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Elaine Longtemps


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I have been fascinated by “fibers” since childhood days in my father’s shop. I remember huge bins of horsehair and cotton batting used to upholster furniture; large spools of cord and cotton flex for piping; and yards of beautiful fabrics for draperies, which my father would cut with enormous scissors.
It wasn’t until 1971 that I began to use fiber in my own work, as my training was in painting.   Although I experimented with huge constructions of cotton duck and Dacron batting, it was the large spools of cord, so fascinating in my childhood, which made its way into my work. With my father’s scissors, I cut lengths of cords, ropes, mason lines and cotton flex, painted and inserted them, by the thousands into cotton duck, creating ten-foot high wall hangings.
My newest work leaves the wall and the cotton duck behind. The painted rope is now subjected to the tremendous stress of twisting until it no longer can stay straight and takes on a life of its own. No two works are exactly the same. The ropes seem to come alive in a way not much different from the dynamic writhing of vines in a garden.
BFA Rhode Island School of Design; Providence, Rhode Island
Rhode Island School of Design European Honors Program in conjunction with The U.S. Experiment in International Living; Rome, Italy
Pratt Institute Graphic Art Center; New York City, NY   work scholarship
Brooklyn Museum Art School; Brooklyn, NY   Max Beckman Scholarship Program
April 5 - May 19, 2013, National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2013, The Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas
May 1 - May 31, 2013, Artist of the Month, Arts Guild New Jersey
November 2 - December 21, 2013, Spoken Threads, ArtRage Gallery, Syracuse, New York
2012 Fiber Options: Material Explorations 2012, maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD
2012 Prismatic, Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, NJ, curated by Rachael Faillace 
2012 Made in NY 2012, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY
2011/12 Crossing Lines: The Many Faces of Fiber, World Financial Center, New York City, NY
Curated by Rebecca A. T. Stevens of The Textile Museum in Washington D.C.
2011 Green: the Color and the Cause, (visual presentation), The Textile Museum, Washington D.C., Jurors: Lee A. Talbot, Associate Curator, Eastern Hemisphere Collections and Rebecca A. T. Stevens, Consulting Curator, Contemporary Textiles
 2011 UNCOMMON THREADS, Trenton Artworks, Trenton, NJ, invitational, Curator: Carol Schepps
2011 FIBER PLUS, The Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY
2011 NATIONAL FIBER DIRECTIONS EXHIBITION 2011, The Wichita Center For The Arts, Wichita, KS
2011 NORTHEAST REGIONAL CONTEMORARY FIBER EXHIBITION, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY
2011 25th INTERNATIONAL JURIED SHOW SILVER ANNIVERSARY, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, Juror: Joan Young, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
2010 FIBER: "TWENTYTEN", Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, Missouri
2010 GALEX 44, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL
2009 Bearing Witness: Art As Social Action, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL, Juror: Barbara Fish, professor in Dept of Psychiatry, Univ of IL at Chicago and the Graduate Art Therapy Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2009 Katharine Butler Gallery 4th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Sarasota, FL
Juror: Roy Slade, former director Corcoran Gallery of Art,  director emeritus Cranbrook Art Museum
2009 CONTINUUM, George Segal Gallery, Montclair State Univ, Montclair, NJ
Juror: Patterson Sims, Director, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
2009 Visual Art Center of New Jersey's 23rd International Juried Show, Summit, NJ
Juror: Adelina Vlas, Asst Curator Mod & Contemp Art, Philadelphia Musem of Art, PA
2009 Allentown Art Museum's 30th Juried Show, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
2008 59th Annual Art Of The Northeast; Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, Juror: Thom Collins, Director, Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY
2008 Surface:Layered; Coconino Community College; Flagstaff, Arizona, Jurors: Alan Petersen, Fine Arts Dept Chair at CCC, Curator of Fine Arts, Museum of Northern Arizona; Ruth Garrison, quilt artist; Melanie Testa, fibre artist and coordinator of the Surface:Layered Symposium
2008 Bend, Fold, Manipulate; ACA Gallery; Toronto, Ontario; Canada, Juror and Curator: Mary Kroetsch, Talisman Fibre Arts Studio
2008 Contemporary Fiber, The Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sacred Heart University; Fairfield, CT, Juror: Nisha Drinkard, William Paterson University: Curator: Sophia Gevas, director
2003 Fiber Directions 2003, Wichita Center for the Arts; Wichita, Kansas, Juror: Jason Pollen, internationally known textile designer, President of The Surface Design Association, and Chair of the Fiber Art Dept at the Kansas City Art Institute
2000 The Butler Institute of American Art 64th Annual Midyear Exhibition; Youngstown, Ohio, Curator: Robert Kurtz, The Butler Institute of American Art, Juror: Keith Sonnier, internationally known artist
1997 Women’s Caucus for Art National 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Carving the Forces of Change: Celebrating Women in the Arts; Artemisia; Chicago, IL, Curator: Faith Ringgold, internationally known artist and political activist
1997 Creative Arts Guild 10th Annual Fiber Arts Competition and Exhibition; Dalton, Georgia, Juror & Curator: Ed Lambert, Fiber Artist and Associate Professor of Art, University of Georgia
1996 New Directions ‘96, Barrett House Galleries; Poughkeepsie, NY, Juror: Beth Venn, Associate Curator of the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art; New York City, NY
1996 Allentown Art Museum 25th Juried Show; Allentown, PA, Curator: Sarah Anne McNear, Juror: Susan Krane,Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The High Museum; Atlanta, GA.
