As you may or may not know, I love to jury shows, particularly those regional to the Midwest. It’s an amazing way to get to see a huge cross-section of artists that I might not otherwise encounter, and to try to create some kind of conversation amongst them. I had a real embarrassment of riches to choose from for the SBMA Biennial 30 – likely because it is an exceedingly good opportunity for artists to participate in a supported museum show. The show opened back in July, but the reception is this Friday, and in reviewing the install photos for jury awards, I have to say EXCUSE ME THE SHOW LOOKS AMAZING. Really astonished at the great work SBMA did to install a cohesive presentation from the eclectic and colorful bunch I handed them:
- Heidi Barlow, Detroit, MI, heidibarlow.com
- Emily Scott Beck, South Bend, IN, emilyscottbeck.com
- Gina Costa, South Bend, IN, ginacosta.com
- David Downs, Evanston, IL, davidpauldowns.com
- Hale Ekinci, Chicago, IL, haleekinci.org
- Nicole Havekost, Rochester, MN, nikimade.com
- Nicholas A. Hill, Granville, OH, nicholashillart.com
- Loraine Lynn, Sylvania, OH, Loranitude.com
- Rachel Merrill, Des Moines, IA, rachel-merrill.com
- Michael Nashef, Portage, MI, nashefdesigns.com
- Bryan Northup, Oak Park, IL, bryannorthup.com
- Gary Sczerbaniewicz, South Bend, IN, garysczerbaniewicz.net
Here’s some beautiful shots to explore, if you can’t make it in person, but I suggest you do, because the work is stellar, and the energy in the space is positive and inspiring. I think perhaps we’re all feeling a little crisis-fatigued these days, and while it is of course the role of art to tackle social issues, it’s also important to bring beauty, self-expression, and hope into the world. I feel really joyful looking at this body of work all together – even as some of the individual themes are heavy or represent a struggle. I think the show is pretty fun and uplifting, and I hope you agree.
Congratulations to SBMA for a great show, all the artists, and just know that this was the most difficult awards pick I’ve ever done, because I LOVED ALL YOUR WORK and can’t imagine this show looking as great as it does without each and every one of you. Keep shining!