Volumes II Art Exhibit to Open at JTS

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April 28, 2011, New York, NY

Volumes II, a new art exhibit at The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), will open on April 28, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. This exhibit represents the work of participants in JTS’s Artist-in-Residence Program of 2010–2011. The artists—students, faculty, and staff from the JTS community—employ a wide variety of materials and techniques to create art that will inspire, provoke, and amuse.

The Artist-in-Residence Program, which began in 2009, highlights the role of art by and for the Jewish people and is one of the ways that JTS shows its commitment to the artistic heritage of the community. It also allows those who are part of the JTS academic world to express themselves in a different way than in their normal programs of study and work, through the creation of original art. This year, The Library, which houses the exhibition, is the theme of many of the artists’ works.

Participants in the Artist-in-Residence Program meet bimonthly with renowned artist Tobi Kahn for instruction and mentorship. Sessions held in galleries and museums expand the art program and expose the participants to the wide world of historical and contemporary art. Here are some of their voices:

Sara Diamant:
“This is my second year in the program, and I feel that it has been a catalyst for my own artistic expression. A year ago I would not have even considered myself to be an artist. Tobi has a unique and generous way of supporting creativity. He encourages participants to be bold and adventurous in trying out new ideas and different media and the results are often exciting and unexpected. The members of this year’s group are very much part of the wonderful experience of being in the program. I hope it continues to receive support over the long term.”

Jonathan Kremer:
“It has been great to pursue artistic challenges with Tobi's guidance and the inspiration of the other students in the atelier—I hadn't expected this from rabbinical school! We engage with texts all day, but some things cannot be expressed in words. I feel privileged to engage both sides of my brain in this endeavor.”

The Artist-in-Residence Program is sponsored by Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen, the Master’s Program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture, and the Office of Student Life. Dr. Vivian Mann, director of the master's program, says, “The Artist-in Residence Program promotes a sense of community among the faculty, students, and administrators who are participants.”

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