A survey exhibition of art and artists connected to Staten Island
Opening in June 2022, the Staten Island Museum will present Yes, And: a survey exhibition of art and artists connected to Staten Island. This exhibition will be a current version of the Staten Island Museum’s longstanding tradition of holding juried art shows for more than 70 years.
Open Call to Artists
The Staten Island Museum is now accepting artists applications through December 31, 2021.
The theme Yes, And suggests the abundance of experience on and perception of Staten Island. This complicated and prodigious borough contains a multitude of narratives that cumulatively offer an earnest impression of life in the United States.
The title is a reference to a classic improv rule-of-thumb requiring performers to accept what another participant is suggesting, and then build on it. In this way, Yes, And presents an expansive theme for artists to consider and encourages the open sharing of ideas and perspectives. The title also speaks to the dynamic connections between art, natural science, and history represented by the museum’s scope.
Artist Info Session
Wednesday, November 17, 7pm via Zoom
The exhibition will be on view from June 2022 through February 2023. Please contact
[email protected] with any questions.
Ayana Evans is a NYC based artist. She received her MFA in painting from Temple University and her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University. Evans has performed at El Museo del Barrio, The Barnes Foundation, The Bronx Museum, Crystal Bridges, Newark Museum, the Queens Museum and countless public locations for her guerilla style performances. Evans was a 2018 Fellow at EFA’s Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, 2017-2018 awardee of the Franklin Furnace Fund for performance art, a 2018 NYFA Fellow, 2021-2022 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, and a 2021-22 Professor of the Practice at Brown University. Her past residencies include the Yaddo, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Vermont Studio Center. Evans’s press includes: The New York Times, Bomb Magazine, ArtNet, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Hyperallergic, and CNN.
Florence Lynch is a New York-based art dealer and former Director at Elizabeth Dee Gallery. She co-owned LYNCH THAM and founded Florence Lynch Gallery, a contemporary art gallery previously located in New York’s Chelsea gallery district. Florence Lynch has over 20 years of art world experience and has worked as an independent curator, critic, and lecturer. In addition to teaching in the Art Marketing department at Fashion Institute of Technology School of Graduate Studies, Florence is also Adjunct Faculty at Teachers College Columbia University.
Anthony Spinello is a Miami-based curator and gallerist who grew up in Staten Island. For over 15 years, he has championed equality in the art world through his curatorial practice and gallery Spinello Projects. Spinello Projects represents a diverse and intersectional stable of artists focusing on queer artists and artists of color.
Ed Woodham is a queer independent artist, curator, producer, and educator who has been active in community art, education, and civic interventions across media and culture for over forty years. He employs humor, irony, subtle detournement, and a striking visual style in order to encourage greater consideration of – and provoke deeper critical engagement – with the urban environment. Woodham created the project Art in Odd Places (AiOP) as a response to the paradigm of 9/11’s ‘Patriot Act’ highlighting the disappearance of public space and personal civil liberties. AiOP has presented thousands of individual artists and artists’ projects in the public sphere in New York City, and in cities across the U.S. and globally.