14C Art Fair 2020

When I applied for the 14C Art Fair, I did not think my application would be accepted. You don’t get if you don’t try, so I applied anyway, to both the Juried Show and for my own room to exhibit and host a fiber workshop. And by some miracle, here I am with an acceptance to both.

My work will be on display in exhibition room 843 at the Hyatt Regency, Exchange Place in Jersey City NJ from February 21st – 23rd.

I will be hosting a Yarn Wrapping Workshop in my exhibition room through out the art fair. Watch this space for more detail on the times for the workshop and to sign up.

Looking Forward To…

Ive been invited to participate in an as yet unnamed group exhibit at BSB Gallery in Trenton NJ this May 2020. The exhibit was inspired by my conversation with the curator about the experiences women of color in the corporate world.  My work will be featured alongside several other black women’s that hold a commanding presence both in their artwork and in their daily lives. I am really looking forward to meeting the other artists.

If Wonder Woman Selfie tapestry has not found a new home by May, I think her largess will fit nicely at BSB Gallery, in their soaring double height space. I hope they think so also…

“Welcome to Fight Club” Digital Print On Metallic Photo Paper
Framed Size: 22 x 22 x 1 inches, 2017
Being a black woman in corporate America is like Fight Club. I must mold my personality to be palatable as a peach and keep my opinions to myself. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.  The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!  Third rule of Fight Club: if someone yells “stop!”, goes limp, or taps out, your career is over.

January 2020 Exhibitions

Finding Your Voice in America Today

Ill be participating in Finding Your Voice in America Today exhibition, a dialogue between disparate voices sharing a new perspective on today’s political climate at Kelwood Contemporary Art in Baton Rouge, LA. 

EXHIBITION DATES: January 10, 2020- March 8, 2020

LOCATION: Kelwood Contemporary Art, 8202 Kelwood Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 

“Never Hide” 20″x20″x1 Mixed Media Canvas Acrylic skin, painted cardboard, tissue paper, recycled envelops, glitter, beads, bottle caps 2017

Snow Ball Gala Auction

My Work “Don’t Blink” will be available for auction at Art House’s Snow Ball Gala in Jersey City on January 25th, 2020.  This annual creative black tie gala raises funds for an ambitious season of arts and educational programming at Art House. This year’s theme is The Wizard of Oz!! 

Art House’s Snow Ball Gala: January 25th, 2020.

LOCATION: Art House Productions, 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Tickets are still available. Be sure to say hello to McCarty, he will be representing for me at Snow Ball, ill be away for the Grammy’s in LA.

Don’t Blink is a digital rework of cut and paste collage printed on aluminum. #analog2digital

Monmouth Museum’s 41st Annual Juried Exhibition

I didn’t get in last year, but this year I have been accepted into Monmouth Museum’s 41st Annual Juried Exhibition with one of my recent mixed media fiber works.

“Camouflage Pink” a 100’x1/2″ wrapped cotton rope embellished with floral beaded garland be presented in the Main Gallery from January 18, 2020 – March, 14, 2020.

EXHIBITION DATES: January 18, 2020– March 14, 2020
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 5pm – 7pm

LOCATION: Monmouth Museum, 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, NJ 07738.

Theda Sandiford “Camouflage Pink” Mixed Media Fiber 100’x 1/2″ 2019

I got Little Wonders @ LITM

I showed for the very first time in Jersey City during Little Wonders at LITM way back in the early 2000s. It was the first time I showed my cut and paste collages. Curator Andrea Morin encouraged me to do more, I have been showing during Little Wonders ever since.

I have two mixed media portraits and 3 Big Mouth Prints in the show. Everything is priced under $200. So if you have been waiting to buy something for yourself, tad dah.

