Art & Social Activism Festival at 32 Orchard St, NY

Gina Adams, Merritt Johnson & Renée Stout

September 26 - October 20, 2019
Opening Reception: Wed Sept 25 from 6-8pm

Accola Griefen Fine Art is pleased to present the work of Gina Adams, Merritt Johnson and Renee Stout at the Art and Social Activism Festival.

Gina Adams is a descendant of both indigenous (Ojibwe) and colonial Americans. Her formal education includes a BFA from the Maine College of Art and MFA from the University of Kansas, where she focused on Visual Art, Curatorial Practice and Critical Theory. Adam's cross-media, hybrid studio work includes sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking, drawing and large scale antique quilts which she restructures to include words from broken treaties between the United States and Native American tribes. Adams draws on cultural practices passed down from her ancestors as well as from family history of forced assimilation. Her work has recently been acquired by museums including The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Peabody Essex Museum, The Hood Museum and The Asheville Art Museum. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including the New Yorker, Hyperallergic and the Art Newspaper and others.

Merritt Johnson is a cis-gender pansexual woman of mixed (non-status) Mohawk, Blackfoot and Settler descent. Johnson earned her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. For nearly two decades Johnson’s work has navigated spaces between bodies and the body politic, land and culture rooted in and dependent on Anowarakowa Kawennote / Turtle Island, the name given to North America by the Mohawk. She creates work that celebrates connection and builds vision using mixed materials and processes that reflect her mixed heritage: sewing, casting, weaving, drawing, beading, painting, carving, performance, and film. Earlier this year she had work on view at the Museum of Art and Design in New York in the exhibition The Burke Prize, the Future of Craft.  Johnson’s work is in many public and private collections including The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL and The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM.

Renée Stout grew up in Pittsburgh and received her B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1980. Originally trained as a painter, she moved to Washington, D.C. in 1985 where she began to explore the spiritual roots of her African American heritage through her work and eventually became the first American artist to exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Inspired by the African Diaspora, explorations into Voodoo and Hoodoo cultures in the American South, as well as everyday life in her DC neighborhood, Renee employs a variety of media, including painting, drawing, mixed media sculpture, photography and installation in an attempt to create works that encourage self-examination and attention to the complex world we live in. Stout’s work is included in many public collections including: The National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Saint Louis Museum of Art, Saint Louis, MO; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN; The Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint, MI; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, KS; The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; The National Museum of African American History & Culture, Washington, DC; The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC