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2008 National Juried Show:
Juror: William Bailey

May 9 - June 27, 2008

Opening Reception: Fri, May 9, 5:30-7:30

An additional reception will be held as part of the Audubon Arts on the Edge Coordinated Gallery Openings on Saturday, June 7, from 4 to 7 pm.


Creative Arts Workshop presents Painting as Presence, a national exhibition revealing some of the richness and diversity of painters working today.  Juried by William Bailey, Kingman Brewster Professor of Art Emeritus, Yale University, Painting as Presence features seventy-nine artists from across the country “seeking to bring life and presence from inert materials,” according to Mr. Bailey.  The exhibition of eighty-five total works will be on view in the Workshop’s two-story Hilles Gallery from May 9 to June 30 and an opening reception will be held on Friday, May 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  An additional reception will be held as part of the Audubon Arts on the Edge Coordinated Gallery Openings on Saturday, June 7, from 4 to 7 pm.

The jurying process for Painting as Presence was highly selective with over 1100 entries submitted by 383 artists.  Mr. Bailey truly examined each entry over the course of two days and the diversity of the exhibition varies with styles and subjects, ranging from realistic landscapes, portraits, and still lifes to abstract works that focus on the spatial context, movement, and color.  Each artwork has its own presence in the exhibition – one painting focuses on the process of painting, another expresses mortality and pain, yet another deals with the aesthetics of surface.  Together, the works present an interesting palette for the show.

Creative Arts Workshop holds a national juried exhibition each year to showcase the work of emerging and established artists from across the nation, highlighting its mission of fostering creativity through participation in and appreciation of the visual arts.



William Bailey selected two prizewinners to share a two-person exhibition at Creative Arts Workshop in 2009: Helen Byler (West Haven, CT) and Carrie Mae Smith (West Tisbury, MA).  He also awarded six Honorable Mentions in order to recognize the tremendous quality of the work in Painting as Presence: Julia Coash (New Haven, CT), Bryn Gillette (New Milford, CT), Marsha Goldberg (Highland Park, NJ), Willard Lustenader (Greenwich, CT), James Swainbank (Torrington, CT), and Brian Washburn (New York, NY).



CAW is pleased to note that prizewinner Helen Byler (West Haven, CT) is a faculty member in the Drawing & Painting department at CAW and former head of the department, and honorable mention recipient Willard Lustanader (Greenwich, CT) has been a member of the CAW faculty.  A number of additional participating artists have also had ties to CAW and a number of them continue to: Binnie Birstein (Weston, CT), Eileen Carey (Milford, CT), Eileen Eder (Guilford, CT), Josh Gaetjen (New Haven, CT), Jean Galli (Branford, CT), Kathy Kane (East Haven, CT), Peter Rumbin (Hamden, CT), and Deirdre Schiffer (Branford, CT).



Almost four hundred artists from all over the country submitted eleven hundred entries for this exhibition.  Their paintings reflected a wide range of attitudes, conventions, and sensibilities.  Our selection process required two days of intense looking and I studied the same works again and again in an attempt to create an exhibition of both quality and diversity.  There was a great deal of good work – more than the space allowed me to include.  Finally, only seventy-nine artists could be accepted.  I congratulate them and also wish to praise and encourage many others whose work had to be eliminated.  Here’s to the magic of painting and to those who pursue the transcendent form.

-Juror William Bailey, Kingman Brewster Professor of Art Emeritus, Yale University.



William Bailey was born in Iowa in 1930.  He attended the University of Kansas from 1948 to 1951, served in combat with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and later studied painting with Josef Albers at Yale University, where he received a BFA in 1955 and MFA in 1957.

Mr. Bailey has had solo exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad.  His work can be found in the permanent collections of museums such as: Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Yale University Art Gallery.  He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1965 and an Ingram Merrill Fellowship in 1975.  In 1982 he was elected to the National Academy of Design and in 1986 to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He is also a member of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, Rome.

