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Opening Events for the 2013 Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show

Cross-stitch closeups of erotic imagery, photographs of nudes cradled in rock formations, altered vintage dolls, video and stop-gap animation, paintings, prints and detailed drawings - this year's Kinsey Juried Art Show is, by crowd consensus, most impressive.

The exhibit features 94 out of 924 contemporary works of art submitted by artists from six countries. According to Kinsey Curator Catherine Johnson-Roehr, this was a record high for the number of submissions the show has received, with 200 more artworks submitted than in previous years.

Jurors for the 2013 show were Nan Brewer, curator of works on paper at the IU Art Museum, Betsy Stirratt, director of the Grunwald Gallery of Art and Catherine Johnson-Roehr, curator of art, artifacts and photographs at The Kinsey Institute.

All artworks selected for the Juried Art Show are also eligible for awards chosen by the curators and the gallery visitors on opening night.

This year's "Best in Show" was awarded to the the stop-action animation video titled “Together; Animator, Animated” by photographer Robin Carlson. The Curators' Choice award went to Michael Brohman's cast bronze piece, "Labor Intensive." And attendees at the opening night reception selected Erin Randle's photograph, "The Position," as the Gallery Visitors' Choice.

Artists Gather for Show & Tell

Eleven of the artists represented in the Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show spoke about their work at the Show & Tell event on Saturday afternoon at The Kinsey Institute. Each artist discussed their own choice of media, subject matter, and personal experiences and interests.

We are grateful to all who illuminated us with their work, and their words.

Left to right: Chris Freeman, Erin Randle, Kirk Richard Smith, Robin Carlson, William Cox, John Paradiso, Chuck Drumm, George Larson, Jordan Schulman, John Gutowski, Therese Shechter. Photo by David Ettinger.
  • Kirk Richard Smith of South Bend, IN uses found objects and images to create a new narrative.

  • Jordan Schulman, Chicago, IL, is creating a personal series reflecting on his experience with cancer. His images reveal vulnerability, the body and medical processes.

  • Artist Jordan Schulman discusses his photographs appearing in the 2013 Juried Art Show at Saturday's Artist Show & Tell
  • William Cox, Auburn, ME, is creating a book based on his series, I am a Cutter. Included are essays by women who self-injure and who reveal their painful narratives of self-loathing.

  • Erin Randle of Chicago, Il, is exploring ideas of gender and expectations, and curious about how others interpret her compositions.

  • John Paradiso, Brentwood, MD, created a quilt of wood panels based on the story of Sam Steward, a contact of Alfred Kinsey’s who documented his active sexual life in the mid-20th century. Samuel Steward Ohio Star (with self-portrait) includes pornographic images from the Internet embedded in the traditional homemaker’s craft.

  • Robin J. Carlson, Evanston IL, uses stop-gap motion and props to create a stilted, time-conscious video installation to represent the artist's concerns about maternity and human interaction. Doll-heads are awkwardly manipulated by the nude figure. Robin's video entry was awarded Best in Show at the 2013 Juried Art Show.

  • Therese Shechter, Brooklyn, NY, is an artist, videographer and journalist, who combines these interests in The V-Card Diaries. People are encouraged to submit their ‘lost my virginity’ stories, which are loaded into an interactive website. Her film, “How to Lose Your Virginity,” is based on this project.

  • Chuck Drumm of Huntsville, TX is self-taught in a variety of media, such as quilting, cross-stitch and here, birdhouse construction. The sweetness of the exterior contrasts with the image inside the box, a woman shamed by “poor feminine hygiene.”

  • Artist William Cox speaking about the themes that infuse his work.
  • Chris Freeman, Portland, OR, likes to challenge the expected with actual experience. Using himself as the actors, he pulls from pop-culture (this video uses actual dialogue from a Star Trek episode) to expose stereotypes in gender roles, masculinity and inequalities.

  • John Gutowski of Ann Arbor, MI,returns to scenes and everyday iconic Americana from his youth to reclaim and rename them in a gender-queer representation, creating an acceptance that did not exist in his childhood experience.

  • George Larson has recently returned to painting, and his work in the show represents the role of technology in people’s lives. Can you ‘love’ your iphone?


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