Take A Seat!January 28 – February 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 27, 5 ⎼ 7 p.m.
Fundraising Party and Silent Auction:
Sunday, February 28, 2016, 5 ⎼ 7:30 p.m.
To mark the final celebration of its 40th Anniversary year, the University Museum of Contemporary Art has invited 40 artists and designers to creatively embellish 40 unadorned wooden chairs, donated to us by the Lexington Group of West Springfield.
The participating artists have painted, decorated, cut, drilled, and otherwise improvised on four legs and a seat — a riff on the idea of a chair! Take A Seat! celebrates the wide‐ranging talent and creativity of Valley artists and designers.
The exhibition is open to the public from January 28 through February 28, 2016. We will start the exhibition with a reception on Wednesday, January 27, 5 – 7 p.m., and conclude with a fundraising party — cocktail reception, live music, and Silent Auction of the Chairs — on Sunday, February 28, 5 ⎼ 7:30 p.m. The artists will be present. Money raised at the auction will support the University Museum of Contemporary Art.
Participating artists include: Anne Beresford • Olivia Bernard • Petula Bloomfield • Candace Bradbury-Carlin • Sarah Braman • Anne Burton • Elizabeth Solley Caine • Eva Camacho-Sanchez • Liz Chalfin • Christin Couture & William Hosie • Sally Curcio • Rita Edelman • Taiga Ermansons • Sean Green • Ellen Grobman • Peter Healey • Amanda Herman & Hannah Ray • Cassandra Holden • Amy Johnquest • Heidi Johnson • Rob Kimmel • Silas Kopf • Michael Melle • Nancy Winship Milliken • Priya Nadkarni • Gary Orlinsky • Chris Page • Stephen Petegorsky • Lynn Peterfreund & Sally Clegg • Katie Richardson • Joe Saphire & Kyle Thorne • Chloe So & Shawn Wang • Elizabeth Stone • David Teeple • Douglas Thayer • Jane C. Thurber • Michael Tillyer • Angela Zammarelli • Erika Zekos & Derek Nobel.
The University Museum of Contemporary Art gratefully acknowledges the generous supportof Lexington Group of West Springfield; UMass Five College Credit Union; DAX Transport, Florence, MA; Stephen Petegorsky Photography; UMass Catering; the Daily Hampshire Gazette; and the Amherst Art Walk.
About the University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass Amherst
In 2015 the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst entered its 40th year, dedicated to advancing contemporary art through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and training programs for the next generation of artists and museum professionals.
As the only university-affiliated art museum in Western Massachusetts to focus exclusively on the art of our time, the UMCA has been building its reputation as a leading showcase for innovation in contemporary local, national, and international art.