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HERITAGE: A Celebration of Ethnic Diversity in Queens as reflected in the creative work of artists working in the borough

HERITAGE will be presented initially as an online exhibition with two online panel discussions, selected virtual artist interviews & studio visits presented through a portal shared with our extensive mailing list and partner organizations. In-person exhibition venues for participating artists will be included in 2021 as the public health situation allows.  We plan to create a catalog of participants and their work; each artist participating will have a brief biography included.

Long Island City Artists (LIC-A) has worked for over three decades to draw together Queens artists and the many distinct communities in our borough through our exhibitions and events. Among dozens of gallery shows prior to 2020, LIC-A's exhibition Creative Mosaic in fall 2019 represented 85 artists from throughout Queens.  LIC-A has launched multiple online shows during the pandemic including Drawings in a Time of Social Distancing which showed the work of 136 New York City artists in June, 2020.  LIC-A has also been collaborating with the Queens Library to document the work of Queens artists for the Queens Memory Project.

HERITAGE is supported in part by an ARTS ACCESS GRANT from the Queens Council on the Arts, funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Greater New York Arts Development Fund (DCLA)

Background of Curator:  Carol Crawford is both a fine artist and art historian, as well as an Interior Designer; she has extensive experience teaching studio art, art history and aesthetics at Stanford University and Foothill College in the San Francisco Bay Area, at Queens College and Queensborough, and for fifteen years taught Interior Design graduate classes at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She has designed and launched several art galleries in Metropolitan New York, and has curated numerous exhibitions throughout her long career.  Her drawings and mixed media constructions have been shown internationally.  Her advocacy for artists is well known; she is currently President of Long Island City Artists.

Location: Online in March, and possibly in gallery space later in 2021 (Covid allowing)

Exhibition on View Online: March 5, 2021

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