Yona Verwer - Resume

 

SOLO and TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS


2016    ARt, ARchitecture & AR, Art Kibbutz, Governors Island, NY. 2-Person exhibit with Cynthia Beth Rubin.

2016    Meditations on Place, Koslowe Gallery, Mamaroneck, NY, curated by Amy Levine-Kennedy. 2-Person exhibit with Cynthia Beth Rubin.

2015    Hidden Links: Exploring Jewish Identity, The Temple, Denver, CO, curated by Georgina Kolber / the Mizel Museum, Denver.

2015    Hidden Links: Exploring Jewish Identity, The Work of Yona Verwer and Cynthia Beth Rubin”, Evergreen Arts Center, Evergreen CO, in conjunction with the Mizel Museum, Denver, CO.

2013    City Charms, Tribeca Synagogue for the Arts, New York, NY

2012    Temple Talismans, Center for Jewish Arts & Literacy, New York, NY

2002    Urim & Tumim, Russian American Cultural Center, New York, NY

1999    Yona Verwer, De Drye Swaentjes, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands

1998    Gallerie De Lachende Koe, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

Amstelkerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Spinoza: Marrano of Reason. Curators Janet Heit, Billha Zussman and Goldie Gross.

Venue TBD, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Stations of the Cross. Curator Aaron Rosen.

Manny Cantor Center, New York, NY, On The Consequences of Hate Speech. Curator Rachel Kanter.

2018

Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT, Through Compassionate Eyes: The Ethical Treatment of Animals. Curators Julie Seidman, Joel Silverstein, Aimee Rubensteen.

Cigar Factory, Long Island City, Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself. Curators Krista Scenna & Carolina Peñafiel.

ACM Siggraph, Origins and Journeys. Collaboration with Cynthia Beth Rubin and Kristine Tonski.

Detour Gallery, Red Bank, NJ, The Invisible Jew. Curator Goldie Gross.

Derfner Museum, Riverdale, NY, Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth. Curator Ori Z. Soltes. Organized by Susan Chevlowe.

2017

Jerusalem Biennale, Jerusalem, Israel. Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth. Curator Ori Z. Soltes for the Jewish Art Salon.

Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT. Natural Instincts. Curated by Goldie Gross for the Jewish Art Salon.

Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL. Far From The Front Lines. Curator Dorit Jordan Dotan.

Westchester Hilton, Rye Brook, NY. Limmud FSU Legacy. Curator Yelena Yafe.

Belskie Museum of Art and Science, Closter, NJ. Personal Renaissance. Curator Sheryl Intrator.

Rio II Gallery, NYC. Women in the Heights - Disruption. Curator Andrea Arroyo.

2016

Abrazo Interno Gallery, Clemente Cultural Center, NYC. Trees of Life and Evil Eyes. Curators Tine Kindermann and Deborah Ugoretz.

USC - Hillel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Dimensions of Spirituality – Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Curators Richard McBee and Aimee Rubensteen.

Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel. New York / New Work: Contemporary Art From NYC. Curators Dvora Liss and David Sperber.

2015

Jerusalem Biennale, Polonsky Academy / Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, Israel. New York / New Work: Contemporary Art From NYC. Curators Dvora Liss and David Sperber.

Art Kibbutz NY, Governor’s Island, NY. Shmita ArtFest. Curator Leah Caroline.

Manny Cantor Center, New York, NY. All Together Different. Curator Linda Griggs. Curatorial advisor Yona Verwer.

NOMAA Gallery, New York, NY. Women in the Heights: The Human Essence. Curator Andrea Arroyo.

2014

The New Museum, New York, NY. Draftsmen’s Congress. Residency Project by Art Kibbutz. Project by Pawel Althamer.

Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH. Sacred Voices. Curator Michele Waalkes.

Anne Frank Center USA, New York, NY. Faith & Form: Addressing Intolerance & Anti-semitism. Curator Yvonne Simons.

2013

Y.U. Museum, New York, NY, It’s a Thin Line: The Eruv and Jewish Community in New York and Beyond. Curator Zachary Paul Levine.

