Author: jo-ann brody

Word Wall/Words of Rage in On-line Auction

Word Wall/Words of Rage in On-line Auction for Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

The 2016 auction for “WORD: Words in Art / Art in Words” is now live and accepting bids! And my piece is part of it!!
“We are proud to offer this select group of extraordinary art works from our current exhibition at HVCCA.

These exceptional works are sourced from HVCCA’s first ever juried exhibition, “WORD: Word in Art / Art in Word,” an exploration of the diverse use of written text through different media. While also featuring iconic works by celebrated artists like Anne Hamilton and Oscar Murillo, “WORD” also presents uncharted talents within the Hudson Valley Region. Out of 140 applications, our jury worked painstakingly to identify those artists whose works showed not only immense intellectual and creative rigor, but also the potential to grow beyond their current success. Several of these artists works will be offered at auction for the first time, making this a unique opportunity to own exceptional work created by promising artists at the start of their careers.

40% of sales go to the support of the HVCCA, a 501­C­3 not for profit institution, to directly support public programming and making contemporary art accessible to all. This amount is tax deductible.

The auction will run from
July 20, 2016 to
December 17, 2016.

Available works can be viewed and purchased on the  Bidding For Good page.

We are so excited to offer this opportunity to take home a piece of “WORD” and support the continued success of HVCCA.

We at HVCCA believe that contemporary art has the power to bridge diverse cultures and incite positive change within our communities.Your contribution tells artists that their work is needed and their talents recognized. It allows us to expand and improve our future exhibitions, artist residencies, education programs, and community outreach projects.” Livia Straus, Director of HVCCA.

Please help support HVCCA, an organization that I am proud to be part of!


Word Wall, Photo by Catherine Poarch


WORD  Art in Word : Word in Art
February 27 – July 21, 2016
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

Word Wall/Words of Rage was created 3 years ago as part of a solo exhibition Scar Tissue at Ceres Gallery, NYC. The act of creation was cathartic. The piece was expanded for WORD  in a museum setting; more torsos and words were added almost doubling the piece in size; rage returned!

Clay torsos, words on the reverse in red glaze: An exploration of the issues in Brody’s life; from illness, being “the good daughter,” to divorce and moving on. The words include musings about life, family, and aging.  Brody’s practice involves clay and the female body. Her words include mantras said frequently to allay the clenching in the gut foreshadowing panic. This is the third iteration of the wind chime/mobile—the first being about female goddesses, the second about being female and this. The shards represent the fragility of both clay and life.

Brody merges her clay figures with calligraphy in these pieces. She studied for several years with the master calligrapher Lloyd J. Reynolds and also makes traditional books in clay.

This installation is 10 x 8 feet. There are 70 hanging torsos or various size.

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Live Art Fest

Live Art Fest at HVCCA
1701 Main StreetPeekskill NY 10566


Live Art Fest 2
Sunday, January 31, 2016, 1 pm – 5 pm
Snow Date: Sunday, February 7, 2016

What is a museum to do between exhibits? Have a Live Arts Fest!
Join over 20 artists, painters, musicians, sculptors, dancers, and performance artists for a day of live art making!

I’m doing animals in Plasticine after the wonderful ones made in Oxaca (out of wood). Participants will get to take them home at the end of the day.

Imagine the excitement of watching the creative process unfold right before your eyes, as works of art are created from start to finish on one winter afternoon. Engage with professional painters, welders, sculptors, potters, dancers, and spoken word artists as they make works of art, step-by-step, with your participation!

Not only will the artists be sharing and showing us their methods, but we will also get to participate in the movement of dance, help make a clay book, and work with paint brushes among other engaging artwork activities—directly with each artist!

This is family friendly festival that was a great success last year. This year’s line up of local and regional artists will be coming soon. Special art activities for young artists are included.

In the “performance ring”, spoken word artists will get a lesson in sharing in the allure of the open mic, dancers will perform. Young visual artists will have fun activities and expert instruction all day long.

Live music! Food! Drinks!

Check our web site for updates on artists and workshops.