EXHIBITION DATES: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 – Sunday, January 5 2020

OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday December 4, 2019 at 7 PM

LOCATION: LITM; 140 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ

Hidden Figure #4
Medium: Acrylic paint, Sharpie, colored pencils, pastels, Distress Stain, mica spray, Tysabri newsprint, hand printed deli paper, construction paper, recycled Tazo tea box, tulle, glitter stars, glitter glue and rhinestones on Canson paper.
Framed Size (h w d): 12 x 9 x 0.05 in
Hidden Figure #12
Medium: Acrylic paint, Sharpie, colored pencils, pastels, Distress Stain, mica spray, Tysabri newsprint, hand printed deli paper, construction paper, recycled Tazo tea box, tulle, glitter stars, glitter glue and rhinestones on Canson paper.
Framed Size (h w d): 12 x 9 x 0.05 in

Exhibition Schedule

Pro Arts Cooks

Pro Arts Cooks! is a collection of artwork, memories, travel notes, and delicious recipes to try.

EXHIBITION DATES: December 4 –  December 31, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION: JC Friday December 6, 6:30–9 pm  

LOCATION: Jersey City Hall Rotunda Gallery, 280 Grove St., Jersey City  

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM-10PM; Saturday, Sunday 10AM-4PM

Curators: Dorie Dahlberg, Maryann Ficker
Book Designer: Pablo Chavarria 
Participating Artists: Bithika Adhikary, Christine Barney, Alberte Bernier, Susan Carolonza Chanin, Lisa Collorodo, Leila Contreras Larenas, Gannon Crutcher, Dorie Dahlberg, Stephanie Daniels, Paul Dennison, Edward Fausty (book only), Maryann Ficker, Jim Fischer, Cheryl Gross, E. Jan Kounitz, Debra F. Livingston, Alpana Mittal, Theda Sandiford, Nicoletta Siccone, Brad Terhune, Mollie Thonneson, Jingyi Wang
The Perfect Spread
Photograph, 14”x18” framed

I start my studio practice with a lovely brunch; frittata, fruit, cheese, charcuterie, chutney, olives, pickles, banquette and croissant.  Add a double expresso and mango mimosa and then I’m ready to create.

Every Ghetto Every City

EXHIBITION DATES: December 13th-January 4th, 2020

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, December 13th, 5-7pm

LOCATION: BSB Gallery 143 East State Street, Suite 4, Trenton, NJ

My fine art print “Merging At The Lincoln Tunnel” and large fabric installation “Tag 1” have been accepted to be displayed at BSB Gallery in Trenton NJ. The gallery is housed in a beautiful old bank with soaring ceilings and marble columns.

“Merging at the Lincoln Tunnel” Digital photo collage. City Series 2015 #ThedaSandiford
“Tag 1” Digital photo collage. Street Art Mash Up 2015 #ThedaSandiford #Graffiti

Theda @ Newark Arts Festival

Women’s Narratives: Brick City Blues

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 10 | 7pm – 9pm

Hahne & Co, 46 Halsey Street Newark, NJ

Exhibition Dates: October 10 -13, 2019

Curated by: Atim Annette Oton 

Women’s Narratives: Brick City Blues is an ode to, a celebration, a challenge and a questioning of women’s narratives in the context of a racial, socioeconomic and political paradigm shift of the body. This exhibition pivots on the notion of the artist’s inner voice, socio-political stance and metamorphosis in conept, material and technique.

FEATURED ARTISTS :
Alvaro Franco, Jacqueline Hernandez, Kelley Prevard, Amrisa Niranjan, LAS COLLLITAS, Aminah Keith, Bithika Adhikary, Chase Walker, David James, Tiffany Williams, Simone Bailey Campbell, Kern Bruce, Sean Jamar, B. Curtis Grayson, III, Akil Roper, Anthony Gartmond, Cali Smith, Camila Crivelenti, Siona Benjamin, Elaine Shor, Danielle Richardson, Donchellee Fulwood, Kay Reese, Irene Christensen, Lawrence Ciarallo, Brynissa N. Francis, Ray Johnson, Redens Desrosiers, Margaret Rose Vendryes, Shoshana Weinberger, Steve Green, Theda Sandiford, Joshua Fennell, Heather Williams and Beverley McCutcheon.