Mr. Bailey taught at the Yale School of Art for many years and is now Kingman Brewster Professor Emeritus.  In addition to his teaching at Yale, he has taught at Indiana University, Cooper Union, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

He is the subject of two monographs, William Bailey by Mark Strand, Abrams, NY, and William Bailey by John Hollander and Giuliano Briganti, Rizzoli, NY.

William Bailey lives and works in Connecticut and in Umbria, Italy.  His most recent exhibition was at the Betty Cunningham Gallery in New York, October and November 2007.




2007: Ceramic Abstraction: Exploration and Evidence, juried by Paula Winokur, internationally renowned ceramic artist

2006: Particular Places, juried by Bernard Chaet William Leffingwell Professor of Painting Emeritus Yale University School of Art

2005: Close to Home, juried by Jacquelyn D. Serwer, Chief Curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.





Gulgun Aliriza (NY)
Adiwit Ansathammarat (NY)
Tracy Baker-White (MA)
Binnie Birstein (CT)
David Bradford (NY)
Michelle Brown (MA)
Ron Buffington (TN)
Helen Byler (CT)
Eileen Carey (CT)
Patty Castner (PA)
Denyce Celentano (LA)
Kay Knight Clarke (CT)
Julia Coash (CT)
V. Lee Cordon (CT)
Peter Crow (MI)
Susan Demchak (MA)
Marc Deppe (NY)
Mike Dowley (GA)
Brett Eberhardt (IL)
Rita Edelman (MA)
Eileen Eder (CT)
Margaret Embree (VA)
Mark W. Forman (FL)
Richard Fox (MA)
Josh Gaetjen (CT)
Jean Galli (CT)
Emily Gherard (WA)
Bryn Gillette (CT)
Marsha Goldberg (NJ)
Christi Haupt (TX)
Lorey Hobbs (CO)
John Irwin (RI)
Thomas C. Jackson (IA)
Andrew Jones (NY)
Kathy Kane (CT)
Linda Pearlman Karlsberg (MA)
Ariela Kuh (MA)
Steven Labadessa (PA)
Derek Leka (CT)
Janet Lucroy (CA)
Willard Lustenader (CT)
Sangram Majumdar (MD)
Kristin Malin (ME)
Lindsay McCulloch (MA)
James McManus (MA)
Paul Mindell (CT)
Stephen Mishol (MA)
Brooke Molla (AZ)
Kathy A. Moore (OH)
Armin Muhsam (MO)
James Mullen (ME)
Gage Opdenbrouw (CA)
Iris Osterman (MA)
Michele Provost (RI)
Alison Rector (ME)
Christina Renfer (MA)
Beverly Rippel (MA)
Stephen Rose (NY)
Peter Rumbin (CT)
Jeanne Rundell (NM)
Lisa Gabriella Russell (MA)
Ken Sahr (ME)
Deirdre Schiffer (CT)
Elinore Schnurr (NY)
Anders Shafer (WI)
David Shiner (IN)
Blake Shirley (CT)
Carrie Mae Smith (MA)
James Swainbank (CT)
Alexander Taylor (KY)
Nancy Tips (VT)
Tim Trelease (MA)
Marie Van Elder (CA)
Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda (MA)
Joseph Vivilecchia (NH)
Jennifer Vogel (CA)
Bryan Warner (NJ)
Brian Washburn (NY)
Brian Gill Wendler (CT)



In the world of contemporary art the critical establishment often ignores or dismisses painting as being an outmoded form – historically superceded.  Yet painting’s audience continues to grow and large numbers of young artists continue to paint.  Like poetry, music, dance or drama, it is a form, not just another medium.  Through the centuries that form has retained its capacity to express the vision of painters as different as Giotto and de Kooning.  I hope this exhibition will reveal some of the richness and diversity of painters working today - seeking to bring life and presence from inert materials. Art is rare but the struggle to achieve it can offer surprising glimpses.

-Juror William Bailey, Kingman Brewster Professor of Art Emeritus, Yale University.