Kingston Gallery member artists Susan Alport, Kathleen Gerdon Archer, Susan Greer Emmerson, and Conny Gölz-Schmitt were among 60 artists selected for the 15th National Prize Show at the Cambridge Art Association, juried by Paul C. Ha, Director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center. The exhibition dates are May 19 to June 23, 2016.
Conny Gölz-Schmitt received the Best Multi Media Prize for her sculptural collage, Without Flag. She is one of six people in the exhibition to receive a prize, we are proud to report. This June, Gölz-Schmitt will show a new series of mixed media works that incorporate silk painting and collage in the Members’ Gallery in a solo exhibition, Reconsidered. You can read about her previous exhibition at Kingston, Uncovered, in a previous blog post.
Alport and Archer recently had solo exhibitions in Kingston’s Members’ Gallery (in April and March, respectively). Alport’s recent Kingston Gallery exhibition, Juxtaposed, was enigmatic and poetic. The artist combined repurposed images and materials into collages and sculptures that responded to the gallery space, opening up possibilities for unique aesthetic responses and introducing narrative possibilities. In 2015, she exhibited work at Maud Morgan Arts in Cambridge, MA. You can read about Archer’s previous Kingston exhibitions, including the group exhibition All Natural, curated by Al Miner, here and here. Emmerson is also showing in a three-person exhibition at NYCH Gallery in Chicago, IL this month, and she had a solo exhibition at Kingston Gallery in May 2015.
Conceived in the late 1990s, the Cambridge Art Association’s National Prize Show has featured work by over 1,500 contemporary American artists in 14 exhibitions.
Artists and entrants represent every US state – including Alaska and Hawaii – and a full range of artistic mediums. In its history, the National Prize Show has awarded over $65,000 in cash prizes to living American artists, and has been featured in numerous publications, including the Boston Globe and Art New England.
About the juror, Paul C. Ha
Paul C. Ha is currently the Director of the List Visual Arts Center, the contemporary art museum at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Known for presenting experimental and timely exhibitions, the List also oversees MIT’s percent for art program, which has created one the outstanding national collections of public art. In 2014 Ha was chosen to be commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion for the La Biennale di Venezia 56th International Art Exhibition. Ha and co-curator Ute Meta Bauer proposed artist Joan Jonas, a pioneer of performance and time based art.