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"Dahesh Museum:
Drawing from the Live Model "

This provocative evening explores how drawing from the live model has evolved over the past 150 years. Speakers include the director of the Dahesh Museum, America's only institution devoted to 19th century academic art.

Moderator: Peter Trippi, director of the Dahesh Museum of Art
Panelist: Inka Essenhigh, artist
Panelist: Carol Kino, art reporter
Panelist: Will Barnet, artist (b. 1911)
Organizer: Ann Lydecker, ATOA Programming Director


"Curator's Choice Winners"

Curator's Choice contest winners will appear on a panel moderated by Michael Walls, juror of this year's contest. The winner's work was shown in a group exhibition at Nix Gallery. Find out what goes on in the mind of a juror, and learn the secrets of winning future contests.

Moderator: Michael Walls, independent curator
Panelist: Nina Maric, artist
Panelist: Huang Yi Min, artist
Panelist: Linda Tharp, artist
Panelist: Laura B. King, artist
Organizer: ATOA , Contest Committee


"Seven Contemporary Photographers from China"

Seven contemporary Chinese photographers, most of whose work has never before been seen outside of China, are the focus of the dialog between critic and author, A. D. Coleman and ATOA board chairman, Doug Sheer. There will be a screening of selections from these photographers' projects: Chen Yuangzhong, Hua Er, Jia Yu Chuan, Li Nan, Yang Yan Kang, Yu Haibo, and Zhang Xinmin. They are mostly from south China, many of them based in the city of Shenzhen. Coleman encountered their work and met a number of them personally during two trips to China over the past six months. The subject matter of their projects includes the transvestite demimonde, rural Catholicism, matrilineal culture, prostitution, and the urban nightclub and music scene.

Moderator: Doug Sheer, ATOA chairman
Panelist: A. D. Coleman, author and critic
Organizer: Doug Sheer, ATOA Chairman

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"Ruth Kligman and Barnaby Ruhe in Dialog"

The authentic Ruth Kligman, a retrospective interview. An artist who came up during the Abstract-Expressionist era, muse to Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and other first generation Abstract Expressionists talks about her life and work.

Moderator: Barnaby Ruhe, Ph.D., artist, NYU professor
Panelist: Ruth Kligman, artist
Organizer: Barnaby Ruhe


"Carlo Maria Mariani"

The Italian born Carlo Maria Mariani is a contemporary conceptual classical painter whose work is in important collections all over the world. Feautring a biographical survey of Mariani's entire career from his earliest efforts as a precocious adolescent studying in Rome making mosaics in churches, through the '80s when he became an international art celebrity, to his recent move to New York and his current output.

Moderator: Ann Lydecker
Panelist: Carol Lane, curator
Panelist: Carlo Maria Mariani, artist
Panelist: David Ebony, author, associate managing editor of Art in America
Organizer: Ann Lydecker, Programming Director ATOA


"Leon Golub:
Homage and Legacy "

This panel celebrates the rich life, powerful art and social conscience of Leon Golub. It will include socially involved organizations, as well as members of the art world who combine high creativity with political content. Join members of the art community in honoring the late political artist.

Moderator: Ronald Feldman, owner and director of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts
Panelist: Phong Bui, publisher, Brooklyn Rail
Panelist: David Marcus, artist, art writer and curator
Panelist: Michael Ratner, president, Center for Constitutional Rights
Organizer: Lynne Mayocole, artist
Organizer: Sam Wiener, artist


"Computer Invasion of the Art World"

The panelists investigate and discuss how artistic expression can survive and prosper within the onslaught of mass computerization.

Moderator: Trilby Schreiber, artist
Panelist: Barbara Nessim, artist
Panelist: John Simon, artist
Panelist: Brad Paley, artist
Organizer: Trilby Schreiber, artist

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"How has the ?Digital Revolution? altered the domains of printmaking and photography?
Will they survive as distinct fine art media? "

The "Digital Revolution" challenges the entire production and nature of images. Photography and printmaking bear the brunt of change and challenge because of their very nature: flat, 2-D, reproducible. We have all adjusted by now but to what precisely? What are the challenges, the adjustments and changes? By, to and for whom? What is the impact on artists, academic art departments, curators and collectors? Will printmaking and photography even survive as distinct art media? Are they co-mingling into a new media called 2D digital imaging? If so, what are the standards, if any, among artists who work in digital printmaking and photography, in art schools, and for those who curate and collect? Are there uniform standards? Does this new emergence affect past standards and structures as well as the future of art objects and the ways we approach them? The panel is composed of representatives from each area of expertise and artists from both traditional and digital media.

