He displays work in Philadelphia, Georgia, Costa Rica, and Japan
Curlee Holton, professor of art and director of the Experimental Printmaking Institute, will be participating in exhibitions in Philadelphia; Georgia; San Jose, Costa Rica; and Osaka, Japan.
From April 30–May 30, Holton’s solo exhibit, Witnessing, will be on display at the ArtJaz Gallery in Philadelphia. A preview and reception will be held 6-9 p.m. April 30 at the gallery, 53 North Second Street.
The exhibit features paintings, drawings, and prints focusing on people of multicultural communities in daily routines. It is through Holton’s observations and life experiences that he becomes a “witness” and, as an artist, conveys that insight to the world.
“This germination occurs from a personal history, cultural perspective, or the larger universal human phenomena,” he says. “The artist/author witnesses the world through this lens and the work of art is the testimony of that witness. The artist is witness; the viewer is witness; the art object is witness.”
Holton is organizing and curating an exhibition of art by printmakers in Osaka. Running June 5-22, The Figure and Space, An Intimate Relationship will be held at the Gallery AMI&KANONO. Participating artists include Native American artist Kay WalkingStick, Priscella Romero of Costa Rica, Karima Muyaes of Mexico, and Amze Emmons from Muhlenberg College.
“As the curator of this exhibition, I selected artists who have a unique form of visual articulation that also reveals how they see their role in society as well as the cultural significance of their creative practice. The artists come from different countries, personal histories, and cultural perspectives; however, they capture the universal human condition in both abstract and realistic ways,” says Holton.
The Centro Cultural of San Jose will present an exhibit of Holton and New Jersey artist Janet Taylor Pickett’s work from June 21-July 21. The exhibition is sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Embassy.
Holton’s art also will be featured in the exhibition The Message is in the Medium, Experimental works from the Archives of EPI beginning July 17 at The LaGrange Art Museum of Georgia. The exhibition was organized by Susan Ellis, director of programs at EPI.