About the CRS Gallery

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) exhibits visual art in its second floor lobby in order to create a more welcoming and inspiring space for its patrons, to spark thoughtful conversations, and to provide emerging and established artists with opportunities to share their work with our community. Since opening in 2004, CRS has presented paintings, photography, fiber arts, and, on occasion, ceramics and diminutive sculpture by dozens of artists.

Our first responsibility in exhibiting art works in the lobby is to uplift (and not disturb) the many psychotherapy patients and healing clients who come to the Center seeking respite. Most work we select for exhibition addresses themes of miracles & spirituality, nature, women’s/human rights, parenting, or the creative process. We work closely with each artist to select the works to be exhibited and design the installation to create an environment in our lobby that we think will best speak to these themes and support our patrons’ peace of mind.

Most of the artists we select are already participants in our global spiritual/creative community, including artists who have never exhibited anywhere before as well as with artists who have gallery representation and have been collected by museums.

Past exhibitions have included works from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and by painters Lex Braes (Felix Ringel Galerie, Düesseldorf, Germany) and Eric Holzman (NEA & Guggenheim grantee), photographers Satomi Shirai (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography permanent collection) and Annie Ling (The National Museum of Iceland permanent collection), and mixed-media artists Chris de Boschnek (C24 Gallery, NYC) and Keiko Nelson (Epcot Center, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco), among many others.

CRS does not attempt to sell art work on exhibit; however, exhibited artists are free to sell directly to patrons. For shows organized by us, we ask that the artist donate 30% of sales proceeds to CRS.

If you are interested in applying to have your work exhibited at CRS, please read through the Gallery Application Instructions here.

Pictured: installation in the CRS lobby by Clouds AO and live calligraphy by Setsuhi Shiraishi.

Christopher Pelham — CRS Director
Etsuko Sakamoto — CRS Assistant Director
Takeshi Inoue — CRS Gallery Assistant

How to Write an Artist Statement

There are many online guides to writing artist statements. We consider the essentials of the artist statement to be:

  1. An explanation of the materials and media – What tools do you use? Why these and not others? Be as specific as you can.
  2. An explanation of the subject matter and concepts explored – What are you communicating? Again, be specific – What sets your work apart from other work?
  3. How these two aspects reinforce or contradict one another – What does your work DO?
  4. A short and specific personal narrative – no longer than 2 sentences
  5. Historical context – explaining one or two influences on the work and placing it into an art historical continuum
  6. NOTHING ELSE – save your feelings for your diary

Avoid vague or general statements that could be true for many other artists as well. Avoid personal details unless they relate specifically to your art or development as an artists.

Here are a couple of good web resources: http://www.artbusiness.com/artstate.html

http://makingamark.blogspot.com/2009/02/marketing-art-how-to-write-artists.html

Past Exhibitions