Jean McElvane’s Playlist: Door to Door / Let Us In

NIAD artist, Jean McElvane, has created a playlist of songs and cartoons for us: Door to Door / Let Us In. “An idea for this playlist came for various home deliveries to our doors,” says Jean. You can listen to the songs on NIAD’s Spotify, and view the cartoons using the links below. Enjoy! Spotify Cartoons Links to song lyrics #11 Spirit of the Radio by Rush #12 The Green Door – Jim Lowe #13 Let Me In – The Sensations #14 Let ‘Em In – Paul McCartney / Wings #15 I Hear You Knocking · Dave Edmunds #16 Keep Read More …

Jean McElvane’s Playlist: Walls, Windows, and Mirrors

NIAD artist, Jean McElvane, has created a playlist of songs about walls, windows, and mirrors for us! “The idea for this set list came from the thought of looking beyond four walls, through the window, and a good look in the mirror looking back at what’s there,” says Jean. You can view Jean’s available artwork in the NIAD Gallery Store by clicking here. Enjoy her Walls, Windows, and Mirrors playlist! #1 Off the Wall” by Michael Jackson Link to “Off the Wall” lyrics #2 “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” by Pink Floyd Link to “Another Brick in the Wall Read More …

Marlon Mullen’s First Monograph Now Available//

Designed by Eric Wrenn Office New York 128 pages / 52 color plates Marlon Mullen has had solo exhibitions at Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA (2015) and White Columns, New York, NY (2012). His work has been included in group exhibitions such as the 2019 SECA Art Award exhibition, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA (2019); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2019); Way Bay 2, U.C. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), Berkeley, CA (2018); Affinity, Museum of Northern California Art, Chico, CA (2017); Under Another Name, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2014–15); and Create, BAMPFA (2011). Mullen Read More …

Interesting Reading: ‘What Day Are You Picking Me Up for Christmas?’//

From the New York Times: The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives of many American families. Monica Duffey, 61, looks forward to the day before Christmas Eve. That is the day, every year, that one of her brothers picks her up from the group home in Waukesha, Wis., where she lives with seven other women who have developmental disabilities. Rituals are important to Monica, an avid consumer of Penny Press crossword puzzle books and a lifelong fan of the R&B group Brenda & the Tabulations. Since her parents passed away, Christmas has meant celebrating with her eight siblings, Joe, Maureen, Read More …

Online Exhibition: Favorite Recycled Nature, Selected By Jean McElvane//

View it. About the exhibition My art is my children. I make what I like and share it with the world. With projects I make in detail, I look at what’s in front of me. Anything I’ve made in the past has been improved over the years through studies. Whenever I make something, I always keep an exact few samples for myself. Sometimes I wear them for display, like a human tree, and/or have them displayed where I work. I also keep samples of a work-in-progress in progressive steps from start to finish. Hoping to have answers for questions posed Read More …

The Latest From NIAD//

What do the winter holidays mean to you this year? At NIAD, this is the time when we look back at the year’s accomplishments and learnings, recognize the hard work of staff, appreciate our supporters and donors, and prepare for the year ahead. While sheltering in place has in some ways felt like a held breath, in fact we have continued to grow this year in ways we previously thought impossible. We’re emerging from a year of reinvention and activism, with hard-won tools for staying connected across distance, and continuing work for change through greater equity. As a community, we Read More …

Online Exhibition: NIAD’s Holiday Gift Guide #2//

Welcome back for the second edition of our Holiday Gift Guide. This latest version features loads more gift ideas for you including a few terrific paintings and drawings (perfect for any wall). Another highlight of the guide is an inspirational pen + ink mantra from Serena Scott (you might want to keep this for yourself.) Also along are Alan Perez’s charming ceramic movie monsters (this one is a tribute to Jaws and perfect for the cinephile on your list) as well as Samantha Kershnar’s delightful ceramic restagings (this one is a Christmas celebration.) For your sports fan you’ll find Michael Read More …

An Update From NIAD//

This year, NIAD is more thankful than ever for you, our community of support.  Amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic, you stepped forward to ensure that NIAD grew in its resilience and capacity.  As a result, NIAD is stronger now than a year ago, preparing to expand artist resources in the coming year.  The Virtual Studio will continue; we know NIAD artists will return to 23rd Street in Richmond; and we’ll develop a wider range of community-based programs to connect them. Working in three places, NIAD will serve more artists and reach more of our community – with you.  As Read More …

Online Exhibition: NIAD’s Holiday Gift Guide #1//

About the exhibition Sometimes when giving a gift, you want the form to fit the function. Sometimes when giving a gift you want practical and beautiful over just, well, beautiful. And sometimes when giving a gift, you want something so funky and so unique, you know you didn’t already give it to the recipient last year. With the first edition of our Holiday Gift Guide, we’ve got you covered. In this guide we have some truly amazing jewelry from Maria Radilla and Esme Silva. We have a really lively vessel (don’t often read that combination of words, do you?) from Read More …

Online Exhibition: Lost In Translations*, Selected By Matthieu Morin//

Getting lost is our greatest freedom. Take a path without knowing the end or the stones. Plunge into cold or boiling water, is it really water? Freedom is wandering. The steamer descends the blue slopes of Big Colorado under coal explosions. Helmeted armies take their strength in the yellow eye and the red sun of the Moscow river. The hills fall like cakes out of the oven yes ja! yes ja! shouts the red child. *These texts were intentionally google-translated to be lost. View the exhibition. (image: Untitled (D0324), Matthieu Morin)

An Update From NIAD//

Like every year, the NIAD studio is preparing for its annual Harvest Festival.    Usually this means two turkeys (or more) are cooking in the NIAD kitchen, roaster pans of brussels, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, greens, and princess rolls, and every different kind of pie you can think of are waiting in the wings.  The studio tables are cleaned and cleared and invitations have gone out to volunteers, family and friends to join us around the table. Last year’s was the biggest ever.    This year, we’re Zooming in – literally and figuratively. We’ll be together next Read More …

The Latest From NIAD//

Each year on November 11, NIAD gathers with Creative Growth and Creativity Explored, our neighboring progressive art studios, for a day of in-service learning. While there are many ways our communities collaborate, this day offers staff a moment to reflect on the work we do, supporting artists and the culture of long-term mentoring and shared creative practice. In response to requests by staff at NIAD and Creative Growth, this year’s training combined an emphasis on self-care with somatic tools for working with trauma and resilience – many of them in use already at NIAD, CG, and CE. Given that many Read More …