Open Field: Artist Networking Cocktail Hour

Wednesday, May 27th, 6-8pm
$7 / free for members – Purchase tickets here. To become a member, click here.

open-field-artwork-LOGO3Please join CUE for an evening of networking and socializing among artists, curators, critics, writers, and arts administrators. Attendees should bring business cards and their best elevator pitch to make a strong and lasting first impression. We’ll also be inviting special guests to encourage valuable connections for participants, so come ask questions, join forces with other artists, and enjoy drinks and refreshments on us! Featuring tacos from Tacombi and margarita specials.

Guests for the evening are: Jay Wegman, Director of Abrons Art Center; Rachel Steinberg, artist and curator, Gallery Director of Soho20; Yevgeniya Baras, artist, curator, co-founder of Regina Rex gallery; Krista Saunders Scenna, curator, co-founder and director of Ground Floor Gallery; Antwaun Sargent, cultural critic and contributor to, Vice, W Magazine, i-D, Dazed Magazine, and Interview Magazine; and more!

Jay Wegman is the Director of the Abrons Arts Center and responsible for all aspects of the Center’s curation, programming, and administration. Prior to joining Henry Street in 2006, he served as Canon for Liturgy and the Arts at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine for over a decade and was a Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC from 2004-5. He frequently serves on review panels for public funding and private foundations, and has served on the Bessie Award jury since 2012. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Yale University.

Rachel Steinberg is an artist, curator, and organizer based in Brooklyn, interested in digital and time based media, collaborative practices, as well as facilitating projects by emerging artists and curators. She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, and is currently the Gallery Director at Soho20 Gallery in Chelsea. From 2010-2015, Steinberg served as the Assistant Director at NURTUREart Non-Profit, where she was the founder and curator of the semi-annual video exhibition Videorover. She has also worked as a registrar at the Museum of Arts and Design. From 2012-2014, she was an active member and co-organizer of Trade School New York, an alternative education project based on a barter system. Steinberg also works as an independent curator, with recent projects in Brooklyn, NY and Strasbourg, FR.

Yevgeniya Baras is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Yevgeniya has a BA and MS from the University of Pennsylvania (2003) and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). Yevgeniya’s work has been exhibited at numerous galleries in New York including: Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, Kinz + Tillou Fine Art, Zurcher studio, Asya Geisberg Gallery, Allegra LaViola Gallery. She has also shown at Susanne Hilberry Gallery in Detroit, MI; Barbur Gallery in Jerusalem; Barbara Walters Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College; Real Art Ways Gallery in Hartford, CT; Adds Donna, Chicago, IL, and Jolie Laide, Philadephia, PA.  Yevgeniya was named a 2014 recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Emerging Artist Prize and in 2015 she was selected for the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program and the MacDowell Colony residency. Yevgeniya’s work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, and Artforum.

Five years ago Yevgeniya co-founded Regina Rex Gallery in Bushwick, NY. In the Fall of 2014, the gallery moved from Bushwick to Lower East side. Yevgeniya has curated and co-curated over twenty exhibitions at Regina Rex and other galleries in NY, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Yevgeniya has been teaching painting, drawing, and art history for the past eight years to college students. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Institute of Pittsburg. She has guest lectured at Sarah Lawrence College and Tyler School of Art. Yevgeniya currently teaches at CUNY.

Krista Saunders Scenna is an independent curator based in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked for the ICA in Philadelphia, the Queens Museum, the Whitney Museum of Art and New Museum in various capacities. Scenna was a 2010-11 Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellow. In addition to exhibitions at BRIC, NURTUREart and Lesley Heller Workspace, her curatorial portfolio also includes site-specific exhibitions in alternative forums such The Old Stone House, Vax Moto motorcycle garage, the DUMBO Arts Festival and SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2015.  Scenna also advises emerging artists as the co-founder and director of Ground Floor Gallery in Park Slope, Brooklyn – a young gallery that connects underrepresented, local artists with new art buyers.

Antwaun Sargent, Writer, is currently a contributor to, Vice, W Magazine, i-D, Dazed Magazine, and Interview Magazine, while also frequently lecturing on topics at the nexus of culture, politics, and art, in addition to maintaining a blog at the Huffington Post. Prior to writing for the culture sections of these publications, Antwaun was an Editorial Fellow at Buzzfeed before independently consulting on content strategy for online publications.

He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Culture and Politics from Georgetown University and a Masters in Education. Antwaun first became interested in culture and politics as a senate intern for Hillary Rodham Clinton and as a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Antwaun’s work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune Book Review, The Root, PolicyMic, and various other publications.

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