Moderator: Richard Leslie, art historian, critic, professor at SVA and SUNY Stony Brook, NY
Panelist: Charles Traub, Director of The School of Visual Arts MFA Photography Video & Related Media Dept
Panelist: Michal Smith, Director of the Print Center, Philly; co-owner Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints
Panelist: Edward W. Earle, Curator of Digital Media, International Center of Photography, New York City
Panelist: Hilary Lorenz, traditional & digital printmaker, Associate Professor Long Island University
Panelist: Eleni Mylonas, digital artist working in 2- and 3-dimensional media
Organizer: Cynthia J. Pannucci, Founder/Director, Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI)


"Performance: aLive Art
An Evening of Performance & discussion "

An evening of live, digital & virtual performances with video, recorder music, butoh, mysterious props, movement, stillness, costumes, voice, text, tinfoil, crying, singing, love, noise, sound, silence and so forth? The theme of the evening? (though not the performances) to be performance art in general & the 7 Years of Living Art in particular; how it came to be & what it means to our work. Annie Sprinkle & Elizabeth Stephens, performance artists, art-lifers, creators of Loveartlab project will appear virtually.

Moderator: Vernita N'Cognita , artist, director of Viridian Gallery, art-lifer
Moderator: Linda Montano, artist, creator 7 Years of Living Art, founder Art/Life Institute, art-lifer
Panelist: Martha Wilson, founder of Franklin Furnace
Panelist: Michelle Bush, performance artist, art-lifer
Panelist: Koosil-Ja Hwang, performance artist, art-lifer
Panelist: Scott Durkin, performance artist, art-lifer
Panelist: Barbara Carrellas, performance artist, art-lifer
Panelist: Ester Smith, performance artist, art-lifer, founder EK Smith Museum
Organizer: Lynne Mayocole, artist
Organizer: Vernita Nemec, artist, curator


"Michael Goldberg & Molly Barnes in Dialog"

Michael Goldberg, a second generation Abstract Expressionist painter, studied at the Art Students League with Jose de Creeft and Hans Hofmann, but it was Willem de Kooning and his use of fiery brushwork and explosive color who would prove to be Goldberg's greatest influence. Goldberg has exhibited at: Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Lennon Weinberg, New York, NY; Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL; Galleria Peccolo, Livorno, Italy; Galerie Biedermann Munich, Germany, and Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY, among others.

Moderator: Molly Barnes, art dealer, writer, critic, radio host
Panelist: Michael Goldberg, artist
Organizer: Fran Kornfeld, artist


"ATOA Slide Competition
Postal Deadline March 26, 2006 "

Our annual "Curator's Choice" juried slide competition to benefit Artists Talk on Art (ATOA), America's longest continuously running forum for art discussions. Everyone who enters receives a free ticket to our discussion of the winning work. There will be an exhibition of the winners at Caelum Gallery, in the Chelsea art district of New York. The juror is Nicholas Bergman, gallery co-director. All traditional media are accepted. Extended Postal Deadline: March 27th ! Download the prospectus from ATOA's website:


"Environmental Art"

Panel featuring environmentally conscious artists who work with recycled materials or depict the environment.

Moderator: Margaret Lydecker, artist
Panelist: Suzi Matthews, artist
Panelist: Ellen Levy, Michael Steinberg Fine Art
Panelist: Donna Marxer, director of Artists In Residence in the Everglades (AIRIE)
Panelist: Veronica Kovachi, painter
Panelist: E. Bates Wilson
Organizer: Ann Lydecker, programming director of ATOA

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"Abstract Painting:
Endangered Species "

Is abstract painting finally passe, consigned to appear only in retrospectives and documentary films? These painters will draw on their long careers to debate this question.

Moderator: Corinne Robbins, professor at Pratt Institute
Panelist: Ed Clark, painter
Panelist: Pat Passlof, painter
Panelist: Geoff Dorfman, painter
Panelist: Max Gimblett, painter
Organizer: Lynne Mayocole, artist, president ATOA



These distinguished specialists will discuss the burning issues and debates of Korean Contemporary Art. They will treat recent concerns in this field such as: is there a Korean sensibility? And if so, what drives it, and to what extent is it influenced by its context? How do Korean artists see themselves: Is Korean art re-nationalizing in the post-globalist climate?

