andrew graduated from The Cooper Union in 2011.

Claudia Sbrissa '03 explores the natural and constructed world through material references. The pieces, whose textured, mottled surfaces are built from the repetition of parallel marks, contain hints of architecture, landscape, as well as woven textiles. They convey a concern with the connection between image, material, and space. Claudia received her MFA from Cornell University in 2002, a BEd from Queen’s University in 1996, and a BFA from York University in 1991.

Jef Scharf '00 also know as Wolfy Part II, once owned Kayrock Screen Printing Inc., played music in Roxy Pain & Red Dawn II, showed at PS1 & Pierogi 2000, designed for WFMU & Deitch Projects, and has been known to trade drawings for music with such bands as The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, actually just Brian Chase, Sonic Youth, actually just Steve Shelley, and Oneida, actually just Kid Millions. Jef received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1993.;

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