NGJ Summer Exhibition: Tiana Anglin

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Tiana Anglin – No Place Like Home

‘No Place Like Home: Squatter’s Paradise’ represents a culture of expedience, make-do comfort and the dynamics of settlement. It suggests contrasting ideas of comfort and anxiety, labour and rest, isolation and accessibility. It also displays the unique nature of Jamaican construction and decoration. The make-shift living space in ‘Squatter’s Paradise’ suggests function over form, yet still holds collage-like aesthetics, delineating the authentic sensibilities that exist when need overrides beauty.

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First Lady of Kenya Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta Visits the National Gallery of Jamaica

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On Tuesday August 6, 2019, the National Gallery of Jamaica welcomed the First Lady of Kenya Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta. Mrs Kenyatta was in Jamaica accompanying her husband His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta on his three day State Visit to Jamaica. She toured the Permanent Galleries as well as the recently opened National Gallery of Jamaica Summer Exhibition 2019. An avid supporter of the visual arts, Her Excellency also interacted with a number of the exhibiting artists who were present to discuss their work in the exhibition..

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With a background in construction and architecture, Mrs Kenyatta has taken on her role as the First Lady and wife of the 4th President of the Republic of Kenya with grace and poise and has been received by the Kenyan public with love and warmth. She espouses strong family values and hard work.

Margaret Kenyatta is perhaps best known for Beyond Zero — an initiative aimed at complementing the Government of Kenya’s effort to eliminate maternal and child mortality and HIV AIDs. In 2014, The First Lady was presented with the United Nations in Kenya Person of the Year award in recognition of her distinguished efforts in the Beyond Zero Initiative.

Margaret is passionately and actively involved in wildlife conservation. She is a Board Member of the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) Foundation, and Patron of the “Hands Off Our Elephants” campaign to eliminate illegal ivory trade that has lead to the slaughter of thousands of elephants in Africa. Committed to environmental conservation, Her Excellency started an initiative, known as the First Lady Tree Planting Awards Scheme, to recognize Kenyan schools that plant the highest number of trees in their institutions.

In March 2017 she was presented with the prestigious Fellow of Honoris Causa Award from the globally respected Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in recognition of her tireless efforts towards the reduction of mother-to-child HIV transmission under the beyond Zero initiative.

Most recently, in May 2019, Her Excellency was awarded the “Health Leaders 2019 Award” by the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland in recognition for her outstanding advocacy work on global health matters.

Her Excellency is an acclaimed children’s ambassador and has visited many homes and institutions caring for children with special needs. Margaret Kenyatta’s care for people, is closely followed by her lover for the world in which they live; her desire is to leave this world a better place.


Announcement: NGJ Summer Exhibition 2019 Recipients of the Dawn Scott Memorial Award


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The National Gallery of Jamaica is delighted to announce the winners of the 3rd edition of the Dawn Scott Memorial Award, selected by Edward M. Gómez. This year two artists were selected for the award Judith Salmon and Shoshanna Weinberger. 

Official Citation:

Presented in honour and in memory of the Jamaican artist Alison Dawn Scott (1951-2010), whose multifaceted body of work encompassed drawing, painting, sculpture, architectural design, and sophisticated batik fabric-dyeing techniques. Scott’s art often evoked timely social-cultural and political themes.

The Dawn Scott Memorial Award recognises the creativity and originality of the artworks you exhibited in the 2019 Summer Exhibition, as well as aspects of your work that evoke the artistic and philosophical principles that distinguished Dawn Scott’s thinking, teaching, art-making and activism.

Those principles and values include proficiency and innovation in your handling of your materials, fresh ideas about the expressive power of art, and a sense of courage in the way you address your chosen subject matter.

Presented by the art critic and art historian Edward M. Gómez on July 28, 2019, in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Judith Salmon – Mother, Mother, Mother I, II, III (2019). Photo Credit: Franz Marzouca

2019 Dawn Scott Memorial Award presented to JUDITH SALMON, on the occasion of the showing of Mother, Mother, Mother I, II, III in the 2019 Summer Exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica.

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Shoshanna Weinberger – Midnight Selfies with One Sunset (left) and Tropical Tan (right) (2019). Photo Credit: Artist

2019 Dawn Scott Memorial Award presented to SHOSHANNA WEINBERGER, on the occasion of the showing of Midnight Selfies with one Sunset and Tropical Tan in the 2019 Summer Exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica.

