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April 25, 2013

CAA is calling all artists

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---- — The Cooperstown Art Association has announced two upcoming juried shows, the 22nd annual Regional Art Exhibition, “Essential Art,” and the 78th annual National Art Exhibition. Both prospectuses can be downloaded from The CAA website,

To request a prospectus by mail, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to National and/or Regional Exhibition, Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown, NY 13326.

The Regional Show is open to artists 18 years of age and older who live in New York. The show offers $2,000 in prizes. The works of art themselves will be juried; no slides will be accepted for this show. The delivery times are between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27. The show will runs May 3 through May 31 with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 3. The 22nd annual Regional Art Show, “Essential Art,” is being juried by Kristen Henderson and Alice Brewton Hurwitz.

Henderson began her fine art studies under Taro Yamamoto, a descendant of the Hans Hoffman School of painting, in Eastham, Mass. Henderson went on to pursue art more formally at Sarah Lawrence College where she studied painting with Ursula Schneider and sculpture with Nancy Bowen. In 2000, Henderson participated in NYC’s largest outdoor public art exhibit, “CowParade,” in which fiberglass cows adorned the city. Henderson’s cow, “sMOOch,” sponsored by Estée Lauder, stood adjacent to the Plaza Hotel in Grand Army Plaza. In 2010, she became director the Cherry Branch Gallery in Cherry Valley where she hosts monthly exhibits and poetry readings. Henderson is working on a documentary film about a little-known jazz pioneer.

Hurwitz retired in 2006 from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Film and Television Department and moved to Cherry Valley in 2010. Educated at the University of Florida, the University of North Carolina, the University of Southern Mississippi and NYU, she pursued a career teaching art in North Carolina, Mississippi and Arkansas before moving to New York City to experience the art world firsthand.

While studying for her Ph.D. at NYU, she directed an art gallery in the East Village. Later, influenced by film students, Hurwitz recognized that documentary film was an appealing story-telling medium, according to a media release from CAA, and she began researching an old family story that became the basis of “Lillie & Leander: A Legacy of Violence,” which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Hurwitz is now back to painting.

The National Juried Exhibition accepts original work in all fine art mediums; no commercial reproductions or crafts will be accepted. To enter this show, artists must send slides or CDs of their work. The deadline is May 15. Up to $3,500 in prizes will be awarded. The show will run July 12 through Aug. 16 with a preview party from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 12. Awards will be presented at 6 p.m.

This year’s juror is John Magnan. Magnan is a second-career artist living and working in the Waterfront Historic District of New Bedford, Mass. He creates wood sculptures, mixed-media corporate and private installations, solo exhibitions, and performances. A lifelong woodworker, he began his artistic career in 1995 and earned his Master in Fine Arts degree in sculpture from UMass, Dartmouth. Previously, Magnan completed a 28-year career with the National Security Agency in Maryland. In addition to his MFA, Magnan holds a master’s degree in national security strategy from The National War College in Washington and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Niagara University. His artwork has twice been featured on CBS News Sunday Morning.