Gallery of Contemporary Art Presents 'Botanical Dreams & Nightmares'

News Story: April 1, 2010
"Possy" by Roxanne Faber Savage of Fairfield, CT.
Paper lithograph with monoprint

The opposite of a dream is a nightmare, and these two opposing views are the subject of a new exhibit opening at Sacred Heart University’s Gallery of Contemporary Art on Sunday, April 25, 2010.  “Botanical Dreams & Nightmares” will feature the works of over 30 artists, including media such as painting, photography and sculpture.  The exhibit will open with a reception on Sunday, April 25, from 1 – 3:30 PM, featuring jazz provided by the Carol Sudhalter Duo.  This exhibit runs through May 26.

After a cold dormant winter and with the beginning of spring our thoughts turn to flowers, shrubs, herbs and grasses that begin their natural cycle of growth. This plant life or flowering of our surroundings affects our emotions and gives us a sense of wellbeing, a kind of lightness reflected in our clothing as well as our spirits.

As we enter a new age of genetically altered plants, it seems we have the capacity to permanently change much of what has happened naturally, and these “botanical dreams” have the potential to become nightmares.  A call to artists for submission of works that explore the topic of botanical dreams and nightmares yielded many diverse approaches and media.

These 36 works by 32 artists were selected by juror, Cynthia Roznoy, Ph.D., currently the curator of exhibitions at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut. Dr. Roznoy received her Ph.D. from Graduate Center/CUNY. In 1999 she was appointed branch manager and curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art in Stamford, a post she held until 2001. Dr. Roznoy has organized more than 20 exhibitions.

"Mechanical Botanical 3" by Francine Funke of Stamford, CT.
Photographic combine inkjet print

Works range from drawings and paintings to photography, light boxes, embroidered felt, monotypes, silkscreens, clay and many combinations of the above. Artists represented in the exhibit include: Sara Augenbraun, Elizabeth Surbeck Biddle, Janice Bielawa, Donna Callighan, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Libby Collins, Christopher Curnan, Jennifer Davies, Ann Evans de Bernard, Liz Dexheimer, Anne Doris-Eisner, Katharine Draper, Nancy Eisenfeld, Renee Frentrop-Santhouse, Francine Funke, Debra Gilbert, Leslie Giuliani, Mikhail Gubin, Hyun Joo Jung, Linda Pearlman Karlsberg, Nancy Lasar, Shelley Lowell, Geraldine Marcenyac, Nancy McTague-Stock, Jane Rainwater, Tina Rohrer, Roxanne Faber Savage, Marlow Shami, Missy Stevens, Margaret Tsirantonakis, Deborah Weiss and Elizabeth White.

Sacred Heart University’s Gallery of Contemporary Art is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.  Over the course of its first two decades, the Gallery has produced numerous shows by both emerging and established artists from New England and New York. It has also hosted artwork from the Caribbean, France, Latin America, Luxembourg, Russia, Zimbabwe, and beyond.