1995 The Holter Museum of Art, Ana 24; Helena, Montana, Curator: Peter Held, Juror: Lloyd Herman, founding Director, Smithsonian Institute's Renwick Gallery; Wash D. C.
1995 Color Now, Main Line Art Center; Haverford, PA, Curator: Judy Herman, Juror: Terrie Sultan, Curator of contemporary art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art; Wash D. C.
1994 San Diego Art Institute 40th National Juried Exhibition; San Diego, California, Curator: Shirley Biennese, Juror: Elizabeth Armstrong, Curator, Walker Art Center; Minneapolis, Missouri
1994 Contemporary Artists Center All Media Summer Exhibition, Berkshire School of Contemporary Art; North Adams, Mass, Curator: Brandon Graving, Jurors: Clare Bell, Curator, Guggenheim Museum; New York City, NY, Ivan Karp, Director, OK Harris Works of Art; New York City, NY
1993 Momento Mori: remembering in the age of AIDS, Open Space Gallery; Allentown, PA
1993  Mixed Media,Multi-Media Art Gallery; New York City, New York
1971  The Silvermine Guild of Artists 22nd New England Exhibition; New Canaan, CT
1970 Frontal Images ‘70, Mississippi Art Association 60th Annual National Competitive Exhibition; Jackson, Miss
1968 The Brooklyn Museum, Eighteen Young Artists; Brooklyn, NY
1968 Solo Exhibition, Fort Hays Kansas State College; Hays, Kansas
1968 Chautauqua Exhibition of American Art, Chautauqua Gallery of Art; Chautauqua, NY
1968 Aspects Gallery; New York City, NY                  
1968 Aegis Gallery; New York City, NY
-      Rochester City Newspaper, ""Peacefulness and Politics" by Robecca Rafferty, April 13-19, 2011
-      Democrat and Chronicle, "First Friday Features Fiber Creations", March 31, 2011
-    Surface Design Magazine, "Exposures", Winter 2010
-    Connecticut Post, "Beauty of Fiber" by Phyllis A.S. Boros, April 27, 2008 
·         Fiber Art News, January 2003
·         RISD Views, Summer 2003, Fall 2000, May/June 1995, March/April 1995
·         Ryerson & Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago, Pamphlets, Call No P-29728
·         The Morning Call, PA “Juried Show A Vision of Delights Restored” by Geoff Gehman, January 21, 1996
·         The Philadelphia Inquirer “A Haverford Center's True Colors Emerge in Contemporary Exhibit” by VictoriaDonohue, Inquirer Art Critic, April 1995       
·         Main Line Art Center Juror’s Statement for Color Now by Terrie Sultan, Corcoran Gallery of Art, April 1995           
·         The Transcript “Beaver Mill Site Gallery Season to Open” by Rosemary Jette, June 9, 1994
·         Berkshires Week, “A Cornucopia of Fine Arts” by Daniel Grant, June 9, 1994
·         Contemporary Artists Center Press Release by Brandon Graving, June 1994
·         Phoenix“American Street Art” Brooklyn, NY 1976
·         Phoenix “Children See Things From A New Perspective” by Carroll Sugg, Brooklyn, NY, 1973
·         The Tablet “This Jungle Is Safe” New York NY, April 22, 1971
  • Honorarium, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, New Jersey
  •  Honorarium, Creative Arts Guild, Dalton, Georgia
  • The John McKee Memorial Award, San Diego Art Institute
  •  Recognition by McDonald’s Corp for the show Main Street, U.S.A.   
  • Juror’s Merit Award, Mississippi Art Association
  • Max Beckman Scholarship Program, Brooklyn Museum Art School
  •  European Honors Program, Rhode Island School of Design
  •  Sidney Richmond-Burleigh Scholarship
-         Web Gallery Curator for The Textile Study Group of New York; New York City, NY
-       Friends of Fiber Art International; Western Springs, IL
-       American Craft Council, New York City, NY
-       International Sculpture Center; Washington DC
-    Alumnus of The U.S. Experiment in International Living
-      Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, New York
-      Surface Design Association, Sebastopol, California
·         Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, NY
·         Chanticleer Press, New York, NY
·         Doubleday, New York, NY
·         Sierra Club, san Francisco, CA
·         The Oxford Shops, New Haven, CT
·         Leo and Diane Dillon; Brooklyn, NY
·         Florence Parry Heide; Kenosha, Wisconsin
·         Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Salguero; Brooklyn, NY
·         Peter Coriaty; Brooklyn, NY
·         Mrs. Robert Genovese; Wash D.C.
·         Florence Adams; Brooklyn, NY
·         Mr. and Mrs. John Grammer; Brooklyn, NY
·         Mr. and Mrs. George Disegni; Lakehurst, NJ
·         Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Anderson; Florence, S.C.