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Juried Art Program

How to exhibit at the library

Exhibition is on display September 2 to September 29, 2023.

About the Artist:

Maryanne Buschini is from Valhalla, NY and has lived and worked in the Philadelphia area since 1980. Her art degrees include:  BFA from Kansas State University; Master of Arts in Teaching Visual Arts from University of the Arts; coursework, workshops and graduate work at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; graduate Critical Theory courses at the Barnes Foundation. An experienced artist and art educator, she has taught art at the high school and college level in the Philadelphia area. In 2021, was awarded an art residency at Bethany Arts Community in Ossining NY, had artwork juried into the Art of the State at the Museum of the State of Pennsylvania, and the Woodmere Museum 80th Annual Juried Show.  She has had recent solo shows at Main Line Unitarian Church, Abington Art Center, Media Arts Council. Her painting has been featured and received awards at The Plastic Club, Cosmopolitan Club, TriState Artists Equity, PAFA fellowship, Upstream Gallery.  She maintains a painting studio in Phoenixville PA, resides in Malvern PA with her husband John Odell, they have 2 sons, and a new grandson.

Artist’s Statement:

Body of work -investigating the history of the land where the Kensico Reservoir sits, and the series of communities – including current residents,  workers who provided the labor for construction, the residents of the village of Kensico – the remains of which are submerged under the water, and exploring the indigenous beginnings of this area of land.    Researching into the history of this large project, many of the artworks have resulted from putting together pieces of information; family history, history of the cultures and peoples who have lived on the land used for the reservoir, a communities need for water and its own way of creating migration.

Exhibit Art at the Library

Artists who are interested in exhibiting at the Harrison Public Library, Bruce Avenue, Harrison, NY for approximately one month during 2024 are invited to submit samples of their artwork for review by a Juried Art Committee sponsored by the Harrison Council for the Arts.

Twelve artists will be awarded one person shows by our jury, with three alternate artists chosen as well, should unexpected circumstances prevent artists from exhibiting according to schedule.  Group shows (2, 3 or 4 persons) will also be considered provided these artists register and submit work together.  Please note for group shows, all entrants must be chosen. 

If you are interested in competing for one of these shows, please bring samples to the Community Room, Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Avenue, Harrison, NY on Friday, May 12, 2023 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  All artists must pick up their samples on Saturday, May 13, 2023 between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Two-dimensional art only is eligible and the samples must be in the form of two different pieces of the actual art (preferably framed), 12 copies of the art either in the form of 35mm slides, photos, prints or on computer disk (all different/representational of the artist’s work), and a resume. 

Please review the Art Exhibit Guidelines and Agreement.  If you choose to participate, you will be notified of the jury’s decision by mail no later than June 30, 2023.  If awarded exhibit time, you will be asked to call Kenji Kaneshiro at the Library and provide him with three choices for a monthly exhibit in 2024 (first come-first served).  If Kenji is not available when you call, please leave a voicemail message with your three choices 914/835-0324.  Kenji will confirm your exhibit date by mail and at that time you will be asked to sign the Art Exhibit Agreement which must be returned immediately.  The applicable fee is due three months prior to the exhibit date (see the Guidelines). 

If you have any questions, please contact Kenji Kaneshiro at the Library 914/835-0324 [email protected] (alternate contact is Connie Perrotta, Harrison Council for the Arts Juried Art Program volunteer at 914/315-1922 [email protected]).

To be considered as an exhibitor, your work must be reviewed and approved by our distinguished jury formed by invitation from the Harrison Council for the Arts:

HOPE FRIEDLAND is a native New Yorker. As an undergraduate she majored in Ceramics and was selected to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. She attended Columbia University for her master’s degree and upon graduation took additional graduate credits in Florence Italy. For many years she has taught watercolor classes to adults in Scarsdale and Mamaroneck. Hope is the director of The Westchester Artist Guild. This large group of local artists gather weekly, paint, exhibit and do critiques together. She was the co-president of the Northern Westchester Watercolor Society. As an award winning visual artist she paints in watercolor, works in mixed media and recently became interested in creating artists books. Her works are on display in local exhibits throughout the year. In Hope’s words “I love attending workshops, learning new techniques and sharing my knowledge with others.”

TRACY GILMAN, a B.F.A. and M.S. graduate of Pratt Institute, currently teaches Studio Art and Ceramics at Harrison High School. Prior to teaching in Harrison, Ms. Gilman taught in various museums and alternative educational settings, joining the New York City public school system in 1999. She has been a working artist since 1995, having shown her work throughout Westchester, New York City, Detroit, Sweden and Japan. Ms. Gilman was a founding director and exhibiting member of the Rider Project, a mobile art gallery in New York City, as well as an original member of Fakework, an Artist Collective. Ms. Gilman is a Board Member of the Harrison Council for the Arts, the Castle Gallery of New Rochelle, and maintains active memberships in the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts, the National Arts Education Association and the New York State Art Teachers Association.

FRANK SIERZEGA, a graduate of Harrison High School, received his B.A. from Fredonia College. He continued his studies at the College of New Rochelle and the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, with illustration being his main focus. Mr. Sierzega has worked as a freelance artist and was employed as a full-time graphic artist with J.A. Sexauer, Inc., Scarsdale, NY. He has been working with pastels for several years and has come to appreciate their immediacy and intensity of color.

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