Alice Denison at the Cape Cod Museum of Art

Breaking the Mold
On View Mar 31 2016 – Jun 12 2016
Cape Cod Museum of Art

The Cape Cod Museum of Art presents its first open national juried exhibition, titled, “Breaking the Mold: Inspired by Innovation,” to inaugurate their 35th Anniversary celebrations, opening on March 31, 2016.

Juror Mim Brooks Fawcett, Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA, has selected 35 artworks from 718 submissions by 277 artists residing in 29 different states. At the opening reception on March 31, she will announce her four “Juror’s Best” awards. Awardees will be given recognition on the museum’s website and in social media.

Ms. Fawcett commented, “. . .jurying the Cape Cod Museum of Art’s debut national juried exhibition . . . was both an honor and a challenge. Each piece was carefully examined for its mastery of technique and execution, message, creative approach – and crosschecked against the show’s theme. Did the work stand out for its originality? Did it touch upon time-tested roots, yet push the envelope? In the end, the 35 selected pieces stood out for their no holds barred character, dared to be distinct in some way, shape or form and (despite a unique persona) had a provocative relationship to the other 34 mold breakers. All submitting artists are to be commended for their strong entries. It was a pleasure meeting each piece and connecting with the range of exciting work that each artist put forward. Finally, I congratulate the chosen 35 for standing out in a highly competitive crowd. Keep on walking to your own drummer.“

As part of the 35th Anniversary celebrations of the museum, this exhibition features artwork that breaks the bounds of tradition in diverse ways. Carolyn Conrad, from Sag Harbor, NY, surprises the viewer in Maybe Cape Breton by presenting an image that seems to be an outdoor landscape, when in reality it is a photograph of a handmade staged construction. A beautifully-crafted metal, plastic and crystal sculpture by Holland Houdek, from Iowa City, turns out to be modeled after a medical implant, Atlas Posterior Column. And a ceramic teapot, by Ron Mello, turns into a moving vehicle. There is a broad variety of imagery, mediums, and messages in this exhibition that will appeal to a wide range of viewers. (Please see images below.)

The 35 selected artists are, from 16 states:

Denise Buckley, OH

Robin Cass, NY

Carolyn Conrad, NY

Darcy Dangremond, MA

Alice Denison, MA

Jessica Dupuis, NC

Tanya Fletcher, ME

Diane Francis, MA

Shaina Gates, PA

Amir Hariri, NY

Howard Hastie, MA

Holland Houdek, IA

Colleen Kiely, MA

Dimitrina Kutriansky, IL

Keith Lewis, WA

Kandy Lopez, FL

Ron Mello, MA

Tatyana Ostapenko, OR

Joseph Ostraff, UT

Colin Poole, NM

Margaret Realica, CA

Diana Mari Rossi, CA

Abby Schmidt, PA

Wendy Seller, MA

Lauren Skelly, NY

Jeff Stauder, MA

Deborah Stenberg-Service, CA

Gin Stone, MA

Kate Sullivan, MA

Susanne Taylor, MA

Stefania Urist, CT

Randy Van Dyck, ID

Peggy Wyman, MO

Laurence Young, MA

Micah Zavacky, IL

Juror: Mim Brooks Fawcett

Since July 2006, Mim Brooks Fawcett has been the Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA, where she has focused her efforts on providing outstanding and diverse exhibitions and art programs. She holds degrees in the visual arts, graphic design and cinema. She has also served as an educator at Northeastern University and Boston University and as a corporate Art Director.