June 10 – July 29, 2016
Friday, June 10
Opening @ 5:30-8:00 PM
Juror introduction of artists and discussion @ 6:30 pm
Friday, July 29
Closing Party @ 5:00-8:00 PM
Artists’ Talks throughout the evening
The artists whose work is included in the exhibition live and work in Ohio and the four surrounding states of Michigan, Indiana, western Pennsylvania, and western New York.
Juror Amy Gillman’s selections for the David E. Davis Prize for Excellence in Art:
First Prize – Steve Totin, Node No. 9 (of mother standing in the flooded basement), 2015, red oak, maple, poplar, walnut, ipe wood, pedestal torched stack, 26 x 21 x 21 in.
Second Prize – Jennifer Whitten, Illusion Shatterer, 2015, glass culture tubes, wooden handle, vintage textile, nylon thread, glass seed beads, leather, paper (color copy of vintage textile), glass cabochon, 2 x 8 x 18 in.
Third Prize – Jacquie Kennedy, Seven Days X Seven Weeks, 2016, steel mesh and enamel, 3/4 x 36 x 36 in.
Amy Gilman, Associate Director, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Toledo Museum of Art
Selecting works for The Sculpture Center’s exhibition After the Pedestal was a pleasure for me both personally and professionally. I very much enjoyed my time getting to know the breadth and quality of work being produced by artists in this region, very few of whom I was familiar with prior to this experience.
It is always a difficult to make final decisions about what to include, and this was a particular challenge to me as I became increasingly familiar with the work. Being the juror in exhibitions such as this is one is a complicated task. Making judgments from still images, about unfamiliar work, and without additional context can be daunting. From the initial pass through of all the entries to refining the final selection, the overarching goal is to single out the highest quality, irrespective of media, and to end with a group of works that highlight individual achievements and also hang together as an exhibition.
I was pleased and honored when Ann Albano invited me to select this exhibition, and I would like to thank Ann and the rest of The Sculpture Center staff for including me in this process. Finally, I want to acknowledge and thank all the artists who participated, both those included in the exhibition and those whose work didn’t make it this time. Your work enlivens all such exhibitions as this, and for that, I thank you.
Amy Gilman was named associate director of the Toledo Museum of Art in January 2011. In this role, she facilitates implementation of the Museum’s strategic objectives, leads a fellowship program to mentor museum leaders of the future, and coordinates major initiatives from the director’s office. Gilman first came to Toledo in 2005 as curator of modern and contemporary art. Since then, she has acquired important works for the collection by Mary Sibande (South Africa), Petah Coyne (US), Fred Wilson (US), Rona Pondick (US), Romuald Hazoume (Benin) and Marisol (Venezuela), among others. She also has been involved in the artist-in-residence program at the Glass Pavilion (artists worked with include: Radcliffe Bailey, Erwin Redl, Beverly Fishman, and Jim Lasko). She regularly curates exhibitions including 2011’s Small Worlds, and as co-curator of Play Time in summer 2015. She holds a BS from Northwestern University in Performance Studies, and MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, and a PhD in Art History from Case Western Reserve University. Previously she worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, and at Columbia College Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography.