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Intimacy + Materiality

January 22 - April 10, 2016

Opening Reception: January 22, 5-7pm

Swamp surrounded by ferns and trees

Artists in this exhibition use traditional labor intensive techniques to create contemporary artworks - from screen printed cloth to jacquard woven sculpture.

Sarah Amos is a native of Australia and currently resides in a remote area of Northern Vermont. She is a master printmaker with work in numerous collections nationally and internationally. Her large-scale prints and collages have earned her many fellowships, awards, residencies, and exhibitions.

Mike Andrews is a Chicago based artist who earned his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has recently had solo exhibitions at Golden Gallery in Chicago and Daily Projects in Seoul, South Korea. He currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is the Academic Director of Ox-Bow.

Emily Barletta is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Through hand embroidery on paper she strives to keep a record of time and the human experience. She has a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, 2003. She received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2009 and a Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2011. Her work has been praised in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Baltimore CityPaper, The Village Voice, City Arts Magazine, American Craft Magazine, Fiberarts Magazine, and Foam Magazine. She regularly exhibits her artwork at a variety of galleries and museums.

Liz Collins’s
 background in textile design and fashion has evolved into large sculptural and performative works utilizing techniques of knitting and weaving to create stunning designs on canvas and suspended sculptures. She electrifies space and uses the material architecturally to create new spaces and experiences. Her project Knitting Nation has been shown at the following New York City Museums: the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the Museum of F.I.T. , the Museum of Arts and Design, and MoMA. Other exhibition venues include the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York; and the ICA Boston. Liz has received many awards and accolades, including a United States Artist Target Fellowship, a MacColl Johnson Fellowship, and a CeCArtsLink Grant that supported her producing a KNITTING NATION performance/ installation in Zagreb, Croatia with Queer Zagreb. Liz has done residencies at Haystack, Yaddo, Occidental College, and AIR Alaska.

Elizabeth Fram was born and raised on the coast of Maine. She received a BA with honors in Art from Middlebury College, later studying graphic design at the (now) Maine College of Art. She has worked as a graphic designer and as a freelance illustrator, concentrating her studio practice on textile collage for the past 20 years. Travel to Asia and time spent living in Hawaii, San Francisco, and Washington state have strongly influenced her aesthetic.

Wylie Sofia Garcia was born and raised in Houston, Texas and resides in Burlington, Vermont. Her work is influenced by the rich surfaces of historic textile design and responds to her established practice in installation and performance art. Garcia received her undergraduate degree from The University of Chicago and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Her work has been exhibited in museums and institutions across the United States. She has been the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship, a St. Botolph Club Foundation Fellowship, and a Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant.

Jodi Colella works with a broad range of materials to create provocative, tactile works that often include public participation. She has exhibited at Danforth Art, Framingham MA; Fruitlands Museum, Harvard MA; Wheaton College, Norton MA; Helen Day Art Center, Stowe VT; Museums of York, York ME; World of Threads, Toronto Canada and Textile Museum, Washington D.C., among others.

Amy Honchell is a Chicago-based artist whose work ranges from installations to drawing and photography.She has had solo shows at Lula, Chicago, IL; Eagle Upper Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY; LivingRoom Gallery, Chicago, IL; The Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL; and the Bertram N. Linder Art Gallery, Keystone College, La Plume, PA. Since 1996, Honchell has exhibited widely in group shows nationally and at international venues including Tokyo Gei Dai University, Tokyo, Japan; Spéos Gallery, Paris, France; PARACHUTE, Berlin, Germany; and The Gallery Presents, Arnhem, Netherlands.

J. Morgan Puett’s early work forged new territory by intervening into the fashion system with a series of storefront installations and clothing/dwelling projects in Manhattan in the eighties and nineties, then produced a long series of research installations on the histories of the needle trade systems in museums around the world. More recently tagged, her work has been innovative in the realm of ‘social engagement’ and the Mildred’s Lane Project continues to forge new ground, citing that being is profoundly a social and political practice. She is the recipient of The John and Marva Warnock award 2014,the United States Artists Simon Fellow Award 2011, the Smithsonian Institution Artist Research Fellowship 2009, the Anonymous Was A Woman Award 2005, the PEW Charitable Trust in Philadelphia 2005 amongst others. Her work is in the Tate Modern in London, The Fabric Workshop and Museum of Philadelphia and in the Museum of Fine art, Philadelphia.

Rebecca Purcell's work exists in the spaces between things, between artist and stylist, writer and note-maker, past and present/present and future.
Regardless of medium, Purcell's method is to take what is at hand, elevate deficits to attributes, and then find cohesion by altering her perception. She very rarely discards; she reinvents, incorporates… or adds.
Navigating in this liminal state, Purcell has immersed herself in the world of styling, art, design and handcraft for over thirty years. Starting with numerous careers in display and several adventures in design, she spent the years 1995-1999 specifically making and showing art in NYC.
A pioneer in the Past-Present aesthetic, Purcell was visual director and co-creator of the groundbreaking A.B.C. Home from 1990-1997. Followed by styling and art direction for several home design companies, working primarily with the much-cherished Anthropologie catalog 1999-2003, 2007-present.
Purcell wrote an interiors book in 1996 that was one of the first to feature the Past-Present aesthetic in its current incarnation; "Interior Alchemy" (William Morrow).

Kathleen Schneider was born in Proctor, Vermont. She received a BA in Studio Art from the University of Vermont and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently lives in Winooski, Vermont and New York City, makes her work in both places, and is a Professor of Sculpture at the University of Vermont.
Past solo and group exhibitions include: A.I.R. Gallery, New York; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton NJ; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln MA; Fleming Musuem, University of VT; Provincetown Museum and Art Center, Provincetown MA; Tolbooth Art Center, Kirkcudbright, Scotland, 2B Gallery, Budapest Hungary; American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York;

Fraser Taylor was raised in Glasgow, Scotland and is an interdisciplinary visual artist who lives and works in Chicago. He founded THE CLOTH, 1983 – 1988 with David Band, Brian Bolger, and Helen Manning. The Cloth was an interdisciplinary design studio founded to facilitate movement between fine art and design projects. The Cloth designed textile collections for fashion designers in London, Paris and New York. Clients included: Betty Jackson, Paul Smith, Yves Saint Laurent, Bill Blass, Calvin Klein and Nicole Miller. The Cloth produced their own ready to wear collection, sold in Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Fred Segal, Isetan, Seibu, Browns, Harrods and Liberty of London. Graphic design and corporate identity clients included: Quartet Books, Vintage Books, Random House Publishing, Saatchi and Saatchi Design, Rapier Marketing, Wolf Owlins, Columbia Records, Step Electronics, Rusk International, Interview Magazine and Condé Nast. Since 1983, Taylor's work has been exhibited extensively internationally and nationally including projects like 2013 Interface, in collaboration with Rashaun Mitchell, Baryshnikov Art Center, New York; at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and many others.


Sarah Amos

Mike Andrews

Emily Barletta

Jodi Collela

Liz Collins

Elizabeth Fram

Wylie Sofia Garcia

Amy Honchell

Rebecca Purcell

J. Morgan Puett

Jeffrey Jenkins in collaboration 

Kathleen Schneider 

Fraser Taylor


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