The Studio Collective is a group of politically and socially engaged artists working in Westchester County, NY. The Collective’s primary body of work consists of three projects: Our River, Our Village and Our Library. The members began collaborating in 2012 and previous exhibitions were held at the Hastings Village Hall Gallery and The Orr Room at the Hastings Public Library in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. In 2013 the Studio Collective participated in Relating Symbols: Contemporary Prints for the Day of the Dead, an exhibition and printmaking workshop at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY.
A retrospective exhibition opens on June 13, 2018 at The White Plains Library Gallery in White Plains, NY and runs through July 31.
Our River includes work in various disciplines: artist book, collage, drawing, multi-media, photography, and printmaking, that addresses the global issues of energy, land and water use, along with the local history of the Hudson River’s industrial pollution and clean up. A projection of how the future might look has been a constant discussion among the group, who found inspiration in Pete Seeger’s accomplishments as the leader of the movement to restore the health of the Hudson River. Art historian Juliana Krienik contributed the exhibition essay.
For Our Village the group members created new work to express their personal feelings about the importance of community in the village of Hastings-on-Hudson. The project includes drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, photography, and paper installation. An exhibition was held in the Village Hall.
Our Library is the group’s current project. The artists will each create a series of work that describes their relationship to public libraries.
I am a naturalized American citizen from a country with no public libraries, let alone a free public library system. Perhaps this is why I am intensely appreciative of the rare endowment, more than those to whom it is just one more permanent birthright.
This is not so. What is given can be taken away. In the sixty years I am living in this great nation, this foundation which champions free thought and good literature is under tremendous pressure to close. The shutting door is already a reality in England and it could happen here.
If not for this vibrant institution, which offers unbiased information and access to great voices of the past, my life in this country would be totally unthinkable, especially in my profession as a visual storyteller. It is my home away from home.
“Our Library” is a single candle, a reminder of how important it is for this beacon of democracy to remain vibrant in this darkened horizon of our time.
Our show is born of this concern.
Isabella Bannerman is the Monday artist for the daily comic strip “Six Chix”, syndicated by King Features. She has won awards for her work from: The National Cartoonists Society, The Union of Concerned Scientists, and The Newswomen’s Club of New York. Isabella’s artwork has been in many publications, including Glamour, The New York Times, The Funny Times, and World War 3 Illustrated. There are two book collections of her single panel cartoons: Paciﬁsts in Bomber Jackets, and Cartoons for Caregivers. Before working in comics, Isabella was an animator and a set painter, contributing to animated television commercials, as well as to Mtv, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and the children’s TV show, Doug. Ms. Bannerman holds a BFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute. The prints and paintings Isabella has produced with the Studio Collective reﬂect her interest and attachment to the Rivertowns.
Diane Brawarsky earned a Masters in Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts, in 1978. Exhibitions include Katonah Museum of Art, Hudson River Museum of Art, Albright-Knox Museum and Berkshire Art Museum. Gallery representation includes: Gallery IMA, Seattle, Washington; Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT; Amy Simon Gallery, Westport CT; Katherina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY; and Kelly Barrett Fine Art, Boston, MA. Ms. Brawarsky’s work is part of private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant in 1978. From 1993 – 1998 Ms. Brawarsky worked as a scenic artist and designer for The Paper Bag Players where she was strongly influenced by the company’s founder and director, Judy Martin. Observing Ms. Martin’s creativity and playfulness with color and materials has been invaluable to Ms. Brawarsky’s work as a scenic designer and fine art painter.
Pepe Coronado was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and currently resides in New York City. Coronado is a founding member of the print collective Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA, founder of Coronado Print Studio, and was a resident teaching artist at the Hudson River Museum in New York. He has taught printmaking at the Corcoran College of Art; Georgetown University; and at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where he earned the Master of Fine Arts. Coronado was a master printer for Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, Maryland; the Hand Print Workshop International in Alexandria, Virginia; and the Serie Print Project in Austin, Texas. He has been a visiting artist at Self Help Graphics in Los Angeles.
