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"Aesthetic Realism:
The Opposites in Art and Life "

The panel looks at their own work and that of Picasso, Calatrava, Stella and Oceanic art and shows what they learned from poet and Aesthetic Realism founder Eli Siegel about the great relation of art and life. (Amphitheater)

Moderator: Carrie Wilson, art historian, Terrain Gallery
Panelist: Chaim Koppelman, printmaker
Panelist: Marcia Rackow, painter, lecturer Aesthetic Realism Foundation
Panelist: Dale Laurin, architect
Panelist: Ken Kimmelman, filmmaker
Organizer: Chaim Koppelman, printmaker & faculty at SVA


"ATOA 30th Anniversary Celebration"

ATOA is the art world?s longest running panel discussion series. This event celebrates the 30th anniversary of ATOA and reprises the series greatest moments --- in slides, audio clips, video clips and personal memories. (Amphitheater)

Moderator: Lori Antonacci, ATOA co-founder, former ATOA Executive Director, and
Moderator: Doug Sheer, ATOA Co-founder, chairperson
Panelist: Donna Marxer, artist, writer, former ATOA Executive Director
Panelist: Dianne Arndt, photographer, former ATOA Executive Director
Panelist: Vernita Nemec a.k.a. Vernita N'Cognita , artist, director of Viridian gallery, former ATOA Executive Director
Panelist: Sara Kay, curator of prints at Christie's, former ATOA Executive Director
Panelist: Cynthia Navaretta, editor, former ATOA Treasurer
Panelist: Bruce Barton, artist, ATOA board member
Organizer: Doug Sheer, ATOA co-founder, chairman
Organizer: Lori Antonacci, ATOA co-founder, board member

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"Camera Obscura"

Charles Schwartz and Bill Westheimer are collaborating to digitally photograph views of Central Park and Upper Manhattan as seen through a rooftop camera obscura. Their project, combining 19th century tradition with 21st century technology, is a unique mix of landscape photography, street scenes, and surveillance art.

Moderator: Christopher Philips, curator, International Center of Photography
Panelist: Bill Westheimer, artist
Panelist: Charles Schwartz, artist
Panelist: Jacqueline van Rhyn, curator of photographs, The Print Center
Panelist: Stephen Berkman, photographer and filmmaker
Organizer: Mary Bimingham, curator


"Op Art:
Robert C. Morgan in Dialog with Richard Anuszkiewicz "

Richard Anuszkiewicz is one of the three major optical/kinetic artists to emerge from the "The Responsive Eye" exhibition at MoMA in 1965. Since then, Mr. Anuszkiewicz has had a long and profound career. He is the leading representative of American optical painting. He will be interviewed by the noted author and critic, Robert C. Morgan, for what promises to be a stimulating and evocative evening.

Moderator: Robert C. Morgan, Ph.D., author and critic
Panelist: Richard Anuszkiewicz, artist
Organizer: Flash Light, artist


"The Saga of Arno Rafael Minkkenen:
A. D. Coleman in dialog with Doug Sheer "

Coleman and Sheer discuss the photographic career of Arno Rafael Minkkenen, Finnish-American fine art photographer and his international ?Saga? travelling exhibition, co-curated by Coleman and Todd Brandow. The photographer has exclusively photographed his own nude body in locations aroud the world since 1971. A. D. Coleman is a critic and historian of photography. Author,"Depth of Field" & other seven other books on photography. Doug Sheer is Editor & publisher, "The Photography A-V Program Directory," "Professional Photographic Marketplace (PPM) tm" and "BME?s ENG/EFP/EPP Handbook"

Moderator: Doug Sheer, founder/chair of ATOA, artist & technologist
Panelist: A. D. Coleman, critic and historian of photography
Organizer: Doug Sheer, ATOA Chairperson


"An Eye on Surrealism"

A captivating discussion about a series of three important upcoming exhibitions on Surrealism in New York. Isabelle Dervaux speaks about ?Surrealism USA,? Larry List speaks of the ?Imagery of Chess Revisted? exhibition, and Stephen Robeson-Miller speaks about ?Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy.?

Panelist: Isabelle Dervaux, curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, National Academy Museum
Panelist: Larry List, guest curator, Isamu Noguchi Museum
Panelist: Stephen Robeson-Miller, art historian, guest curator, Katonah Art Museum
Organizer: Amy Ernst, artist, ATOA board member

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"Irving Sandler in Dialog with Vernita N'Cognita"

Critic and historian Irving Sandler is author of several books including, most recently, ?A Sweeper Up After Artists.? Sandler has been a vital presence in the New York art world for more than fifty years. A expert on the New York School and Astract expressionism, Sandler was a founding board member of ATOA and a founder of Artists Space. Vernita Nemec, a.k.a. Vernita N'Cognita, is a performance and visual artist, and director of the Viridian Gallery in Chelsea. She was executive director and president of ATOA for nine years.

