Arts & Culture
2015 Painters in Residence Named
After an arduous selection process involving professional artists and aesthetically minded Bryant Park Corporation staff members, four artists have been chosen.
The artists will take two-week turns working outside at Bryant Park, the first stint beginning on Monday, August 3, and the next three beginning consecutively on August 17, August 31, and September 14. All work created by artists for this program becomes the property of Bryant Park Corporation. This year’s participants are:
- Brad Marshall was born in New York City and earned a degree in psychology at the University of Florida and later attended the San Francisco Academy of Art. While appreciating 20th century abstraction, he strongly believes that “the millennium of representational work should be disregarded.” In creating landscapes, he seeks to “capture some of the feeling of that place” in the hope that viewers of his art can feel something of what he himself experienced. He has had solo exhibitions at the Fischbach Gallery, has been part of group exhibitions at Fischbach, Pelham Art Center, Schmuker Gallery in Gettysburg, and more. He also was awarded First Prize at the National Arts Club Annual Exhibit in 2006.
- Susan Weintraub earned an MFA at Brooklyn College and taught art in city schools for 25 years. For the past 11 years, she has studied watercolor at the Art Students League, where for each of the past four years, she has received the League’s ‘Red Dot,’ an award given to the best individual work in each class. In 2014, she became a signature member of the North East Watercolor Association. Her work has been exhibited at the Salmagundi Club, the National Arts Club, the Kent Art Association, and the Old Lyme Art Association. In 2012, the Arts Student League purchased one of her works for display in its permanent collection, joining fellow ASL alumni Winslow Homer and Georgia O’Keefe.
- John Catania is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse University, where he earned a BFA cum laude in Painting. He also trained at Huntington School of Fine Arts for traditional painting and drawing. His work has appeared at 914Works Gallery in Syracuse, the BWAC “Color” 2014 National Juried Art Show in Redhook, and the Mill Pond House Gallery’s “36th Annual Juried Art Exhibition” at the Smithtown Township Arts Council. His portfolio includes portraits and figures, environments, animals, and abstraction.
- David Lee was born in China and raised in New York City. He attended the High School of Music and Art and took summer classes at the New York Art Students League. Since graduating from SUNY Binghamton 12 years ago, he has been a full time artist, garnering more than 30 awards, including first-place awards from Bethlehem Palette Club, Parkland Art League, and Lehigh Art Alliance. Working in watercolors and oils, his goal is to capture a moment in time that may invoke feeling and interest from viewers. He believes an artist should strive to show that what he sees is worthwhile and important.
This year’s submissions were of an extremely high quality, and we look forward to seeing these artists in the park. Bryant Park is a diverse urban space with aspects and vistas that will surely inspire them. Their combination of techniques and media will augment our growing collection of visual representations of Manhattan’s Town Square.