Saturday, Dec 3, 2022
Session (52) Open Studios
Join us on Saturday, December 3 from 5 to 7 PM at the Annex and on Instagram Live to view work and hear writing by Session 52 Fellows Maria Britton, Amy Butowicz, Nicky Gonzalez, Becky Mandelbaum, and Randi Renate!
Maria Britton lives and works in Carrboro, North Carolina. Her artwork has been included in exhibitions with the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; LABspace, Hillsdale, NY; Snag, Seattle, WA; LoBo, New York, NY; Smith Gallery at Appalachian State, Boone, NC; Camayuhs, Atlanta, GA; Lump, Raleigh, NC; Tempus Projects; Tampa, FL; SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA; BAM, Brooklyn, NY; The Stephen & George Laundry Line, Queens, NY; The Scrap Exchange, Durham, NC; and Harbor Gallery, New York, NY among others. She has participated in artist residencies through Hambidge Center, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Petrified Forest National Park, and Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings (#82). Maria earned her BFA from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC and her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Amy Butowicz was born and raised in Akron Ohio and currently lives and works in New York. She received a BA in Studio Art from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her MFA from Hunter College in New York City. Her practice moves fluidly between sculpture and painting to create allegorical narratives that explore the sexual body. Butowicz has been awarded fellowships and scholarships to attend Governors Island Residency through 4Heads, DNA Residency, Salem Art Works, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Summer Studio Program, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She is a 2019 and 2022 nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist in New York Grant and her work has been published in Art Maze Magazine. Her recent solo exhibitions include Pantomime at The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, CO, Inhabit at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, A Room to Hoist at Hunter College, NYC, Hiding in Plain Sight at Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY, and Boudoir Theatre at Peninsula Art Space in Brooklyn, NY.
Nicky Gonzalez is a writer from Hialeah, Florida. Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Kenyon Review, and Taco Bell Quarterly. Nicky has received support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Granum Foundation, Millay Arts, and Hambidge Center for the Arts. She is working on a novel and a short story collection.
Becky Mandelbaum is the author of the novel The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals and the story collection Bad Kansas. She has received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the 2018 High Plains Book Award for First Book, and was a finalist for the DISQUIET prize in fiction, the Nelson Algren Award, and the Missouri Review Editor's Prize. Her work has appeared in One Story, The Sun, The Georgia Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. Originally from Kansas, she currently lives in Bellingham, Washington.
Randi Renate was born ‘en caul,’ intact inside the amniotic sac, in San Antonio, TX. Her scientific background in biology and oceanography informs her current artistic research. Operating across installation, sculpture, sound and video, Randi’s artwork choreographs bodies within a sculptural framework to investigate how the ‘micro’ of the individual weaves into the ‘macro’ of the collective whole. Randi received a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 and moved to Berlin where she maintained a studio and artist-run project space, TRACE. She is a 2020 MFA graduate of the Sculpture Department at the Yale School of Art. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships including Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, NY, Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island, NY, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE, Fountainhead, Miami, FL Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. Randi Renate has shown both internationally and nationally, with solo and group exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, NY, and ROCKELMANN& and Galerie im Turm in Berlin, DE among others. Her 2021 permanent public sculpture, “blue is the atmospheric refraction I see you through,” at the Adirondack History Museum, was made in part by the 2021 New York State Council of the Arts DEC Community Arts Grant and featured in Interior Design Magazine. Randi also produces the podcast CORALESCENCE: conversations highlighting the connection between art and science. These episodes are “studio visits” she conducts with scientists and other researchers in their fields, exploring a broad range of topics like coral conservation, neuroscience, cosmology and beyond.