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The Jealous Curator: From Blog, to Book, to Gallery
December 7, 2014 - February 1, 2015


This winter the Bedford brings the blogosphere into the gallery with a show by the internationally renowned blogger, The Jealous Curator. This show is designed to enlighten, inspire, and chase away creative blocks that inhibit the artist in all of us.

Curriculum Connection: Explore the many ways that artists have used creative problem solving to get inspired and make something new and unique.

Art Project: Think Outside of the Box: Every student will get a blank box and be challenged to use a variety of creative materials to create a one-of-a-kind art piece.

Classroom Follow-Up: Write your own inspirational quote about how to get unblocked, whether with artwork or homework.


The Object & the Void: West Coast Metal Sculpture
February 17 – April 12, 2015; opening reception February 19th 6-8pm

“The steel and the space, or the object and the void, become one and the same” – Richard Serra

 The Object & the Void brings together four West Coast sculptors    

  whose work demonstrates how both the artwork and the space 

  around it are essential to the experience of each piece. The artists

  work with a range of metal media to explore weight, balance, and  

  how it can be manipulated to portray a broad reach of ideas.


  Curriculum Connection: Explore geometrical shapes and forms  

  and how they create both positive and negative space.

  Art Project: Create a three dimensional sculpture and explore form, texture, and the relationship between positive and negative space.


BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art
April 26 – June 21, 2015

Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. With BLOW UP, the Bedford taps into our fascination with these structures and connects audiences to works that have broad appeal. BLOW UP was funded with a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Curriculum Connection: Experience the concept of inflatable sculpture where scale is used to affect the way we perceive works of art.

Art Project: Create your own whimsical inflatable artwork and explore airborne sculpture.




Botanica: All Things Plant Life
July 12 – September 6, 2015

From 16th Century Flemish painters, to Cézanne and the Post Impressionists, the color and variety found in plant life, as well as the potent symbolism, has made it a popular subject for still-lifes and artist studies. Botanica asks artists to draw on these themes to create artwork that explores how plant life can be represented in a diverse reach of media.
Info on how to apply HERE

Deadline: May 8, 2015