Emerging Artists Instagram Takeovers May 6 – 27

As part of the “Heckscher at Home” initiative, this program celebrating contemporary artists has been re-envisioned as an Instagram virtual series. The Museum is pleased to announce that Emerging Artists Tom Sena, Naomi Grossman, Margaret Minardi, and Jeremy Chance will be leading a series of Instagram Takeovers of the Museum’s account @heckschermuseum throughout the month of May! The artists will share their work, stories, process, answer questions, and more! Additional program dates for all upcoming artists to be announced soon.

May 6: Tom Sena

Sena’s work is a combination of digital manipulation, printmaking, gesture sketching, and collage. Highly influenced by hip-hop culture, Sena works in large-scale formats as a way to “continue that ‘in-your-face’ mentality that makes hip-hop so unique and rebellious. My hope is that it can be appreciated not only by those directly involved with hip-hop, but those who can appreciate art in all formats.”  His series “The (Street) Kids are Alright” captures the energy and spirit in images of today’s hip hop youth.


May 13: Naomi Grossman

Whether using wire to create drawings in space, mixed media on paper or oil paints, Grossman’s work is about self-examination. “My work brings up issues of change, loss, displacement, isolation, insecurity and the desire for connection and love,” said Grossman.  “Looking in the mirror to create a self-portrait gives me a chance to really examine my face and embrace all the conflicting feelings I have of pride, love, desire, loneliness, fear, loss, and uncertainty in a constantly changing landscape of home, country and world.”


May 20: Margaret Minardi

Minardi’s work tells stories, approaching subjects such as infertility, Bi Polar disease and politics. After becoming allergic to oils, Minardi has made a concerted effort to make colored pencil a more acceptable medium, also using collage and acrylic as adjunct textures. According to Minardi, “A subject for a drawing might also be as simple as a fascination with a bird or animal. I start with a realistic portrait which lends itself to the story. I work in a stream of consciousness. I usually don’t know what a work is about until it unfolds in front of me.”


May 27: Jeremy Chance

Chance makes paintings, predominantly by way of digital collage, imaging, and drawing. Layers of computer files are built up into developed works and are then produced. “Never simply “printed”, the process of extracting an image from a computer and rendering it into physical material is a fundamental part of the process, where noise, imperfections, and error form types of mark making in their own right,” said Chance.   

See complete Emerging Artists Line-up for 2020