$10/person, $25/ family (up to 5 people), Members and Peekskill residents: $5 and $15


Family Stories @ Ceres Gallery


Outside / In, 2015 and Woman Gourd, 2014-15, details of work in Fossilcrete and stoneware

November 3-28, 2015

Opening Reception November 5, 6-8pm

Ceres Gallery
547 West 27th Street, Suite 201
Ceres Gallery

“The problem lies not so much with the feminists’ concept of what femininity is, but rather with their misconception-shared with the public at large-of what art is: with the naïve idea that art is the direct, personal expression of individual emotional experience, a translation of personal life into visual terms.” … “The language of art is, more materially, embodied in paint and line on canvas or paper, in stone or clay or plastic or metal-it is neither a sob-story nor a confidential whisper.”
1971: WHY HAVE THERE BEEN NO GREAT WOMEN ARTISTS?Linda Nocklin, POSTED 05/30/15 4:00 PM Art News

But here are Family Stories introspective, narrative, personal stories told through image, word, and gesture. Is it great art? Maybe not, but it speaks to this artist. By manipulating the stories into visuals, details change; stories grow stronger and more true.

Some sculptures here are bodies with words, some are ‘pages,’ some are simply figures. Brody’s first book in 1997 told the stories of her generations in a familiar book-like sculpture. She continues to combine figures and words illuminating relationships just as she combines figures in gestural illustrations of relationships.


Donna Barkman and Mara Mills rehearsing

Thursday, November 12 at 7:00pm
Saturday, November 14 at 3:00pm
Hand-Me-Downs: Scenes from a Life, with a Little Help from Antigone and Mother Goose
Mara Mills, director, and Donna Barkman, writer/actor
“Barkman portrays a natural-born rebel, who recalls her playful beginnings and proceeds to dramatize the constrictive gender roles and motherhood prescriptions that caused her (and Antigone) to search for a happiness that may always elude them. One of Brody’s sculptures participates in the play.

Hand-Me-Downs is free but reservations are suggested. 212-947-6100

Fall 2015

Saunders Farm
10th Anniversary Exhibition, Garrison NY 10524
Collaborative Concepts

September 5 – October 31, 2015

September 5, 2-6pm
October 3 (rain date October 4) 2-6pm

853 Old Albany Post Road, Garrison NY 10524
Hours: 10am to dusk



November 3 – November 28, 2015

‘Family Stories’
Ceres Gallery

547 West 27th St
Chelsea, NY 10001
Hours: noon-6pm Tu, We, Fr, Sa, Noon-8pm Th

New work in cement and in clay.

Focusing on family myths, sto­ries, and traditions, the artist recasts and reimagines her foremothers through words, gesture, and image.

Donna Barkman’s ‘Hand Me Downs’ will be performed at the gallery November 12 and 14

This monologue is written and acted by Barkman and directed by Mara Mills.  The play uses one of Brody’s sculptures as an integral part of the piece.


Peekskill Project 6
Windows on Main Street
Peekskill NY 10566
Thanksgiving weekend
Opening Location TBD

A community-based installation is done by children during the summer and at workshops where they created their vision of a house that was installed to create a town.


Musings: Works in Clay

gallery logo 2Musings : Works in Clay

June 6 – July 31, 2015

The Filed Library, 4 Nelson Ave, Peekskill NY 10566

Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu 9-9, Wed 11-9, Fri 9-5, Sat 10-2

 The work in the order it is in in the gallery.

Brody creates archetypal female forms that reflect particularly figurative experiences. In “Musings,” the works take a personal turn as the forms become specific.
“The figures explore some of the changes in the past 10 years as I became a grandmother again and as my body and body image change.” Book pages, torsos, incised words on figures in stoneware with oxides are the musings on the state of being a woman of a certain age. Internal references to nature have changed as well from tree forest images as the figures now reflect classical fertility goddesses, incorporating bird features and frog imagery.

Spring 2015


Highland Falls Sculpture Walk May 16 to November 20, 2015

Opening Reception May 16 pm


NY Times: Leadership on View near West Point

Dialog invites the viewer to participate in this dialog.  Three figures sit together, actively learning in the Platonic method as they sit under a tree, discussing their topic. The figures, all female, were created as a group specifically in conversation. Brody’s figures are all autobiographical and reflect her musings on being a woman. She creates her figures in series and then groups them into conversations and/or dialogs where the spaces between the figures and relationships of one figure to another enhance the statement. These figures can be reconfigured into other conversations.

Brody explores her world through the female figure in many variations. The figures are distorted and elongated often with extraneous elements eliminated or just suggested. Gesture and relationships are the focus.

