DISTANCE Gallery relies on volunteer curators to propose and plan professional exhibitions. We are so grateful for their willingness to volunteer to help connect artists with each other and their audience. DISTANCE GALLERY does not charge exhibition fees or take commissions on the sale of artwork. Our mission is strictly to help create a safe space for the exhibition of artwork and we couldn’t do it without our curatorial volunteers.
Laura Vahlberg lives and paints in Roanoke, Virginia. Her work is about the everyday and mundane within the context of formal abstraction. She works on site in front of the motif, nature acting as both reference material and active contributor. Atmosphere as well as an abstract experience of light are forces utilized to create familiar moments indoors and out in the landscape. Laura Vahlberg’s oil paintings can be found on her website at www.lauravahlberg.com, on Instagram @lauravahlberg, and at Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA.
Amanda Case Millis
Amanda Case Millis is a Boston-based perceptual painter who is inspired by place. She received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a BA from Smith College. She has been awarded several painting residencies and her work has been recognized in exhibitions throughout the US and Australia. Amanda is fascinated by the process of understanding herself and surroundings through painting. For her, painting is a responsive and mindful act of presence. Her aim is to find a new reality in each painting through a language of shape and color. Amanda’s work can be found on her website: www.amandacasemillis.com and Instagram: @amandacmillis
Upcoming and Past Exhibitions
Tobias Fike, who works in Denver, CO, is an interdisciplinary, contemporary artist. The form of his work is incredibly varied and he approaches a range of concepts, from his personal experiences of family, place, and grief, to humankind’s temporal relationship with the universe and observations of time. Fike has done multiple national tours showcasing his rich performance and collaboration-based projects. He was part of the Flinching Eye Collective, which was a 2014 Grantee of The Idea Fund, funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additionally, one of Fike’s collaborative works with Matthew Harris, a longtime colleague, is in the Kadist Art Foundation, Video Americas Collection, now housed in San Francisco, CA. Fike’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with exhibitions in many cities, including Berlin, Germany; Coimbra, Portugal; Shanghai, China; Houston, TX; Tucson, AZ; and Chicago, IL.
Andrea Burgay explores collage processes as psychological metaphors through her work and collaborative projects. By adding and removing layers of handmade and collected materials, her collage works present a physical manifestation of the passage of time through cycles of destruction and renewal. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. Andrea is also the founder and editor of Cut Me Up, a participatory collage magazine and curatorial project. Each issue presents a curated selection of artworks, intended for readers to deconstruct and transform into new artworks in response to curatorial calls.
An avid image collector and instagrammer, Brit Pruiksma has been searching for and storing artwork and interesting found images for over a decade. Initially an experimental practice to see how viewing certain images might impact her dream life, she finds that her discoveries often mirror her mood. Each image strikes a chord – they speak in a way that is difficult to articulate in words. Her instagram @_art_gardener_ catalogs her collecting practice. Pruiksma’s aesthetic blends old and new, classical and contemporary, bold and blurred, emotional and strange. Window Mood at Distance Gallery is her curatorial debut. She currently lives in the UK and works as a gardener.
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy is an artist and provocateur who makes ideas and materiality meet through living systems, mixed media, and new technologies. Her work ranges from multi-component painting installations to textiles to bio-art. Her recent work has focused on the lived landscape and transgenic species manipulation. Called a “one woman art scene” by Denver’s Westword, she is also a curator, writer, and educator, and has owned and managed galleries.
Christine Renc-Carter has spent 20 years cultivating a unique artistic career as an artist and museum professional. She has worked with world-class art collections at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., oversaw the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s studio expansion and established a public art collection for St. Petersburg College. An accomplished artist, she is represented by her family’s gallery, the Painted Fish, in downtown Dunedin and shows her work in the U.S. and Japan. Currently, Christine is the Curator for the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College in Tarpon Springs.
Joshua Field is the founder of DISTANCE Gallery, a nationally and internationally exhibited artist,and Assistant Professor of Foundations and Fine Arts at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Denver, CO. He holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Amherst, MA. His work has been featured in numerous publications including ArtSlant, DailyCandy, DesignYouTrust, and Saatchi Online’s 100 Curators, 100 Days and he has participated in residencies at the Contemporary Artists Center and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).
Shayna Cohn is an artist who explores the transformative power of light and the tactility of ambiance using drawing, sculpture, and installation. She received her BFA from the College of Wooster in Ohio and her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Cohn has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has participated in residencies such as Byrdcliff Woodstock, NY, Cite des Arts in Paris, Fr. and Failure Lab at the MCA Denver.
If you are interested in curating, please use the form below to propose an exhibition. All exhibitions require a minimum of twelve (12) and a maximum of twenty-four (24) artworks and include no more than four images from each artist. Exhibitions will run for between 4 and 6 weeks depending on gallery scheduling and will remain available in an archive after the exhibition closing date. Curators are responsible for selecting and collecting the artworks for each exhibition.
Are you interested in joining our project as a volunteer curator? Let us know by filling out the form below.