Hillel Smith is an artist and designer focused on re-imagining Judaica with contemporary media and exploring what makes a Jewish space. He will present work in a variety of media, including spray paint and mural painting, papercraft, digital illustration and animation, and photography.
The Sefirat ha-Omer, or the counting of the Omer, is the daily counting of the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot. The instruction to count the Omer appears in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23:15-16, the “omer” being the measure of barley brought as a sacrifice in the days the Temple stood in Jerusalem.
...................... Narrow Places, 2020, mixed media (cut up comic books), 11" x 14"
Calling all JAI Members:
You are invited to participate in our first Arts Challenge
The JAI Executive Committee is pleased to announce the first arts challenge open to all JAI members.
The Hebrew word for Egypt, Mitzrayim, literally means “narrow places.”
Jewish history has taught us to be resilient, as we have navigated thousands of years of history. Today we find ourselves in similar straits, as a modern plague circles the globe. We invite you to submit an original artwork to be included in both an online virtual exhibition and a JAI exhibit at USC Hillel set for Fall 2020.
As of May 29th submissions have been received from:
Shula Singer Arbel
Gilah Yelin Hirsch
Nancy Goodman Lawrence
If you have submitted artwork and your name is not on this list either resubmit or contact Georgia.
FROM: RUTH WEISBERG
Dear JAI Members,
We've received a request from very prominent New York based author Matthew Baigell who asked us to convey these important questions to our membership. Please take the time to respond to his questions so that he can also include our West Coast perspective.
I am collecting material for an article from artists who explore Jewish themes, and am asking for any answers to the questions listed below that you might be willing to share with me.
What has prompted you to explore Jewish-themed subject matter and does that still hold in today's climate?
Do you have a special process by which you arrive at a finished work?
Are you bothered by the relative neglect by mainstream museums, galleries, critics, and art historians?
Do you have stories to tell in this regard?
I look forward to hearing from one and all. Please send your response to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks, Matthew Baigell
Congratulations to Carol Goldmark
JAI Featured Artist of the Month / May
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