Sunday, May 31, 2020

Ai Weiwei MASK Join the artist in raising funds for Human Rights Watch, Refugees International, and Doctors Without Borders

Ai Weiwei MASK
Join the artist in raising funds for Human Rights Watch, Refugees International, and Doctors Without Borders
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, celebrated artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei has launched Ai Weiwei MASK, an art project offering face coverings hand printed with iconic images of Ai's life-long campaign for free speech and individual rights. 

All sales proceeds will benefit COVID-19 emergency humanitarian and human rights efforts led by Human Rights Watch, Refugees International, and Médicins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Until June 27, Ai Weiwei MASK artworks will be available exclusively on Iconic images including those from his Study of Perspective series and Sunflower Seeds are silk-screened by hand on non-surgical cloth face masks, in the artist's studio in Berlin.
With Ai Weiwei MASK, the artist uses an object synonymous with our times—the face covering—as a canvas, and turns to a familiar medium, the internet, to provoke wide public engagement and call for citizen-led response. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the deadliest threats facing humanity since World War II, and its consequences fall most heavily on children, the sick, the elderly, and the poor and marginalized, including migrants, refugees, and those living in conflict zones around the world. The world’s 71 million refugees are among the most vulnerable, and the humanitarian and human rights challenges of this pandemic are its most vivid emergency. Ai Weiwei MASK calls for a collective response from society to support the emergency COVID-19 efforts of leading humanitarian NGOs.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a humanitarian crisis. It challenges our understanding of the 21st century and warns of dangers ahead," explains the artist. "It requires each individual to act, both alone and collectively. Our small individual acts become powerful when they are part of the social response. An individual wearing a mask makes a gesture; a society wearing masks combats a deadly virus. And a society that wears masks because of the choices of individuals, rather than because of the directive of authorities, can defy and withstand any force. No will is too small, and no act is too helpless.

Ai Weiwei MASK is curated as an independent project by Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Asian Art and Senior Advisor of Global Arts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. For further information, please contact

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Pérez Art Museum Miami Acquires Yanira Collado's Work, Emerson Dorsch



Pérez Art Museum Miami Acquires Yanira Collado's Work

MAY 26TH, 2020

Pérez Art Museum Miami acquires Yanira Collado's & Untitled / sumando lineas for Pecolia Warner, 2019 from Emerson Dorsch for their permanent collection.

The museum made an extraordinarily meaningful gesture last week with the acquisition of artworks from seven leading Miami galleries. We are proud to stand among them. PAMM’s initiative shows great leadership in supporting the ecosystem that produces great art in our city.  René Morales, PAMM’s chief curator and director of curatorial affairs, said, “It would be hard to overstate the importance of our local art galleries to Miami’s cultural and economic well-being. We hope this gesture will inspire others to support these spaces (and others) during this challenging time. We are all in this together.

All of us at the gallery would like to express our heartfelt thanks to PAMM’s curatorial team: René Morales, Maria Elena Ortiz, Jennifer Inacio, Maritza M. Lacayo, and Franklin Sirmans. Leadership matters most with stalwart support, so thanks as well to PAMM’s Collectors’ Council, Acquisitions Committee, and Board of Directors.

The artwork PAMM acquired is Yanira Collado’s Untitled / sumando lineas for Pecolia Warner,” an assemblage installation she made for Fragment, a group show at the gallery last year. The installation concerns the poetics of cultural remembrance. We are also proud to announce that the gallery now represents Yanira Collado. We very much look forward to sharing our deep appreciation of this artist and her vision with you.


Yanira Collado is a conceptual artist who is “interested in concepts that allude to the restoration of things once muted due to the paradoxes in time.” She was born in 1975 in Brooklyn, NY, and then moved to the Dominican Republic when she was three with her mother. From the age of 10 to about 14 she moved back and forth between Santo Domingo and Miami frequently, until in 1992 she attended high school at Miami’s New World School of the Arts. She later received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited widely in Miami and around the country.

