Faint of Art — Sept. 1 till Oct. 29, 2017

“Faint of Art”, the Salem Art Association annual PEM inspirational show, allows SAA artists to interpret concepts of fear, suspense, and horror. Inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum’s exhibition of “It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection”.

One of my mixed media pieces, Nevermore (16″ x 20″) has been juried into the show. It is a combination of acrylic paint and collaged cut paper presented on a mottled metallic background. This artwork was inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, The Raven, a favorite of mine.

The show has been juried by Lydia Gordon, Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research at the Peabody Essex Museum. 

Prior to joining PEM, Gordon worked for the Society of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago and as a Curatorial Fellow for the department of Exhibitions and Exhibitions Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has contributed to several Chicago-based exhibitions at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries, Hyde Park Art Center, and Comfort Station, Logan Square. Additionally, she has held the position of Art Loan Manager at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, where she organized the series New Media | Fresh Paint, showcasing contemporary artists living and working in New England.

Gordon earned her BA in Art Administration from Simmons College in 2010 and her Dual MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism, Art Administration & Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. A chapter of her MA thesis will appear in essay form in the upcoming publication Inappropriate Bodies, ed. Rachel Epp Buller and Charles Reeve (Demeter Press, 2018). Her research interests include the histories of modernisms, post-structuralist theory, and contemporary art.

Salem Arts Association is located at 211 Bridge St., Salem, a historic red brick building which once housed The Universalist Unitarian Church. There is a public parking lot on Church Street.