BEAD will examine the innovative use of beads in contemporary mixed-media art. Long utilized to adorn clothing and create jewelry and lavish accessories, beads have become increasingly become an expressive medium for contemporary artists, who incorporate them into two- and three-dimensional mixed media works that defy easy categorization. Artists have used beads to examine concerns ranging from race to gender to memory. A corollary to the STITCH exhibit mounted at GRACE in January 2014, BEAD will investigate the surprising breadth of ways in which contemporary artists are incorporating beads into their work, with an emphasis upon works that address concerns beyond adornment or decoration.

Participating artists: Chris Allen, Paulette, Baron, Ingrid Bernhardt, Karin Birch, David Chatt, Sonya Clark, Gail Gorlitzz, Nancy Terry, Hooten, Mary Ann Lomonaco, Lindsay Obermeyer, Joyce Scott, Sherry Simms, Rebecca Starry, Teresa Sullivan, and Sandra Wilcoxon.

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 15

Image credit: David Chatt, If She Knew You Were Coming (detail), 2015
Photo credit (below): Greg Staley