Collado’s artist residency fellowships include Bridge Red Art Center, North Miami, FL (2013-present), Project Row Houses, Houston, TX (2015), Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL (2020), and the Joan Mitchell Foundation residency in New Orleans, LA (2020). She was awarded an Ellie Creator Grant from Oolite in 2019, first place in the 2013 South Florida Biennial at the Art and Cultural Center/ Hollywood, FL and was named a Joan Mitchell Foundation fellow in 2018. Her work has been featured in numerous group shows, including Penumbras: narrative of presence, Project Row Houses, Houston (TX);  Monarchs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL (2018); Penumbras, PRIZM Art Fair (2018); Connectivity, Deconstruction, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL (2018); Transmissions, The Franklin, Chicago, IL (2016); Dirt, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL (2016); and Ascent: Black Women’s Expressions, Nova University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (2015). Her work was pictured in’s Critic’s Pick, to accompany the review of Fragment, a group exhibition at Emerson Dorsch. In 2016, Collado had a one-person exhibit at Museum of Art + Design at Miami Dade College, in collaboration with Bridge Red Studios, and she had solo exhibitions with Under the Bridge and Farside Gallery in 2018. An interview with her by Onajide Shabaka was published in BOMB Magazine in 2019. Collado is represented by Emerson Dorsch Gallery.

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Emerson Dorsch
5900 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, Fl  33127

51st Annual Cottonwood Fall Art Festival October 3-4, 2020

    51st Annual Cottonwood Fall Art Festival
October 3-4, 2020
Click Here to Apply
Application Deadline 6/1/20
 Call to Artists 

What: 51st Annual Cottonwood Art Festival  - Fall 2020
Where: Richardson, Texas
When: October 3-4, 2020
           Saturday 10am - 7pm | Sunday 10am - 5pm 
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 There's An Art to Having Fun!
*Ranked in the nation's top ten art festivals every year
*230 participating artists
*2-day load in for all artists - Thursday and Friday
*Boy Scouts on site to help unload and load
*Strong Social Media Presence
*Friday Night Artist Party with Dinner, Drinks and Entertainment
*Booth Sitting throughout the weekend
*Artist Hospitality Area - with snacks, water, coffee and artist only restroom
*Host Hotel with good artist rates
*Marketing to DFW metroplex, north Texas, digital, print, radio, tv, major billboards  
*24-hour security with strong police presence
*Festival brochure with artist name, booth number and location
*On-site Wather Monitoring and Communication System
*Great community support
*Free admission and free parking 
*Bi-annual event in May and October 
*Jury $30
*Booth Fee: $475; flat booth fee - NO commissions!  

COVID-19 Policy: Guaranteed Full Booth & Electric Refund if Cancelled due to COVID-19

Cottonwood Art Festival is located in Richardson, Texas where artists exhibit their work among towering oaks with lakeside beauty. This award winning event has been ranked one of the best fine art festivals in the nation and continues to uphold its extraordinary reputation as a first rate show. 2020 marks the 51st anniversary for this extraordinary event. Sponsored by The City of Richardson, Cottonwood Art Festival is a showcase for a large variety of fine art and fine craft, live entertainment, a Friday night gala for the artists and guests, a children's art area and much more round out this perfect weekend in the park!

Now Accepting Applications on ZAPP
Deadline: June 1, 2020
Notification: June 19, 2020
Booth fee: July 3, 2020
For more Information go to:
Contact Serri Ayers, Festival Director at or call 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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Birds Make the Best Headlines
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 4pm – 5pm

Have your friends been asking questions about birds? It seems like everyone wants to know: Are birds doing better? Are they singing more? What’s that bird at my window?

Amidst so much uncertainty, birds are having a moment—online, in news headlines, and on-the-ground at local parks and sanctuaries. Join National Audubon Society President and CEO David Yarnold, along with bird experts from New York and Connecticut, to discover some of the incredible and interesting ways people are finding joy through birds.

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Blackburnian Warbler. Photo: Shirley Donald/Audubon Photography Awards