May 1 – July 11, 2021
Venue: Crayola Gallery
What a great song makes us feel is a sense of awe… A sense of awe is almost exclusively predicated on our limitations as human beings. It is entirely to do with our audacity as humans to reach beyond our potential.” -Nick Cave
Compendium: Playlist asks artists to consider the rich history behind the connection of the visual arts and music by showcasing works inspired by a specific piece of music of their choice: a particular song, musician, and/or band. Artists have always been inspired by the music and musicians around them, often collaborating across the artistic disciplines and blurring the lines of creative expression. This exhibition aims to create a visual playlist of the way art and music are connected for artists in the Lehigh Valley.
The annual Compendium exhibitions at the Banana Factory Arts Center are designed to highlight the thriving artistic community of the Lehigh Valley and region and to showcase the diverse array of multidisciplinary artists who reside there.
PRIZES (will be announced at the May First Friday event and virtually through the Banana Factory Instagram Account
- 1st Place- $250 cash prize, plus an Instagram takeover feature on the Banana Factory Instagram Account
- 2nd Place- $100 cash prize
- 3rd Place- $50 cash prize
The Juror for Compendium: Playlist, is Anthony Smith Jr.
Anthony Smith received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Amherst College (1999) and an M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Michigan (2001). He’s showed nationally in “From Here on Out” exhibit at Gallery Marzen/ IAG in Madison Wisconsin in 2020, the “Mid-Atlantic Painting 2016” exhibit at the University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA in 2016; the 2010 “Sailing the Barbarous Coast” which traveled to Boston and Amherst, Ma and Milwaukee, Wi; and notably the 2008 “Runaway” show at the University of Texas Pan-American Gallery in McAllen TX for which he received a Puffin Foundation grant. Additionally, he has received a Project Stream grant from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts for the Pilot series of paintings exhibited in the show Dreadnaught at the ArtQuest SteelStacks Center in Bethlehem, PA in 2018. Internationally he’s shown in the “Tribute to Michelangelo” show at CrisolArts Gallery in Barcelona, Spain in 2013, and in various Pennsylvania exhibitions including the Winter Show at the Bethlehem House Gallery in 2016 and 2019. He’s been reviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Detroit Free Press, The Ann Arbor News and the Artist’s Magazine. Smith has taught at such institutions as the University of Michigan, Parsons, Princeton and Maryland Institute College of Art. Additionally, he served as artist-in-residence at the National Academy of Design (2006 – 2008), and at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT in 2016 and 2021. Most recently he’s taught at Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pa (2014- 2018). He lives in Allentown Pa with a studio at the Banana Factory Art Center in Bethlehem, PA.
Click here to listen to the full Spotify playlist of the music that inspired the work in Compendium: Playlist!
Image: Michael Barone, Jazz, Photography
Venue InformationCrayola Gallery
25 W Third Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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