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BAA Fellowship Show call for art

Berkshire County college art majors are invited to apply for the 2018 juried Berkshire Art Association Fellowship Show. Up to $5,000 in prizes will be awarded to college art majors whose work is selected.

The Fellowship is open to Berkshire County residents enrolled as art majors at any college in the country, as well as to non-residents majoring in art at a Berkshire County college — Berkshire Community College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Williams and Simon's Rock.

The show will run from April 6 to 28 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield. The awards reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. April 6 during First Fridays Artswalk.

The submission deadline is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. Submission is online via baafellowship2018.artcall.org. Artwork submitted for the jury must be available for the April show.

For additional information, visit www.berkshireartassociation.org or contact fellowships@berkshireartassociation.org.



Williamstown

Sam Gilliam exhibit at WCMA


"Sam Gilliam In Dialogue" marks the debut of Williams College Museum of Art's recent acquisition of "Situation VI-Pisces 4" (1972), a nearly 40-foot polypropylene painted multiform that defies conventional definitions of sculpture, architecture and painting.

Originally created for exhibition at the Galerie Darthea Speyer in Paris, "Situation VI-Pisces 4" can be draped over sawhorses and ladders, or suspended by rawhide from the ceiling in order to cascade through a painted wooden structure and pool into waves of color on the gallery floor. The size of the installation invites dialogues with the people and works of art surrounding it. In the spirit of Gilliam's experimental practice, this exhibition will see a complete reinstallation of the gallery space three times, bringing both the work and the words of 13 different artists in and out of conversation with Gilliam's signature work, sparking different themes and interpretations.

The first installation, "Race + Representation," acknowledges Gilliam's groundbreaking presence in American art. On view from Feb. 15 through April 22, this rotation addresses the difficult relationship between race, representation and individual artistic practice head-on, putting "Situation VI-Pisces 4" in dialogue with the work of Willie Cole, David Hammons, Barkley L. Hendricks and Kara Walker.

The second installation, "Form," symbolically shifts the conversation from race to architectural form. On view from April 26 through June 3, it positions the Gilliam with sculptures by Melvin Edwards, Sol LeWitt and Robert Morris, as well as a painting by Joan Mitchell. This installation explores how these works of art use space and industrial materials architecturally, sculpturally, and as forms of experimentation.

"Topographies of Color," on view from June 7 through Sept. 3, focuses on the visual, spatial and emotional power of color. Joining "Situation VI-Pisces 4" are a poured polyurethane work by Lynda Benglis, a stained canvas by Helen Frankenthaler, vertical stripes of color in paintings by Gene Davis and Morris Louis, and floating shapes of color in a Jules Olitski painting.






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