This year’s guest curator is Bruce Weber, Senior Curator of 19th and Early 20th Century Art at the National Academy Museum in New York, NY. Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) was an Academician of the National Academy from 1900 until his death in 1931.
In addition, this year’s exhibition will feature the work of internationally acclaimed sculptor Leonda Froehlich Finke. This will be Finke’s seventh appearance in Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood. Her work previously was featured here in 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1999, and 2000. In 1994, she was elected an Academician of the National Academy.
Guest Curator & Juror:
Bruce Weber, Senior Curator, 19th and Early 20th Century Art, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
Leonda Froehlich Finke
Mary Ellen Scherl
Kaete Brittin Shaw
Bruce Weber is a New York-based curator, poet, and author. Currently Senior Curator of 19th and Early 20th Century Art at the National Academy Museum in New York, NY, he is organizing a retrospective of the art of Will Barnet, opening in the fall of 2011. Also at the National Academy Museum, he has curated the exhibitions Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820-2009 (2009), American Waters: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Hudson, Fulton and Champlain (2009), and Out of the Ashcan: Robert Henri and the National Academy (2008). Previously, Weber was the Director of Research and Exhibitions at Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, NY, and curator at Mitchell C. Wolfson Museum of Propaganda and Decorative Arts, Miami Beach, FL; Ruth & Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete & Visual Poetry, Miami, FL; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; and University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY. At Berry-Hill Galleries, he curated many exhibitions, including Toward a New American Cubism (2006), Chase Inside and Out: The Aeshetic Interiors of William Merritt Chase (2004-2005), and The Heart of the Matter: The Still Lifes of Marsden Hartley (2003). Weber is the recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, National Collection of Fine Arts, and Graduate School of the City University, among others. In addition to his curatorial work, he has taught at New York University. Weber received his B.A. from Brooklyn College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History of Art, specializing in American Art, at Graduate School of the City University of New York.
Leonda Froehlich Finke lives and works in Roslyn, NY. Largely self-taught, she has been creating sculpture for more than 50 years. In New York, Finke has exhibited at the National Academy Museum, Sculpture Gallery, Century Association, American Numismatic Society Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Cast Iron Gallery, among others. Her solo and group exhibitions include shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA; Whitney Museum in Stamford, CT; Newark Museum, NJ; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA; and Elaine Benson Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY. Besides her figurative works, Finke is also recognized internationally for her design and casting of medals, which she has been making since 1986. Her sculptures and medals are in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum’s National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of American History in Washington, DC; the British Museum in London, England; the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia; and in many private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the National Sculpture Review, and the American Medallic Sculpture Association Catalogue. A self-titled book of her work, photographed by David Finn, was published by Ruder Finn Press, Inc., in 2006. In addition, Finke has taught at such institutions as Nassau Community College, the Newark Museum, and St. Martins College of Art in London. She was the recipient of the J. Sanford Saltus Award of the American Numismatic Society and received a gold medal from the National Sculpture Society. In 1994, she was elected an Academician of the National Academy.