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March 27th - April 4th

UnTeaching is a week long exhibition that celebrates the profound value of arts in education through free programing and ground breaking artworks. Teaching artists will come together to create an inclusive, constantly evolving space where arts and community intertwine to create something new! In such a way, the space is constantly changing: “breathing” with each participant who comes in and out of the UnSpace. Rather than entering into a white wall gallery space, each participant has the unique opportunity to engage, physically, with the artwork and leave behind their unique fingerprint. UnTeaching will become a reflection of us all. 

Gallery will be open from 12-5 daily

Workshops are free and open to ALL

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Join One Art Spark from 1pm - 3pm on Sunday, March 31st for a creative making session of Umbilical Fiber Necklaces. Umbilical Fiber Necklaces (from our “Reimagining Materials“ project) are derived from the repurposed fiber necklaces. The medium is repurposed fiber and wire hangers.

Corinne Amato and Leela Le Nouri of One Art Spark

“Teaching and creating in community are necessary actions for me to engage in - vital like breathing. Both teaching and creating require a practice of consistent questioning and an openness to information in unexpected spaces. I am the recipient or witness of teachings far more than the bearer of knowledge. This is the art I co-create through Open Art Spark.”

Transforming materials typically unwanted into something precious, desirable, even magical, is what she endeavors to share through Open Art Spark. To encourage each of us to view our surroundings with a fresh perspective, a process that can transform beyond art and into each part of our lives, to create strong community at home and in the workplace.

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Join Siobhan from 3-5 on Sunday, March 31st for a DIY Filmmaking Workshop! Using minimal materials participants will learn how to make their own animated films using simple supplies and technology most already have.
Participants will download a free animation app and learn how to secure their tech. They will learn basics of animation that will allow them to continue animating at home!

Siobhan Cavanagh

Siobhan is delighted to be serving as an Education Liaison with Marquis Studios! She has a passion for exploring a wide diversity of art forms and loves to share that passion with others. As an arts educator and administrator, Siobhan has seen the impact of media making and creative expression and strives to make this experience accessible to all students! Originally beginning her career in filmmaking, Siobhan studied Film Production and Theater at Ithaca College and was part of the inaugural class of the Fierstein Graduate School of Cinema. This has shaped Siobhan’s approach to arts education which incorporates both process and theory. She has been taught with a variety of organizations including the New York International Children’s Film Festival, Museum of the Moving Image, BRIC, The Little Animation Studio, Geek Forest, and Teachers College of Columbia.

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Join Melani on Sunday, March 31st and Tuesday, April 2nd, for a Movement Workshop, cumulating in a final showcase on Wednesday, April 3rd from 5-6pm.

Melani De Guzman

“Art education is extremely important for the cultivation of every student’s whole essence. I believe that everyone has within themselves the same potentialities as the professional artist, but perhaps a larder degree. Everyone has intellect, emotion, spirit, imagination, ability to move, and educable responses. Every normal person is equipped with the power to think, feel, will, and act. Anyone can dance within the limits of their capacities. To bring this to the realization of our youth necessitates an approach that is based on these fundamental human capacities. I strive to research and play with how I can help keep the creative impulse alive into the realities of adult life with heightened power and more enlightened purpose. I strive to contribute to the larger aims of art education- the developing of personality through conscious experiencing. I believe that it is only art that all aspects of a human’s complex nature are united in expression.”

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Elise Deringer and Mackenzie McBride will be offering a poetry workshop with art making on Friday, March 29th from 6-8 pm.

Elise Deringer

“Every child is born with the capacity to create. It is only by the lack of exposure and encouragement that people believe that they can't draw or aren't musical (for example). Arts education is critical because it instills a kind of critical thinking and problem-solving, self-discipline, patience, and imaginative muscle that is lacking from most elements of conventional academics. The ability to learn to play an instrument, compose a photograph, paint, or dance, whether or not these creative practices are continued into adulthood, provide a framework for experiencing the world that is more complete. Knowledge of the arts and experience as a maker give children permission to explore all aspects of themselves in a new and powerful way.”

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Join Jodie from 6-8 pm on Monday, April 1st for a performance lecture and art workshop: Junkanooacome: Help Jack(ie) in the Green build Pitchy Patchy.

Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow

Lyn-Kee-Chow, artist and adjunct faculty professor has been responding to current societal issues with performance, installation, and community oriented works taking on the role of a storyteller, influencer, and teacher by instilling togetherness and collaborating to find complete stories answering to what has been lost through time, displaced, and erased. Being an ‘other’, a ‘minority’, person of color, woman, immigrant, of a certain socio-economic or marginalized group has shaped her perspectives and outlook on these issues. With avid research based on the histories of places, and ones heritage, she can’t help but to (re)claim, (re)tell, and (re)educate on the forgotten stories through art.

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Elise Deringer and Mackenzie McBride will be offering a poetry workshop with art making on Friday, March 29th from 6-8 pm.

Mackenzie McBride 

“We spend so much time teaching children to do math and science, to read and write, but we spend almost no time teaching them how to express themselves or how to process their emotions. In this way, we need art more than anything else. Through art, students find endless ways in which to express themselves, to express their joys, their defeats, their goals etc. I've seen students who are otherwise silent in class become suddenly animated when doing theater. I've witnessed students suffering from depression who are unable to speak about it but want to write about it in a poem; and suddenly not only is poetry a resource they have discovered, but it's a resource for teachers who need to better understand the emotions of their students. Arts education opens students up, it introduces new channels of expression, it even helps fuel creativity within STEM programs. It should be the foundation of our educational system, rather than a mere afterthought.”

