Friday, March 20, 2020

Garrison Art Center / #GAC_QuarantineArt

After careful consideration and in light of the most recent recommendations coming from CDC, county, state and federal entities, we have decided to temporarily close Garrison Art Center. In the best interest of our members, our staff, and our visitors, we will remain closed until we are advised it is once again safe to be open.
The solo exhibitions of Caroline Burton and Eric Erickson have been cancelled to be rescheduled during our 2021 season.
We will keep you posted on new developments and look forward to the day we are back up and running in full capacity.
We know how important art is to all of us right now. It is also important to support our talented local artists. One great way to bring art into your home right now is to visit our Artist Members' Gallery. You might discover a new artist and decide to support that artist with a commission or purchase! (Social distance hand-off or a sanitized shipment?) Perhaps a favorite artist will submit work to our Riverside Art Auction!
Speaking of the Riverside Art Auction: At this point, the auction remains scheduled for Saturday, May 9. Artists will receive information regarding participation in the next couple days. We realize there is a STRONG possibility the auction will need to be postponed or made virtual, but at this point we will forge ahead, all the while being ready to adjust as we get further down this unpredictable road.
In the meantime, we hope you will follow our Instagram and Facebook pages as we hope to inspire or brighten your days with virtual content such as "Teacher Features", "Member Mondays" and "Throwback Thursday" images from past exhibitions, classes and events. We might even be so lucky to have a few of our teachers offer a video technique tip or two to share!
We have altered our recommended hashtag for postings of the art you and your family create at home during this time to #GAC_QuarantineArt. This will give us our very own page of GAC Member/follower art! We can't wait to see what you create - the good, the bad, the silly, the poignant! 
We encourage you to keep local nonprofits in your thoughts during this time as suspended programming will most likely have a negative economic impact. Click the yellow button on any page of our website to donate.
One last thought: We de-installed the colorful, joyous, energetic, School Invitational Theme Exhibition on Monday as our last task before closing. Pictured above are details of some of the wonderful work from that show.

Our galleries are currently empty - back to bare white. This could feel a little sad.

We will look instead, for the next couple of months, to the wisdom expressed in the final line in the musical based on the life and art of George Seurat, Sunday in the Park with George:

"White. A blank page or canvas. His favorite. So many possibilities."

Sunday, March 15, 2020

UrbanGlass / COVID-19 

Thank you for your understanding as we work together to serve our community in this challenging time. To learn more about precautions that can be taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, please refer to this information from the CDC.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Garrison Art Center / COVID-19

We encourage you to keep local nonprofits in your thoughts during this time as suspended programming will most likely have a negative economic impact. Donations are always welcome.
For those stuck at home during this unprecedented situation, we encourage art-making and would love to see what you create #QuarantineArt
We wish you well during this challenging time

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Garrison Art Center

The exhibitions will be in the Riverside Galleries from March 21 – May 3, 2020.
Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, March 21, 5-7pm.

Incarnations is an exhibition of large mixed media paintings by Caroline Burton on view in the Gillette Gallery. These inviting works combine elements of printmaking, painting, traditional crafts and textile arts. Dramatic in their presence, Burton’s work balances personal expression with a formal minimalist structure. Provocatively worked surfaces pull the viewer into a mysterious space of dark matte finishes and shimmering light. Press release


Paintings by Eric Erickson, is an exhibition of works that challenge our perceptions both of spacial relations and the relationships between objects. Pipes, faucets, and bricks float in suspended animation and occupy an uncertain terrain where perspectives shift in unpredictable ways. Rich surfaces of scumbled paint and vanishing images provide the viewer with a history of the painting and something more to ponder. Press release

Monday, March 9, 2020


Our after-school programs at PS9 and Learners and Leaders are both underway with students exploring color and pattern in mosaics! Interested in learning more? Email our Director of Education Liesl Schubel at

Sunday, March 8, 2020


The Spring 2020 edition of Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly (#158) is on newsstands and in subscriber mailboxes. Don't miss out, sign up today for a print or digital subscription!

On the cover: The raw radiance of the work of Judith Schaechter as she enjoys a mid-career museum retrospective.

Included in this issue: 
  • A round-up of how glass artists are wrestling with climate change in their work and practices
  • An in-depth interview with brothers Einar and Jamex De la Torre as they get increasingly political
  • Looking at the glass journey of Mexican-American artist Jaime Guerrero who takes on migrant detention
  • A closer look at the career and art of Sally Prasch, this year's featured artist at the International Flameworking Conference
All of this plus four reviews, an essay on the passing of the Checco Ongaro in the words of those who knew him best, and the latest news from the field of contemporary art.

Subscribe to Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020


Join us for the Outer Special opening reception on Wednesday, March 11, 6-8 PM. This special exhibition explores the micro to macro realities that both surround and escape us. Installations made by artists Lucia Riffel and Lily Reeves, curated by Angelica Fox. On view March 11 through April 24. 

Sunday, March 1, 2020


Over 30 new classes have been added to our lineup, ranging in topics from neon and phenomenology to color chemistry, and an exciting collaboration with BKLYN CLAY! Register with promotional code EARLY by March 15 and save 20% off most classes. For scholarship information visit