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The Stories that Shape Us: Karine Kadiyska & Sandra Mayo

The Stories that Shape Us: Karine Kadiyska & Sandra MayoRunning from February 24, 2017 to April 2, 2017 in the Holzwasser Gallery.

NAC faculty member Karine Kadiyska and NAC student Sandra Mayo look inward and to the past to explore identity through quiet and expansive figurative works. For Kadiyska, the figure is ephemeral, moving from presence to absence in surreal sculptures and installation pieces that contemplate the inner self and the soul. Mayo explores her connection to the past through monoprints and collages from her “genogram” series that use a system of symbols to describe and expand upon familial connections and her place within the larger pattern of family history.

Join Sandra Mayo on March 4 at 1pm for a hands-on Genogram workshop. Genograms are pictorial family trees used in medicine, psychiatry, and social work, which, through a system of marks and symbols, illustrate hereditary patterns and provide insightinto the character of individual relationships. Each genogram has its own pattern built upon the deepest and most basic human relationships. For Adults and Teens, GR 7-12. Learn more and register here.

Closing Reception: Friday, March 31, 6-8PM

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In Flawed Abundance

In Flawed AbundanceRunning from April 7, 2017 to May 6, 2017 in the Main Gallery.

The International Encaustic Artists (IEA) and the New Art Center in Newton (NAC) join together to present In Flawed Abundance. Juried by Miles Conrad of Conrad Wilde Gallery and organized by IEA Exhibitions Co-Chair Lola Baltzell.

This exhibition explores the riddle of living, the struggle to be content with the moment, with what is. Rather than wishing things were different -- not wanting what we have, wanting what we don't have, Mr. Nepo points to the deep truth that everything we need is right before us. Encaustic painting lends itself perfectly to this concept of here and now. There is an immediacy to encaustic which suits an intuitive style of working and its inherent translucent characteristics readily express a wide range of subject matter.

About the Juror: Miles Conrad is an artist, educator, and curator who has been active in the encaustic community since 1992. He was recently awarded the IEA Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 La Vendéene Awards Banquet. Mr. Conrad is the founding Director of Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson, AZ. Since 2005, his gallery has been host to nationally acclaimed exhibitions celebrating abstraction and innovation; including an esteemed Annual Encaustic Invitational. He is the creator of Miles Conrad Encaustics, an internet-based supplier of encaustic paint, tools & supplies based in Tucson, AZ where he also teaches comprehensive workshops in encaustic technique.

Miles currently works from a studio granted by the Artist-In-Residence program at Process Museum in Tucson, Arizona. He received the Tucson Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Society ’Award of Excellence’ for his work in the Arizona Biennial 2011. His work is included in the Occupy Museums project, Debtfair, to be exhibited at this year's 2017 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 6-9PM

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Interplay: The Arts of Engagement

Interplay: The Arts of EngagementRunning from April 7, 2017 to April 22, 2017 in the Holzwasser Gallery.

The New Art Center (NAC) is pleased to partner with Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media, and Design to showcase the work of four graduate student artists: Mark C. Aylward, Aiwen Cheng, David Cohn, and Hannah Groudas. Working across sculpture, drawing, installation, video, and animation, these artists playfully illustrate the broad scope and unique sensibility of this new program.

This exhibition serves as a capstone to the students’ first year in the program. Each student visited NAC and worked with their advisor to propose a project responding directly to both the site and the community. Their proposals were reviewed by guest curator Susan Metrican who helped them refine and scale their projects for exhibition.

About the Guest Curator: Susan Metrican is the Rosalie and Jim Shane Curator and Director of the Arts at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center where she develops exhibitions for the Kniznick Gallery and creates educational programs to enhance exhibitions. Susan is a co-founder of kijidome, an experimental project space and collaborative based in Boston’s South End, and maintains a studio art practice. Her work nationally and throughout the Boston area. She holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 6-8PM

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Art from Nea Kavala

Running from April 25, 2017 to May 6, 2017 in the Holzwasser Gallery.

Volunteer Kayra Martinez is working to aid displaced refugees living in Nea Kavala, in Northern Greece. As part of her humanitarian efforts, she runs workshops which provide children with art supplies and a safe space to express their emotions. Martinez is sharing their stories and artwork in hopes of raising awareness of their incredible journeys.

Opening Reception: May 6, 2-4PM

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The Creative Process 2017

The Creative Process 2017Running from May 20, 2017 to June 17, 2017 in the Main Gallery.

The Creative Process is the New Art Center’s annual student and faculty exhibition featuring work by artists of all ages. Anyone who makes art at NAC is encouraged to contribute a piece! Submissions for the 2017 exhibition are due by Saturday, April 29 at 5PM.
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Once completed, drop-off at the NAC main office, or email to

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