Department of Art & Art History

The 2019 Juried Fine Art Student Exhibition

The 2019 Juried Fine Art Student Exhibition

Biggin Gallery’s annual Juried Fine Art Student Exhibition features selected works by current art students, with an awards presentation featuring Dean Joseph Aistrup and a distinguished visiting juror. Included works are eligible for numerous awards, including the Joyce & Roger Lethander Purchase Award and Merit Awards in Art, the Dean’s Choice Purchase Award, the Davis-Frye Annual Award in Art, Art Department Merit Awards, and the James E. Furr Award for Excellence in Innovation.

The exhibition opens on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 5 p.m. with the presentation of the juror Maddy Rosenberg, the award ceremony, and gallery reception, and runs through April 5, 2019. 

Juror Information:
This year's juror is the director of the CentralBooking, artist, and curator, Maddy Rosenberg.

As a native of Brooklyn, Maddy Rosenberg also spends several months each year in Europe, understanding the necessity of exploring new places to broaden her idea base as well as gather new reference material for the work. She is an artist who works in several media: oil painting, artist’s books, printmaking, drawing, toy theater and installation. Rosenberg recently had a solo exhibition at Galerie Hadorn in Switzerland and a two-person exhibition that was the culmination of a month long residency sponsored by the US Consulate in Munich. Rosenberg’s work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions, including at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Brooklyn Museum, Philadelphia Athenaeum, Cape Cod Museum of Art, The Center for Book Arts, Hebrew Union College Museum, Flux Factory and Kentler International Drawing Space in the U.S; Médiathèque André Malraux in Strasbourg; Eagle Gallery in London; Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel (Germany) and Inselgalerie in Berlin.

Rosenberg maintains an active international curatorial as well as exhibition career. She approaches curating as an extension of her art practice. In September 2009, Rosenberg opened CENTRAL BOOKING (www.centralbookingnyc.com), a multi-disciplinary art space focusing on artist’s books and exhibitions on art & science, in DUMBO, Brooklyn, representing over 150 artists. CENTRAL BOOKING moved to Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 2013 where it expanded its size and programming, allowing for more ongoing collaborative partnerships. It has since increased its online presence by joining Artsy in March 2018 and continues with projects worldwide.

The exhibitions for Rosenberg’s project Plant Cure featured the work of six Artists in Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine, along with other artists working with the theme of medicinal plants, at both NYAM and CENTRAL BOOKING, with funding from a Creative Engagement grant of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council/ NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Her most recent international curatorial projects were Technology and the Evolution of the Artist’s Book in Brighton, England (which won Best Exhibition from the Fringe Festival 2016) and Polish Impact: Ha!wangarda an exhibition and festival focusing on book art and E-literature funded by the Polish Ministry of Cultural. Redux, in 2015, was the fourth exhibition she curated at The Center for Book Arts in New York. In 2005, Rosenberg’s international multi-venue curatorial project, New York/Paris DIALOGUEParis/New York received a National Endowment for the Arts grant. It included three exhibitions in New York, three in Paris, a video, catalog and programming. After producing the ArtistsBook Library for the exhibition on the theme of Library at Proteus Gowanus, a non-traditional space in Brooklyn, she continued as curator until 2008.

In 2007, Baylor University acquired fifteen of Rosenberg’s artist’s books to begin the Maddy Rosenberg Artist’s Books Special Collection in the Crouch Fine Arts Library. Other public collections include MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Fogg Museum, Yale University, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Cornell University, Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, London College of Communications, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Salzburg Museum, Herzog August Bibliothek, Duchess Anna Amalia Library, Baltic: The Centre for Contemporary Art, and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Additional grants include the Gottlieb Foundation, and Artists Fellowship. Rosenberg has previously enjoyed both national and international residencies at Fundación Valparaiso, Guest Atelier Salzburger Künstlerhaus, Schloss Neuhaus, Blue Mountain Center and Virginia Center for the Arts.

Over the years, Rosenberg has established a large bibliography. To name a few, articles, interviews and reviews have appeared in Hyperallergic, CravecityArts, The Art NewspaperArtsHoustonArt and Métiers du LivreArtists Books ReviewsHaberartsUmbrellaPrintmaking TodayArt ReviewNY Arts, and Salzburger Nachrichten, as well as interviews on the German television arts program Nachtlinie, BRIC Brooklyn arts cable, Southwest Radio Funk Berlin, BBC Radio Bristol and Houston Public Radio. She also is featured in Hedwig Brenner’s lexicon, Judische Frauen in der Bildenden Kunst (Volume IV), Who’s Who in America, Dictionary of International Biography and Wikipedia.

Rosenberg earned a BFA from Cornell University and a MFA from Bard College.

Submission information:

Students may drop their artwork at Biggin Gallery for submission to the exhibition on Tuesday, March 19, and Wednesday, March 20, from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Download the prosepctus and submission form here. 

Last Updated: March 21, 2019