NGJ Summer Exhibition 2019: Dawn Scott Award

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to announce the third edition of the Dawn Scott Memorial Award, which will be presented to an artist participating in its National Gallery of Jamaica Summer Exhibition 2019 (the award was formerly part of the Jamaica Biennial). The show will open on Sunday, July 28, and remain on view through October 27, 2019.

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The Jamaican artist Alison Dawn Scott (1951-2010) and the art critic Edward M. Gómez in Kingston, in 2003Photo credit: ©2019 Ballena Studio, Inc.

The Dawn Scott Memorial Award, which comes with a monetary prize, is a private initiative sponsored by the New York-based, internationally known art critic, art historian, and curator Edward M. Gómez to honour the memory and legacy of his close friend and colleague, the late Jamaican artist Alison Dawn Scott (1951-2010). Gómez himself will examine the artworks on view in the 2019 Summer Exhibition and from them choose a work of art and its creator to honour with the award. The prize will be announced during the exhibition’s opening ceremony at the National Gallery of Jamaica on Sunday, July 28.

The award is funded by Gómez and Dawn Scott’s daughter, Tsehai “Spoogie” Scott, a Kingston-based businesswoman and film-production specialist.

In 2014, the artists Camille Chedda and Kimani Beckford were named the recipients of the inaugural Dawn Scott Memorial Award. In 2017, the honour was shared by the Jamaican painters Greg Bailey and Alicia Brown, and by the mixed-media artist Andrea Chung, who is of Jamaican and Trinidadian ancestry and is based California, U.S.A.

Gómez, who worked in the cultural service of the Embassy of the United States in Kingston in the 1980s, has close personal and professional ties to Jamaica and its vibrant arts community. He has written and published numerous articles and essays about Jamaican artists, including the legendary Jamaican Intuitives, which helped introduce their achievements to broad, international audiences. In 2006, he delivered opening remarks at the National Gallery of Jamaica’s Intuitives III exhibition and wrote an essay for its accompanying catalogue.

Gómez says, “The Dawn Scott Memorial Award recognizes the creativity and originality of the work of an artist taking part in the NGJ Summer Exhibition 2019. In keeping with the artistic and philosophical principles that distinguished Dawn Scott’s thinking, teaching, art-making and activism, in selecting a winner of the award, I will look for proficiency and innovation in the artist’s handling of his or her materials, fresh ideas about the expressive power of art, and a sense of courage in the way the artist addresses his or her subject matter.”

Currently the senior editor of Raw Vision, the London-based, international magazine about outsider art and the work of self-taught artists, and a senior critic for the culture magazine Hyperallergic, Gómez has written for the New York Times, the Japan Times (Japan), Reforma (Mexico), and many other publications, including Art & Antiques, Art in America, ARTnews, Art + Auction, Metropolis, and Folk Art. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and exhibition catalogues.


Dawn Scott, A Cultural Object (1985); detail of a mixed-media work in the collection of the National Gallery of Jamaica Photo credit: National Gallery of Jamaica

In her own work, Scott was known for her fine craftsmanship and draughtsmanship. Using the wax-resist batik process on fabric, she produced emblematic portraits and scenes of Jamaican rural and urban life. In 1985, Scott created one of Jamaican contemporary art’s most influential mixed-media installation works, A Cultural Object, which the National Gallery of Jamaica later acquired. An artistic response to some of the same themes that had been percolating in Jamaican popular music and poetry, this bold work, which has had a strong impact on later generations of local artists, recreates a section of an inner-city neighbourhood. It addresses some of Jamaican and Caribbean society’s most enduring social and economic challenges.

During the last phase of her multifaceted career, Dawn Scott worked with the Kingston-based firm Kingston 10 Architects Ltd on commercial and residential buildings for which she provided original design details. Among them: decorative fretwork based on traditional Caribbean motifs, wall-painting and flooring schemes, and landscaping. Scott, who also worked as an educator, was an active participant in National Gallery of Jamaica exhibitions and regarded the museum as one of the country’s most important cultural institutions.

Gómez says, “With the Dawn Scott Memorial Award, I wish to honour the memory of a very talented Jamaican artist and friend who contributed substantively to the cultural life of her country. At the same time, by means of this award, I would like Jamaican artists to know that their work and that of the National Gallery of Jamaica are worthy of serious, international critical attention. This award helps to convey that kind of recognition, which is most deserved.”

