Tuesday, January 31, 2023

The Warhol Announces Staff Appointments


The Warhol Announces Staff Appointments

Two photos: Ani Martinez, who is wearing a black dress, stands in front of a wall covered with The Pop District logos in various colors.Christian Lockerman, who is wearing jeans, a white button up shirt, and black suit coat, is standing in front of a gray background while leaning on a video camera on a tripod with his left elbow. To his right is a lighting set up.
Anneliese Martinez and Christian Lockerman, photos by Abby Warhola
The Andy Warhol Museum has appointed Anneliese Martinez as senior director, The Pop District and Christian Lockerman as executive producer and senior director, external affairs. Both assumed their roles in 2022.

Before joining The Warhol, Martinez founded A Martinez Consulting, where she consulted on many projects including The Warhol Project, which later became The Pop District. She was also the field director at Remake Learning and program director & associate at The Sprout Fund.

Martinez holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and Cultural Theory from Temple University. Her community involvement includes holding board positions with the Partnership to Advance Responsible Tech (PART), City of Bridges High School and Never Fear Being Different (NFBD). She is also the co-founder of the Pittsburgh Learning Collaborative.

“I grew up in these museums and I’m a long time North Side resident,” said Martinez. “It’s a thrill to invest in my city and my neighborhood in such a foundational way.”

Lockerman co-founded Lockerman Studios in 2006, Maverick Visuals in 2013 and co-founded LOOK Creative Guild in 2018, serving as executive producer. He has held producer, director, director of photography and editor roles where he has developed, produced and directed unique film and video content; created and consulted on moving image and social media marketing strategies; and cultivated client relationships.

Lockerman holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and human and natural ecology from Emory University and a Master of Arts in communications from Georgia State University. He has held research and teaching positions at Georgia State University and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and served a year as the visiting artist in cinematography at Point Park University.

“Our city’s commitment to supporting the arts is one of the main reasons I returned to Pittsburgh to make it my home. And The Warhol is a big part of that civic commitment,” said Lockerman. “I am honored to join the team supporting Warhol’s legacy, influence and vision. And I am especially excited to contribute to the education and creative development of our young, local artists and creators to help bring The Pop District to life. I hope we can provide some inspiration, so the next generation of creators feels comfortable calling Pittsburgh home and turning their creative gifts into careers right here in our city.”

“Anneliese Martinez and Christian Lockerman bring skill sets uniquely attuned to The Warhol’s future as we evolve to be ever more relevant to our community and the needs of future generations,” said Patrick Moore, director of The Warhol. “Their experience in education, workforce development and digital production represent a new model for museum leadership.”
The Andy Warhol Museum
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Additional information about The Warhol is available at warhol.org.

The Warhol receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.4 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.
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The Andy Warhol Museum
One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh



night vision

Night Vision (2) detail, 2020, 47 x 57 in. overall,  @ Fiby Wildforest, Uppsala, Sweden.



January / March 2023 online


PREVIEW HERE https://www.connersmith.us.com/exhibitions/maria-friberg

CONNERSMITH is pleased to present “Silent Revolution”, an online exhibition of photographs by Maria Friberg. As visual artist, feminist, and environmental activist, Friberg has imbued her art with pioneering environmentalist subjects for two decades. In this selection of signature works the artist critiques power structures and industrial practices. With captivating imagery, she denounces the destruction of ancient ecosystems through widespread deforestation, the overconsumption of material goods, and inequities in modern society.


“We just entered a new epoch, if you think about the Stone Age, the Iron Age, etc. Now it’s the Human Age. We need more wild animals and more nature, but humans affect the planet the most; we change the environment and the planet’s future. Whether we are talking about environmentalism or about feminism, it’s always about justice for all. It’s both scary and hopeful that we can really do something positive. I believe in art as a bridge to each other – a universal language whereby we can understand our differences and create change.”

– Maria Friberg
Gallerists Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith explored the development of environmental themes in Friberg’s work in a recent discussion with the artist.


Read the interview HERE.

silent revolution

Silent Revolution (2) detail, 2020, c-print, 60 x 43.25 inches.

Monday, January 30, 2023

A Collaborative Juried Exhibition A Collaborative Juried Exhibition Huntington Arts Council & Huntington Historical Society

A Collaborative Juried Exhibition 
Huntington Arts Council 
& Huntington Historical Society

Interpretive Sights: Art in Facts

Submission Deadline: June 5, 2023
Jurors: Lauren Brincat, Wendy Curtis, Karli Wurzelbacher
July 21 – August 26, 2023

The Huntington Arts Council, in collaboration with our neighbors The Huntington Historical Society, invites artists to participate in Interpretive Sights: Art in Facts. Interpretive Sights will seek to tie together the relationship between art and history through direct inspiration of select artifacts and historical documents representing Huntington’s storied history. Works should create new experiences of the archival material through various media and techniques. Entries will draw inspiration directly from one chosen object (per work) of the six selected from the Huntington Historical Society’s Collections. Images and descriptions of the artifacts are detailed below. For more information on the jurors, download bios here.

The historical inspirational objects from the HHS collections will be on display and available to the public to view in-person at the Conklin Barn, 2 High St, Huntington, NY 11743. All are welcome.

Questions regarding the viewings should be directed to Emily Werner at collections@huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org
Launch Viewing Reception
Thursday, February 2nd
Light refreshments will be provided
Additional Viewing Hours
Friday, February 3rd
Additional Viewing Hours
Saturday, February 4th
Artifacts and Historical Documents 
Use these items as inspirations for submissions. 
c. 1904
19th Century
For questions email Sarah McCann, smccann@huntingtonarts.org
About Huntington Arts Council
Now celebrating our 60th year, the Huntington Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which enriches the quality of life of Long Islanders with programs and services that address the needs and interests of artists, cultural organizations and the community. The Council's programs reach over one million Long Island residents, and it serves the entire region with its cultural listings at www.huntingtonarts.org. The Huntington Arts Council has been designated a "Primary Institution" by the New York State Council on the Arts, a title meaning "vital to the cultural life of New York State." The Council is the official arts coordinating agency for the Town of Huntington, and serves as the primary regranting agency on Long Island for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), in addition to its services to over 600 member cultural organizations and individual artist members. Programs are made possible in part by funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Town of Huntington, the Suffolk County Department of Cultural Affairs, the County of Suffolk, corporations, foundations and individuals.
Huntington Arts Council | info@huntingtonarts.org | huntingtonarts.org

Saturday, January 29th, 2023, Shooting the South Shore of long Island. A seal group basking off of Cupsoque Beach, Westhampton, and a Swan form a near by creek are featured.

Swan in the Creek, Saturday January 29, 2023. 

Friday, January 27, 2023

Artists Charles Wildbank launches and new website!


My website "wildbank.com" has been given a new look this year, with a more streamlined look and ease of navigation.

The linking pages include: about, gallery, events (to be announced soon), newsletter signup (for new signups), press, and contact.

Hope you enjoy my website's new features!

Wildbank speaks on his 50 years of portraiture and shares his insights  on some of his super-sized prized portraits in video below...

For more current social media news bites on Wildbank's more recent art works, please visit his FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM accounts. Clicking the words facebook and instagram will instantly take you there.


The At of Ecological Awareness: NOAA Fish News Highlights January, 2023