I was Considered the Ugly Duckling Size: 12 x 12 x 1 in Medium: Acrylic paint, Xerox image transfers, stencil printed deli, paper, paper punched recycled envelops, tissue paper, buttons, glitter appliqués, glitter, Diamond Dust on canvas. July 2018

Spread Spectrum

Opening Reception: Friday, October 11 | 6pm – 11pm

1 Theater Square, across the street from NJPAC

Friday, October 11th: Opening reception and dance party 6-11PM
Saturday, October 12th: Buyers Brunch 10AM – 12 PM.
Sunday, October 13th: Closing Reception: 3PM- 6PM 

Curated By: Armisey Smith

gravity[tional]

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 12 | 1PM – 5PM

Walker House, 540 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Closing Reception: Saturday, October 26, 1PM-5PM

Curated by: Mary A. Valverde

Featured Artist(s): William Cordova, Esperanza Cortes, Oasa Duverney, Carol Pereira, Chloe Reison, Juan Sanchez, Sarah Tortora, and Ronny Quevedo.

A group exhibition of interdisciplinary artists’ projects that include a range of work including painting, sculpture, installations, site specific projects, and video projections. “gravity[tional]” is an exhibition that considers the OBJECT or noun definition, as well as the DESCRIPTIVE or adjective definition of the word GRAVITY or GRAVITATIONAL. Valverde makes use of the duality of the word to introduce select works of art made in response to the (adjective) severity or seriousness of a cause, political stance, protest, OR (noun) works of art made intently considering the physical qualities of materials and space, including weight, structure and innate or perceived forces of those materials. Through this exhibition and project space, Valverde brings together selected works by established and emerging artists that present the conceptual theme of “gravity[tional]”.

Theda Sandiford “Natural Twist” Mixed Media Fiber 100’x 5/8″ 2018

Theda’s JCAST 2019 Exhibitions

I Am My Hair: Yarn Wrapping

Join me in my studio to wrap yarn onto cotton rope. Imbue your essence and becoming a part of the rope, as we discussed the trials and tribulations of our daily lives. Finding a common denominator amongst us all, HAIR.

JCAST DATES: Oct 5 and 6th, 12:00-3:00pm both days

LOCATION: Sky Garden Gallery, 150 Bay Street, PH9, 10th Floor Jersey City

Shadows and Reflections

A collection of works that evoke the theme Shadows and Reflections, either separately or combined in one composition.

JCAST DATES: Oct. 4, 5, and 6th.

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday October 4th

LOCATION: Six Columns Gallery: 672 Bergen Ave (bsmt) Jersey City

No Stopping Us Now
City Series

MASQUERADE 

What is it about masks that intrigues us, delights us, terrifies us? What compels us to obscure our own visage and put on a new identity?

EXHIBITION DATES: October 1- November 3, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday October, 1 @7pm

LOCATION: LITM, 140 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ

“Masquerade” Digital photo collage. Diva Muse Series 2015 #ThedaSandiford

Where’s Theda: JC Friday 9/6/19


Theda Sandiford: Big Mouth

Please come check out my solo show at Art House Productions…

JC Friday Show Preview; Friday, September 6th, 5pm – 8pm

LOCATION: Art House Productions; 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ

As a woman, I find it is often easier to make my way in the world by keeping my mouth shut. To simply grin and bare it when haters, well-meaning friends or co-workers say or do something insensitive.

With ‘Big Mouth’, I am all of it. The sass, the crass, the erudite and more than that aware. Aware of the language used to quiet me down. To remind me of what is, and most importantly, what isn’t being said. 

Exhibition Run Dates: September 6th- 29th

Artist Talk & Yarn Wrapping: Sunday, September 15th, 1pm-3pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7th, 5pm – 8pm

Artist Talk & Yarn Wrapping: Saturday, September 21st, 1pm-3p

I Am My Hair: JC Friday

LOCATION: Sky Garden Gallery, 150 Bay Street, PH9, Jersey City, NJ

JC Friday After Hours: September 6th, 8pm-10pm

I Am My Hair is an interactive art installation that explores identity through our relationship to hair. With each participant, the yardage grows, bit by bit. The rope, imbued the essence of each participant, becomes a common denominator amongst us all, HAIR.

Pow(h)er

JC Friday; September 6th, 11am – 5pm
Closing Reception: September 24th, 4-7 pm

LOCATION: Hudson County Community College, Dineen Hull Gallery
71 Sip Avenue, 6th Floor Jersey City, NJ 

A contemporary exhibition honoring the women’s equality movement and the centennial anniversary of the Woman Suffrage Movement.
“Pow(h)er.” Curated by Kristin J. DeAngelis & Michelle Vitale.

