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Opening Reception: (Un)Common Thread

November 17, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Art & History Museums – Maitland

Celebrate the opening of this new exhibition with music by DJ Nigel John, Ceylon Hut food truck, a cash bar, and our featured artists, on our beautiful National Historic Landmark campus! This exhibition will feature Eugene Ofori Agyei, Alisha McCurdy Holzman, and Jacob Z. Wan. Plus, current Artist in Residence Soude Dadras will have an open studio during the event. Get your ticket here>>

About the exhibition: (Un)Common Thread showcases the works of three significant and culturally diverse emerging and mid-career artists working in the medium of fiber art. Eugene

  • Ofori Agyei is a ceramic sculptural artist and an educator originally from Ghana, now living in Gainesville, and a recent winner of The Pathways 2022: The Carlos Malamud prize from the Rollins Museum. He describes his work as, “memories, without voice yet want to be heard. I reveal these unspoken stories of beauty, migration, and my cultural history through my sculpture”.
  • The next artist is Alisha McCurdy Holzman. Primarily embodying sculptural and installation forms, McCurdy’s art borrows craft-based techniques that are familiar to Appalachia and the coal fields of Western Pennsylvania, where she grew up.
  • Jacob Z. Wan is the third artist. He defines himself as a contemporary book artist, crafting conceptual books and poetic fiber art to explore his identity, sexuality, and relationships as a Chinese gay man in the United States.

The artists’ unique personal stories and histories play a major role in the exhibition. The resulting conversations between their works will examine the overlap between environmental and social issues as well as the wide-ranging possibilities and applications of their overlapping mediums. Learn more about the exhibition here >>