​THE BANK OF CASTILE MAIN GALLERY

Annual Members Exhibit 

Exhibit Dates: December 7, 2022 - January 28, 2023

Reception: December 15, 2022


THE OLIVER'S GALLERY IN THE SEYMOUR DINING ROOM

"Deconstructed and Raw" by Mary Jo Whitman

Exhibit Dates: November 30, 2022 - February 18, 2023

Reception: December 15, 2022

Artist Bio
Mary Jo Whitman is the Education/SCR Director at GO ART! and an Adjunct Art History Professor at
Genesee Community College. She has been a practicing artist for over 20 years, working in a variety of
forms including drawing, mural painting, photography, digital art, and sculpture with a focus on
conceptual art. Although much of her work is commissioned, she has exhibited in various group and solo
exhibits, both locally and internationally.
Earning a MA in Critical Museum Studies from the University of Buffalo, her graduate research focused
on exploring critical theory as it pertains to the construction of identity in a postmodern era. Graduating
from SUNY Brockport summa cum laude, she holds a BA in Studio Arts with a concentration in Sculpture
and a minor in Art History. Mary Jo also has an AAS in Fine Arts, with a concentration on Digital Art, from
Genesee Community College.
Passionate about promoting and fostering the arts, Mary Jo served on the Board of Directors at GO ART!
from 2015-2018, chairing the External Affairs and Gallery Committees. As the former Art Gallery
Coordinator for the Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery, Mary Jo focused on enhancing the students’
education through exposure to a variety of mediums and art forms while curating diverse and dynamic
exhibitions for the community to enjoy. She has also had the honor of speaking as a guest lecturer to
several artistic and educational groups, as well as served as a juror for many exhibitions across the
region, including the Congressional Art Competition for the 27th District.
Artist Statement
I attribute much of the success in my life to my ability to assume whatever identity is necessary to
function within any social situation with which I am presented. My appearance, my clothing, my
mannerisms, my vocabulary, even the tone of my voice differ from situation to situation. I am the crazy
hippie, dancing barefoot at a festival as my flowing skirt chases me. I am the curator, entertaining
pretentious conversation in stilettos. I am the smart-ass bartender, donning pigtails and a bowtie with a
mischievous grin. I am the country girl in mud covered, ripped up jeans, destroying targets with a
shotgun and riding wheelers. I am an artist, conceptualizing all my observations in an array of mediums,
often in wax and plaster covered clothing. I am a sister. I am a daughter. I am an aunt. I am a mom. The
sheer size of my closet can attest to how many different people I can be and who I may need to be at
any given moment. This begs the question; is this fluid and fractured sense of identity nothing more
than a performance?
The act of performing identity would be considered indicative of an identity crisis from a modernist
perspective, however, it is simply part of identity formation from a postmodernist point of view. The
concept of a unified self with a fixed identity has given way to an idea of multiple selves, which allows
for the constant construction and reconstruction of identity. For postmodern theorists, identity is fluid
and considered a construct formulated according to one’s environments, interests and interactions.
Social constructs can become so entrenched that we take them for granted as ‘normal’ and ‘natural’, but
they’re always informed by the specific sociocultural contexts that produced them and they have a
significant impact on who we perceive ourselves to be. In essence, an individual’s identity is culturally
constructed, and necessarily fluid to meet the demands of changing social dynamics.
So, who am I beneath the fractured and fluid identity which has been constructed in accordance with
societal expectations? The truth is, I am all of these identities… and none of them at the same time.

Although, I use myself as an example in this theory because my identity certainly has many extremes,
the truth of the matter is that everyone, in one way or another, possesses a fractured and fluid identity.
Although the theory of identity construction in of itself is thought provoking, what I really seek to
understand is the psychological impact of constructed identities. What happens when we stop
performing these identities? What do we look like deconstructed and raw?

- Mary Jo Whitman


THE BATAVIA ROTARY CLUB GALLERY

Batavia High School Annual Show

Exhibit Dates: January 11- February 25, 2023

Reception: January 25, 2023

The show highlights Batavia High School art students taking a variety of electives from Printmaking, Graphic Design, Drawing, Painting, Studio Art, Portfolio and AP Art and their hard work throughout the year.

 


The Owen Library 

A Celebration of Kathy Owen's Life in Photography

Exhibit Dates: December 5 - February 8, 2020

Reception: December 19, 2019


THE BATAVIA CLUB GALLERY IN TAVERN 2.O.1

"Picture & Prose" by Jodi Fisher

Exhibit Dates: November 30, 2022 - February 18, 2023

Reception: December 15, 2022

Artist Biography             

Jodi is the Program Coordinator at GO ART! Jodi has a MS from the University at Buffalo with a Professional Business Management Certificate.  Jodi had the opportunity to live in France for a year when she was in her early teens.  Some of the places famous places she had the chance to visit during her stay in Europe were Paris (Tour Eiffel, Arc de Triomphe, Le Louvre, Notre-Dame, Versille and more), Amsterdam (Keukenhof Tulip Gardens, Damn Square, De Negen Straatjes, De Wallen, Anne Frank's House, Canals of Amsterdam, Delft Blue and more),  The Black Forest in Germany and much more!  While she was there she enjoyed traveling around Europe and emerging herself in the history, arts and culture.  Jodi enjoys visiting museums, art galleries, art shows, writing poetry, taking photos, singing, being outdoors and spending time with her family.  In high school Jodi played two characters in the Wizard of Oz as well as in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.  

 

Artist Statement

Jodi loves learning and has taught herself how to dye fabric using plants, how to paint dot mandalas, how to sew and much more!

Although she does not have formal training in photography her mother dabbled with photography when she was younger and learned some from watching her.  Jodi has always enjoyed taking photos of the beauty around her.  Some of the things she enjoys photographing most are things in nature, animals and her time on the farm she works at part time.  One thing she would like to learn more about is macro photography.  She is fascinated by small plants and animals and the intricate details you can see when you enlarge a close up.  

At this moment all of the photos she takes are with her cell phone camera and she is very happy with the quality of photos it provides her.

Along with photography Jodi also enjoys writing poetry and prose.  She has taken creative writing classes and workshops in the past and feels with each one her abilities have grown.  She has written many short stories and hundreds of poems.  She has never published any of her work but hopes to one day.  As of late many of the poems she has created have come from photographs or other forms of visual art work so she decided that why not create some to go along with the photos for this show!


SAlih STUDIO GALLERY


GCC Medina Campus


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