Artists announced for the Southern Tier Biennial

Hundreds of artists have entered the Southern Tier Biennial (STB) over the last 12 years allowing the creation of exhibitions that showcase the vitality and diversity of contemporary art in the region, and the 2017 STB promises to deliver another exceptional exhibition.

This year’s jurors, Tullis Johnson, curator and manager of archives at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York, and nationally recognized fine artist Thomas Paquette from northwest Pennsylvania, reviewed submissions of 165 works from over 60 artists. They have selected work that continues the tradition of presenting a diverse group of artists for this regional survey of contemporary art in the nine counties of New York State’s Southern Tier.

Exhibiting artists from Chautauqua County include: James Colby (Lakewood, digital giclee), Audrey Kay Dowling (Westfield, block print), Susan Forrester-Mackay (Fredonia, oil painting), Heather Kanazawa (Kennedy, painting), Medis Kent (Findley Lake, fiber art), Mark Kirsch (Jamestown, dye print), Catherine Panebianco (Jamestown, photography) and Stephanie Zwyghuizen (Jamestown, linocut print). Artists’ statements and photographs of their work are on the STB website,

A four-color catalog will be produced to highlight the exhibition. Jurors Johnson and Paquette will select a Best of Show winner and three Honorable Mention winners. The Best of Show winner receives $1,000 and will have a solo show in the Fall of 2018 with a four-color printed catalog and up to $1,000 for professional development (workshops, training, etc.), and up to $1,000 for show expenses. The Honorable Mention winners each receive $500.

Join us for the dual exhibition opening on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. at the Olean Public Library Art Gallery for light refreshments and presentation of the awards followed by an Art Party at 4:30 p.m. at the Center Gallery at Jamestown Community College on North Union Street in Olean serving hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and featuring live entertainment by The State Street Ramblers. Both receptions are free and open to the public.

The STB is produced by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, in collaboration with the Olean Public Library, Jamestown Community College, and the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, made possible by an endowment from the estate of F. Donald Kenney.