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Date: 2009-01-30
Title: Clay Made
Description: Ceramics is looked at now as more than a craft, discussion will focus on the work of three contemporary New York artists who work in clay and as a result are working to find a means to self expression and thereby expanding the boundaries of what constitutes the character of their art.
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Moderator: Michael Klein, co-founder, Talking Point Films
Panelist: Ann Agee, artist
Panelist: Arlene Shechet, artist
Panelist: Beverly Semmes, artist
Organizer: Michael Klein, co-founder, Talking Point Films


Date: 2009-02-06
Title: Art Log
Description: assembles gallery owners and dealers from different neighborhoods in NYC to discuss the challenges facing emerging artists breaking into the art market right now.
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Moderator: Manish Vora,
Panelist: Dylan Fareed,
Panelist: Stuart Krimko, Director, Max Protetch (Chelsea)
Panelist: Tracy Causey-Jeffery, Director, Ch'i Contemporary Fine Art (Williamsburg)
Panelist: Bart de Koning Gans, Director, Christopher Henry (Lower East Side)
Organizer: Manish Vora,

Date: 2009-02-13
Title: Erotic Art or Pornography
Description: What does "hot" mean? The classical definition of erotica refers to art dealing with sexual love. Pornography, is defined as obscene art designed to excite sexual desire. What?s going on now?
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Moderator: Emily Stedman, painter
Panelist: Vincent Arcilesi, painter
Panelist: McWillie Chambers, painter
Panelist: Pet Silvia, owner, Art-At-Large Gallery
Panelist: Carolyn Weltman, artist
Organizer: Jacqueline Sferra Rada, artist

Date: 2009-02-20
Title: Films On Artists
Description: is a new media production company in West Chelsea, dedicated to creating dynamic films about contemporary emerging artists. The panel will discuss the concept of creating video documentaries about the creative process and their role in both illuminating the artists intent and marketing their work.
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Moderator: Kevin O'Hanlon, owner/director,
Panelist: Theresa Brynes, painter
Panelist: Andreas Rentsch, photographer
Panelist: Richard Laurent, painter
Panelist: Michelle Vargas, editor
Organizer: Ann Lydecker, ATOA Program Director

Date: 2009-02-27
Title: Jump Start Your Career
Description: Imagine being able to throw your career into high gear in one night? Join local experts who can help you find the focus, the strategy and the resources to maximize the new year and beyond.
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Moderator: Norma Greenwood, artist & ATOA board member
Panelist: Ginger Shulick, COAHSI
Panelist: Ethany Uttech, Brooklyn Arts Council
Panelist: Bill Agardo, Bronx Council in the Arts
Panelist: Kay Takeda, Lower Manhattan Arts Council
Panelist: Lillian Chou, Asian American Arts Council
Panelist: Chris Henderson, Queens Council On the Arts
Organizer: Norma Greenwood, artist & ATOA board member


Date: 2009-03-06
Title: Environmental Works
Description: Three stellar environmental artists, whose work makes a difference, with projects that are utilitarian as well as aesthetic and that both serve and engage the public.
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Moderator: Mary Arnold, Environmental art consultant & former dir. Teaneck Creek Conservancy
Panelist: Patricia Johanson, artist
Panelist: Eve Mosher, artist
Panelist: Aviva Rahmani, artist
Organizer: Donna Marxer, chairperson AIRIE

Date: 2009-03-20
Title: Turning Writing into Art
Description: A discussion with New York artists exploring the ways in which Arab, Middle Eastern and Islamic literary, poetic and other texts, ancient and contemporary, inform their work.
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Moderator: Lynne Mayocole, artist & ATOA president
Panelist: Emna Zghal, artist
Panelist: Sumayyah Samaha, artist
Panelist: Fareen Butt, artist
Organizer: Ayse Turgut, independent curator