Synagogue for the Arts, New York, NY, Touched by the Holocaust. Curator Ellen D. Newman.

Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, Riverdale, NY: Artists Respond. Curator Sheryl Intrator.

Brooklyn College Hillel, Brooklyn, NY, Breath / Breadth. Curated by Maria Rand and Jewish Art Now.

Riverside Library, New York, NY, Provocateur. By the Women’s Caucus for Art.

2012

Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ. Blessed are the Artists: Spirituality and Religion in Contemporary Art, Curator Yulia Tikhonova.

Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills, MI, Silent Witnesses: Synagogues Transformed, Rebuilt or Abandoned.

UJA Federation, New York, NY, The Dura Europos Project II. Curators Joel Silverstein, Richard McBee.

Temple University / Hillel, Philadelphia, PA, Transcending History: Moving Beyond the Legacy of Slavery and Holocaust.

Ramath Orah, New York, NY, Kadosh. Curated by Tobi Kahn.

2011

JTS, New York, NY, Ushpizin, Curated by Tobi Kahn. 

Ernest Rubinstein Gallery, New York, NY, Embodied Light: 9-11 in 2011, Collaboration with Tobi Kahn.

Mizel Museum, Denver, CO, 4000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks, Curator Georgina Kolber.

JCC, Reading PA, 9-11 Memorial Exhibit, Curator Marilyn Fox.

Industry City Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Terror: Artists Respond.

JCC of Greater New Haven, New Haven, CT, M’Dor L’Dor.

2010  

Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, NY, Generation D: Identity, Curators Elke Reva Sudin & Julian Voloj.

Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Philadelphia, PA, Dura Europos Project, Curators Joel Silverstein & Richard McBee.  

Industry City, Brooklyn, NY, Warehouse Art Rave, Curator Elke Sudin.              

Palm Beach Center for Jewish Art, Lantana, FL, and Boca Raton, FL Hebrew Zodiac

Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT, Seduced by the Sacred, Curators Joel Silverstein & Richard McBee.  

Stanback Museum, Orangeburg, SC, Transcending History: Moving Beyond the Legacy of Slavery and Holocaust.

Reginald Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD,Transcending History: Moving Beyond the Legacy of Slavery and the Holocaust.

Vivant Art Collection, Philadelphia, PA,Transcending History: Moving Beyond the Legacy of Slavery and the Holocaust.

Educational Alliance, New York, Faculty Exhibit.

2009  

John Slade Ely House for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT, Cultural Heritage Artists Project.

Bronfman Center Gallery, New York, Arts on the Move.

CWOW Gallery, Newark, NJ, Wall to Wall.

Stanton Street Shul, New York, Tzelem, Curators Joel Silverstein & Richard McBee.

2007  

Educational Alliance, New York, Made in the USA, Curator David Gibson.   

Makor Gallery, New York, 10 x 10, Curators Ofri Cnaani & Ayelet Aldouby.

Kraft Center, Columbia University, New York, words within, Curator Laura Kruger.

Rubin Gallery, Boston University, Boston MA, words within

2006  

Makor Gallery, New York, Amendicons

Haven Arts, The Bronx, NY, Amendicons

Redhead (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), New York, Speed Limit.

Skirball Center, New York, The Universal and the Particular.

CUE Art Foundation, New York, Nurturing the Edge.

2005  

Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA, Incognito

Ch’i Contemporary Fine Art, Williamsburg, Bklyn, Artists Aid Orleans

Spike Gallery, New York, Nurturing the New ‘05

Makor Gallery, New York, Wandering, Curator Anat Litwin.

2004  

Andy Warhol Factory Building, New York, The After Light

Streit’s Matzo Factory, New York, Shared

2003 

Galerie Lelong, New York, Postcards from the edge 

2002 

Center for Jewish History, New York, American Sephardim

2001  

Russian American Cultural Center, Dumbo Double  Deuce, Curator Regina Khidekel.

Consulate General of the Russian Federation, New York, Détente

Bodi Modern Art, Newport, R.I. Spring

2000  

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYC, Good Business is the Best Art

Center for Jewish History, NYC, The Sephardic Woman


PUBLICATIONS


Ori Z. Soltes, Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art and Architecture, Canal St Press, 2016.

