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Cartographies: mapping intersections and counterpoint

  Curated by Karen Oremus & Catherine Bebout


Building D. Level 2, Room 9


Living in the present era of transition where globalization and travel is characterized by international nomadism and the politics of cultural identity have become a topical issue. As an increasingly global society, the world is shrinking and our existence is often being defined by plural identities. This exhibition addresses the fluid nature of identity and maps as crossing points or bridges into which the artists have explored multiple conceptual and metaphorical viewpoints.

Cartography has also been an integral part of history not only telling a story of human exploration but of cultural histories and identities. As cultures continuously reinforce or reshape their national and international images, so do artists, who struggle with their identities in an ever-changing world. In an era of transition where globalization and travel is characterized by international nomadism, identity politics has become a topical issue.  The works exhibited are a collaborative atlas of personal maps, illustrations, graphic systems, tables, charts and topographies that systematically illustrate a particular subject related to mapping and documentation from within each artist’s desired exploration.
As part of the human desire for systems of organization, maps not only convey information depicting geographical boundaries, distance, and space but also a greater need to understand the world we live in. They also convey a multitude of stereotypes both real and/or imagined often illustrated within the margins or borders. Maps can also evoke metaphoric associations related to exploration, documentation, identity, and memory. The selected works chosen for this exhibition are intended to deepen the viewer’s experience of the number of artists who are mining the visual landscape of cartography.

Catherine Bebout 
    Bebout earned her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in Printmaking and Sculpture. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Art & Design and Director of Printmaking at Montclair State University since 1996. Bebout’s work is exhibited nationally and
internationally with solo exhibitions in Shanghai, P.R. of China, Quebec, Canada, Auckland, New Zealand. As a Senior Research Fulbright Scholar to India, her work was in a traveling exhibition that opened at the Ruchika Art Gallery in Goa, with venues at the Prince of
Wales Museum, Mumbai and Lalit Kala Akademi in Chennai, India. Her work was also included in the International Novosibirsk Print Biennial in Russia. Recent solo shows nationally include Anchor Graphics in Chicago. Dowling College in NY, and William Paterson University in New Jersey. Selected  New York venues include the International
Print Center, Susan Teller Gallery, A.I.R Gallery, and The Center for Book Arts. National group exhibitions include The Print Center in Philadelphia, the Sonoma Museum of Art, California, and the University of Hawaii, Hilo.
      In addition to her exhibition record, Bebout has participated in a number of international artist in residency programs such as the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium, Silpakorn University in Thailand, and Engramme in Quebec, Canada.  Her work is in numerous public collections such as the New York Public Library, the National  Museum of Women in the Arts, and The Musee d’Beaux Arts, Antwerp, Belgium. Essays regarding her work have been published in the Journal of Contemporary Impressions, the New Art Examiner, and Hand Papermaking. Professor Bebout received a 2008 Fellowship Grant from
the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She has also received grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for the Arts, as well as research grants from the Canadian and Belgium governments.
Karen Oremus
     Karen Oremus was born in Montreal Canada. She has worked as an artist, educator and curator internationally in Canada, the United States, Italy, England, Germany, China, Estonia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Japan, Slovakia and the Middle East. She received her BFA in Printmaking and a BA in Roman Archaeology at Concordia University in Montreal Canada. She studied Painting at the Academia di Belli Arte di Roma, (Academy of Fine Arts in Rome), Italy, completed her archaeological field school at the University of Warwick in Coventry England, and received her MFA in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University, in Philadelphia. She has exhibited widely and her work is included in several public and private international collections.
      Karen is currently in her eighth year working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where she teaches visual arts and is Chair of the department in Abu Dhabi. Karen is responsible for the establishment and development of the first printmaking studio and printmaking discipline in the nation’s capital, at Zayed University’s Abu Dhabi campus. 
      Karen’s research focuses on the critical issues in the development and sustainability of visual arts in the UAE. She is dedicated to disseminating art appreciation into the UAE community and
curating exhibitions which highlight Emirati Artists both locally and internationally. Recent curatorial work includes the co-curating of EMERGE: Ways of Worldmaking –an exhibition coinciding with the 2009 Venice Biennial, and The UAE as Country of Representation at the
World Art Print Annual, in Sofia Bulgaria.







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