An Exhibition of Strength and Resilience in Stone


On Thursday, August 19, “Resilience,” a sculpture exhibition, debuts at the Galerie House of Art & Design in Sag Harbor. It features emerging and established artists coming together for a one-night-only celebration of art, design, and the strength of the human spirit.

Organized by ABC Stone in partnership with the New York Academy of Art and curator Peter Drake, the event is the 10th annual sculpture exhibition in celebration of The Carrara Merit Residency Scholarship. The selling exhibition will include 25 sculptures by 16 artists and it provides an ongoing platform for the amplification of a culturally and ethnically diverse group of artists, which reflects the world through their distinct lenses. The pieces will be grouped thematically and curated into separate vignettes as a comment on society and the state of the world today. The works on view will be augmented by performance art, music, and interactive video elements. At the conclusion of the exhibition, many of the pieces will remain on view at ABC’s Chelsea location in New York City and will be available for sale through ABC.

The exhibition supports the Carrara Residency Merit Scholarship and the sustaining use of stone in artistic practice and in the continuance of this ancient art form. Now in its 11th year, the Carrara Residency Merit Scholarship garners a diverse pool of applicants among MFA students at the New York Academy of Art. The honorees are selected by architects, designers, artists and magazine editors who meet with and interview each applicant in person.

Sculptures by current and former NYAA students and Carrara residents will be on view alongside work from established artists such as Richard Dupont, Barbara Segal, Oriano Galloni, Victor Diaz, Nazareno Biondo, Lesley Dill and others. Guests will be invited to wander through the lush, 6-acre property that has been transformed into an other-worldly, sculpture-infused labyrinth.

“Among the highs and lows of the past year, I am most proud of my students, friends, and colleagues who continued against all odds to be creative, productive, and inventive in their studios. It is to all the steadfast creatives that ‘Resilience’ is dedicated,” said Peter Drake, curator and provost at NYAA.

Founded in 1982 by artists, scholars and patrons of the arts, including Andy Warhol, the New York Academy of Art is a not-for-profit educational and cultural institution which combines intensive technical training in drawing, painting and sculpture with active critical discourse. Academy students are taught traditional methods and techniques and encouraged to use these skills to make vital contemporary art.

“We wanted to honor the artists from 2019 as well as those who were chosen for 2020 but haven’t yet gone to Carrara due to the pandemic,” added Lyndsey Belle Tyler, vice president of marketing and creative director, ABC Stone. “It was important to do it in a way that felt safe yet glamorous and celebratory in the vein of exhibitions we’ve hosted in the past, so it really made sense to do it outdoors on this pristine property at the Galerie House of Art & Design.”

“Resilience” will be held on Thursday, August 19, at the Galerie House of Art & Design, 772 Middle Line Highway, Sag Harbor. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.