David Sperber & Dvora Liss, New York / New Work, Catalog, September 2015

Ram Ozeri, The Jerusalem Biennale, Catalog, September 2015, Jerusalem, Israel

Samuel Gruber, Ruth Gruber, Aaron Rosen & Others, Cultural Heritage Artists Project II, Catalogue, March 2012, Detroit MI.

Marilyn Fox, Curator, We Remember: 9-11 10th Anniversary, Catalogue, September 2011, Penn State.

Joel Silverstein & Richard McBee, Curators, The Dura Europos Project, Catalogue, December 2010, New York.

Hasia Diner, Walter Cahn, Hana Iverson, Karen Shiff, Cynthia Beth RubinCultural Heritage Artists Project I, December 2009

Joel Silverstein & Richard McBee, Curators, Tzelem, Exhibition Catalog, November 2009, New York

Laura Kruger, Curator HUC Museum, Words Within, Exhibition Catalog, February 2007, New York

Karen Harris, Director of Marymount Manhattan College Gallery, course entitled "An Issue of Identity: Reconstructing the Self, Images by Women Artists, 1970-the Present," 1994.

Fred Adelson, Con-struc-tures, Catalog, Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, 1993

Gail Levin, Curator, Imagination, Catalog, Peconic Gallery, Riverhead NY, 1993

Laura Hoptman, Curator, The Artist in the Marketplace X, Catalogue, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1990, New York


PRESS


NY Jewish Week, Aaron Herman, Jewish Comic Con Comes To Brooklyn, April 27, 2018

NJ Jewish Standard, Joanne Palmer, From Jerusalem to Riverdale, February 2018.

Sh’ma Now, cover, Susan Berrin, Editor, Mezuzot | מזוּזֹת| Reminders, February 2018.

Contact Magazine, Steinhardt Foundation, The Book of Yona - The Art of Yona Verwer, Fall 2017.

Times of Israel, Jessica Steinberg, A ‘watershed’ moment for artists at the Jerusalem Biennale, Oct. 7, 2017.

NJ Jewish Standard, Joanne Palmer, Jewish Art Salon Rockets To Teaneck, June 22, 2017.

NY Jewish Week, Joel Silverstein, Layering History And Spontaneous Expression, September 2016.

Jewish in Seattle, Anca L. Szilagyi, Art After Auschwitz, April / May 2016

Bedford + Bowery, Lindsey Smith, LES Artists ‘Still Looking Quirky and Funky’ at This New Exhibit. February 13, 2015

Huffington Post, S. Brent Plate, Religion Is Alive and Well In Contemporary Art, August 18, 2014

Zeek, Artist Q, Artist A: Yona Verwer Talks to Mirta Kupferminc, May 31, 2014

Sh’ma Journal, The Self and Creativity, Basya Schechter, S. Bear Bergman & Yona Verwer May 2014

Zeek, Artist Q, Artist A: Yona Verwer Talks to Ken Goldman, April 24, 2014

The Jewish Channel TV, Meredith Ganzman, Faith & Form (Week in review), February 21, 2014

NY Jewish Week, Gloria Kestenbaum, Anne Frank and her Disciples, January 16, 2014

Hadassah Magazine, Aaron Rosen, Ph.D., United (Jewish) Artists, December 2013

The NY Jewish Week, Caroline Lagnado, Two Artists Address Difficult Issues in Tribeca Exhibit, October 2013

Tachles, Julian Voloj, Successful Artists Network, June 2013

Lilith Magazine, Our Violent Children, features “Protection Amulet Pewter”, Spring 2013

Skirball Center Catalog features “Orach Chaim Blue” on its cover and “Stanton Shul Amulet”, Spring 2013

Shma Journal Online Gallery, A Jewish Lens on Taxation, featured “In God We Trust”, March 2013

The NY Jewish Week, Gloria Kestenbaum “The Eruv: Staying Within Bounds”, February 26, 2013

Jewish Press, Richard McBee, It’s a Thin Line - The Eruv and Jewish Community in New York and beyond, January 11, 2013

