Past Exhibitions

TRANSFORMATION 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials

September 14, 2018 - March 23, 2019 in the Main Gallery

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Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials, The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize Exhibition features 26 national and international artists who have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize. Transformation 10 will showcase newly created, innovative artworks that incorporate found materials in unexpected ways and challenge notions about commonplace objects, found materials, and contemporary art for personal and global narratives, expressions, and aesthetics.

Quadrennial: Four Years of Spectacular Buckles from the U.S. and Abroad

April 7, 2018 – August 25, 2018 in the Studio Gallery

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Quadrennial: Four Years of Spectacular Buckles from the U.S. and Abroad is an invitational exhibition curated by artist Bryan Petersen, that highlights a selection of work from the past four World Champion Belt Buckle competitions (WCBBC). The exhibition will feature over 60 artists in the craft field of metalsmithing; exhibiting work comments on narrative themes, gender issues, politics, technology, religion, mythology, and mortality, among many other themes.

Visual Voices: Truth Narratives

March 14, 2018 - August 18, 2018 in the Main Gallery

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A NCECA ANNUAL EXHIBITION. 35 selected ceramic artists create powerful works that speak in a variety of visual volumes that touch on personal and global issues and emotions. Their narratives, whether literal or abstract, acknowledge that intolerances spawn racial, religious, class, and gender biases in every part of the world. Guest curated by Winnie Owens-Hart.


February 16 – May 6, 2018 in the BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery

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Storyteller features ceramic works by artist Jami Porter Lara, who uses a 2000-year- old clay process to make objects that resemble a ubiquitous icon of modern life – the plastic bottle. Her purpose is to reconceptualize the plastic bottle to better represent its function as a precious object – a vessel – capable of sustaining human life.

Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home

September 8, 2017 - February 17, 2018 in the Main Gallery

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Shelter is universally identified as a basic human right, yet refuge and protection are out of reach for millions of people worldwide. How does lack of safety and security, from the physical elements as well as unseen external dangers, affect our psyche and ability to live and flourish? Shelter provides a forum for craft artists’ responses to issues of shelter—global and local, public and private.

Exhibition in Print: Repair and Renewal

September 8, 2017 - November 25, 2017 in the Studio Gallery

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Exhibition in Print: Repair and Renewal focuses on the metalwork tradition and the capacity for restoration which gave renewed life to objects and materials through innovative art expression rooted in traditional metalsmithing mediums such as silver, copper, and gold, and nontraditional found objects such as horsehair, syringes, soap, and credit cards.

Vantage Point

October 6, 2017 - February 4, 2018 in the BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery

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Filling 72 linear feet of wall space with hand-stitched imagery, embroidery artist Maggy Rozycki Hiltner’s artwork Vantage Point is an idealized landscape of a big blue sky, green grass, and puffy white clouds. Vantage Point details a world that she believes is still beautiful yet significantly impacted by human consumption and the prevalence of waste.

Our Passion

December 16, 2017 – March 24, 2018 in the Studio Gallery

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Our Passion highlights artwork by over 15 member artists of Turners Anonymous, Inc. in the craft field of woodworking. Curated by Dave Betler, the exhibition features emerging and established Woodworking professionals and encourage the public to experience a variety of woodworking techniques and forms, including innovative art expressions rooted in traditional wood mediums and the incorporation of other mediums such as plastic and metal.

Parts, Patterns, and Pieces

June 16, 2017 - September 17, 2017 at the BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery

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This interdisciplinary exhibit, is organized by Women of Visions, Inc., features artworks by regional artists and explores visual expressions related to Black hair. From intuitive geometry to strands of resistance, these African American artists adapt, innovate, and integrate cultural notions of adornment by drawing from within.