Moderator: Thalia Vrachopoulos, Professor of Korean Art
Panelist: Robert C. Morgan, International Critic and Author
Panelist: Iris Moon, Independent Curator
Panelist: Rosemary O'neill, Associate Chair, Parsons School of Design
Panelist: J. Y. Kim, Social Sciences, New School Social Research
Organizer: Joan Giordano, artist


"Post, Post Modern"

Gallerists, curators, and critics discuss the future of post modern art. What are visual examples of the most recent trends? What societal and technological developments will influence these trends? Finally, what educated predictions will they make about the direction of contemporary art in the future?

Moderator: Chris Twomey, artist, writer
Panelist: Lea Rekow, artist, founding director of Gigantic Art Space
Panelist: Francis Hwang, net artist, software engineer, former director of technology for
Panelist: Joel Beck, co-partner of Roebling Hall Galleries
Panelist: Ben Goldman, artist and director of City Without Walls
Panelist: Tamara Wyndham, artist
Panelist: Chris Twomey, artist, writer
Organizer: Tamara Wyndham, artist
Organizer: Chris Twomey, artist

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"Curator's Choice
- ATOA's Annual Slide Competition "

Curator's Choice contest winners will appear on a panel moderated by Nicholas Bergman, co-director of Caelum Gallery and juror of this year's contest. The winner's work will be shown in a group exhibition at Caelum Gallery. Find out what goes on in the mind of a juror, and learn the secrets of winning future contests. Everyone who entered this contest is admitted free.

Moderator: Nicholas Bergman, co-director of Caelum Gallery
Panelist: Stephan Fowkles, artist
Panelist: Donna Dodson, artist
Panelist: Myrna Minter-Forster, artist
Panelist: Ben Fink, artist
Organizer: ATOA Contest Committee


"Aesthetic Realism:
The Opposites of Technique and Feeling in Film "

The noted Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman, President of Imagery Film, Ltd., will screen his latest film, Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana, based on the 1925 Nation prize-winning poem by Eli Siegel. Kimmelman will also show his short social and political issue films, some produced for the United Nations, and speak about what he's learned from Aesthetic Realism.

Moderator: Marcia Rackow, artist, Aesthetic Realism consultant
Panelist: Edward Green, composer
Panelist: Jennifer Basnyat, digital artist
Panelist: Bernie Hayden, sound designer
Organizer: Ken Kimmelman, filmmaker

No panels June - August

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"Studio Museum of Harlem"

Join Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, for an in-depth discussion with contemporary artists about their work, experiences of The Studio Museum, and their take on the art world.

Moderator: Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem
Panelist: Deborah Grant, artist
Panelist: Nadine Robinson, artist
Panelist: Kehinde Wiley, artist
Organizer: Ann Lydecker, Director of Programming of ATOA and Principal of

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"Chinese Contemporary Artists"

China's domestic art scene has seen astonishing maturation since the late 1990's where exhibitions were "underground". China has come a long way to where Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen have countless galleries, project spaces, theaters, foundations and museums.

Moderator: Mathieu Borysevicz, curator and critic
Panelist: Jack Tilton, NY Gallerist
Panelist: Lin Yilin, performance artist
Panelist: Doreen Liu Heng, an architect who has shown at the Shanghai Biennial & Guangzhou Triennial
Panelist: Christopher Phillips, curator at ICP, and critic for Art in America
Organizer: Mathieu Borysevicz, curator and critic


"Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA):
Legal and Business Issues for Arts Professionals "

This workshop will cover the major legal and business issues faced by arts professionals. Topics will include the major issues in contract, intellectual property law and entity formation/incorporation.

Panelist: Elena M. Paul, Executive Director of VLA
Panelist: Alexi Auld, Director of Legal Services at VLA
Organizer: Doug Sheer, Chairperson of ATOA


"The Business of Being an Artist II"

Business of being an artist, and the artist's voice, and how to speak with it to sell your art. The Artists Marketing Voice, how to define your audience: galleries, private collectors, corporate or retail...etc. How to define and target your consumer through conventional and electronic media. This will be an open discussion between four completely different points of view and disciplines that all market art: fine art exhibtion currator, commercial artists' agent, gallariest and working artist.

Moderator: Mark Weiner, painter - and publisher of
Panelist: Molly Barnes, Curator, art dealer and author
Panelist: Meghan Carleton, is a senior associate at Art Finance Partners, and currator of AFP Galleries
Panelist: Richard Solomon, Commercial Artists' Agent - Founder of Richard Solomon Artists' Representative
Panelist: Donna Walker-Kuhne, Specialist in Audience development and Arts Marketing
Organizer: Mark Weiner, painter

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"The Hudson Valley Art Scene"

Artists and representatives of the thriving Hudson Valley discuss the growth of the art scene in the region.