Moderator: Vernita Nemec a.k.a. Vernita N'Cognita , artist, director of Viridian Gallery
Panelist: Irving Sandler, critic and historian
Organizer: Vernita Nemec, artist, director of Viridian Gallery


"Digital Art in New York City and Abroad"

Panelists explore recent developments in digital art, both in NYC and abroad. Bruce Wands will talk about the First Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition, and other international events. Panelists will discuss the current New York digital art scene including the Bitforms Gallery, Postmasters Gallery, Eyebeam and others. A brief survey of international venues including the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, Ars Electronica, ZKM, London?s Creativity & Cognition Exhibition and ISEA will be presented. Attendees will gain an undertsanding of how digital art is being integrated into the contemporary art scene, as well as learn about the specialized venues that exist for this new art.

Moderator: Bruce Wands, artist, chairman of the MFA Computer Art Department at SVA
Panelist: Linda Lauro Lazin, chair of SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery
Panelist: Steve Sachs, director, Bitforms, NY-based digital art gallery
Panelist: Bing Lee, National Museum of Fine Art, Beijing, China
Panelist: Renee Schacht, Assistant Director, NY Digital Salon
Panelist: Zhang Ga, digital artist
Panelist: Liz Slagus, curator at Eyebeam
Organizer: Bruce Wands, artist, chairman of the MFA Computer Art Department at SVA

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"Women Artists Today:
The Current Status "

Melissa Wolf and members of the Women?s Studio Center in Long Island City, NY discuss the state-of-the-art of women?s art in New York through the eyes of representatives of major artists organizations and galleries.

Moderator: Melissa Wolf, artist, executive director & founder, Women?s Studio Center (WSC)
Panelist: Janice Sands, Executive Director of Pen and Brush Inc.
Panelist: Nancy Azara, Artist/Sculptor and former director of the NY Feminist Art Institute
Organizer: Melissa Wolf, artist


"April Gornik in Dialog with Robert Enright"

Noted landscape painter, April Gornik is interviewed by Canadian critic, broadcaster and writer, Robert Enright. Enright has written for numerous arts publications including ARTnews, Modern Painters, ArtReview and Contemporary. Enright is editor-at-large of Border Crossings magazine and professor of art criticism at University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Moderator: Robert Enright, writer, editor, professor of art criticism at University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Panelist: April Gornik, painter
Organizer: Mary Birmingham, curator


"The Business of Art"

A discussion focused on career development for artists. Taking the right steps at the right time by partnering with other players in the art world, understanding your place and theirs on the road to success. Persepctive to be provided by panelists representing diverse experiences and points of view, commenting on such ?hot button? issues as electronic marketing, Internet presence versus slides, archival prints versus photocopies, archival portfolios versus flip books, vernissage versus gallery opening, artists-in-residence versus studio rental and grants versus survival jobs.

Moderator: Mark Wiener, artist
Panelist: Linda Park, curator, grant writer, resource expert
Panelist: Molly Barnes, art dealer, collector & radio personality
Panelist: Allegra Wilde, corporate art marketer
Organizer: Mark Wiener, artist
Organizer: Linda Park, artist


"The Romantics"

This panel strikes a blow at 40 years of postmodernism that was signalled by the offhanded wry ironic detached Duchamp/Warhol dada/pop gang. Formalist reductionism is dead, the gods are back. Conflicted panelists argue their way out of the postmodernist wet blanket, and try to prove there is a new romanticism afoot in the art world

Moderator: Barnaby Ruhe, painter, professor of shamanism and art at NYU Gallatin School
Panelist: Jeannie Jaffe, painter and chair of the art department at The Philadelphia Academy
Panelist: Jon Singer, painter
Panelist: Dave Hatchett, sculptor
Panelist: Lil Hatchett, painter
Panelist: Ben Carl William Ruhe, painter
Panelist: Elliot Barowitz, painter, NYU professor
Panelist: Skip Schuckman, artist featured in "In the Making."
Panelist: Josh Weintraub, gen X M.F.A. grad with show up at Washington Square East Gallery
Organizer: Barnaby Ruhe, artist


"Art From Detritus -
11 Years On "

To some people it might look like garbage, but in the hands of artists it becomes art. Artists from the ?11 Years of Art from Detritus: Saving the Planet With Art? exhibition at the Synagogue for the Arts (opening April 14 and running through May 22) will be showing their work and talking about creating art from scrap. The Detritus concept was created by Vernita N'Cognita.

Moderator: Vernita Nemec a.k.a. Vernita N'Cognita , artist, director of Viridian Artists Gallery
Panelist: Susan Newmark, artist
Panelist: Ursula Clark, artist
Panelist: Susanna Stefanachi Macomb, artist
Panelist: May De Viney, artist
Panelist: Marilyn Sontag, artist, director of the gallery at Synagogue for the Arts
Organizer: Vernita Nemec a.k.a. Vernita N'Cognita , artist, director of Viridian Artists Gallery

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"Curators Choice Competition:
the 2005 Winners "

The "Curator?s Choice" winners panel featuring the contest judge, Michael Walls, and the contest winners. The slides of many who entered our contest will be screened prior to the panel. Learn what goes on in the mind of a contest judge. Ask the questions that will help you win future contests. Admission is free, on a first come - first serve basis, to all who entered our contest. This event will be held in the Gene Stavis Theater -- 5th Floor

Moderator: Michael Walls, independent curator

No panels June - August

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"Dialogue on William de Kooning
- Donna Marxer interviews Mark Stevens - "

Artist Donna Marxer interviews Mark Stevens, co-author of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, "de Kooning An American Master."

