OFF Balance


March 5-30, 2019
Reception March 7, 6-8pm

Ceres Gallery
547 West 27th Street #201
New York, NY 10001


OFF Balance

“Instability of one’s mind or feelings.”
“A condition in which different elements are not equal or in the correct proportions.”

This body of work represents a balancing act between overtly feminine forms and iconic ones. The pieces are not even, stable, or correctly proportioned. They are vulnerable and fragile in appearance with imagery evoking bones, trees, totems, and fertility figures.

Line rather than mass is the predominant consideration in this work. Inspiration is informed by the work of Modigliani and Matisse. All the pieces are made with light weight materials balanced at their tipping point.

In this exhibition, Brody explores papièr maché and the addition of color as well as continuing with her cement work. The papièr maché torsos are remade from previous work, reshaped, reimagined with thinner faces, arms/hands, and more acute angles. By manipulating the figures and distorting them, the women grow stronger and emotionally truer.

Brody’s typical vocabulary includes elongated figures grouped. The cement figures are intended to create a “forest of women.” For the past several decades, Brody has worked with series of figures echoing her fascination with the society and place of women.

All the work is done as an emotional and instinctive response to the world. The figures cannot be explained intellectually; they grow from their act of creation. Brody works in a light weight cement and in papièr maché with found magazine imagery and mulberry paper.

Art is an island of repose in the every more challenging world of current affairs.

Jo-Ann Brody, 2019

installation shots from the gallery.


Fall Events

Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm

853 Old Albany Post Road
Garrison NY 10524




Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden

April 21-October 27, 2018
28 Deveau Road
North Salem NY 10560





Culture Confronts Chaos

An exhibition created to address social, political, and/or environmental issues (using black, white, and grey) in response to an invitation from IN_Question 

(The members of In_Question are Marcy B. freedman, Carla Rae Johnson, and Mary McFerran.)

September 10-November 28, 2018
Westchester Community College
27 North Division St.
Peekskill NY 10566

HiContrast In Progress


The Doll Show

October 30-November 24, 2018
Ceres Gallery
547 West 27th St. Suite 201
New York, NY 10001

In Progress



Work in Cement and Paper Mache

March 5-March 30, 2019
Ceres Gallery
547 West 27th St. Suite 201
New York, NY 10001



Spring/ Summer 2018


Sculpture in the Garden, Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden

28 Deveau Road North Salem, NY 10560-2115
914-669-5033 http://www.hammondmuseum.org

April – October 2018

Open Studios

Truck Stop Gallery

Central Ave, Peekskill NY 10566

June 2–3, 2018 noon-5pm Rain or Shine


Ceres Gallery Booth

The Heart of the Meat Packing District, NY, NY

May 3-6, 2018


Saunders Farm, 2018

853 Old Albany Post Road, Garrison NY 105

September 1 – October 28, 2018


Peekskill Open Studios June 3 & 4, 2017

2016 Truck

Last year’s truck interior

Truck Stop Gallery
Central and Division Street Parking lot

Rain or Shine! Noon until 5pm

20 artists are sharing their art in 15 trucks set up as galleries. I’m sharing with two other artists–Bonnie Peritz and Hillary Hostetler.

I am showing some old work and some brand new. Torsos and figures in clay and six new torsos in paper maché made from magazine illustrations  and mulberry papers. Size variable.

In honor of Women’s History Month


March 3 to April 2, 2017

Opening Reception: Sat. March 4th from 3:00PM to 5:00PM

Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street
Beacon, New York. 12508



Strong as a Woman

In honor of Women’s History Month

March 6 to April 2, 2017

Artists’ Reception:  Saturday, March 11 from 4 to 6pm

BeanRunner Café, 201 S Division St, Peekskill, NY 10566

I'M Sorry IN

I’m sorry

Up-coming, on-going art activities

Gallery 66: Woman Form: Introspective, in the garden at 66 Main Street Cold Spring NY
Now thru September 10, 2016 Gallery 66 website


HVCCA: WORD, 1701 Main Street, Peekskill NY 10566, 914-788-0100
Now thru February 17, 2016, HVCCA website

And check out the  on-line auction  of artwork from WORDScreen Shot 2016-08-20 at 12.54.50 PM

HVCCA: WORD, 1701 Main Street, Peekskill NY 10566, 914-788-0100
September 10, 2016, 2-3:30, HVCCA website
Panel: The Art of Curating for Public Projects and Commercial Venues, 2-3:30
Moderator: Susan Hodara, writer, NY Times
Panelists: Livia Straus (Director of HVCCA), Jo-Ann Brody (President, Collaborative Concepts), Bibiana Matheis (Akin Library), Kristen Dodge (September Gallery, Hudson, NY), Sarah Bachelier (Director of Education, HVCCA and Curator), and Kathleen Reckling (Curator, ArtsWestchester)

The Farm Project 2016, 853 Old Albany Post Road, Garrison NY
845-528-1797 Collaborative Concept Website
From  Ashes, The Flatz, 1008 Main St, Peekskill, NY 10566
Sept 30th, 2016 – Oct 28th, 2016

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