2013 Individual Artist Grant Recipients
Claudia McNulty primarily works in paint and mixed media and has been represented in the Hudson Valley (Carrie Haddad Gallery; BRIK Gallery; Samuel Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz; Athens Cultural Center) as well in juried shows in New York City, Florida, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC. Selected awards include “Best in Show” from Hudson Opera House (2012) and Catskill Center for Conservation and Economic Development (1999). McNulty studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and Boston Museum School/Tufts University, where she earned a B.F.A. The $2,500 Individual Artist award will enable her to develop a project entitled “Corn Porn” which will address what the artist describes as “the pervasive presence of genetically modified foods” through an interactive 3-dimensional installation. Public participation is critical to the project. Viewers will be encouraged to physically enter McNulty’s audio-enhanced sculptural space becoming, and recorded, as a temporary visual component of the work. “Corn Porn” will be portable and will travel to a number of local venues initiating questions and dialogue about the GMO controversy. Well within the genre of politically and environmentally motivated expression long embraced by this artist, this project also represents a fresh set of challenges. “Both sound and lighting would be major components in these environs . . . and would be my initial venture into creating a “space.” It is a simple beginning, but large for me,” McNulty said.
Maria Kolodziej-Zincio combines her mastery of photography with an exploration of the tactile and enigmatic quality of encaustics. Since her retirement from Columbia-Greene Community College as the Director of Admissions and Assistant for Student Affairs, her art has taken center stage. She has actively sought to gain fluency in her media through workshops and study with R & F Studio in Kingston, Jill Skupin-Burkholder, and the Woodstock Center for Photography. Selected as a New York Foundation for the Arts MARK artist in 2012, she also maintains an active exhibition presence in Columbia and neighboring counties.
Kolodziej-Zincio’s $2,500 Individual Artist award will support the creation of “She Lives Among Us,” a photojournalistic encaustic documentary of a young Polish woman’s journey from death camps in Siberia to her freedom and 1957 resettlement in a ColumbiaCountyfarming community. The 20-piece series on canvas will incorporate archival photographs encased in beeswax, imbedded with fiber and found objects and painted with pigment oils. The series will trace a painfully tender story of both personal and socio/historical relevance and convey it through presentation, exhibition and publication.
“Certainly, my background as a beekeeper has an advantage over most encaustic artists in the ability to handle the wax in its pure form and this is very spiritual for me as I am in the moment with the natural process,” Kolodziej-Zincio said, speaking about her choice of medium for this project.
Her commitment to this project extends far beyond the parameters and goals for the grant. “They were quiet and humble people . . .They were the children of life longing for itself in an era that destroyed millions of people through power and greed. In her silence I will be her voice . . . to bring awareness and deep appreciation of people in our society that walk the very streets we walk on,” she wrote in her application.
Michael Breitbach attended the New York State Summer School for the Arts in 2004/2005, although he primarily identifies as self taught. Breitbach has been represented in “Unlucky Art Social” (Showcase of Bushwick Artists, 2011) and ”Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Hart Gallery Showcase, 2011). The youngest of our three recipients, Michael’s IA award will enable him to focus on the production of ”Panes,” a series of large scale oil paintings centered around upstate backyard landscapes. Adamoschek’s goal for the project is ”not only to grow as an artist (both technically and professionally), but to grow and build my own relationship with the community.”
We invite you to watch this space for updates on their projects as the year unfolds. For more information on the Individual Artist grants program in Columbia or Greene Counties, contact our Director of Community Arts & Arts Education Grants at 518-943-3400 or Colettegcca@hotmail.com. For information about the Individual Artist grants program in Schoharie County, contact Renee Nied at 518-788-7265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.