Moderator: Donna Marxer, artist and writer
Panelist: Mark Stevens, art critic and writer
Organizer: Donna Marxer, artists and writer


"Andres Serrano on Photography"

This panel will survey a body of work spanning twenty years and will feature pictures from The Morgue, A History of Sex, The Klan, The Interpretation of Dreams, and America.

Moderator: Robert Hobbs, author, curator, visiting Yale professor
Panelist: Andres Serrano, artist
Organizer: Ann Lydecker, ATOA Programming Director


"Artists' Visions of Imaginary Civilizations"

This panel will feature artists who "discover" entire societies, including their currency, literature, musical instruments, even stationary. Catalogs, videos, installations and performance are part of their art. Panelists will share the many facets of their worlds and the innovativw ways in which they present them.

Moderator: Richard Timperio, owner and director of Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg
Panelist: Sam Wiener, artist and director of the Metropolitan Container of Art
Panelist: Lenore Malen, artist, The New Society for Universal Harmony
Panelist: Beauvais Lyons, Hokes Archives Director, and University of Tennessee art professor
Organizer: Lynne Mayocole, sculptor


"Open Sceening"

This open screening represents a friendly opportunity for professionals and student artists to show up to 5 of their slides to an audience of their peers. (Mac compatible CDs can also be shown.) Each artist gets up to 5 minutes on a first come, first serve, basis with trays loaded at 6:30 PM. Admission for artists showing their work is only $5.00.

Moderator: Doug Sheer, ATOA chairperson
Organizer: Ann Lydecker, ATOA Programming Director

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"Nancy Azara and Faith Ringgold in dialog"

The two artist/writer pioneers discuss their richly-woven histories, the present scene and the future of art--including the role of women artists.

Panelist: Faith Ringgold, artist
Panelist: Nancy Azara, artist
Organizer: Donna Marxer, artist


"Analog Dreams in a Digital World"

This panel will discuss and present the use of various digital softwares in animation, editing, sound production and video output. From the "Analog Dream" vision of the director, or script writer to the "Digital World" of computer based film creation.

Moderator: Trilby Schreiber, analog and digital media designer, illustrator and producer, SVA professor
Panelist: Matt St. Leger, SVA Film School honors graduate
Panelist: John Fischer, artist, composer / pianist
Panelist: Sean Adair, photographer, cameraman and editor for documentaries, rap music videos, etc.
Organizer: John Fischer, artist


"PBS Art: 21"

Art21 Inc. produces the Emmy-nominated PBS series Art:21 - Art in the Twenty First Century, and companion books, educational materials, and an extensive website This screening will feature one of Art:21's most recent themative hours and a discussion with Art:21 staff and featured artists.

Moderator: Wesley Miller, Art:21 assistant curator
Panelist: Susan Sollins, Art:21 executive producer and curator
Panelist: Fred Wilson, artist, MacArthur Award winner
Organizer: Lynne Mayocole, sculptor

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"Word Art
- Art whose principal imagery is spelled out words. "

There's a great variety of possibilities realized by artists. Word art could fall into the categories of pop art, field painting, abstract composition, conceptual art, etc. In addition to work from Richard Lewis Roth, Nathaniel Mellors, and Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, images from well known artists such as Lawrence Weiner, Kay Rosen, and Joseph Kosuth would be shown and discussed. Because Nathaniel Mellors is unable to come from England, friend and author George Pendle will present his material.

Moderator: Richard Lewis Roth, artist
Panelist: Nathaniel Mellors, Internationally exhibited British artist.
Panelist: Adam Pendleton a.k.a. no show , Conceptual artist
Panelist: Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Public artist, Director of studies in graphic design at the Yale School of Art
Organizer: Richard Lewis Roth, artist


"Today's Sculpture"

Is sculpture today substantially different from what it was a few years ago? Or have we simply expanded the types of art we now identify as sculpture?

Moderator: Libby Seaberg, artist, contributor Whitney Museum's 'Two Hundred Years of American Sculpture.'
Panelist: Marsha Trattner, sculptor, blacksmith, SVA sculpture instructor
Panelist: Helen Evans Ramsaran, sculptor, professor of studio art at John Jay College
Panelist: Roberto Visani, multimedia artist, Fulbright grant recipient
Panelist: Erik S. Guzman, sculptor, founder Goliath Visual Space, studio manager SVA sculpture dept.
Organizer: Libby Seaberg, artist, ATOA board member
Organizer: Marsha Trattner, sculptor

Video tapes of our panels are available for purchase. Help support ATOA by buying tapes of the panels that interest you.

Copyright 2005, Artists Talk On Art, all rights reserved.

The end of 2005.

ATOA wishes to thank the Phoenix Gallery,
The SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery,
The Lily Auchincloss Foundation,
The Lower Manhattan Community Council,
The Bachman Foundation,
and Weinick, Sanders and Leventhal, CPAs, for their generous support.

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