Open Studios June 5 & 6

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Field Gallery
4 Main Street
Peekskill NY 10566

4 from musings

4 from Musings 2015, Stoneware, oxides, glaze

Musings: Work in Clay
June 6 – July 31, 2015

Opening Reception June 6, 11-5

Book pages, torsos, incised words on figures in stoneware with oxides all musings on the state of being a woman of a certain age. The figures explore some of the changes in the past 10 years as I become a grandmother again and as my body and body image change. Internal references to nature have changed as well from tree forest images the figures now reflect classical fertility goddesses incorporating bird features and now frog imagery.

Westchester Community College Center for Digital Arts Gallery.
27 N. Division St., Peekskill

Off the Beaten Track
PAA Group Show

June 4 –  July 31, 2015

Live Arts Fest @ HVCCA Janary 10, 2015

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art Presents

Live Arts Fest

January 10, 2015, 1 pm – 5 pm

1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY

An art making event for all ages!

Imagine the excitement of watching the creative process unfold right before your eyes, as works of art are created from start to finish on one winter afternoon. Engage with professional painters, sculptors, dancers, tattoo artists, and spoken word artists as they make works of art, step-by-step, with your participation!

Not only will the artists be sharing and showing us their methods, but they will invite you to participate in their processes! You will have a chance to interact and to ask questions.

Brody will be making some of her clay books:
Brody creates books and journal pages in clay colored with oxides. It is a method of presenting more complex narratives. Many books have double sided pages and are bound, some are ‘pages’ from a journal, and some are writing on torsos without a page reference at all. Current books explore events just distant enough for some objectivity as she explores issues ranging from surgery, illness, being “the good daughter,” from infertility and divorce. The words come from songs, and musings about life, family, and aging. The accompanying writing is half poetical and half stream of consciousness. The female body serves as Brody’s palette. Mother, wife, old lady, artist, friend – growing older; it’s about (re)evaluating life.

For additional activities and information about the other artists:

For any questions, email, or call (914) 788-0100
Cost: $10 for non-museum members/ $5 for HVCCA members
$5 for Peekskill residents (With Field Library card or other ID)

Fall 2014

jo-ann brody

The Farm Project 2014 at Saunders Farm         August 30-October 31, 2014
853 Old Albany Post Road
Garrison NY 10524

 My Girl curated by Luis Maldonado                 September 13-October 11, 2014
“It’s All About Things” Project Space
6 N. Pearl St., Suite 204H
Port Chester, NY 10573

Peekskill Presents “The Power of Women Artists” see below
(a citywide series of events and exhibitions featuring women and women’s issues)

Women: the Root, the Rock, the Foundation   November and December, 2014
 at the BRC Patio Sculpture Garden (address posted soon)
Peekskill NY

Brains, Boobs, & Backbones: Women Artists, Women’s Issues   November thru December, 2014
Paramount Paramount Hudson Valley Upper Gallery
1008 Brown St, Peekskill, NY 10566

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Peekskill: The Power of Women Artists

Two shows, part of Peekskill: The Power of Women Artists.

PWA-BRCposter-revAt the Bean Runner I am showing three older pieces:

My work revolves around the female figure. I see women as strong, rooted, connected to the earth, the tree of life, earth mother, and mother earth.

The women are symbolic and iconic of the struggle to remain strong and creative inwardly while being nourishing and cherishing outwardly. Thus they reflect the dichotomy faced by women of the post-industrial era.

My women stand tall and powerful. I make them stronger and more powerful by exaggerating their legs and concentrating on the stance of each figure. The under structure of my cement figures immediately creates a gesture and a stance. As the form develops, she talks to me. Grouping my figures creates conversational groups, dialogs. Here are three figures created over a period of three years. They are the same scale–my size–life size; they relate to one another. They talk to each other and, through their gestures, speak to us. They live in my studio and carry on conversations with each other and with me and with the odd visitor who is ready to listen.

BB&BPoster2smAt the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater Mezzanine Gallery

Hoarder of Tea Tags, stoneware, 16.5 x 13 x 1.5", 2013

Hoarder of Tea Tags, stoneware, 16.5 x 13 x 1.5″, 2013

A scar is a natural part of the healing process; every wound results in some degree of scarring. Scars represent healing of many sorts – healthy or not. Scars form only after healing takes place.

In this piece, part of her series ‘Scar Tissue,’ Brody explores the aftermath of divorce and the complexity of feelings in redefining herself after so long part of a couple. Within this simple image of two couples dancing, she deals with the sense of betrayal and failure and her resolve to rebuild. Brody’s typical vocabulary—elongated figures grouped, gesture, and the dance of life—is utilized here to create this new narrative.

Jo-Ann Brody 10/27/14