Moderator: Richard Reeve, Director of the Catskill Art Society
Panelist: Carol Wax, mezzotint artist
Panelist: Harold Plochberger, Founder of the Beacon Artists Union
Organizer: Richard Reeve, Director of the Catskill Art Society


"Collecting Today's Art in Today's World"

This panel will be held at 8 pm at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NY, NY 10003, and is open to the public free of charge to the extent space permits. Learn how to put together a collection with vision, heart and not too much money. An analytical exploration of what's new in collecting. How collecting has changed with thw advent of art fairs, alternative ways of navigating the market and secrets the auction houses don't want you to know.

Moderator: Joan Giordano, artist
Panelist: Alexis Hubshman, President of SCOPE Art Fair
Panelist: Jason Rosenfeld, professor at Marymount Manhattan College
Panelist: Gregory J. Peterson, Collector of Contemporary Realistic Art
Panelist: Lowery Sims, adjunct curator at the Studio Museum and former Curator of Modern Art at the Met
Panelist: Missy Sullivan, editor of Forbes Collector
Organizer: Joan Giordano, artist


"Healing the Heart:
Remembering 9/11 "

Artists Jonathan Hyman and Michael 'Rocco' Pinciotti both responded to the tragic events of 9/11 with their moving photographic essays; they each capture the myriad public images,from personal memorials to tattoos to flags everywhere, mark the deep emotional response they witnessed.

Panelist: Jonathan Hyman, "New Americans:Visual Response to 9/11"
Panelist: Michael 'Rocco' Pinciott, "Flags of NY"
Organizer: Doug Sheer, ATOA Chairperson


"ATOA Gala Benefit Auction Tonight

Honorary Chairpersons Ronald Feldman, of Ronald Feldman Fine Art, Missy Sullivan, Editor of Forbes Collector, Peter Trippi, Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur, and Auction Chairperson Joan Giordano invite you to bid on over 150 artworks starting at $150. Silent and live auctions featuring the works of Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Will Barnet, Leon Golub, Mark Kostabi, George McNeil, Claus Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Nancy Spero and Andy Warhol. You can preview the works, buy tickets for $40, and bid online at until 4:00 pm today. The silent auction starts at 6:00 pm at the Chelsea Art Museum, 22nd St. & 11th Ave. Admission will be $50 at the door.

Organizer: ATOA Auction Committee


"Inspiration, Influence, or Intrusion:
How Do Historical Masterworks Inform Artmaking Now? "

Inspiration, Influence, or Intrusion: How Do Historical Masterworks Inform Artmaking Now? The Manhttan-based British artist Melinda Camber Porter has created a body of work informed explicitly by William Blake (1757-1827). Fine Art Connoisseur editor Peter Trippi will briefly survey the work of Blake and his 19th-century "followers" and consider the sensibility that Camber Porter shares with her historical mentor.

Moderator: Peter Trippi, Editor, Fine Art Connoisseur magazine
Panelist: Melinda Camber Porter, artist
Organizer: Ann Lydecker, ATOA Programming Director

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"The Day After World AIDS Day
Creativity and Determination "

Looking beyond December 1, 2006: Using creativity and determination in a time of greed and prejudice.

Moderator: Wayne Snellen, director of the Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation
Panelist: Elliot Bassman, artist
Panelist: Yoshua Eyal, artist, photographer of AIDS caregivers
Panelist: Eric Rhein, artist
Panelist: William Donovan, artist, member of Visual AIDS
Organizer: Flash Light, artist


"Synesthesia and Perception"

Art historians, philosophers, poets and composers have long been fascinated by what they often incorrectly term synesthesia. Ironically perhaps the only thing straight forward about synesthesia is its definition. Neuroscientists have confirmed that synesthesia occurs when an individual receives a stimulous in one sense modality and simultaneous experiences a sensation in another, e.g. hearing sound in color.

Moderator: Greta Berman, art historian
Panelist: Lawrence E. Marks, researcher
Panelist: Marcia Smilack, photographer
Panelist: Carol Steen, artist, co-founder American Synesthesia Association, Inc.
Organizer: Charles Meyers, Artist


"Kenneth Snelson in Dialog with Doug Sheer"

Sculptor and digital artist Ken Snelson is represented by Marlborough Gallery and has works in collections throughout the world. Snelson will not only discuss his work and theory of tensegrity and years at Black Mountain College, but the complex process of creating and installing outdoor sculpture.

Panelist: Ken Snelson, Sculptor and digital artist
Panelist: Doug Sheer, ATOA founder and digital artist
Organizer: Lynne Mayocole, ATOA president

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Copyright 2006, Artists Talk On Art, all rights reserved.

The end of 2006.

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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