Monday, January 30, 2012

Glendon Mellow's Commentary on the Science-Art Show Winners

Glendon Mellow takes an in depth look at his jurors picks for the winners of the ScienceOnline2012 Science-Art Show.

About "Transfusion" he says "Hunsicker gives us the branches of thought, the branching arteries and systems of the body and the botanical branches of the environment all together: Is the figure transfused with a sense of nature? Is a dead body transfusing nutrients to the forest? Mysterious and haunting – or joyful?- this painting asks us to ask questions."

To see the other winners work and read his commentary on this show go his Scientific American blog Symbiartic.

I am looking forward to next years show already!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Most Innovative

"Transfusion" was one of two paintings awarded a monetary art prize for "Most Innovative" in the ScienceOnline2012, Sci-Art show which took place last week at North Carolina State University and Duke University.

Although its rare that I enter juried shows these days, I am really interested in exploring the emerging field of Science and Art. I was very happy to be chosen to be included in the show and for the new connections I have made. The show received sponsorship from Rob Dunn ( thank you Rob!) from Your Wild Life Lab. and 6 monetary prizes were announced in 3 categories;

Most Innovative
Best able to convey complex ideas
Best science art having to do with daily life

This is the first show that I have participated in that awarded prizes and I was pleasantly surprised to have been awarded one! A big thank you to Karyn Traphagen and Glendon Mellow for organizing , curating and co-judging the show and a big Congratulations to the other artists who won awards.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Brattleboro Museum Micro Grants

BEAN Dinner results.....
We had a wonderful time at the BEAN Micro-Grant Dinner with over 65 attendees. It was a successful night raising over $750. which was split between two projects; One, for an organization which provides art classes to low income children and the other, for a middle school chorus to travel to an event. As attendees we had over 15 proposals to review before we could vote on the two we wanted the funds to go to.

The dinner from Elliot Street Cafe was great...actually I think they make the best brownies I have ever eaten!!!!

The band Red Heart the Ticker was awesome!! I am thinking about getting a CD to play in my studio while I paint. I really enjoyed watching the small children dancing with total abandon!

For information about the next BEAN Micro-Grant Dinner, and to area artists who would like to apply....check the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center's site here.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Brattleboro Essential Arts Network (BEAN) Micro-Grant Dinner Tonight!

I will be attending this event tonight to present my finished project and to support the next round of micro-grant applicants. This is a wonderful program for artists. I know first hand how a small grant can help a project become more successful.

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center and the Elliot Street CafĂ© are teaming up to empower our community to take arts philanthropy into its own hands.Based on similar programs happening all around the world, BEAN Micro-Grant Dinners enhance the vitality of art and artists in our community by providing artists with much-needed financial support and encouraging dialogue and collaborative decision-making between artists and the general public.BEAN, which stands for “Brattleboro Essential Arts Network,” also aims to change the face of arts funding -- from a top-down model with limited interaction between funders and recipients to one that features direct, personal contact between donors and their beneficiaries, allowing virtually anyone to become a philanthropist.

The next BEAN Dinner will take place Sunday, January 22, 2012 from 6 to 7:30 pm.

HOW IT WORKS, PART 1: Eat, Discuss, Vote

For only $12 anyone can attend a Mexican dinner catered and served by the Elliot Street Cafe, with live music by Red Heart the Ticker. Over dinner, guests will review and discuss funding requests for local art-related projects. At the end of the night, guests will vote for one or more proposals that deserve to receive the proceeds from the event.


$300 to NEYT alumni for a traveling production of Romeo & Juliet

$300 to In-Sight Photography Project for a portable digital projector

$200 to Cyndal Ellis for supplies for early childhood dance classes

$255 to Neighborhood Schoolhouse for art studio classes for kids

$250 to Vermont Theatre Company for original music for Shakespeare in the Park

$245 to Marlboro Elementary School for printing student Collage Books

$300 to Alicia Hunsicker toward marketing expenses for a gallery exhibition

$8,000+ to artists who suffered damage in Tropical Storm Irene

Friday, January 20, 2012

A New Song to Sing

We are 20 days into the new year..2012!! and I am just getting around to that New Years post.

Although I have one last surgery to attend to with my leg from last years break, I am feeling a new beginning, a new phase in my life that is opening....I have the feeling of being ripe with possibility and it's overwhelming me! This is my new painting in progress....tentatively named A New Song to Sing, in the spirit of letting go of the past and moving forward into the great unknown.

ScienceOnline2012 Art Show

I am very interested in the emerging field of science/Art.
I am just starting to research the diverse possibilities this kind of collaboration can create......And I find it all very exciting.

It was a pleasure to have my work accepted in the Sci-Art show, which is taking place now at the ScienceOnline2012 conference at North Carolina State University in conjunction with Duke University.

The Artwork will be projected onto a large cinematic screen during the conference and viewed by over 450+ scientists, science journalists, science artists and science advocates. This show will also have an online exhibition component that I will post a link to when it is announced.

A slide show/video can be found on the Art of Science blog Symbiartic, written by Glendon Mellow who co-curated the show with Karyn Traphagen.

ScienceOnline2012 is the sixth annual international meeting on Science and the Web. The weekend of January 19–21, 2012 the Research Triangle area of North Carolina will once again host scientists, students, educators, physicians, journalists, librarians, bloggers, programmers and others interested in the way the World Wide Web is changing the way science is communicated, taught and done.

Friday, January 13, 2012

It's Friday the 13th and I'm Feeling Lucky!

I've had a feeling of lucky anticipation all day.......maybe it is because I am going to show a new piece in progress tomorrow at my Hampden Gallery Critique group which I will be attending for the first time since the accident or is it because I was expecting the unexpected?...after all I do believe that anything is possible! (Note...I will be buying a lottery ticket tonight!)

Well something wonderfully surprising did happen......I came across this article in Artscope magazine about Brattleboro's Gallery walk and lo and behold my paintings are in it! This is a photo taken at Gallery in the Woods, during my Nov. - Dec. Solo show. Even though my show is over the gallery has kept most of the work for a strong showing for the Winter/Spring season.
Alicia Hunsicker's art is undeniably beautiful. She is an expert at extracting the highly-detailed textures and fibers of the human body, bringing them from darkness, into the light, with a technical precision that rivals any modern-day master.
David Aquino, Brattleboro Reformer