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2009 National Juried Show

Built, Unbuilt or Just Imagined

Juror: Janet Echelman

April 10 - May 15, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 11, 5:30 - 7:30


Creative Arts Workshop presents Sky’s the Limit: Built, Unbuilt, or Just Imagined, a national exhibition featuring audacious art projects that address the relationship of our physical environment to human life.  Juried by Janet Echelman, internationally recognized artist specializing in public art installations and sculpture, Sky’s the Limit features twenty-one artists from across the country.  The exhibition will be on view in the Workshop’s two-story Hilles Gallery from April 10 to May 15 and an opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The jurying process for Sky’s the Limit was highly selective with over 200 entries submitted by more than 100 artists.  Echelman chose many different methods of expression including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, and conceptual art, ranging from representational to abstract.  Important to Echelman in choosing the work was “the ability of a work to communicate an idea experientially to the viewer through visual means.”

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.

Sky's the Limit is generously sponsored by Suzio YorkHill and People's United Bank.



Janet Echelman selected two prizewinners to share a two-person exhibition at Creative Arts Workshop in 2010: Jennifer Kaufman (San Francisco, CA) and Casey Lynch (Providence, RI).  In order to recognize the innovative ideas presented in Sky’s the Limit, Echelman also awarded three Merit Recognitions to Todd Lim (Stamford, CT), Rachel Newsam (Watertown, MA)/Vaclav Sipla (Foxboro, MA), and Melanie Rose Peterson (Jamaica Plain, MA) and Honorable Mentions to Alexandra Diracles (Brooklyn, NY), Bastien Desfriches Doria (Chicago, IL), and K. Koh (New Haven, CT). 



Creative Arts Workshop is pleased to note that participating artists Kelley Kapp (Guilford, CT) and Philip Levine (Stratford, CT) are CAW faculty members.  Linda Lindroth (New Haven, CT) is a former faculty member, and K. Koh (New Haven, CT) and Mikhael Shevelkin (New Haven, CT) have studied at the Workshop.



Of the many hundreds of entries reviewed in my role as juror for Sky’s The Limit, my personal criteria were clarity of vision and the compelling nature of that vision. 

I selected many different methods of expression – including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, and conceptual art – and included as many points as possible on the number line between representation and abstraction.  Important for me was the ability of a work to communicate an idea experientially to the viewer through visual means.

For me the test of a good work of art is whether it creates in the viewer a desire to experience it, and at the same time, completely satisfies that desire.

As you view the works here in Sky’s the Limit, I hope you are able to enter into the compelling visions of these diverse artists. 

-Janet Echelman, Juror



Through her art, Janet Echelman reshapes urban airspace with monumental public sculptures that respond to environmental forces including wind, water, and sunlight.

This year, the artist inaugurates two major art commissions in North America: one for the Phoenix Civic Space in Phoenix, Arizona, titled Her secret is patience, a 100-foot-tall sculpture that makes the pattern of desert winds visible to the human eye and casts intricate shadow drawings onto the ground. The other is for the Olympic Ice Oval, an official venue for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. This $7.7 million project takes the run-off water from the building's 5-acre roof and transforms it into a water garden intersected by red curved pedestrian bridges, "water-drawing" aeration fountains, and red and orange, netted 'sky lanterns' that respond to the wind.

Portugal is home to Echelman’s recent She Changes, a 160-foot-tall waterfront netted wind sculpture suspended above a 3-lane highway roundabout, which received the IFAI International Achievement Award and the Public Art Network's Year in Review Award.  Her team won the Hoboken September 11th Memorial competition, which will result in construction of a new freestanding island in the Hudson River.

Exhibitions of her painting, prints, and sculpture have been held in Venice, Madrid, Bombay, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Kyoto, and New York City.  Recipient of the Harvard GSD Loeb Fellowship, the Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship, a Fulbright Lectureship, and grants from New York Foundation for the Arts, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Japan Foundation, and Rotary International Foundation, she currently serves on the national board of the Fulbright Association, and the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards.

Echelman is currently Visiting Fellow at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. After graduating from Harvard College in 1987 with Highest Honors in Visual Studies, she received graduate degrees in painting and in psychology.  From 1988-1993, Janet lived as an artist on the island of Bali, Indonesia, before moving to New York City.  She now lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband and their two children.




2008: Painting as Presence, juried by William Bailey, Kingman Brewster Professor of Art Emeritus, Yale University

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.




Bill Bahmermann (PA)
Lisa di Donato (PA)
Alexandra Diracles (NY)
Bastien Desfriches Doria (IL)
Artemis Herber (MD)
Fritz Horstman (CT)
Kelley Kapp (CT)
Jennifer Kaufman (CA)
K. Koh (CT)
Philip Levine (CT)
Todd Lim (CT)
Linda Lindroth/ Craig Newick (CT)
Casey Lynch (RI)
Armin Mühsam (MO)
Tony Murray (NY)
Rachel Newsam/ Vaclav Sipla (MA)
Melanie Rose Peterson (MA)
Walter Plotnick (PA)
Gillian Schroeder (MA)
Mikhail Shevelkin (CT)
Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda (MA)



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Built, Unbuilt or Just Imagined

This exhibition actively seeks audacious art projects that address the relationship of our physical environment to human life.  An improbable scenario, a disruptive innovation.  An idea that’s explosive, but you may never have developed it fully because it seemed impossible to realize.

Your submission may be visualized using drawing, painting, digital imagery, photography, sculpture, installation, or any hybrid format.

Works that are the result of personal inquiry or independent research are actively encouraged.  Work may explore issues of environmental sustainability, industrial and cultural production, the limits of materials, the trajectory of human consumption, or the human condition with respect to the physical world.

-Janet Echelman, Juror


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