Janet Goleas, Priscilla Heine, Bastienne Schmidt. Photos: Jenny Gorman

The Parrish Art Museum presents the second of five Gallery Talks by artists discussing their work in Artists Choose Artists, the Museum’s fourth juried exhibition that celebrates the artists of the East End and the dynamic relationships that unite the area’s creative community. Artists Janet Goleas and Bastienne Schmidt (both selected by juror Valerie Jaudon), and Priscilla Heine (selected by juror Allan Wexler),will give the talk in the galleries on Friday,December 13, at 6pm. Artists Choose Artists, which encourages fellowship among today’s expanded, multi-generational network of artists and demonstrates the diversity of contemporary creative practice, is on view through February 23, 2020.

“I am delighted to continue the series of Artists Choose Artists gallery talks with a wonderful trio of women artists who explore process and materiality in their work, and who, each in her own unique way, creates space and structure and then disrupts it,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects who organized the exhibition.

Janet Goleas (American, b. 1956) spent most of her formative years in Germany which afforded her a broad view of life and art. She relocated to California to pursue her art and received a BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. A writer, educator and curator, Goleas focuses on what she describes as “…issues that are often in direct conflict with one another such as depth and flatness, nature and artifice, expression and precision, and spheres and circles.” Never Mind(2018, ink, gouache on paper) is one of three works in the exhibition that mine these concepts, with bold black lines contrasted against a background of muted color. Goleas’ work has been shown at the San Francisco Art Institute; Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, and Sierra Nevada Museum of Art, NV; Artists Space, NY; Guild Hall, Ashawagh Hall, Sara Nightingale Gallery, and Kathryn Markel Gallery, East Hampton; and Galerie Muhlenbusch-Winkelmann, Germany.

Priscilla Heine (American, b. 1956) creates paintings that result from vivid sensory experiences, as in the large-scale Engine Room (2014) on view in Artists Choose Artists. Her connection to the lily originated in 1988 in the Pyrenees where hundreds of freshly picked calla lilies were set out on a restaurant’s tables. Heine’s wall sculpture Holding (2019) represents bouquet of lilies as a manifestation of how individuals “hold it all together,” according to the artist. Born and raised in New York City, and currently living and working in East Hampton, Heine studied at the Arts Students League, Bennington College, Parsons School of Design at the New School, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (BFA). She has shown her work consistently since 1979, participating in solo and group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the School of Visual Arts, Emily Harvey Gallery, and Wally Findlay Galleries, NY; Heckscher Museum of Art,  Islip Art Museum, and Ashawagh Hall, Long Island, NY; and Boston City Hall.

Bastienne Schmidt (German, b. 1961) is a multi-media artist working with photography, painting, and large-scale drawings. Being the daughter of an archaeologist influenced her creative process and instilled a desire to organize, map, and understand systems through her artwork. She is also inspired by her childhood in Greece, where the reuse of materials was an economic necessity. In her large-scale Colored Grids 1, 2, and 3 (2019), the artist first configures a grid through sewn lines on natural colored muslin fabric canvas, and subsequently adds colorful vintage fabrics and polymer paint. Schmidt also takes inspiration from Japanese woodcuts, fairytales, and American pop culture, and her work often incorporates and transforms archetypal shapes. Schmidt’s work is included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography, NY; Brooklyn Museum; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Parrish Art Museum; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris, among others. Born in Germany and raised in Greece and Italy, she lives in New York and East Hampton.




December 13

GALLERY TALK: Janet Goleas, Priscilla Heine, Bastienne Schmidt


Friday, January 3

FILM & TALK: Sanctuary, Documentary, by Artists Choose Artists Juror Lillian Ball


January 10

GALLERY TALK: Irina Alimanestianu, Scott Bluedorn, Janet Culbertson


January 24

GALLERY TALK: Margaret Garrett, Ronald Reed, Mark Willliam Wilson


February 21

GALLERY TALK: Mary Boochever, Anne Seelbach, Dan Welden


Artists Choose Artists exhibition is made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support of the Robert Lehman Foundation; The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation; Jacqueline Brody; Herman Goldman Foundation; Linda and Gregory Fischbach, and Fred Schmeltzer.


Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor, Bank of America. Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.  


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence.  The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.


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