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Local Curators Sought To Co-Organize Inaugural Southeast Queens Biennial

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | July 7, 2017 5:20pm | Updated on July 10, 2017 7:49am
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Ezra Wube's "Words of Wisdom" at Jameco Exchange, an exhibit organized by No Longer Empty on 165th Street in downtown Jamaica in 2016.
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QUEENS — Local curators are encouraged to apply for a pair of scholarships that will allow them to co-organize the inaugural Southeast Queens Biennial scheduled for next year.

No Longer Empty, an art organization that transforms vacancies into art spaces, is partnering with York College Fine Arts Gallery to launch the biennial in February 2018.

The group is offering two tuition-free scholarships to Southeast Queens-based emerging curators and arts professionals based on need, who will co-curate the exhibition after participating in the 2017 No Longer Empty Lab, a professional development program offered by the group this fall.

The artworks presented during the biennial will feature works in all media by artists who live or practice in Southeast Queens as well as those who have strong connections to the area, the organizers said.

“A biennial is an excellent way to keep our local visual artists engaged with The College and the community at large,” said Margaret Rose Vendryes, a founding member of the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance and chair of the Performing and Fine Arts Department and gallery director at York College.

Vendryes works on the initiative with Rachel Gugelberger, director of NLE Lab, and Nicholas Fraser, Professor of Graphic Arts at York College. 

In recent years, No Longer Empty has worked on several initiatives in the area, including Jameco Exchange, a site-specific exhibition which opened on 165th Street in downtown Jamaica in 2016.

Applications are due July 14.​ For more information about NLE Lab and application guidelines, go here or email Lab@nolongerempty.org.