BWAC Announces Fall Exhibitions
The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) Set to Open Fall Exhibitions of
Fiber Art, Recycled Materials and More
Brooklyn, NY — There Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) is pleased to present its fall
2021 art exhibitions, Threads That Bind (When the Fabric of Social Culture Unravels),
Recycle 2021, and Hello, Brooklyn! from Sunday, September 12 to Sunday, October 17, 2021.
There will be an opening reception on Sunday, September 12 from 1 to 6 pm. The gallery, open
weekends from 1 to 6 pm, is located at 481 Van Brunt Street on the Red Hook waterfront in
Brooklyn, NY 11231. The City of New York mandate (Executive Order 225) requires all visitors
to produce proof of vaccination for entrance to the exhibitions.
Threads That Bind (When the Fabric of Social Culture Unravels)
Societies throughout history have used fiber media to convey ideas for cultural touchstones,
ritual vestments, and for practical uses such as clothing, tapestries and floor coverings. Today’s
fiber artists draw from both traditional and contemporary methods as a launch pad to create
their own expressions of the materials and techniques to portray modern concepts.
This national juried exhibition at the BWAC Gallery in Red Hook, Brooklyn, strives to present the
depth and breadth of what is happening now in the world of fiber art. “The artists chosen by our
juror, Stacy C. Hollander, represent the use of a myriad of techniques and materials from the
traditional to the avant garde,” states curator Alicia Degener.
About the Juror
Stacy C. Hollander served as Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Chief Curator, and Director
of Exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum until 2019. During her tenure, Hollander curated
and co-curated numerous original, critically acclaimed exhibitions including American
Perspectives: Stories from the Collection (2020); Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White
Hitchcock (17961863) (2018), War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from
Military Fabrics (2017), alt_quilts: Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, Stephen Sollins (2013),
Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America (2016), Self-Taught Genius (2015),
and notably The Seduction of Light: Mark Rothko | Ammi Phillip: Compositions in Pink, Green,
and Red (2008). She has published on a wide range of folk art topics in magazines, scholarly
journals, catalogs, and encyclopedias, and has lectured in the United States and abroad.
Hollander received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her MA in American
Folk Art Studies from New York University.
The Recycle show is back! The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) presents Recycle
2021, a national juried exhibition in which all the artwork is “upcycled,” being composed of
discarded materials, excess inventory or found objects. The artists selected for this exhibition
are presenting work that is sustainable, making a positive impact on the environment while
creating something beautiful.
About the juror
The returning juror is John Cloud Kaiser, the Director of Education at Materials for the Arts
(MFTA), one of the largest reuse centers in the U.S. and a program of the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs. Kaiser has promoted and advanced the exhibition of repurposed
materials in art museums, streets, and schools in New York City since 2000 through his work
with his art group, Free Style Arts Association, and as Director of MFTA Gallery. His works have
appeared in many museums and public art settings including PS1 MoMA, the NYC Parks Dept.,
and The New York Times.
About Materials for the Arts
Materials for the Arts (MFTA) is New York’s premiere reuse center, providing access to free
materials to thousands of NYC arts nonprofits, public schools, and city agencies. MFTA strives
to keep valuable materials from entering the landfill by putting these materials into the hands of
arts professionals, educators, and students across the five boroughs. MFTA gives unwanted
items the opportunity to become something new through creative reuse, inspired education, and
unlimited imagination. Better than new; it’s renewed. MFTA offers a wide variety of events,
workshops, and classes to help people see and experience creative reuse up close. For more
information, visit: https://www.materialsforthearts.org/
The fall art exhibition by members of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) is called
Hello, Brooklyn! for a reason. As its name suggests, BWAC artist members invite you to come
and become acquainted with their art. Show curator, Kenneth Jackson, said, “After 18 months of
extreme challenges, many arts organizations did not make it. We wanted people to know that
BWAC never left, but it’s like we need to reintroduce ourselves.” Mr. Jackson added, “We want
everyone to come and enjoy the new art our artists are creating, visit the Red Hook waterfront,
and especially come to discover the artwork of our many new members.”
The artwork of BWAC members is as diverse as Brooklyn itself. See everything from
photographs to drawings, painting to sculpture and installations, executed in a wide variety of
media, both realistic and abstract. As the volunteer staff in the gallery, BWAC member artists
are eminently approachable, and their art is affordable for every budget.
There will be an opening reception on Sunday, September 12, from 1 to 6 pm. Hello, Brooklyn!
is open weekends from 1 to 6 pm at the BWAC Gallery, 481 Van Brunt St., Red Hook, Brooklyn,
NY 11231, from Sunday, September 12 to Sunday, October 17, 2021.
The City of New York mandate (Executive Order 225) requires all visitors to produce proof of
vaccination for entrance to the exhibitions.
The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) is an artist-run organization and 501(c)3
nonprofit, operating the BWAC Gallery. For more than 40 years, BWAC has been exhibiting the
artwork of local and national artists with seasonal mega-exhibits that include national juried and
local member shows. These exhibitions present a wide variety of contemporary visual arts from
the traditional to the experimental cutting edge. The gallery is housed in a massive Civil War-era
warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront. Visit the gallery for the best view of the Statue of
Liberty in Brooklyn. The BWAC Gallery, 481 Van Brunt St., Red Hook, Brooklyn 11231, receives
generous support from the O’Connell Organization and its many members and friends. Visit
bwac.org for more information on membership and exhibits, or to donate, and follow us on
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