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SUM: Seven Contemporary Artists from Boston


SUM: Seven Contemporary Artists from Boston

Exhibition Provides Window into Creation

September 22, 2007

What role does dialog between artists play in the act of creation? Most exhibitions show finished artwork — when the creative process is over. What if a show let you in on that process? “SUM” is the title of an exhibition featuring the preliminary works of seven contemporary artists from Boston. The show runs from Monday, Oct. 1 to Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery located in the Dibden Center for the Arts at Johnson State College.

The seven artists in this exhibition formed as a group in January of 2007 for the purposes of peer dialogue. This exhibition explores the effect of communities large and small, formal, institutional, or accidental, on the making of art.

SUM uses the concept of a “sketch” — a loose, preliminary drawing to work out an artistic idea — to explore the visual dialog between the disparate artistic practices of the individual artists. The sketch was chosen as a vehicle for this exploration because, like the group itself, it is open and changing. Sketches from the members of the group will be arranged throughout the gallery in finished compositions that create innovative narratives, surprising juxtapositions and provocatively reinterpret the process of creating and communicating meaning with an artwork.

Exhibiting artists are Sachiko Akiyama, Hannah Cole, Sara Petras, Camilo Ramirez, Matthew Rich, Nicole Stone, Janos Stone. These artists will give a series of short presentations about their works followed by an opportunity for questions from the audience at the gallery talk and reception at the gallery on Oct. 4 from 3 to 5 p.m.

The Julian Scott Memorial Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. A gallery talk and reception will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery.

All Julian Scott Memorial Gallery events are free and open to the public and are handicap accessible.

For more information or images please contact the gallery director Leila Bandar at 802-635-1469 or