I’ve been working with 7th graders to put up a show. There is a fancy private school in my area with a
program that lets the kids pick artists, interview them, do studio visits, curate a show with them, make
a catalog, do the opening, and do everything else that’s involved in doing an official exhibition for the public.
OK, they are 7th graders so they get help from their teacher. Sue Heatley, besides working at the school,
is also a sculptor herself and she is experienced in working with art institutions. Please do not underestimate
the tremendous feat of giving a good educational experience to a few dozen 7th graders while organizing
a professional looking show! She’s done a great job.
I will have three pieces in the show. And Drew will also have 3 pieces. Let’s show up for the opening and make
the kids happy!
Here is the info about the show from the school:
The Ross School Gallery presents its annual student-curated exhibition,
highlighting the work of professional artists from the community. This year’s
theme is “Passion and Process.” Curated by Ross School seventh graders,
under the direction of art teacher Sue Heatley, the show will feature works
by Hiroyuki Hamada and Drew Shiflett. The students will host an Opening
Reception on Wednesday, May 25, from 4 to 6pm. The public is invited.
As in past years, the students took on various rolls to organize and present the
show: they visited the artists in their studios, selected work, designed the
installation, organized publicity, and wrote and produced a catalogue.
They also had the opportunity to work with each of the artists in their studios
and will showcase their creations alongside the artists in the show.
Mr. Hamada’s sculptures start with wood, foam and plaster, and they are
finished with textured and painted surfaces. Ms. Shiflett uses handmade papers,
pencil and ink, watercolor and conte crayon with, as she says, “a focus on line,
light, and texture” to create intricately detailed pieces that fall somewhere between
drawing, painting and sculpture. The work of both artists is the result of very
time-consuming and detailed processes.
“Passion and Process” will be on view at the Ross Gallery through June 15.
To view the full photo set (15 photos), please go to the main part of the site and click “PHOTOS”. They are under “Roger Williams University Show
2/23-3/30, 2011”. Make sure to click on the thumb nails for large images (1500 pix in longer dimension). You can also see somewhat smaller
versions (faster loading/navigation perhaps) in a Facebook photo album at Hiroyuki Hamada Art. And, you can read more about the show here and here.
Installing a show never gets boring. It’s usually filled with improvisations and surprise gifts of time and space. You go get your rental truck only to find the office is closed and you tell yourself that it wasn’t supposed to snow today… You finally get your truck and find it stuck in snow, making you wonder if it’s even possible to do it today. But things usually fall into the right places just like it did this time. We managed to hang the show with a tight schedule thanks to fine planning by the curator, Jess Frost, and the generous support of Roger Williams University.
The school sits in the beautiful sea town of Bristol, Rhode Island. The school is named after Roger Williams who led an exciting life as a believer of freedom of religion and separation of church and state in 17th century North America. He was also an expert in native American languages (Thanks to Peter Edlund, a wonderful painter, for pointing me to Roger Williams’ life story).
We have 7 paintings by Christopher Saunders and 6 sculptures of mine in the show. The show’s looking great and I’m happy and proud to be a part of it.
An Exhibition of Paintings by Christopher Saunders and Sculpture by Hiroyuki Hamada
Roger Williams University
School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation
One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809
Gallery web site
Curator Jess Frost
Art and Estate Archive
The show will be up through 3/30/11
You can see a blog post about the show by the university art web site VARTS@RWU here
#68 and #60 will be at Scope NYC with Aureus Contemporary (booth A61) from March 2 to March 6, 2011.
March 2 will be press/VIP viewing (3pm to 9pm) and the general admission hours will be noon to 8pm on March 3 to
March 5, noon to 7pm on March 6. The venue is located at 320 West (West Side Highway) across from
This is a two person show featuring Christopher Saunders and myself. It opens on 2/23/11 and up till 3/30/11. It’s organized by my dear friend Jess Frost from ART & ESTATE ARCHIVE, NY. I am excited that the show should cast some interesting perspectives on both Chris’ and my works. Jess will be speaking about the show on 3/23/11 at the university.
Thank you to many of you who came to see the show. It will be up through Saturday January 8th.
The closing reception will be on Thursday January 6th 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
636 West 28th Street Ground Floor
Between 11th & 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
The closing reception will be held on January 6th 2011, 5 pm to 8 pm.
I wish you wonderful holidays, and I wish you lots of happiness for the new year…
Left: #53, 2005-10, 38 diameter x 14 1/2 inches Right: #63, 2006-10, 45 x 40 x 24 inches
Both pieces are on view at the Coleman Burke Gallery till January 8th 2011
The NY show opened last Thursday! Thank you for the wonderful opening!
Please note that the closing date has been changed from 1/15/11 to 1/8/11. I am sorry if this causes any issues with your gallery visit.
However, the gallery is planing to hold a closing reception on the 6th of January. The details will be posted as it gets closer.
We hope it’ll be a fun gathering for the new year.
I’m happy that the next show will be in my favorite city: New York City!
It will be at:
Coleman Burke Gallery New York
636 West 28th Street, Ground Floor
between 11th & 12th Avenues
New York, New York 10001
December 2, 2010- January 15, 2011
Opening: Thursday, December 2, 6 – 8 PM