If You’re Not Invited to the Party, Throw Your Own Size: 12 x 12 x 1 in Medium: Acrylic paint, Xerox image transfers, stencil printed deli, paper, paper punched recycled envelops, tissue paper, buttons, glitter appliqués, glitter, Diamond Dust on canvas. July 2018

September Exhibitions

September is a big month for me. I’m having a solo show, a series of talks and yarn wrapping sessions at Art House Productions in Jersey City. And McCarty and me are soft launching Sky Garden Gallery…. Come on out and see what Ive been up to since moving my residence, studio and gallery into 150Bay…

Theda Sandiford: Big Mouth

LOCATION: Art House Productions; 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ

As a woman, I find it is often easier to make my way in the world by keeping my mouth shut. To simply grin and bare it when haters, well-meaning friends or co-workers say or do something insensitive.

With ‘Big Mouth’, I am all of it. The sass, the crass, the erudite and more than that aware. Aware of the language used to quiet me down. To remind me of what is, and most importantly, what isn’t being said. 

Exhibition Run Dates: September 6th- 29th

JC Friday Preview; Friday, September 6th, 5pm – 8pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7th, 5pm – 8pm

Artist Talk & Yarn Wrapping: Sunday, September 15th, 1pm-3pm

Artist Talk & Yarn Wrapping: Saturday, September 21st, 1pm-3p

“Neon Auto Tune” Theda Sandiford Digital Collage on Metallic Photo Paper, AP 14″x11″m 20″x16″ framed

I Am My Hair: JC Friday

LOCATION: Sky Garden Gallery, 150 Bay Street, PH9, Jersey City, NJ

I Am My Hair is an interactive art installation that explores identity through our relationship to hair. With each participant, the yardage grows, bit by bit. The rope, imbued the essence of each participant, becomes a common denominator amongst us all, HAIR. Join me and see what we can create.

JC Friday After Hours: September 6th, 8pm-10pm

Pow(h)er

LOCATION: Hudson County Community College Dineen Hull Gallery
71 Sip Avenue, 6th Floor Jersey City, NJ 

A contemporary exhibition honoring the women’s equality movement and the centennial anniversary of the Woman Suffrage Movement.
“Pow(h)er.” Curated by Kristin J. DeAngelis & Michelle Vitale.

JC Friday; September 6th, 11am – 5pm
Closing Reception: September 24th, 4-7 pm

Kiss of Life Size: 14 x 11 in Framed Size: 18 x 14 in Limited edition 1/5 Digital Prints on Metallic Photo Paper May 2018

InterWoven

BSB Gallery: 143 East State St. Suite 4, Trenton NJ 08608

InterWoven features regional fiber artists, highlighting the various skills and versatility of the fiber community. From functional craft, to fine art, InterWoven features fiber and textile works in exciting and unexpected ways!

The exhibition runs until September 21st.

Theda Sandiford “Ultra-Violet” Mixed Media Fiber 100′ x 1/2″ 2019

Theda Sandiford: Big Mouth

Exhibition Run Dates: September 6- 29th

LOCATION: Art House Productions; 62 17th St, Jersey City, NJ

JC Friday Preview: Friday, September 6, 5:00-8:00pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 5:00-8:00pm

Artist Talk & Yarn Wrapping: Sunday, September 15, 1:00-3:00pm

Artist Talk & Yarn Wrapping: Saturday, September 21, 1:00-3:00pm

Big Mouth is a collection of one-sided conversations. As a woman, I find it is often easier to make my way in the world by keeping my mouth shut. To simply grin and bare it when haters, well-meaning friends or co-workers say or do something insensitive.

As a child, my father would say to me, “Better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt”. So in keeping my mouth shut, I learned, to be seen, and selectively heard.

With ‘Big Mouth’, I am all of it. The sass, the crass, the erudite and more than that aware. Aware of the language used to quiet me down. To remind me of what is, and most importantly, what isn’t being said. 

Thanks to Big Mouth… look who has the last word now.

“Neon Auto Tune” Theda Sandiford Digital Collage on Metallic Photo Paper, AP 14″x11″m 20″x16″ framed