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May 8 – July 10, 2016
Different Roads – Same Destination
Featuring the work of Arthur Simms & Randy Wray

Curated by John Alexander
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2-5 pm

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Different Roads-Same Destination Cover

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June 5, 2016, 2:00-3:30pm
A Curator/Artists Tour of the Exhibition
With Curator, John Alexander and Artists, Arthur Simms & Randy Wray

RSVP 718-937-6317 or registrar@dorsky.org

Simms Wray
Arthur Simms, The Blue House, 2011, 2015; Randy Wray, Accelerator, 2011

John Alexander, curator of Different Roads–Same Destination joined by exhibiting artists, Arthur Simms and Randy Wray will lead a walk-through of the exhibition. The curator will discuss the genesis of the exhibition, highlighting commonalities and differences in the works of the two sculptors. The artists will discuss their practices including their choice of materials and use of found objects and the biographical, cultural and artistic influences underpinning their work.

John Alexander is a New York-based arts administrator. Having worked at the Museum of Modern Art and the Morgan Library & Museum, he is a tireless advocate on the behalf of artists in bringing their work to the public. He has lectured and taught classes on museum practices at conferences and symposiums in New York, Boston, Houston and Valladolid, Spain. He holds an undergraduate degree in art history from the University of Texas, Austin and attended graduate school at the City University of New York, Hunter College.

Arthur Simms was born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica. He immigrated to Brooklyn, NY as a child and received both a Masters Degree in Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College. Mr. Simms has exhibited nationally and internationally, including representing the country of Jamaica in its first ever Pavilion in the 49th Venice Biennial in 2001. Other venues include The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Neuberger Museum of Art, American Academy of Arts and Letters, MoMA PS1, American Academy in Rome, Queens Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, Islip Art Museum and Prospect Park. Mr. Simms has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Rome Prize Fellowship, Academy Award for Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Creative Capital Grant, Guggenheim Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Residency Award from the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and Pollock-Krasner Grant. Arthur Simms is an Associate Professor and the Arts Program Director at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY here in Long Island City.

Randy Wray, a painter and sculptor, attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and received his BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Gottlieb Grant and a NYFA Fellowship. Wray has had solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad, most notably at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Galeria Camargo Vilaça, White Columns, Derek Eller Gallery and Greenville County Art Museum. He has been included in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, Cranbrook Art Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, Kate MacGarry, Feature Inc., and Kohler Arts Center. Randy Wray’s work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro, Columbus Museum of Art, Greenville County Art Museum, Rubin Museum of Art and Weatherspoon Art Museum. Residencies include Skowhegan and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program. His work has appeared in Art in America, Artforum, ARTnews, BOMB and The New York Times. He recently
curated Rock Hound Swap Meet at Junior Projects. Born in North Carolina, the artist lives and works in New York.

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June 19, 2016, 1:00-4:00pm
A Collage Workshop
Led by Artist, Arthur Simms

Advance Registration Required
RSVP 718-937-6317 or registrar@dorsky.org

Simms Ego Sum Simms Roman Soldier
Arthur Simms: Ego Sum, Portrait of a Junk Collector, 1994, 2014-15; Roman Soldier, 2010

The exhibiting artist, Arthur Simms will lead a collage workshop in which participants will learn to use the language of collage to articulate artistic ideas. Simms will begin by defining what collage is, while discussing its rich foundation and history. The artist will talk about the nature of collage materials and the choices artists make regarding those materials. Simms will address how he himself finds meaning in materials and incorporates that significance into his own art. Following a demonstration by the artist, participants will be guided through the creation of their own collages using a variety of materials. Attendees will be provided with magazine, construction paper, newspaper, cloth, thread, yarn and other commonplace materials to incorporate into their artworks. Participants are invited to bring additional items of personal meaning to incorporate into their assemblages. The afternoon will conclude with a reflection on the various collages created, and discussion of the ideas underpinning the process
of collage.

Arthur Simms was born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica. He immigrated to Brooklyn, NY as a child and received both a Masters Degree in Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College. Mr. Simms has exhibited nationally and internationally, including representing the country of Jamaica in its first ever Pavilion in the 49th Venice Biennial in 2001. Other venues include The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Neuberger Museum of Art, American Academy of Arts and Letters, MoMA PS1, American Academy in Rome, Queens Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, Islip Art Museum and Prospect Park. Mr. Simms has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Rome Prize Fellowship, Academy Award for Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Creative Capital Grant, Guggenheim Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Residency Award from the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and Pollock-Krasner Grant. Arthur Simms is an Associate Professor and the Arts Program Director at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY here in Long Island City.

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