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Micheal will host a Rhythm workshop on Friday, March 29th from 3:30 - 5. On Saturday, March 30th, he invites you to join him for Families + Everyone and Sound Meditations,. On Wednesday, April 3rd he will host a final show from 5-8!

Michael Morales

Michael Morales is a master teaching artist working with D75 and PS students in New York. He has proposed to run an open workshop geared towards teachers, artists, singers, dancers, musicians, videographers, and anyone interested to experience the power of rhythm and learn to unlock it. Each Rhythm Workshop is led with a live band and can also serve as a straight up fun jazz funk fusion performance.



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Join Jennie on Friday, March 29th from 12-3pm for a public workshop in papercraft— participants will learn how to create paper flowers, leaves and bugs. They will create one piece for themselves and add one piece to the wall garden.

Jennie Thwing

“I am an installation artist and animator. I teach animation at Farmingdale State College SUNY and have led workshops on stop motion in partnership with organizations like The Bartol Foundation, the Fleisher Teen Lounge, The Center for Emerging Visual Arts Senior Partnership Program, The Queens Council for the Arts Senior Partnership Program and other arts organizations. The nature of stop motion lends itself well to community workshops because most animations require many hands. It is also the type of shared process that sparks conversation. My work and process has grown from working with others. I have learned to reach out when I need help. I love hearing and animating other people stories. Prior to teaching I worked in a very insular way.” 

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Julieta Varela will be hosting a mindfulness workshop on Tuesday, March 26th from 5-7 pm and on Wednesday, March 27th from 6-8. All are welcome to attend.

Julieta Varela

“Arts education has given me freedom, critical thinking, exploration, curiosity and much healing. I am eternally grateful to the teachers that nurtured my creative process, and my goal as an arts educator is to inspire my students to access and grow their own sense of self by spending time with their imaginations and exploring different modes of expression through art making practices. Arts education breeds creative problem solving, introspection, and curious observation that I think are fundamental to healthy and constructive members of society. It is empowering to witness your emotions, visions and observations translated from your minds eye to a work of art that can witness others. My hope is that my students can become confident visual story tellers, believing in their right to take up space as artists who's visions are worth being seen and heard.”

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We launched the unspace on february 14th, 2019 in collaboration with curator, artist and educator Mary Lempres.

 
 

Our inaugural exhibition, Hidden in Plain Sight, featured 5 emerging female artists who are actively reimagining and challenging how we see the everyday. They reclaim craft and textile arts, challenge traditional painting head on, and employ symbolism, art historical reference, story telling and popular assumptions of beauty in order to tell a new story. We like to imagine what is going on in each of their heads— a mind like that is never bored. Rather, they must walk into an empty, white room, their familiar studio, or, even, a packed subway car and fill it with vibrating, brilliant narratives and techno colored, tactile dimensions.

 
 

We were honored to host the these talented women:

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Ho Chan is a Taiwan born artist, currently studying Painting at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

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Abby Cheney is an artist from Baltimore, MD, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in 2018, and her BA in English and Studio Art from Kenyon College in 2014. She constructs sculptures from recycled materials to explore our interaction with memory. Her use of discarded cardboard and paper packaging highlights the value of the banal in our lives. The versatility and limitations of cardboard and paint in her work enable the creation of clumsy, yet endearing renderings of abstract experiences and relationships.

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Rachel Gisela Cohen is an artist, independent curator and educator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA in painting and drawing from Pratt Institute and her BA in Art History and Studio Art from Drew University. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, COPE NYC and the Tyler School of Art. She has exhibited works at Pierogi Gallery's The Boiler, Montclair Art Museum, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Standard Projects and the Crane Arts Center of Philadelphia.  Please join Rachel for her upcoming solo exhibition on March 1, 2019 from 6-9pm at Thomas Hunter Project Space at Hunter College.

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Talia Levitt (b 1989, Brooklyn NY) is completing her MFA at Hunter College in May 2019, and received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. She is the recipient of the Rhode Island State Council for The Arts Grant in Painting, 2016, The Kossak Travel Grant, 2018, and the Hunter College Goldberg Presidential Scholarship. She has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, VT and Rancho Linda Vista, AZ. Her work indulges in the sumptuousness and the properties of paint, while investigating the gendered, paradoxical history of still life painting as it pertained to European genre hierarchy and similar lingering contemporary distinctions.

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Nikki Mehle (b.1991, Youngstown, OH) is an oil painter whose works involve images of birds, animals, and humans within complex patchwork-like environments. She has a deep interest in patterning, storytelling, and femmage -as coined by Miriam Schapiro. She believes in allowing images to appear quickly (in the manner of dreams) but rendering them slowly and carefully with oil paint. She has received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Hunter College. She was awarded a Kossak Painting Grant, and she has participated in Brashnar Creative Project Residency in Skopje, Macedonia. She is a 2019 recipient of a New Works Grant from Queens Council on the Arts.

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Sofia Zu’bi is an artist and curator currently living and working between New York and New Jersey. She was born in 1993 in Newport Beach, CA and studied at both Art Center College of Design and Pratt Institute with a BFA in Painting and Art History. Sofia has been represented by Linda Matney Gallery for five years and has had frequent shows in Jersey City and New York. She has sold her artwork around the world and is part of major private collections. She is currently working on her first children’s book, Sawdust. NYA Gallery will host Sofia’s first solo show, presenting her completed book and large scale paintings for the month of August of this year.