Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Bass²: Assume Vivid Astro Focus



IG LIVE @TheBassMoA*

Join us TODAY on Instagram LIVE for the virtual opening of Assume Vivid Astro Focus with a conversation between artist Eli Sudbrack of AVAF and curator Leilani Lynch. Assume Vivid Astro Focus is a digital exhibition presented in The Bass' satellite gallery on Instagram, @TheBassSquared.

*Due to the nature of Instagram LIVE, this conversation will not be available to stream in another location during the live broadcast. We will make a video recording of the conversation available shortly after via our website and social media channels.

Monday, August 24, 2020

The Box Gallery: Opening Reception of 'We Are All In This Together"


Fine Art Exhibition
Opening Reception
Friday, August 28, 2020 | 7 PM

Exhibition dates: August 28, 2020 through September 26, 2020

Painting by Jane Baldridge

Opening Reception
August 28, 2020 | 7 PM

Fine Art Exhibition
Exhibition dates: August 28, 2020 through September 26, 2020

You're invited to the opening reception next Friday evening.


Works included in the exhibition range from modernist expressions on canvas to intricate sound installations. The 25 artists selected from over 70 submissions include Asandra Lamb, Spicy Invalid, Andrew Hollimon, Louise Noakes, Susan McLaughlin, Andy E Pereira, Raghavendra Hegde, Ann Friedlander, Jane Fisher Baldridge, Megan Castellon, Rose Shaw, Paul Abrams, Carol Calicchio, Zack Smith, Kevin Jantunen and others…

Painting by Ann Friedlander
Photo: Tiana by Zach Smith

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Enjoy updates and information about our artists and upcoming events and programs

Face Covering
Please wear a mask
Customers will need to wear a mask at all times in the shop. We want to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Don’t have a mask? No problem! Call us ahead of time and we’ll bring one to the door for you.
Practice social distancing
Please remember to stay a safe distance (at least 6 feet) from other customers. Let’s all be as safe as possible.
Social Distancing
Please call for appointment
The Box Gallery is allowing customers 60 years and older to visit and shop an hour before opening to the public from 11-12 noon. The national health authorities have identified this segment of the population to be among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. This will help to ensure everyone can get the items they need in a less-crowded environment.

We will be closing the gallery at 5 PM to allow our employees time to sanitize the exhibition space. We will remain open for curbside pickup during that time.

Call for Artists: The Hopper Prize Grant


The Hopper Prize is offering 5 individual artist grants in the amount of $1,000 USD awarded through an open call art competition juried by leading contemporary curators.

"The Hopper Prize was established in order to increase the recognition of artwork created by artists and photographers. Our aim is to advance artists’ careers by providing them with unrestricted financial support that is coupled with a platform for increased visibility. We accept submissions twice a year via an open call, and we are currently accepting submissions for the Fall 2020 grant cycle."

Program Highlights

Total Awards: $5,000.00 USD for visual artists

  • 5 artists will each receive $1,000.00 USD in unrestricted grant awards
  • 30 artists will have their work archived at
  • A selection from the submissions will be featured on our Instagram feed @hopperprize
  • Additional exposure will be available to winners through our Journal: Insights into Contemporary Art


Connect with Curators

We collaborate with contemporary curators holding prominent positions at major institutions in order to select our grant winners. Our open call provides you with a direct path to get your work in front of these forward thinking exhibition makers. Jurors for the Fall 2020 awards are:

Christine Koppes

Curator & Director of Public Programs

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art


 Jade Powers

Assistant Curator

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art


Jurors will be selecting 5 artists from our open call who will each receive $1,000. The jurors will also select a shortlist of 30 artists who will have their work archived at

Grant awards are unrestricted and may be used any way the recipients choose.

When submitting your work, you will have the option to opt-in to be considered for possible Instagram features @hopperprize, currently reaching an audience of over 46K. Editors will be featuring select submissions on a rolling basis prior to the application deadline.


"In addition to grant awards, our shortlist, and Instagram reach, we will be providing an additional platform for exposure via our online Journal Insights Into Contemporary Art. We launched this digital publication to give artists a new channel to amplify their voice while providing an in-depth look at their work, practice, and background. Grant recipients and shortlisted artists will all receive the opportunity to publish an interview to include any work of their choosing as a means of providing continued support beyond the open call."



The Hopper Prize is open to all artists age 18 and older working in any media. There are no restrictions on genre, subject matter, or media. We welcome entries in all media. "We are committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. All artists are encouraged to apply."


