We are thrilled to host our very first art exhibit here in our new home, and especially excited to open the exhibition during Women's Empowerment Week in Montclair Center.
Our first show will feature the work of local artist Stephanie Spitz. Stephanie received her MFA in Studio Art from Montclair State University and her BFA in Painting from Drake University. She has exhibited nationally in Iowa, New Jersey, and New York. In 2016 she was an artist-in-residence at the New Rochelle Downtown Artist Residency in conjunction with Residency Unlimited. She currently works as a painting instructor, academic administrator, and artist in Montclair, New Jersey.
Stephanie explores the parallels between art making and home building through painting, drawing, video, and installation. Having grown up renovating several houses with her family, the concept of home became informed by the mass produced, generic materials of home building and decorating as well as the experience of living in an unfinished house. This led Stephanie to create her own formula for drawing and painting which utilizes amateur home videos and photographs to abstract space and highlight the ongoing nature of renovation, and home making.
For this solo exhibition, Stephanie focused on two key elements; the physical house and the family that lives within it, you need both to make a home.