SHARP: Featuring the Work of Ify Chiejina & Taylor McMahon

Opening October 14


Opening Reception: October 14, 7PM at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art
(Building C)

View the work of our 2016 artists-in-residence, Ify Chiejina & Taylor McMahon.

Ify Chiejina makes paintings, drawings, and mixed media work that represent her interests in understanding the culture, and people of Nigerian and African descent. She does so while capturing the relationship between a person(s) and the physical space in nature that surrounds them. She also deals with the notion of both physical and or emotional space separately.

Taylor McMahon is a fiber artist. Her current work focuses on examining friendships and the ways in which we define and represent these bonds. How visual and palpable representations of affection grow up with us or are forgotten as we are forced to negotiate adulthood. Her recent works utilize mainly children’s craft materials such as lanyard, model magic clay and pipe cleaners.

The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art is open Wednesday-Sundays, 10-5PM
General Admission is $5.00. (The opening reception is free admission)

Note: The galleries are closed Jan 31-April 1, 2017.


Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program

SHARP offers emerging artists a supportive environment to explore their creative development for two months. Artists are provided studio space on the ground floor of a two-story, nineteenth-century cottage, which has bedrooms on the second level. The unique opportunity is situated within 83 park like acres of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island. The facility is connected to the art world of New York City, yet secluded from the urban center by the New York Harbor. Artists receive studio visits from guest artists and curators as part of a mentorship program.

Participants are also encouraged to show recent work in Snug Harbor galleries or on its campus. The Residency includes the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship that is funded by New York Community Trust, which provides support for talented, culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged young people who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts. The Fellowship helps artists in all disciplines at the post-BFA college level to make the transition from formal training to professional careers.