Annual Juried Exhibitions 2013

Annual Juried Exhibitions 2013

›› About Off the Wall
›› About Community of Artists
›› About Picture This!
›› Gala Reception
›› Work Pick-Up Info

June 9–August 4, 2013

About Off the Wall Juried Exhibition

Each year the Danforth Art’s Juried Exhibitions showcase new and exciting contemporary work created by both emerging and established member artists. Juried annually by a renowned curator, Off the Wall communicates a unique curatorial vision, and has been reviewed in Art New England, artscope, The Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix and in numerous on-line publications. It also receives wide-spread attention from curators and gallery owners, and is visited by a growing number of collectors who have the opportunity to purchase original work

View Off the Wall Exhibition Catalog (PDF)

Jurors' Statement

The Danforth’s annual Off the Wall is a rare and important breed of exhibition. It brings together an enormous range of work by 96 artists, unified by the thread of locality and this museum. In this, Off the Wall stresses a key, and sometimes overlooked, ingredient in art making: the power of a community. As a curator, it is an aspect of the art process that I especially value and rely upon. It is this shared sense of purpose of working to create and present great art in all forms that frames each and every work and each of our lives within this field.

On display here is the collective voice of an established and growing community of makers and thinkers engaged here in visual dialogues about material, craft, ideas, and their shared histories.
It was an honor to be this year’s juror. It allowed me to see a large swath of artwork being made regionally that, once again, reaffirmed my belief in the strength of this artistic community. Although choosing an artwork without knowing the artist’s name or other work can be stressful and feel out of context, it also has a strange benefit of a freedom from expectations and preconceived notions, and allows one to simply look.
I hope you do the same in the gallery and look closely at the work on view. In the mix you will find a number of daring experimentations with materials—including paint and clay as well as paper, rubber tires, and duct tape. Photography finds its way into painting in unexpected ways, as collage and painting embed themselves into the mechanical process. This blending continues into the very sense of genres—of landscape, portraiture, and still life images—which are cleverly rethought by a number of artists. And while this selection of artists remains critical of their own art practices and histories, there is evident a clear regard for craft and the joys of making with skill.

I would like to thank all of the artists who submitted work this year for all their hard work and dedication. Thank you to Katherine French, Director, Jessica Roscio, Assistant Curator, and the entire Danforth staff for organizing this show, this year and very year prior. It is a huge undertaking and one done with exceptional skill, humor, and thoughtfulness.

This Year's Juror

Dina Deitsch is Curator of Contemporary Art at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Prior to deCordova, she held curatorial positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  

Off the Wall Prize Winners

1st Prize

Elizabeth Alexander
Face Shield, 2011
plastic face shield, paper, glue

2nd Prize

Clint Baclawski
Shangri La, 2013 and Zion, 2013
archival pigment print,
neon/clear plexiglass, aluminum


3rd Prize

Anna Valdez
Doris, 2012
Oil on panel

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
Sarah Wentworth, So Cal, 2013 and Key West, 2012
Michael Frassinelli, Pianista Mandala, 2012
Luca De Gaetano, Interior Design, 2012                            
Christina Pitsch, Flora of Fauna, 2013
Joo Lee Kang, Pattern of Life #4, 2012 and Festoon with Nature #3, 2012
Gessica Silverman, Love Note, 2012

About Community of Artists Juried Exhibition

Work included in Community of Artists is chosen by Museum Director Katherine French after selections have been made for Off the Wall. French selected 150 works from 133 artists for this year’s exhibition. “Juried exhibitions at the Danforth help establish careers,” says French. “Work from past shows has been selected for other museum exhibits, purchased by private collectors, or helped artists find gallery representation. Off the Wall and Community of Artists represent Danforth Art at its best—proof that we need look no further than our own back yard to discover great work. While many museums pursue a global focus, Danforth Art is committed to its immediate community.  Each year we showcase some of the very best contemporary work being produced within New England—and beyond—and invite everyone to participate in this exciting activity.”

View Community of Artists Exhibition Catalog (PDF)


This Year's Juror

Katherine French was recognized by the New England Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) for curatorial excellence in 2007 and was named Best Curator of Locally Made Art at the 2010 New England Art Awards.

About Picture This! Juried Exhibition

Picture This! is Danforth Art’s third annual juried exhibition showcasing new and original artwork created by picture book illustrators.  Selected works will be exhibited in our Children’s Gallery, which is dedicated to the art of picture book illustration.

View Picture This! Exhibition Catalog (PDF)


This Year's Juror

Joann Hill is currently Art Director at Disney•Hyperion Books in New York.  During her career she has been fortunate to work with illustrators including David Wiesner, Betsy Lewin, Maggie Smith, Andrew Glass, and John Rocco.

Picture This!: View List of Selected Artists (PDF)

Picture This! Prize Winners

1st Prize

Jason Cheeseman-Meyer, Spirit and Sinew

2nd Prize
Anna Raff,mWorld Rat Day—Rats

3rd Prize
Mary DePalma, Fly

Gala Reception

Off the Wall opens concurrently with other juried exhibition, A Community of Artists, and Picture This!, on Saturday, June 8 from 6:30 - 9pm, with curatorial presentations and presentation of juror awards promptly at 7pm. This gala event is supported by Danforth Art patrons, and attended by artists with an invited guest, as well as curators, gallery owners and collectors from throughout New England.

Work Pick-Up for OTW / COA

Return of works for OTW and COA will be held:
Sunday, August 4, 5-7 pm
Monday, August 5, 12-4 pm
Tuesday, August 6, 12-4 pm

Wednesday, August 7, 12-4 pm

Thursday, August 8, 12-4 pm

Friday, August 9, 12-4 pm
Sunday, August 11, 12-4 pm

Please note there WILL NOT be pick-up on Saturday, August 10


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