Coronado’s most recent solo exhibitions include Interactions: Borders, Boundaries and Historical Relations of the US/DR, White Plains Public Library Gallery, NY; Boundaries, Curated by Margaret Moulton, The Hastings Village Arts Commission Gallery, Hastings on Hudson, NY; Projects Photo / Prints, Gallery 410 GooDBudY, Washington, DC; Construcciones – Obstrucciones 2005 – 10, Casa de Teatro Santo Domingo DR for the PhotoImagen Biennial and at the Center for the Digital Arts, Westchester Community College, NY, curated by Lise Prown; Obstrucciones, Gallery 101, Georgetown University, Washington DC and Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Group exhibitions include My Home Is Not Your Backyard, curated by Oshun Layne, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Resilience: Reclaiming History and the Dominican Diaspora, co-curated by Moses Ros-Suarez and Jonathan Goldman, IDB Cultural Center, Washington DC; Tyranny’s Tear: Mending a Dominican Trauma, co-curated by Linda Cunningham and Moses Ros-Suarez, Bronx Art Space Gallery, Bronx, NY; Crossing Boarders at Arts Westchester Gallery, White Plains, NY, curated by Kathleen Reckling; Superreal at El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado; El Panal/The Hive, Trienal Poli-Grafica de San Juan Puerto Rico, curated by Deborah Cullen; 6th international Printmaking biennial of Douro, Portugal, curated by Nuno Canela; and Directions: DC Contemporary Latino Art, Frida Kahlo Gallery, Cultural Institute of Mexico, Washington, DC, curated by Laura Roulet.
Coronado’s work is in many collections including The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Archives of American Art, The Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios; CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, City College of New York City; El Museo del Barrio; El Museo Latino; Georgetown University, Lauinger Memorial Library of Rare Books and Prints Collection; The Library of Congress; The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation; The Federal Reserve Board of Governors Art Collection, District of Columbia Government: Arts and Humanities Commission; and El Paso Museum of Art and Mexic-Arte Museum.
Barbara King is a mixed media, installation artist who was born in Syracuse, NY. She obtained her MFA from Hunter College and was recognized with the William Graft Award for her thesis show. Ms. King graduated from the University of Buffalo with a BFA in Printmaking and was the recipient of a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship. Recently, solo exhibitions of her work have been presented in the Narthex Gallery at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City, NY and at Andrus-on-Hudson, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Ms. King has been included in group exhibits at Gallery 66 NY in Cold Spring, NY, and Blue Door Gallery in Yonkers, NY. She has exhibited with The Studio Collective in The Orr Room at the Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library and at the Hastings Village Hall Gallery.
Gina Randazzo, born in New York City, earned a BFA from New York University where she studied photography and film production. Ms. Randazzo’s photographs have been exhibited in numerous group shows at galleries and museums across the United States, including the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York; A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; Pen and Brush in New York City; Phoenix Gallery in New York City; Umbrella Arts in New York City; The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, New York; School 33 Art Center in Baltimore; The Women’s Studies Research Center Gallery at Brandeis University in Boston; ArtsWestchester in White Plains, New York; The Hammond Museum in North Salem, New York; The Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana; Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon; Atlanta Photography Group in Atlanta; Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, Connecticut; Platform Gallery at University of California Santa Barbara; Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago in Chicago; MPLS Photo Center in Minneapolis and The Garrison Art Center in Garrison, New York. A solo exhibition of her photographic series entitled “Shopping” was presented at Center For The Digital Arts, Westchester Community College in Peekskill, New York.
Ms. Randazzo is a member of the Directors Guild of America. Her film and television production credits include work as a First Assistant Director for three seasons of “Law & Order”; Key Second Assistant Director on “Eight Men Out” directed by John Sayles; “Cadillac Man” directed by Roger Donaldson; three seasons of “Law & Order”; three seasons of “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd”; “Strictly Business”; “Creepshow 2”; “The Appointments of Dennis Jennings”; “Tales From The Darkside”; and numerous 1980’s independent films.
Caldecott Medalist Ed Young is the illustrator of over ninety books for children, eighteen of which he has also written. Born in Tientsin, China, Ed Young grew up in Shanghai and later moved to Hong Kong. As a young man, he came to the United States on a student visa to study architecture but turned instead to his love of art. Young began his career as a commercial artist in advertising and found himself looking for something more expansive, expressive, and timeless. He discovered all this, and more, in children’s books. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Young has since taught at the Pratt Institute, Yale University, Naropa Institute, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 1990, his book Lon Po Po was awarded the Caldecott Medal. He has also received two Caldecott Honors – for The Emperor and the Kite and Seven Blind Mice – and was twice nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the highest international recognition given to children’s book authors and illustrators who have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature. In 2016 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators and “The Cat From Hunger Mountain”, which he wrote and illustrated, was named one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016. In 2017 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Young lives in Westchester County, New York, with his two daughters, and his cat.