The education programs at A.I.R. are generated by our continued collaboration with our public school partners. In 2017, we partnered up with The Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School in Harlem and The Dock Street School in Dumbo, a neighboring school, to host monthly visits at the gallery and other gallery related activities. By inviting classes of students to our space, we are able to engage the students in art observation and hands-on art making activities. The activities are organized by our Education Committee formed by expert art educators with the exhibiting artist members who deliver a short talk on their exhibitions.
Carolyn Martin has exhibited in solo shows in New York City since 1989. She has also exhibited at the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville Kentucky; the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas; Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia; ACA Galleries in New York; the Muscarelle Museum at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia; the 2B Gallery in Budapest, Hungary; the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts in Racine, Wisconsin; and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago among others. Martin holds a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and earned her M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in New York. She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and City College in New York City.
Jayanthi Moorthy is a New York based artist and graphic designer. She was born in Kolkata, raised in Kochi and migrated into the US in 2004. Moorthy is predominantly a self-taught artist and has studied professional courses at The Arts Students League, MoMA and The New School. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Art Education and Community Practice at New York University. Moorthy’s recent exhibitions include, Kochi-Muzris Biennale, India (2017), Studio 44, Sweden (2017), Abron Arts Center, New York (2017), Brown University, RI (2016), OED Gallery, India (2016). On curation, she co-curated a show for A.I.R. Gallery at Kochi-Muzris Biennale (2017) and yearly curates a nine-day community based event called Art Fast which recently won a creative engagement grant from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. As an art educator Moorthy currently teaches at Abron Arts Center and organizes art educational events in alternate settings, the most recent being on Ellis Island for the Asian-Pacific Immigration Week. Moorthy volunteers her time working with a number of non-profit organizations in NYC, namely: A.I.R. Gallery (Board Member), No Longer Empty (Project Manager), Indo-American Arts Council (Creative Director), Free Arts NYC (Mentor), NY Cares (Mural Artist).
Sylvia Netzer received an M.F.A. in sculpture from Columbia University School of the Arts, and is currently a Professor of Ceramics at the City College of New York. Throughout her career, Netzer has been working with plastic and non-plastic clays at both ends of the ceramic spectrum, from carving brick to using casting slip with molds. In addition to writing numerous pieces on glass and ceramic works, Netzer has been the subject of multiple publications, including In Three Dimensions: Women Sculptors of the ’90s by Charlotte Streifer-Rubenstein and Ceramics: Mastering the Craft by Richard Zakin. Netzer’s work is currently featured in an article by Cynthia Nadelman in a recent issue of Sculpture Review. Netzer has served as curator for multiple exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery, Gallery 128, and elsewhere. Netzer’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is held in several permanent collections including that of Sol LeWitt and Ursula Von Rydingsvard.
Ann Pachner lives and works in New York City. Her body of work, consists of drawings, archival digital prints and wood carving. The digital prints explore both the nature of print as variations on a theme and the more personal exploratory process of sifting into a generative place of silence. Through mark-making with pencil or chisel or grinder Pachner’s lines suggest hair, water, and fire. The work points to that which lies beyond form, No Thing —the multi dimensional, layered, vibrational experiencing of being Pachner has had seven one- person shows at A.I.R. gallery in New York City. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts grant. Working Artist Ink, her fine arts printing service is established to partner with artists to achieve their individual vision.