Expanded Art Ideas
Expanded Art Ideas, Artists Space's arts education program, has the mission of encouraging both mainstream and special education students in New York City's public schools to develop a personal artistic voice and to utilize their individual creative capacities by providing them with the skills to communicate, document, and publicly exhibit their innovations and talents. The program's courses augment 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classroom curricula not just in the visual arts, but in language arts as well. Since its inception, the program has closely adhered to New York State standards for teaching visual arts and most recently with New York City's Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: Visual Arts Benchmarks.
In 1995, Expanded Art Ideas was conceived by Thread Waxing Space's Executive Director Ellen Salpeter and Art Education Director Chrysanne Stathacos. When Thread Waxing Space closed, Expanded Art Ideas was adopted by Artists Space. Since that time, the program has grown to encompass five formal course offerings: Portfolio Development, Photo Club, Artists in/ed Space, Arts & Literacy: Bookmaking, Raise the Flag, and Threads of History: Sculpture Masks & Raise the Flag.
Now more than a decade-old, the program has a proven track record of providing multilingual artist educators (who are not only experienced and innovative educators, but also practicing, award-winning artists), constructive art supplies, and indispensable guidance to New York City public school students. Expanded Art Ideas is funded by a variety of highly competitive sources.
Participating students are regularly recognized for artistic achievement outside of the program, including the Scholastic Art Awards. Most recently Gabriela Mota, an 8th Grade student from our partner school PS 140 Nathan Straus and participant in the Photo Club, received the 2012 Scholastic Regional Gold Key for Photography. Student work was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum and the Senza Frontiere Film Festival in Rome in 2009.
Chrysanne Stathacos is a multi-media artist and educator whose art works and interactive public art projects have traveled to museums, public spaces and contemporary art galleries on four continents. Her art practice makes connections between ritual actions and contemporary performance/installation art to create cross-cultural hybrid works that engage the public by giving them the opportunity to have direct participation. Stathacos is a graduate of York University, Toronto, and has received awards from the Puffin Foundation, The Japan Foundation, The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, and Art Matters. As Director of Education at Artists Space, she initiated Expanded Art Ideas, a program of collaborative artists' residency projects, within the education New York City community. Stathacos has taught and lectured at the School of Visual Arts, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Henry Street Settlement, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Queens Museum and the Lower East Side Printshop.
Joy Episalla is a New York-based artist who works in the interstices between photography, video and sculpture, with the mutability of photographed and filmed images, intervals of time and spatial volume. Episalla has lectured at Mercer Union, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Cooper Hewitt, the School of Visual Arts, the International Center of Photography, the Sprengel Museum, the Cooper Union and Harvard University. In 2008, she taught a masters class in photography at the International Center of Photography/Bard Graduate Program. Episalla has exhibited widely in the US and internationally including The Wexner Center, White Columns, Hallwalls, New Langton Arts, Rutgers University, the Newark Museum, The Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, ICP, Art/OMI, Artists Space, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Mannheimer Kunstverein. In 2003, she received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. In 2006, Episalla participated in Fenenin El-Rahhal/Nomadic Artists in Egypt. One of the video works Episalla shot there was later chosen as an entry at the Senza Frontiere/Without Borders film festival in Rome in 2009.
Nancy Friedemann was born in Bogotá, Colombia And has a masters degree from New York University (1997). In her work Friedemann deliberatly manages an economy of materials. Her large scale drawings allude to minimalism the Pattern and Decoration movement, and Spanish colonial painting but explicitly explore the experience of identity, gender and memory. Friedemann's awards and residencys include a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship 2009, Artist Pension Trust 2009, NALAC (2008), and the Pollock Krasner grant (2001). She has also been nominated to the Rema Hort Mann grant, and the Anonymous was a Woman Foundation grant. She has been invited to participate in residencies as Fountainhead (2008) Tamarind (2006), Taller Arte dos grafico, Bogota (2005); Yaddo,(2000) New York; Gasworks, London (2001); Bemis Center for Contemporary arts, Nebraska, (2001) Bronx Museum for the Arts, New York.
Sara Jane Stoner, born in Fort Collins, Colorado, is a writer, performer, and teacher who holds an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University and is pursuing a PhD in English and Critical Theory at the CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on contemporary literature that operates between and across genres. Her writing and criticism have been published in, among other places, Diagram, Spinning Jenny, ESQUE, The Poetry Project Newsletter, and Sententia, and her chapbook, "Vanna White is Alive and Well in Southern California" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She teaches composition, contemporary literature, and writing pedagogy at Brooklyn College, and writing and queer theory at Cooper Union. Her first book will be published by Portable Press at Yoyo Labs in the Fall of 2013.
Kate Temple received her BFA in printmaking from Carnegie Mellon in 1988. She is represented in corporate and private collections and has won numerous awards for her work including a 1999 Individual Artist Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. From 1996-2003 she was the Education Coordinator at the Lower East Side Printshop and now works as an independent art educator and artist. She recently completed a four-year training in color based on the work of J.W. Goethe and Liane Collot D’Herbois. She lives and works on Manhattan's Lower East Side with her eight year old son Nicoló. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in many galleries and museums including the Chelsea Art Center NYC, The International Print Center NYC, the Grand Gallery/Art Students League NYC, Goethe Institute NYC, Parrish Art Museum, Southhampton, NY, the Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, PA and the Birmingham Art Museum, England.
Expanded Art Ideas is supported by The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Con Edison; Gesso Foundation; NYU Community Fund; Puffin Foundation Ltd.; Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation; The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; The New York City Department of Education; The New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; and the Friends of Artists Space.