Fern T. Apfel
Means of Grace, 1999
19 x 24 inches
in 1936 by the Albany Institute of History & Art, the Artists of
the Mohawk Hudson Region Juried Exhibition highlights some of the
most significant contemporary art being made by artists living within
a one hundred mile radius of the Capital Region.
Mohawk Hudson Region Juried Exhibition is among the longest running
consecutive regionals in the nation. Since 1971, the Regional has
rotated amongst the University Art Museum, the Albany Institute
of History & Art and the Schenectady Museum. The Mohawk Hudson Region
Juried Exhibition is supported annually by the area business community.
Each year, area businesses contribute cash awards and all three
participating museums make purchases for their collections. Two
regional galleries--Albany Center Galleries and Artforms Gallery--will
each award a one-person exhibition to the artist of their choice.
This year the University Art Museum received entries from over 150
regional artists. The final juried selection includes approximately
120 works by 42 artists. A variety of mediums are represented including
video, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and installation.
juror for this year's Mohawk Hudson Regional is internationally acclaimed
artist, Xu Bing. Xu Bing is a recipient of a 1999 MacArthur
Fellowship Genius Award. In 1996, Xu Bing exhibited his seminal installation,
"A Book from the Sky" at the University Art Museum. Combining the
intricacies of ancient Chinese printmaking and calligraphy with the
rigors of contemporary conceptual art practice, Xu Bing's work is
an ongoing reflection on the complexities of bridging culture, language,
and meaning. Xu Bing received a Master of Fine Arts in 1987 from Beijing
Central Academy of Fine Art. Since emigrating to the United States
in 1990, he has had solo exhibitions in all corners of the world including
China, Japan, Australia, Africa, Europe, Finland, Canada and the United