Date: 2009-03-27
Title: The Madness of Art
Description: This panel features short humorous films, in the tradition of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and "The Office." Dealer-filmmaker, Jim Kempner?s film is about an art dealer, and the gallery world of the modern day Chelsea district he inhabits.
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Panelist: Jim Kempner, owner, Jim Kempner Fine Arts
Organizer: Ann Lydecker, visual art impresario


Date: 2009-04-03
Title: The Power of Paper
Description: Artists Joan Giordano, Fran Kornfeld, Nancy Cohen, Lynne Sures, will reveal the hidden secrets of paper, its infinite possibilities and why it is the major component of their art.
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Moderator: Joan Giordano, artist
Panelist: Fran Kornfeld, artist
Panelist: Nancy Cohen, artist
Panelist: Lynne Sures, artist
Organizer: Lynne Mayocole, artist & ATOA President

Date: 2009-04-17
Title: Theory and Practice: The Artifice of Abjection
Description: This panel chaired by Peter Duhon (Director, will examine the state of trauma discourse in art and theory today. What are the implications for abject art during the current global econmic crisis?
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Moderator: Peter Duhon, executive editor, Art Comments
Organizer: Peter Duhon, executive editor, Art Comments

Date: 2009-04-24
Title: Curator?s Choice 2009
Description: ATOA?s annual artist slide competition winners will be announced, as selected by Dr. Thalia Vrachopolous. Winners will have their work exhibited at Tenri Cultural Institute in The Village.
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Moderator: Thalia Vrachopoulos, professor, curator, and critic
Organizer: Margarida Guilarte, administrative manager, ATOA



No panels June - September


Date: 2009-10-02
Title: Discourse and Practice: Aporias of Perfection
Description: ?No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.? (John Ruskin) This panel attempts to examine the idea of ?perfection? as it is embraced or rejected in the practice of contemporary artists. The topic is related to technical skill and craft versus a deliberate renunciation of these. The artwork as a contained entity with a distinguishable form has been questioned since the inception of Modernism. The failure or plain impossibility of either an artistic or philosophical endeavor to get closer to the idea itself in both visual and spiritual terms is alluded to by the term ?aporia? in the title for the panel. In order to provide a creative opposition of terms, the moderation is based on the contrast of ?perfection? and ?deskilling?. This panel also asks when the turn happened from where attitudes become form (Harald Szeemann, 1969) to where forms become attitudes (Massimiliano Gioni, 2009).
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Moderator: Lukas Baden, curator
Panelist: Darren Bader, NYC based Artist, Writer, Curator
Panelist: Glen Baldridge, NYC based Printmaker and Artist
Panelist: Christian Ertel, GER, Artist
Panelist: Christian de Vietri, AU, Artist
Panelist: Shana Moulton, NYC based Artist
Organizer: Peter Duhon, Director of Programming, ATOA, and Director of Art Comments

Date: 2009-10-09
Title: Past Dreams and Future Visions: The South Bronx art scene in the 21st Century
Description: The Bronx art scene has emerged, submerged and changed many times over the last 30 years. Each time it has been a model for coordinated community artistic efforts ripe with great art, beauty and expression and not surprisingly coupled with the infighting and rivalries associated with any family. Past dreams and future visions exemplified by select consortium of artists, alongside with what makes an art scene grow, coalesce, dissolve and survive. An effort will be made to reveal the general aesthetic trends that have come from this often forgotten Borough of New York. The Moderator, Barry Kostrinsky, is Founder of Haven Arts, a Municipal Arts Society's recipient of a certificate of merit in 2006. Barry is an artist, curator, collector and supporter of the South Bronx arts scene.
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Moderator: Barry Kostrinsky, Founder of Haven Arts, artist, curator, collector
Panelist: Joe Lewis, Dean of Alfred University's School of Art and Design
Panelist: John Ahearm, artist
Panelist: Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, artist, curator
Panelist: Tim Rollins, Professor at SVA
Panelist: Holly Block, Director of Bronx Museum
Organizer: Barry Kostrinsky, Founder of Haven Arts, artist, curator, collector

