2021 - 2022
This exhibit encompasses multiple decades of evolutionary work from two premier Connecticut artists, Adger Cowans and The Norwalk Art Space's Korry Fellow Jahmane. Deeply rooted in social commentary, abstraction, bold experimentation, and the ability to explore concepts beyond traditional "Black Art," this exhibition presents an intimate view into the creative worlds of two accomplished artists. Although generationally separated, Jahmane's and Cowan's work share common threads that complement each other as if created on simultaneous timelines. The range of subject matter, medium, and technique demonstrate each artist's ability to translate diverse concepts into newfound works of art ranging from graffiti, fashion, graphic design, cultural iconography, and murals in Jahmane's case and photography, textiles, and painting for Adger. Each has their unique voice for the era in which they come from, but both have an endless sense of exploration that pushes boundaries in our civic discourse but also as curious artistic minds.
First Korry Fellow Exhibition -
Jahmane / Adger Cowans
A DIALOGUE IN STYLES
7/22/2021 - 9/9/2021
First Exhibition - Resident Artists / Korry Fellows
The Norwalk Art Space at its completed facility, ADK House, is excited to announce the debut group of selected artists that will serve as Resident Artists and Korry Fellows from our opening date of June 4th 2021-2022. Resident Artists will be at the core of our educational programs for high school students and Korry Fellows are established artists that will activate the main gallery space with their own curated exhibitions, artists talks and workshops.
After receiving many submissions from around the state, Artistic Director Duvian Montoya said, “This inspirational cohort of artists will be role models for years to come, so we wanted to make sure we had a talented, diverse and dedicated group that would inspire and collaborate with each other, students and the community. It was essential that each artist had a unique voice that would allow for individuals of all backgrounds to see themselves throughout the year of exhibitions and instruction. We’ve chosen artists who work in multiple mediums, from painting, illustration and collage to sculpture and conceptual installation. We are confident that this first cohort will represent the vast talent pool of artists in the area and hope they will inspire others to be a part of The Norwalk Art Space.”
Consistent with its mission to promote local artists and provide free art education to under-served youth, the Resident Artists and Korry Fellows will offer free weekly art classes to select high school students (Fall semester is September 18 - November 5, 2021 and Winter/Spring Semester is January 10 - April 8, 2022), mentorship opportunities and hands-on instruction in organizing exhibitions, marketing and a variety of artist lead workshops. In exchange, Resident Artists will be provided a free studio space and an opportunity to display their work throughout the year in exhibitions free to the public (Resident Artists will move in on May1st). Korry Fellows will have their work highlighted in major exhibitions in our main gallery and will support the Resident Artists and students through mentorship, artists talks, critiques and workshops.
"In order to help carry out the vision of our founder, Alexandra Korry, we hope that each artist will work collaboratively to excel each other's career and in paying it forward for the next generation. From the Korry Fellows inspiring Resident Artists and Residents inspiring the high schoolers, they will work as a support structure in all stages of an artist's career. Through this thinking we want all artists to feel like they can help in the activation of The Norwalk Art Space and its community. I’m excited to get this year started and see how this seed of an idea becomes the reality that we have always wanted in Norwalk, thanks to Alexandra.
2021-2022 Resident Artists:
Francisco Mandujano - Norwalk - https://www.youtube.com/c/FrankyDCrafter/about
Lorena Sferlazza - Norwalk - https://www.lorenasferlazza.com/
Remy Sosa - Norwalk - https://www.needsrum.space/
Emily Teall - Stamford - https://www.emilyteall.com/
2021-2022 Korry Fellows:
Tara Blackwell - Stamford/Norwalk - https://www.bwellstudios.com/about
Joe Fucigna - Redding/Norwalk - https://www.fucigna.com/
Lizzy Rockwell - Bridgeport/Norwalk - https://www.lizzyrockwell.com/the-all-together-quilt
Kelly Rossetti - Westport - https://www.kellyrossetti.com/
Jahmane West - Norwalk - https://www.artofjahmane.com/