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NYPOP Emerging Curators Series II: Nature Loves Courage

January 15 – March 6, 2015

Monroe-Brown Gallery

Jeff Barnett-Winsby, Holden Brown, Lisa Fairstein, Jeff Kurosaki + Tara Pelletier, Jelia Gueramian, Guillaume Legare, Michelle Leftheris, Dana Levy, Clement Valla, Francesco Vizzini

Curator, The Wassaic Project

"Nature Loves Courage" brings together a group of emerging New York City artists who step boldly into the outside.  The work interprets nature through the lens of the City and deals with the untamed natural world, constructed landscapes, and human interventions.  Taking psychedelics proselytizer Terence McKenna's famous adage as its title, the exhibition features artists who investigate the processes through which nature is manipulated and mediated -- living in it, changing it, improving it, and fighting it.

The Wassaic Project, a 501c3 non-profit organization, exists to provide a genuine and intimate context for art making and strengthening local community by increasing social and cultural capital through inspiration, promotion and creation of contemporary visual and performing art.

The Wassaic Project is an incubator for emerging artists located in the historic hamlet of Wassaic, NY. The Wassaic Project is comprised of five programs: Exhibitions, Residency, Summer Festival, Education, and Community Engagement. Their Annual Exhibition, installed in a seven story grain elevator, showcases exceptional emerging artists. The Wassaic Artist Residency Program brings 10 emerging artists to Wassaic every month to live, work, and engage in a dynamic and cooperative critique environment. The Summer Festival is free to attend and features emerging talents in music, film, dance, visual, and performing art. The Education Program encourages and facilitates creative problem solving by bringing professional artists to lead workshops in our local public school, and by offering youth programs in our exhibition space to explore, discuss and create contemporary art. The Community Engagement Program consists of year-round community events and the restoration and stewardship of historic buildings in Wassaic, NY.

Bowie Zunino, Eve Biddle and Jeff Barnett-Winsby are Founders and Co-Executive Directors of the Wassaic Project. They have curated performance at Mass MoCa, spoken on panels at Open Engagement, Storm King, The Aldrich Museum, and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation's Studio-X. The have also served as visiting artists at Columbia University, The City College of New York, Parsons The New School for Design, and School of Visual Arts.

Bowie Zunino is a social practice artist and educator. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Sculpture and holds a BA in Psychology and Studio Art from Williams College. She has worked with Creative Time, The Go Project, and Readnet Bronx Charter School.

Eve Biddle is an artist and has worked with Philadelphia Mural Arts, Indianapolis Arts Council, LAND Studio Cleveland, Dieu Donne Papermill, and NYCares. In collaboration with her husband, Joshua Frankel, she has created over 16,000 square feet of public murals across the country. She holds and BA in Art History from Williams College.

Jeff Barnett-Winsby is an artist and community organizer with an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Photography. He has exhibited internationally and his first book, Mark West and Molly Rose, was published in 2010 by J&L Books. He has served on the faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Rhode Island. He recently completed a residency at Little Brown Mushroom's Camp for Socially Awkward Storytellers.