Reception: Saturday, September 28th from 1-3pm
The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the opening reception for a selection of works by Mike Howat. The exhibition and reception will take place in the Bernier Room, in suite 135 at the Rochester Community Center, on Saturday, September 28th from 1-3pm. The public is encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Mike Howat is a painter working out of Concord, NH. Howat earned his B.F.A. with a painting concentration from New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2014. Since graduating, Howat has been actively engaged in the growing New England art scene and shows regularly with Kelley Stelling Contemporary, Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden and other galleries in the region. His work explores themes of Americana, urbanization, and memory. He focuses on painting, but works routinely with large-scale graphite drawing, monotype printmaking and etching.
June 1 - September 28th, 2019
Christa Blackwood is a photo, text and installation artist working with themes related to identity, gender, history, and popular culture. Her visual voice was developed while a student at New York University, when she began producing street art such as the poster, Butcher knives (1991), a work that addressed issues of sexual violence.
A chilling juxtaposition of billboard-like close-ups and text from poet Michelle Kotler, Butcher knives, was plastered all over the streets of New York City on the evening the William Kennedy Smith verdict was announced. The posters timely and provocative appearance resulted in heightened critical attention for Blackwood, including an invitation to join the Women's Action Coalition (WAC) from renowned artists and scholars, Kiki Smith and Lucy Lippard.
Her works employ multiple techniques and methods, fusing traditional, historical and alternative photographic processes with contemporary practices, street art and clandestine installations at cultural institutions. Blackwood received her Masters in Studio Art from New York University and Bachelors in Classics from The University of Oklahoma. She has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad her work has been featured in several publications including The New York Times, ArtDesk Magazine, The Austin American Statesman, The Austin Chronicle, New York News day, The Village Voice, and The Chicago Sun Times.