NEW SEMANTICS GALLERY
THE 29TH CEDARHURST BIENNIAL COMPETITION EXHIBIT
August 8 – October 10, 2021
Members’ Preview Reception: Saturday, August 7 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Preview Reception Admission: $5.00 | Cedarhurst Members and Exhibiting Artists – free
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:
The 2021 Biennial presents the best in contemporary art from southern Illinois. The exhibition provides a barometer of how artists in the region are critically and aesthetically responding to their worlds.This Biennial was the first to have a “theme”. Artists were challenged to create and submit art in response to the world’s once-in-a-lifetime spectacle inadequately named “2020.” Social and political turmoil, COVID-19, and economic downturns are only some of the challenges the world faced, and turned back. The artworks in the exhibition portray a wide range of topics featuring interpersonal relationships, the family, and the individual. There is throughout all the artworks, a reflexive understanding of media and its expressive qualities.
ABOUT THE JUDGE:
Margaret Rieckenberg is an art historian based in St. Louis. Rieckenberg holds a Master of Arts in Art History from Washington University, St. Louis with specialization in twentieth-century European and American art. Her academic research centered on postwar and early contemporary art, specifically the evolution of nontraditional media and practice in art of the 1960s and 1970s and its utilization in social structuring. Rieckenberg’s current position with Barrett Barrera Projects is Associate Curator of projects+gallery, St. Louis.