Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill’s 13th International Encaustic Conference

May 31st to June 2nd in Provincetown

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill is excited to announce the 13th International Encaustic Conference the weekend of May 31 – June 2, 2019 will bring together a community of artists, gallerists, curators, critics and collectors engaged with wax, printmaking, mixed media and professional practices to Provincetown for the 13th International Encaustic Conference.

This year it is anticipated that over 150 artists from around the world will be flocking to Provincetown, MA for a weekend filled with lectures, workshops, demonstrations, and exhibitions, with people from Ireland, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, Brussels & Belgium! 

This year’s Keynote Speaker is artist Judy Pfaff. Judy will also be teaching a workshop on Monday June 3rd on Professional Development.  Critics cite Judy Pfaff as the pioneer of installation-art, her work spans across disciplines from painting to printmaking to sculpture to installation, but is perhaps best described as painting in space. These spatial paintings inhabit and transform their environments, becoming ad hoc homes for viewers and the artist. Drawing upon a wealth of spiritual, botanical, and art historical imagery, Pfaff’s installations simultaneously and without contradiction reference the austerity of a cathedral and the temporality of a mandala. Like a mandala, the life of Pfaff’s work is brief and burning, deconstructed and sections discarded after a show comes down. Each installation considers the specific spatial geometries of the room, the ceiling, the street out the window, so that no two shows are ever alike. This tenacious generosity Pfaff offers her viewers, in which she and her crew labor for months or years for shows that last days or weeks, sets Pfaff apart from colleagues in other disciplines who can rely on sales of discrete objects. Refusing to give narrative meaning to her work, this urgent and ferocious need to labor for the visual and tactile is remarkable in an era where language dominates artistic activity.  In conjunction with the Conference she will be having a show at GAA Gallery in Provincetown. Opening on May 31. Opening is 6 – 9pm

The annual Postcard Sale, a yearly fundraiser that takes place during the conference will be open to the public.  The Postcard Sale Going Postal showcases work by conference attendees. Each card sells for $30 and all of the proceeds go to a scholarship fund for prospective artists attending the conference the following year.  Last year enough money was raised to provide 8 full scholarships! The Postcard show sale begins at 5:00 on Saturday in the Trawler Room of the Provincetown Inn.

In honor of our friend Binnie Birstein, Castle Hill is happy to announce a new scholarship program to cover the cost of tuition for the 13th International Encaustic Conference in 2019 as well as a workshop during the Pre or Post Conference.  Binnie passed away last past year from pancreatic cancer.  She attended all 11 of the previous International Encaustic Conferences, she was a teacher during the Pre or Post Conference Workshops each year, she also presented her interactive talk, Wax or What?, with images accumulated during her travels to Europe and Japan, she also participated on a panel of people who attended all conferences for 10 years. An artist: Melisa Rubin will be the first recipient of this prize!

Before and after the conference, Castle Hill is offering 22 workshops, from A workshop on Professional Practices as an Artist with Judy Pfaff, Making a Place for Yourself in the Art World with Joanne Mattera, Using Alternative Materials When Exploring the Line with Lorraine Glessner, Assemble, Encaustic and Cold Wax with Lia Rothstein, Drawing through Painting with Irish artist Joanna Kidney, Working Sculpturally and Sustainable with Card Board with Susan Lasch Krevitt and many more! These two weeks of intensive one or two day workshops are taught by the best in the field and you are able to participate in these workshops even if you do not attend the conference. Workshops are selling out so you will want to sign up to reserve your spot!

This year’s juried show will be juried by Joanne Mattera, with the theme of Anything but Flat. She has selected 42 artists that’s work will focus on a more sculptural theme. It will be an exceptional show.

As many people know, Joanne was the Founder and Director of the conference for many years before Castle Hill took it over in 2016 as owner and producer. The challenge for this year’s juried show is to create a work that has a tangible, physical presence. The Show Anything But Flat depth or dimension in your paintings, whether the surface is built up, carved into, embellished, or assembled in some way. Sculpture by its very nature is dimensional, so show us how one handles space.

Other Shows Associated with the Conference:

Pattern + Concept, at Gallery X at Castle Hill which is curated by Kay Hartung, with work by Marina Thompson, Kim Bernard. Inside the Rectangle at Kobalt Gallery, curated by Deborah Peeples & Martha Chason-Sokol, the show will have 6 artists: Lisa Pressman, Julie Snidle, Jeff Hirst, Mitchel Visoky and the 2 curators.  New this year we will also have a show at The Provincetown Commons called WAXPAPER with sixteen artists: Wax and paper are considered by many to be inherently delicate, fragile and ephemeral. Wax, in the form of encaustic or cold wax, united with paper can create an artwork that is long-lasting. The results of combining them can be sturdy or fragile depending on how they are combined. In this show I would like to showcase the contemporary combination of wax and paper in both 2-d and 3-d. From traditional Japanese papers to new synthetic papers to repurposed coffee filters and much in between; this show would testify to the versatility of the wax medium when combining it with paper. This would be well represented by the artists’ works included as examples in this proposal.

(in)Forming Works at On Center Gallery curated by Sean Noonan with 12 artists participating. This show is a roster of Teaching Artists from the Paint Company R & F, who is a big supporter of the conference and provides samples and medium during the conference as well. Sixty Artists will be showing work during the 2 weeks of the Conference! And Last but certainly not least Judy Pfaff will have a solo show at GAA Gallery in Provincetown. All of the shows will open on Friday, May 31st, times set by the galleries.

Cherie Mittenthal is the director of the encaustic conference, if people would like to participate in anyway with the hundreds of participants, please contact her at [email protected], the town of Provincetown has embraced this cultural events and last year we had 6 shows that were associated with the conference and encaustic!

Castle Hill is looking forward to beginning another creative summer season with this one of a kind exciting weekend.  To find out more about the 13th International Encaustic Conference or any of our pre or post conference workshops, visit our website at https://www.castlehill.org/13th-international-encaustic-conference


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