Pre-pandemic, artists of all stripes from the Nassau, Suffolk, and metro New York area were invited to submit landscape imagery, which could embrace seascapes, cityscapes, garden scenes and woodland, rendered realistically or abstractly.
Exhibition juror Karli Wurzelbacher, Ph.D., selected 40 works out of the 196 submitted. Dr. Wurzelbacher notes: “This exhibition showcases paintings, photographs, works on paper, digital art, and mixed media works that respond to our environment. Whether meticulously recorded or evoked through abstraction, the landscape-based artworks on view include everything from places that appear virtually untouched, to suburban scenes and densely built cities. The group exhibition celebrates the range of our individual and collective interpretations of the stunning, intricate, and mysterious world we inhabit.”
Award of Excellence winners are: Rose Ann Albanese, “Soft Silent Surf”, oil; Shain Bard, “Driving Home on the Jericho”, oil; Ivan Frisch, “Street Fair”, acrylic. Honorable Mention winners are: Paul Mele, “Knickerbocker”, photograph; Daniel Van Benthuysen, “Roof of Our Garage and Houses Up the Street”, oil; Stuart Friedman, “Three Elements in a Dream”, mixed media.
About the Juror: Karli Wurzelbacher joined The Heckscher Museum of Art as Curator in August 2019 and is an active scholar in the field of twentieth-century American art. Prior to her position at the Heckscher Museum, Wurzelbacher served as curatorial research fellow at The Baltimore Museum of Art, where she contributed to the first exhibition and publication on Jack Whitten’s sculpture and to a forthcoming Joan Mitchell retrospective and book.
As assistant curator at the Hunter College Art Galleries Wurzelbacher co-curated the exhibition Times Square Show Revisited. In curatorial roles at the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, she contributed to exhibitions on the work of Charles Burchfield and Murray Jones, among others. Wurzelbacher earned a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Delaware, where she also taught classes and curated the exhibit American Graphic: Picturing Social Change in the 1920s and 1930s at the University Museums. She holds an M.A. in Art History from Hunter College, CUNY, and B.A. degrees from the Ohio State University. Her research and exhibitions have been supported by the Corning Museum of Glass, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, the Keith Haring Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.