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Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Woodlands High School Art Trust 2018


Which high school do you know has an Art Trust. This year, I am a finalist in the Art Show at  the Woodlands, just north of Houston. 
The finalist are invited for a luncheon and leave their artwork for display. The student body votes on which pieces to add to their permanent collection. Part of the money comes from a trust fund and money raised during the homecoming game. I really like the idea.

Dr Robert LM Hilliard Center celebrates opening Saturday

I feel very honored to have a piece in the Dr. Robert L.M. Hilliard Health Center. A much needed facility on the East Side of town. The artwork is very colorful and complimentary to the state of art equipment in the facility.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

BEYOND BORDERS: STORIES OF IM/MIGRATION


January 8 - April 6, BEYOND BORDERS: STORIES OF IM/MIGRATION2018Santa Clara University, Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building Gallery 

Community Conversation with the Artists Friday, February 2, 2018, 4-5 p.m. 

Gallery Reception: Friday, February 2, 2018, 5-8 p.m. 

Participating Artists: Tessie Barrera-Scharaga, Carlos Cartagena, Rolando Chicas, Kathryn Clark, Judy Gelles, Taraneh Hemami, Diane Kahlo, Sana Krusoe, Erin McKeown/Stephen Brackett/Shawn King, Delilah Montoya and Sin Huella Collective, Julio Cesar Morales, Gala Narezo/Shamina de Gonzaga/Chantal Fischzang, Priscilla Otani, Judith Quax, Zahava Sherez, Doerte Weber, Shannon Wright, Yu-Wen Wu 

Presented by: Gutfreund Cornett Art 

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. 

Media Inquiries: Karen Gutfreund or Sherri Cornett, Partners Gutfreund Cornett Art GCA@GutfreundCornettArt.com Sherri Cornett 406-698-5006 Karen Gutfreund 408-203-5221 

Online Gallery with Artist Statements: http:// bit.ly/2B1tNz5 
Online Catalog: http://bit.ly/2zxibUo 
Curatorial Essays: http://bit.ly/2BBSbIS 

Exhibition Enter the new Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building at Santa Clara University and one is immediately confronted with "Feral Fence", a Trumpian-inspired, monstrous, twisting armature with razor wire. Through this border wall, visitors gain access to powerful, multi-media works: horrific and impactful, hopeful and reverential, abstract and emphatic, poetic and conceptual, with a call for reflection and action. The exhibition Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration by the curatorial team Gutfreund Cornett Art and their group of international artists, shed light on the personal and observed narratives surrounding the struggles of flight, immigration, assimilation, deportation, and the perception of being “other" in American society. The works acknowledge the dignity, dreams and sacrifices of these people and reflect on where we are going, individually and as community with shared desires for hope and home. Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration, opens to the public January 8 - April 6, 2018 at Santa Clara University, Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building Gallery, Santa Clara, California. Community Conversation with the Artists is Friday, February 2, 2018, 4-5 p.m. and the Artist/Gallery Reception is Friday, February 2, 2018, 5-8 p.m. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.####The exhibition Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration by the curatorial team Gutfreund Cornett Art and their group of international artists, sheds light on the personal and observed narratives surrounding the struggles of flight, immigration, assimilation, deportation, and the perception of being “other" in American society. The works acknowledge the dignity, dreams and sacrifices of these people and reflect on where we are going, individually and as community with shared desires for hope and home. Enter the new Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building at Santa Clara University and one is immediately confronted with Feral Fence, a Trumpian-inspired, monstrous, twisting armature with razor wire by artist Shannon Wright. Through this “border wall”, visitors gain access to powerful, multi-media works: horrific and impactful, hopeful and reverential, abstract and emphatic, poetic and conceptual, with a call for reflection and action. The multi-media works powerfully speak to current, hot button and polarizing topics ripped from the news headlines. Boy in Suitcase, a video by Julio Cesar Morales, shows the alarming lengths to which people go to bring in their children to safety. The video The Jailer, Part 2, by Erin McKeown, Stephen Brackett and Shawn King, is a call to action to defeat hatred. Diane Kahlo has created a reverential altar to those who lost their lives in transit through the desert. The tender voices of youth as they assimilate are captured by Judy Gelles in a series of fourth graders’ portraits. Carlos Cartagena’s diptych speaks to overcoming fear of the unknown, because the alternative is worse. In large banner portraits, Gala Narezo, Shamina de Gonzaga and Chantal Fischzang challenge preconceptions of immigrants propagated by media and politicians. Delicate ceramic sculptures by Sana Krouse and a butterfly installation by Priscilla Otani speak beautifully and conceptually to im/Migration issues, while Daniela Ortiz’s video brutally sheds light on procedures used during forced deportation. These detail just a few of 24 artists in the exhibition that candidly, poetically and conceptually speak to these issues, highlighting universal, shared human experiences. Gutfreund Cornett Art is committed to promoting and supporting local, national, and global art activism. Art can produce a visceral response and can provoke, inspire, or disturb, and opens one’s eyes to worlds other than your own. Art can transcend language barriers, strengthen understanding, stimulate greater compassion between displaced people and the communities that receive them, move us to action and advocacy and create visions for a new, more inclusive society. 

Doerte Weber, San Antonio, Texas Checkpoint Carlos 3 panels, 8 x 4 feet each "When the border wall between the US and Mexico was built, memories of my home country’s border division (Germany 1961-1989) surfaced. Checkpoint Carlos forms 10 passageways—woven plastic bags from newspaper given to me by a vast number of people in San Antonio, TX. They symbolized our common humanity, support for human rights and immigration reform."