Reform Jewish Quarterly, Ori Z. Soltes, Text and Commentary: Contemporary Jewish Art, Winter 2013

Ars Judaica, Matthew Baigell, Social Concern and Tikkun Olam in Jewish American Art, May 2012

Alpha & Omega Arts, Ernest Disney-Britton, Counting the Omer, with Yona Verwer and Tobi Kahn, May 7

Jewish Exponent, Deborah Hirsch, Hillel Displays Slavery / Holocaust Art, March 19, 2012

Jewish Press, Richard McBee, Terror: Artists Respond, September 2, 2011

Zeek, Ori Z. Soltes, February 2010: Slavery and the Holocaust.

Art Criticism, Matthew Baigell, Volume 24, Number 2, ’09: Contemporary Jewish Art: A Short Review.

Zeek, Yona Verwer, December 2009: Temple Talismans.

Jewish Press, Richard McBee, December 31, 2009 The Prayer of the Orchard St Shul.

Sh’ma Magazine, Yona Verwer, November, 2009, The Kabbalah of Bling.

2Life Magazine, Julian Voloj, November 25, 2009, Yona Verwer at C.H.A.P

The Jewish Week, June 5, 2009, Text / Context: Photo: Stanton St Shul Amulet.

Jewish Press, Menachem Wecker, May 30, 2009, The Amulet, the Temple, the Disfigured Book, and the Butterflies.

Pajamasmedia, Phyllis Chesler, May 15, 2009, Consolation in a Time of Madness.

Zeek, November 2007: Photos

Iconia, Menachem Wecker, May 10, 2007, Yona Verwer.

Jewess, Rebecca Honig Friedman, May 8, 2007, Jewess Bling Artist Yona Verwer.

NY Daily News, Clem Richardson, April 16, 2007, Charms of New York in her Art.

Jewish Press, Menachem Wecker, March 23, 2007, Jewish Women Talk about their Work.

The Jewish Week, Carolyn Slutsky, January 12, 2007, Art on the Rise.

The Forward, Sarah Kricheff, July 15, 2005, Modern Amulets.

The New Yorker, Boris Fishman, July 29, 2002, Goings on about Town – Yona Verwer.

The Forward, Zack Berger, Yona Verwer and her paintings of the Urim & Tumim.

Jewish Press, Richard McBee, July 5, 2002, Yona Verwer.

The NY Times, William Zimmer, May ’90, Sculpture Dominates in Annual Show of Emerging Artists.

NRC Handelsblad, Reineke Hollander, July 1990, The Real and the Faux Work of Yona Verwer.


PANELS & TALKS


2018

Riverside Church, NYC, Interfaith Discussion at Stations of the Cross Exhibit. Moderator Dr. Carolyn Rosen, Panelists Siona Benjamin and Dua Abbas. Hosted by Rev. Ellen Robinson. Introduction by Yona Verwer.

2016

Koslowe Gallery, Mamaroneck, NY, Artist Talk with Cynthia Beth Rubin.

2015

The American Sephardi Federation, NYC, Blue Like Me. Panelists Siona Benjamin and Ryan Arey. Moderator Yona Verwer. 

The Jerusalem Biennale, Van Leer Institute / Polonsky Academy, New York / New Work. Panelists Richard McBee, Cynthia Beth Rubin, Yona Verwer, David Wander. Moderator Dvora Liss

2014

The Equity Project Charter School, NYC, Artist in Residence

2013

Y.U. Museum, NYC, Curator’s Talk with Zachary Paul Levine.

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT, Revolutionizing the Jewish Art Community.

Y.U. Museum, NYC, It’s a Thin Line. Panelists: Ben Schachter and Yona Verwer. Moderator Ilana Benson.

2012

Columbia / Barnard Kraft Center, NYC, Jewish Narrative Art. Panelists: Eden Morris, Joel Silverstein, Elke Reva Sudin, Yona Verwer. Moderator Richard McBee. December 17.

