Annual Theme Show: Hommage À…
The theme for the 2019 MMoA annual juried Theme Show is Hommage à…
Wikipedia defines an homage—or hommage, in the original French—as “…a show or demonstration of respect or dedication to someone or something, sometimes by simple declaration but often by some more oblique reference, artistic or poetic. The term is often used in the arts for where one author or artist shows respect to another by allusion or imitation.” This does not involve a direct copy of another creator’s work, but a visual acknowledgement of admiration or appreciation of another artist’s style or particular piece—or even their role as a source of inspiration and influence.
The subject of your Hommage does not have to be an artist in the traditional sense. It could be Vincent Van Gogh or Georgia O’Keeffe, but it could also be Ernest Hemingway, Billie Holiday, Winston Churchill, or Steve Jobs. It could even be a non-person, such as the Hubble satellite, Paris, Levi jeans, or the Harlem Renaissance.
You should give your submission either one or two titles, the second in parentheses. For example, your painting of a Red Tesla Roadster floating past Mars might simply be titled “Hommage à Elon Musk.” Alternatively, it could be titled “Red Tesla Roadster (Hommage à Elon Musk.)”
Hommage à… will run from January 18 to March 9, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24, 5:30 – 7pm
Juried by Brad Guarino
Brad Guarino is an artist and educator who has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He received an MFA from the University of Connecticut, a BFA from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and he did postgraduate study at Bulgaria’s National Academy of Art on a Fulbright Fellowship. Guarino maintains a studio in New London, CT and teaches at the University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University.