Deb Davidovits, Scott Daniel Ellison, Theresa Gooby, Jan Harrison, Kirsten Kucer, Chantelle Norton, Melissa Schlobohm, Maude White

July 14 - August 19, 2018
Opening reception Saturday, July 14, 6-9 pm

Matteawan Gallery
436 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 
info@matteawan.com 845 440 7901 matteawan.com

Jan Harrison, Coda (from the series Animals in the Anthropocene), 2017, pastel, ink, colorpencil, charcoal, and oilstick on rag paper, 18 1⁄2 x 25 3⁄4 in. 


Curated by members of the SUNY New Paltz Sculpture Department led by visiting lecturer, Michael Asbill Inspired by Linda Weintraub’s book “What’s Next? Eco Materialism & Contemporary Art”.... The exhibition will be up for a year.
68 Mountain Rest Rd. New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 255-1559 • www.unisonarts.org • info@unisonarts.org
Joann Alvis & Tasha Depp, Kathleen Anderson, Jebah Baum, Jeffrey Lee Benjamin, Nadine May Lewis, Emily Brownawell, Mary Anne Davis & Patricia Tinajero, Alexis Elton, Beth Haber, Jan Harrison & Alan Baer, Sam Horowitz, Hudson Valley Bee Habitat (Emily Puthoff, Elena Sniezek, Jen Woodin), I’ll Never Know This Garden (Michael Asbill, Andrea Frank, Amanda Heidel), Sergey Jivetin, Maxin Leu, Iain Machell, Claudia McNulty, Christina Nalty, Andrea Reynosa, Bill Rybak, Cassandra Saulter, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Zachary Skinner, Suzy Sureck, Susan Togut, Daniel Totten, Moira Williams, & Riva Weinstein

Image above: "Halcyon," Jan Harrison & Alan Baer, (Birdlike porcelain sculptures in free-floating nest in trees....photographed from below looking up.)
"Halcyon" consists of a mythical nest-world for endangered birds and bird-like creatures. The halcyon was a bird said by ancient writers to breed in a floating nest, charming the wind and waves into peace and calm. The halcyon is said to have laid its eggs in the nautilus' shell. Our Halcyon nest-world is made of tree limbs and branches found in the Unison environment, and attached with steel cables. It is a refuge and a place of rebirth in the global world of the sixth extinction, the Anthropocene. The birds appear to be speaking or singing.
At the initiation of the exhibition, Jan Harrison sang in "Animal Tongues" with her porcelain bird-like creatures in "Halcyon."

ISDAY International Sculpture Day 2018

ISDAY International Sculpture Day 2018
Saugerties, NY
Village-wide Sculpture Exhibition

April 7 - May 6, 2018
Opening Reception: Sat. April 7, 5-8 pm

Cross Contemporary Art
99 Partition Street
Saugerties, NY
Director: Jen Dragon

Click on link for artists' names and additional information.

Life or Death, by Brainard Carey

Feature article by Brainard Carey for Praxis Center for Aesthetics, Yale. The article is about extinction known as the Holocene extinction, and Jan Harrison's Series of pastel and ink paintings, Animals in the Anthropocene.

"The current political climate in the United States, in particular, does more than turn a blind eye to those who value capital over measures ensuring the welfare and survival of the planet that sustains all forms of life as we know it. "

Interview with Jan Harrison by Brainard Carey

Interview by Brainard Carey for the Museum of Non-Visible Art, Yale Interviews, Praxis Interview Magazine....The recording of the interview can be heard on this link, which includes a discussion of Jan Harrison's visual art as well as speaking and singing in Animal Tongues.

Jan Harrison is an American painter and sculptor whose work, which primarily features animal imagery, centers on the animal nature as it relates to human existence and the collective psyche. Since 1979 her art has been connected with the philosophy of deep ecology. She speaks and sings in Animal Tongues, which she performs in conjunction with her visual art.

HYGGE - Cross Contemporary Art

HYGGE: Small Works Holiday Show
Opening Reception Sat. Dec 2, 2017, 5-8 pm
Cross Contemporary Art
99 Partition St. Saugerties, New York 12477
on view thru Jan. 16, 2018
GALLERY HOURS: Thurs- Mon 12-5pm

"HYGGE" is a Danish term that is not found in English. HYGGE (pron. HOO-geh) describes a quality of conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. As an untranslatable word, HYGGE is demonstrated by over 100 drawings, sculpture and paintings by the 50+ artists who have exhibited at Cross Contemporary Art. HYGGE is curated by Jen Dragon.

