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Jim Buonaccorsi by Don't Learn to Forget, Don't Forget to Learn
(Photo courtesy Katherine Holmes)

Free & Open to the Public.
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Mission Accomplished
Walk n' Talk

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Cecelia Kane in front of her The Hand to Hand Project (Photo courtesy Wayne Belllamy) Curator Lizzie Zucker Saltz &
Assistant Curator Katherine Holmes
(Photos courtesy Wayne Belllamy)
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    Artists Jim Buonaccorsi and Cecelia Kane will be in attendance as well as some of the The Hand to Hand Project artists, curator Lizzie Zucker Saltz and assistant curator Katherine Holmes.

    Video Interviews of the artists and curator can be found at ArtRelish!

    Thank You Jason!

    Artist Biographies

    Jim Buonaccorsi has taught at the  Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia as a sculpture  professor since 1993. Since earning his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1984, his work has been exhibited widely across the country. Buonaccorsi's work has been included in over 150 exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at City Gallery Chastain in Atlanta, GA, 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, FL, Fugitive Art Center in Nashville, TN, and Marshall Arts in Memphis, TN. His most recent solo exhibition was No Fear of Content held at the Flood Fine Art Center in Asheville, NC in 2008. His work has received numerous awards including the Reese Collection Annual Purchase Award at the University of Tennessee and The Martin and Doris Rosen Award at the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He has also received a  Georgia State Council for the Arts Individual Artist Grant, the M.G. Michael Award for outstanding research and two University of Georgia Senior Faculty research grants. Buonaccorsi last exhibited at ATHICA in its second exhibit in 2002, Artists Respond to War, which was mounted when the US invaded Afghanistan. It included a smaller furnace piece, Fuel from the Fire.  A Rhode Island native and resident of Farmington, GA for over 18 years where Buonaccorsi and his spouse, LeeAnn Mitchell-also a sculptor-live and run their studios with their dog Sparky.

    Cecelia Kane, a resident of Decatur, GA, has been a nationally exhibiting artist for over 18 years and has had nine solo shows since earning her MFA from Georgia State University in 1997. The Hand to Hand Project has been exhibited at 13  venues across the country since its creation in 2003. The 2005 gloves were included in ATHICA's 2006 America on the Brink exhibit. She is also a performance artist who has appeared at many art venues such as Ruby Green Gallery in Nashville, TN and The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Many of these were for events concerned with women's issues and war, such as her "Red, Blue & White" performance during ATHICA's America on the Brink group exhibit where she performed "Red Dresses and Blue Trousers" accompanied by drummer Amazing Lizardo on November 5, 2006. Her most recent solo shows in Atlanta include How Am I Feeling at the Opal Gallery in 2010 and Heads at the Sycamore Place Gallery in 2007. She has served as a visiting artist and guest lecturer at numerous universities including the Savannah College of Art, Georgia College & State University, the Atlanta College of Art, Georgia State University, and Middle Tennessee University. Kane held an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT in October 1994 and multiple residencies at the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA from 1994 to 2009. She was the  recipient of a grant from the Atlanta Bureau of  Cultural Affairs in 2002, Idea Capital in 2009, and a  participant in the Studio Artist program at the  Atlanta Contemporary Art Center from 2000 to 2005.  Kane has three adult children, three grandchildren and lives with her dog Etta James in Decatur, GA.

    Curator Biography

    Lizzie Zucker Saltz exhibited nationally as a sculpture and installation artist for a decade before falling hard for curation. She is the Artistic Director of ATHICA, which opened its doors in 2002. Before founding ATHICA she familiarized herself with the local art scene, writing art reviews and features for Flagpole Magazine from 1998 to 2000. She also wrote for the international, non-profit Art Papers Magazine, publishing reviews and news stories intensively from 1998 to 2003, with two feature articles published in 2005. As a freelance curator she's developed exhibits for the Athens area since 2000, such as Rock Art: An Exhibit Of Visual Art by Athens Musicians with Melissa Link and Eclectic Electric: An Exhibit Of Electronic And Digital Art, both held at the Lyndon House Art Center. She has curated many of the exhibits at ATHICA and serves as  Senior Curator on all. She loves meeting new artists and  being enlivened by their new ideas and approaches to  communicating them. She received her MFA from San Jose State University in 1993. She moved to Athens, GA in 1997 with her spouse, David Z. Saltz--currently the chair of the UGA Department of Theatre and Film studies. They collaborated on several large-scale New Media projects which exhibited at the Georgia Museum of Art (2000), The Sweeney Gallery in Riverside in CA (2002), Presbyterian College in SC and the Detroit MONA in 2003. They have two children and two cats.

    Assistant Curator Biography

    Katherine Holmes graduated from Mississippi State University in 2008 with a BFA in Photography. Her most recent body of work, Nocturne: A Domestic Perspective, is in the PIEA International Traveling Photo Exhibition touring major conventions, schools, colleges and  museums for three years in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and Canada. She moved to Athens in late 2009, where after an internship with ATHICA in 2010, she continued on to fill the  position of Volunteer Coordinator and was appointed to the board. Holmes is engaged to be married this  September to Mike Hodges, a UGA student and a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars who  recently returned from a one-year tour of duty in Iraq.

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