Recent Winners

"We support artists working in all media, from diverse backgrounds, in wide-ranging geographic locations." Recent grant winners include:

  • Andrea Ferrero, Mexico City
  • Christopher Desanges, Boston
  • Dominic Hawgood, London
  • Kira Dominguez Hultgren, San Francisco
  • Vikesh Kapoor, Sunset Pines
  • Adrian Coleman, London, United Kingdom
  • Trish Tillman, New York, New York
  • Nicholas Moenich, Brooklyn, New York
  • Elena Bajo, Los Angeles, California
  • Vanessa da Silva, London, United Kingdom
  • Mark Baugh-Sasaki, San Francisco, California
  • Genevieve Cohn, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Sydney Cook, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jinyong Park, London, United Kingdom
  • Isabel Yellin, Los Angeles, California
  • Alex Callender, Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Alicia Eggert, Denton, Texas
  • Daniel McCarthy Clifford, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Juan Giraldo, New York, New York
  • Maja Ruznic, Los Angeles, California
  • Letitia Huckaby, Benbrook, Texas
  • Tracy Kerdman, Saugerties, New York
  • Lebohang Kganye, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Christopher Meerdo, Chicago, Illinois
  • Erik Parra, San Francisco, California



November 17, 2020


Simple Application

The grant application process was made simple to reduce the stress of submitting your work and save you time. The application is short and can be completed in under 20 minutes.

To apply for a grant, you only need to submit this information:

  • Name & Email
  • Instagram Username (optional)
  • Up to 10 Image or Video attachments
  • Artwork captions
  • Artist Statement & Biography (optional)
  • $40 submission fee


Apply Now

Submit your work at

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square presents 7th Annual 6x6 Exhibition & Sale


7th Annual Fundraiser
It's that time again... Old School Square is excited to announce its 7th ANNUAL 6x6 EXHIBITION & SALE coming up this September. All artists, aspiring, professional and hobbyists, are invited to submit original artworks - any medium - in the 6" x 6" format for this all-inclusive art experience! All art must be ready to hang on the wall.
All pieces will be featured in a virtual exhibition and will remain on view from September 21-28, 2020. All proceeds benefit Old School Square Center for the Arts, Inc. — a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit cultural arts organization.

All submitted artworks are then sold for $30 each through our Online 6x6 Store. The 6x6 Sale becomes accessible to the general public on September 30th and will be available for 24 hours only. Art collectors also have the option to purchase a special "Early Access" pass for advance admittance to the sale. Early Access takes place on September 29th, before the sale opens to the general public.

Click below to download the submission form. The deadline for art submissions is August 31 at 4:00 PM EST.

Nicole Galluccio
Carin Wagner
Herm Siegel

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Meet “Dog Artist” Skip Hartzell & His Four-Legged Muses

Skip Hartzell in his art studio with his dogs

South Florida artist Skip Hartzell is known locally as “the dog artist”. He creates large oil paintings, works on paper and four-legged sculptures inspired by man’s best friend.

Small Dog Sculptures ("Furries")

His inspiration comes in the form of a morning walk, accompanied by a furry friend. The canine-inspired artworks that he creates are figments of his artistic imagination and creative vision. Hartzell creates directly from his emotions and instincts, his work is inspired by dogs of all shapes, sizes and varieties. He may not set out to mimic the look of someone’s beloved pet, but Hartzell says his sculptures and paintings often evoke a fond memory of a furry family member.

‘Toy Four’ (2018), Oil on Canvas, 60 x 48 Inches

“Dogs are always in the moment. Although nothing in life has held my attention longer or has been more fascinating to me than dogs, my work is about much more than that. It is about form, movement, color and texture. The dogs are a recognizable common denominator that allows me to communicate my joy of living, passions and sentiments,” explained Skip Hartzell.

Skip Hartzell Collector, Curator Dr. Milagros Bello
Curator Voice Art Projects (CVAP) Miami

Hartzell’s art studio is crawling with canine-based works. Whether he’s painting or sculpting, Hartzell’s dogs have a wonderful quality of friendliness about them, and it’s hard to keep yourself from reaching out to touch. And that’s perfectly okay with Hartzell. He’s never been one to place a rope around his artwork. “When you walk into Skip Hartzell’s studio you are greeted by hundreds of dogs in all shapes, sizes, textures and colors. There are dogs on the wall that create an intriguing color field installation. There are medium size dogs standing or sitting and hanging all over the place. And his large dogs just ask to be hugged,” said Rickie Leiter, Publisher of The Rickie Report.

‘Astonished’, Mixed Media on Paper, 24 x 30 Inches

“The texture is so important because the tactile experience of sculpture is so primal for me,” he says. “You grab with your hands and just start to mush things together and get your fingers on the materials, and there is just such a richness to the feel.” He says whenever he’s doing a show, he is quick to hand his sculptures to the patrons so they can enjoy the feeling, too. And whether it’s paint on canvas or sculpture, the texture is one of the most captivating and inviting parts of experiencing his artwork.

Happy Skip Hartzell Collectors, Art Palm Beach Fair

The artist has held numerous solo exhibitions at notable art galleries and prestigious art fairs such as Art Palm Beach, A.E. Backus Museum, ArtHouse 429, Paul Fisher Gallery, Aqua Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach to name a few. He is a longtime supporter of no-kill animal rescues and donates proceeds from the sale of his artworks to animal-rescue, no kill shelters.

Sculpture 16 x 16 x 12 Inches, and ‘The Muse Returns’ (2018)
Mixed Media on Paper, 53 x 48 Inches

“If you love dogs, you are going to love Skip Hartzell’s soulful pieces. His work is representative of caricature features of dogs,” said J. Marshall Adams, the executive director of the A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce. For more information about this fascinating artist, for sales, commissions, or general inquiries, email: and visit