The Dawn Scott Memorial Award is one of two awards attached to the 2019 Summer Exhibition, along with the Aaron Matalon Award, which is awarded to an artist who, in the view of the National Gallery’s Exhibitions and Acquisitions Committees, has contributed the strongest entry to the exhibition. This award will also be announced at the exhibition’s opening ceremony on Sunday, July 28.

“A Critic’s Notebook” by Renowned International Art Critic Edward Gomez

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The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to announce that the New York-based, internationally known art critic and curator Edward M. Gómez will present “A Critic’s Notebook,” a talk about trends in contemporary art and some of the artists who are the subjects of his current research.

The talk will take place on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the National Gallery of Jamaica, at 12 Ocean Boulevard, Block C, in downtown Kingston. Mr. Gómez’s presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to the general public. Artists, art students, art collectors, and art lovers are especially welcome to attend.

Edward M. Gómez is an arts journalist, critic, author, and curator. A senior critical writer for the arts-and-culture magazine Hyperallergic, he is also the senior editor of the outsider-art magazine Raw Vision, and a specialist in Japanese modern art and in the work of self-taught artists. Mr. Gómez, who began his career as a cultural-affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston before going on to work as a writer and correspondent for TIME Magazine in the U.S., France, and Japan, and to serve as the editor of and a contributor to many publications, has long enjoyed a close connection to Jamaica’s vibrant arts community.

He has written about various aspects of Jamaican art history, including the work of the Jamaican Intuitives, and he is the founder of the Dawn Scott Memorial Award, which was previously given to notable artists participating in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s biennial exhibitions (the award is now associated with the museum’s Summer Exhibition). He is the author of numerous books and exhibition catalogues in the art and design fields.

In his talk, Mr. Gómez will describe certain postmodernist critical ideas that are still prevalent in the international art world today, as well as share information about his recent research and curating activities, which have focused on a diverse range of both trained and self-taught artists from different parts of the world, including Japan.

In his remarks, he will cite some of the works from the National Gallery of Jamaica’s 2019 Summer Exhibition, which will open to the public on Sunday, July 28.

Exhibition Opening: National Gallery of Jamaica Summer Exhibition 2019

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programming for July 28, 2019 will feature the opening of the inaugural National Gallery of Jamaica Summer Exhibition 2019 and features a musical performance by Jaz Elise. The keynote speaker will be The Honourable Olivia Grange MP, CD, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. 

This exhibition was developed in the tradition of previous open-submission art exhibitions staged by the National Gallery since 1974. Notable predecessors include the Annual National, the National Biennial and the Jamaica Biennial exhibitions. Similar to those exhibitions, the NGJ Summer Show is comprised of an invited and a juried section and the summer show seeks to unearth new artistic talent, as well as provide an enriching perspective on the already diverse and exciting cohort of Jamaican visual artists, both locally and abroad. A total of one hundred and ninety-two (192) artworks, produced by one hundred and fifteen (115) artists were reviewed by three judges: art historians Petrina Dacres and Erica Moiah James, as well as exhibition designer Sara Shabaka.  The resulting exhibition show will feature ninety-nine (97) artworks, by sixty-eight (68) Jamaican artists, based locally and overseas.

Artworks in the exhibition take on many forms: sculpture, fibre and textile arts, painting, photography, mixed media works, as well as large-scale installations. As is expected with any open submission-based art show, the themes explored by our artists are diverse. Some of the more timeless ones include issues surrounding gender, ancestry, the environment, personas and personalities.

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Raised and molded in the strongly cultured City of Kingston Jamaica, Jaz Elise is an artiste who is on a mission to make great songs and uplift and spread positivity. Born Jasmine Taylor, she began singing in the children’s choir at age 5 and continued to pursue it throughout her life. Jaz Elise also has extensive experience in dancing and acting, performing in the Quilt Performing Arts Company and co-starring in films such as Capture Land (Directed by Nabil Elderkin) and Proscenium. Her style is a mixture of soulful melodies and DJ style and her aim is to tell real stories, give real perspectives and to entertain through her music.

The National Gallery of Jamaica will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The formalities will begin at 1:30 pm and the performance will follow afterwards. As per usual on Last Sundays, admission is free, but contributions to our Donations Box, located in the lobby, are appreciated. These donations help to fund our in house exhibitions and our Last Sundays programming. The National Gallery’s Gift Shop and Coffee Shop will be open for business.