Fun House 2018: Art of the Surreal, Fantastic, & Bizarre

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[Poughkeepsie, NY] On Saturday, May 12, Barrett Art Center will open Fun House 2018: Art of the Surreal, Fantastic, and Bizarre, a biennial juried national contemporary art exhibition.  A Juried Members’ Show with works selected by Tatana Kellner, co-founder of the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York will also open in the second-floor gallery. 

Fun House 2018 features paintings, drawings, photography, and sculpture by artists from 13 states, as well as Italy and Australia. Jurors Danijela Krha Purssey, Co-Founder and Editor, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine and illustrator Istvan Banyai selected 75 works from over 960 submissions from the US and around the word.  Mid-Hudson Valley artists selected for Fun House 2018 include photographer Jim Allen (Millbrook), metalsmith Betsy Lewis (Poughkeepsie), and painter Wayne Swarthout (Saugerties).  Artists from across the region will present artist’s talks about the inspiration for their surreal artwork on two Saturdays during the exhibition.

“We’re excited to fill our galleries with unconventional artwork that might not easily fit typical exhibition themes,” says Barrett Art Center Executive Director, Joanna Frang. “Every two years, the Fun House exhibition is an opportunity for us to stretch our imaginations and re-examine our notions of what art “should” look like. It’s a perfect example of our mission to bring high-caliber, cutting-edge artwork to the community in the galleries of our historic building.”

An opening reception for Fun House 2018 and the Juried Members’ Show will take place Saturday, May 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Jurors’ awards with cash prizes for Fun House 2018 and the Juried Members’ Show will be announced at 5:00 p.m., followed by a walking tour of the exhibition with any artists in attendance.  The reception is free and open to the public.  The exhibition will be on view through June 23 at Barrett Art Center, 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie, New York.

Opening Reception:           Saturday, May 12, 3 – 6 p.m.

Event: Artist’s Talks

Dates: Saturday, May 19 and Saturday, June 9

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public, reservations not required.

Danijela Krha Purssey, Co-Founder and Editor, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine

Istvan Banyai, Illustrator, animator, and designer, author of children's book, Zoom.

Selected Artists
Jim Allen (Millbrook, NY)
Muhammad Aslam (Rochester, NY)
Jeremy Bartlett (Cleveland, OH)
Tony Baselici (Tucker, GA)
Brad Blair (Parkton, MD)
Alejandro Borges (College Station, TX)
Constance Brinkley (Seattle, WA)
John Calabrese (Denton, TX)
Marah Carpenter (Ardmore, PA)
John Catania (Brooklyn, NY)
Adam Chambers (Hamden, CT)
Bri Chesler (Renton, WA)
Elisabeth Ciaccio (Brooklyn, NY)
Santiago Cohen (Jersey City, NJ)
Daniel Cohen (Portland, OR)
Elizabeth Cote (Brooklyn, NY)
Jack Delaney (Tyler, TX)
Matthew Dercole (West Hartford, CT)
Connor Dyer (Champaign, IL)
Auguste Elder (New York, NY)
Chris Ernst (New Brunswick, NJ)
Diane Falcone (Yonkers, NY)
Dana Filbert (Shelburne, MA)
Katherine Filice (Gilroy, CA)
Jason Gorcoff (Lamar, CA)
Carson Grubaugh (Norfolk, VA)
Shannon Halvorsen (St. Petersburg, FL)
Jingmei Han (New York, NY)
Alexa Harding (Cedar City, UT)
Joseph Heathcott (New York, NY)
Jill Herlands (New York, NY)
Kerri Hobba (Yeronga, Queensland, Australia)
Eve Hoyt (Glenside, PA)
Scott Hutchinson (Falls Church, VA)
Karen Kirshner (East Meadow, NY)
Betsy Lewis (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Katia Lifshin (Saratgoa Springs, NY)
Junyi Liu (Baltimore, MD)
Xinran Ma (Jersey City, NJ)
Alessandro Massera (San Giorgio, Piacenza, Italy)
Brian McCormack (Bound Brook, NJ)
Trina Merry (New York, NY)
Trevor Messersmith (Marlboro, NY)
Javier Ortiz (Tampa, FL)
Sarah Pezdek (Round Lake, NY)
Stephanie Sanchez (Rutherford, NJ)
Stephen Schiff (Aldie, VA)
Crescent Seo (Flushing, NY)
Wayne Swarthout (Saugerties, NY)
Terry Tapp (New York, NY)
Randy Van Dyck (Boise, ID)
David Woehr (Tuckahoe, NY)
Mel Wolk (Waverly, PA)
Susannah Zucker (Swannanoa, NC)
Jane Zweibel (Brooklyn, NY)