Date: 2009-10-30
Title: Theory and Practice: Encaustic Painting Today
Description: This panel consists of encaustic artists and people involved in the world of encaustic art, who will explore the growing popularity of encaustic painting over the last 15-20 years, and address the question of what in the climate of the arts and the times, has revived the use of this ancient medium amongst contemporary artists, when for so long it was used only occasionally, at best.
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Moderator: Ellen Koment, artist
Panelist: Richard Frumess, artist, founder and President of R&F Handmade Paints
Panelist: Nancy Azara, encaustic sculptor, and author
Panelist: Michael David, artist
Panelist: Joan Giordano, artist
Organizer: Ellen Koment, artist


Date: 2009-11-13
Title: She: Visions of Women by Taiwanese Artists
Description: This panel explores the curious phenomenon in recent contemporary Taiwanese art; the leitmotif of feminine imagery found within the diverse and distinct practices of Taiwanese artists based in the U.S.A. Their artist perspectives are varied and complex. Fay Ku for example, deals with the females place in Taiwanese Society. Wheras Nien Nien Yang draws surrealist organic presences that appeal to the eye with their gold leafed surface that reveal broader implications than superficial beauty.
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Moderator: Thalia Vrachopoulos, professor, curator, and critic
Panelist: Jonathan Goodman, artist
Panelist: Nien Nien Yang
Panelist: Fay Ku
Panelist: Hong-Kai Wang
Panelist: Robert C. Morgan, art critic and writer
Organizer: Thalia Vrachopoulos, professor, curator, and critic

Date: 2009-11-20
Title: Artist in Conversation: Robert Lazzarini
Description: Robert Lazzarini, who exhibits with Deitch Projects in New York, and whose work was recently presented at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, challenges normative perspective and perception via pictorial distortion and reconfiguration which demands for the spectator to reexamine their notion of spatial potentiality, and the shift of meaning that occurs with all objects through the experience, often violent, and decay thrusted upon them. Not surprisingly, The New York Times recently wrote, "one of America?s most exciting young artists." Robert Lazzarini will give a presentation based on his work, followed by a conversation with Peter Duhon, and Q&A with audience.
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Moderator: Peter Duhon, Director of Programming, ATOA, and Director of Art Comments
Panelist: Robert Lazzarini, sculptor
Organizer: Peter Duhon


Date: 2009-12-04
Title: NY Portraits: Artists with Disabilities
Description: This panel discussion begins with the introduction of the NY Portraits project by artist and panel moderator Gordon Sasaki. Over the past few years, he has been compiling a collection of portrait photographs of New York City artists with disabilities. The series explores these artists at an intimate and individual level. Simultaneously building on the tradition of portraiture while challenging issues of representation and stereotype of the disabled.
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Moderator: Gordon Sasaki, artist
Panelist: Ralph Mindicino, artist
Panelist: Paula Stuttman, artist
Panelist: Diana Naftal, artist
Organizer: Gordon Sasaki, artist

Date: 2009-12-11
Title: SuperCraft: The New Insider Folk Art
Description: 'Supercraft: The New Insider Folk Art' is an article written by Noah Sudarsky for the NY Press, January 28, 2009. In the article, Noah Sudarsky coins the term Supercraft. What does this mean? What is the definition of Supercraft? Who are some of the practitioners of of this art form? ?The current worldview calls for a kind of frugality, resourcefulness and outsider inventiveness,? says Sudarsky. ?My name for this trend is ?Supercraft,? Noah Sudarsky has written for The Village Voice, NY Press, Whitehot Magazine and many other publications. The artists on the panel are referenced by Noah Sudarsky as practitioners of Supercraft. (see
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Moderator: Noah Sudarsky, writer
Panelist: David McFadden, curator, Museum of Art & Design
Panelist: Don Porcella, artist
Panelist: Orly Cogan, artist
Organizer: Noah Sudarsky, writer

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