Limmud NY, Radical Jewish Art and Community. Panelists: Patricia Eszter Margit of Art Kibbutz, Rabbi Greg Wall of the 6th St Shul, Yona Verwer of the Jewish Art Salon. Moderator Marc Michael Epstein. January 15.

2011

The Jewish Museum, NYC, Dutch Jewish Art Today. November 7.

JCC Manhattan, NYC, Jewish Diversity in Art, with Prof. Matthew Baigell, Siona Benjamin, and Lacey Schwartz. Moderated by Yona Verwer. June 27

Y.U. Museum, NYC, Panel Discussion Dura Europos: Then and Now - Contemporary Appropriations of Biblical Themes. With Stephen Fine, Ori Z. Soltes, Richard McBee & Joel Silverstein. March 14.

Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art - Conference of the Council of American Jewish Museums. A new creative spirit: How contemporary Jewish artists are forming partnerships with American Jewish museums, synagogues and institutions. With Ori Z. Soltes, Cynthia Beth Rubin, Richard McBee & Joel Silverstein. February 28.

2010   

Brandeis House, NYC, Women’s Council Speaker Series

Congregation Mt. Sinai, NYC, Artists at Mt Sinai.

2009

Lower Manhattan Arts Academy, NYC, November 15th.

14 Street Y, NYC, Tzelem: Likeness and Presence in Jewish Art, with Tobi Kahn, Joel Silverstein & Richard McBee. May 10th. (LABA Festival).

Stanton Street Synagogue, NYC, Women & Jewish Art, with Gail Levin, Siona Benjamin, Rachel Kanter & Janet Shafner. Moderated by Ori Z. Soltes. May 3rd.

Stanton Street Synagogue, NYC, Mima’amakim. April 28th

14 Street Y, NYC, Jewish Art Salon. March 29th

Stanton Street Synagogue, NYC, Tzelem: Likeness and Presence in Jewish Art, with Joel Silverstein & Richard McBee. March 16th.

2007

Educational Alliance, NYC, Made in the USA, moderated David Gibson.

2005

Makor / Steinhardt Center, NYC, Wandering, moderated by Dominique Nahas.


ART RESIDENCIES


2016        Art Kibbutz, Governors Island, NY

2014        New Museum - with Art Kibbutz, New York

2007        Makor / Steinhardt Center, New York

2006-07   S.A.R., Bronx, New York

2005        Skirball Center, New York

2005        Makor / Steinhardt Center, New York

1990        Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

1989-91   PS 122 Studio Program, New York


PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS


2017    Chelsea Community Mikvah, NYC

2008    SAR High School, Riverdale, NY



TELEVISION / RADIO


WBAI 99.5 FM, Cat Radio Cafe, March 8 and 9, 2015

The Jewish Channel, Faith & Form, Feb 21, 2014

Russian television, channels NTV, RTN and MW, Dumbo Double Deuce, 2001


CURATION here


PRODUCING Art Workshops


Partnerships with YCROP and RJeneration on a series of 6 presentations in NYC:


Screening of the documentary Punk Jews at the Lower East Side gallery Central Booking. With film producers Saul Sudin & Evan Kleinman. More info here.

Finding Home Workshop by Siona Benjamin at the Tribeca Synagogue for the Arts.

Exploring Identity - Mezuzah Making Workshop with Tobi Kahn. At Kahn’s studio, Long Island City. Info here.

Documenting Diaspora, Jewish communities from Cuba to Morocco, lecture by Julian Voloj, Anne Frank Center USA, New York, NY. Info here.

Judaism, Comic Books and Their Creators, workshop by Joel Silverstein. Hadas Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

These 6 programs are sponsored by Center Without Walls, a project of COJECO, funded by the UJA-Federation of NY and Genesis Philanthropy Group.


OTHER ART RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE


2008-Current: Founder / Director Jewish Art Salon

2013-2017: Art Consultant COJECO Blueprint Fellowship, NYC

2015-Current: Art Educator Jewish Journeys, NYC


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS


Executive Board Jewish Art Salon

Advisory Committee Art Kibbutz NY - International Jewish Artist Colony.

Member of the New York Artists Circle.


EDUCATION


Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, The Netherlands: M.F.A.



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