WHITE OUT - Cross Contemporary Art

Winter Group Show
Opening Reception Fri. Jan 27th
Cross Contemporary Art
99 Partition St. Saugerties, New York 12477
on view thru Feb.26, 2017  
GALLERY HOURS: Thurs- Mon 12-5pm
Curated by Jen Dragon and Alan Goolman.
Cross Contemporary Art is a gallery dedicated to showing mid-career and established artists who have a connection to New York City, Hudson Valley and Catskills region. Open Thurs through Mon 12-6, Tues and Wed by appointment or chance. Phone Gallery Director Jen Dragon 845.399.9751 for more information

The Animal Nature and the Psyche - The Art of Jan Harrison

As part of our blog series dedicated to lost and endangered species in the lead-up to Remembrance Day for Lost Species, ONCA delves into the otherworldy work of New York-based artist Jan Harrison. The words are Jan’s own as she describes the work. Dive in, and drift a while through the more-than-human psyche…

ONCA’s mission is to cultivate environmental and social wellbeing through the arts. We aim in all our activity to inspire creativity and positive action in the face of environmental change, and to help galvanise the creation of a critical mass of work that responds to and explores these changes.

14 St George’s Place

01273 607101

FAMILIARS : Jan Harrison

Solo Exhibition: FAMILIARS : Jan Harrison

Piermont Straus

10 Roundhouse Road

Piermont, NY 10968

Opening reception and artist talk:

Saturday, April 12: 4pm - 7pm

On view April 12 - June 13, 2014

JAN HARRISON explores the interaction between the animal nature, both 'wild' and 'tame,' and the human psyche. These mysterious and intimate characters act within an inner landscape, similar to dreams. In Harrison's work, there is a purity and a sacred/profane spirit in the animal nature - an innate elixir to our increasingly industrialized society.

Image: "Eye Seeds," Jan Harrison, ©2013, pastel and ink on rag paper, 34.25 x 44 inches.


Sara Lynn Henry, Curator
*Williamsburg Art and Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY,

September 21 through October 20, 2013.

Artists in the exhibition: Terri Amig, George Boorujy, Catherine Chalmers, Stella Chasteen, Sue Coe, Lee Deigaard, Mary Frank, Jan Harrison, Gillian Jagger, Nina Katchadourian, Isabella Kirkland, David Marell, Christy Rupp, Alan Siegel, Janice Tieken, Eva van Rijn, Jess Wallace. 

Catalogue, illustrated.  Cover image: Jan Harrison's painting, "Big Cat - Mountain Lion With Foliage Fur." 

Previously exhibited at Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock, NY, February 22 through March 24, 2013.

Anima/Animus; the strange and beautiful world of Jan Harrison

Roll Magazine Article: Anima/Animus; the strange and beautiful world of Jan Harrison.

by Donatella de Rosa

Dear Mother Nature

DEAR MOTHER NATURE: Hudson Valley Artists 2012

Curated by Linda Weintraub

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

State University of New York at New Paltz

New Paltz, NY

June 23 - November 4, 2012
Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries

"Big Cat - Mountain Lion with Foliage Fur"
©2011, Jan Harrison
pastel, charcoal and ink on rag paper
45 x 34.25 inches.
(Seven inch border of rag paper around image.)
Private Collection

Jan Harrison performed in Animal Tongues with animal sculpture heads, in front of her large pastel painting,
"Big Cat - Mountain Lion with Foliage Fur," at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, on September 15, 2012.

DIVINANIMALITY: Creaturely Theology

Jan Harrison's pastel paintings from The Corridor Series exhibited at Drew University in conjunction with the conference, DIVINANIMALITY, 2011, Craig Chapel. Drew University, Madison, NJ.

"[T]he ahuman…divinanimality…the excluded, foreclosed, disavowed, tamed, and sacrificed foundation of…the human order, law and justice."
—Jacques Derrida, The Animal That Therefore I Am

Jan Harrison's painting "Blue Cat #3" will be on the cover of the book, DIVINANIMALITY, Fordham Press, to be published in the fall, 2014.

PEACEABLE KINGDOM - View Installation Views of Group Exhibition and Opening Reception.

PEACEABLE KINGDOM – curated by The Outsider’s Studio Collective. Andrea Brown-Elizabeth Ennis-Jan Harrison-Joanna Hartell-Margaret Hillary Moore-Michael Staats-Patricia Sprott-Susan Moody Ward-Joni Wehrli, at DVAA, Alliance Gallery, 37 Main Street, 2nd floor, Narrowsburg, NY, July 1–23, 2011.

PAJ: A JOURNAL OF PERFORMANCE AND ART - Article and Podcast Interview with Linda Weintraub.

Artist Jan Harrison speaks with writer and curator Linda Weintraub

Jan Harrison's work explores the connections between human and animal psyches and takes the form of painting, pastel, sculpture, and performance. Jan's essay in the January 2011 issue of PAJ: A JOURNAL OF PERFORMANCE AND ART , called "Singing in Animal Tongues: An Inner Journey", describes the origins and scope of Jan's work, including her ability to speak and sing in "Animal Tongues." In this podcast, Jan and Linda discuss Jan's art and the animal beings who help create it. 

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