Andrea McKenna Named Art House Productions Gallery Curator
Andrea McKenna has been named curator of Art House Productions' (AHP) visual arts gallery, effective March 1st. A Jersey City resident and visual artist herself, McKenna joins the organization having done set design for several AHP productions. In addition, McKenna is Art House's lead designer for Snow Ball, AHP's annual gala fundraiser.
After attending NYC's School of Visual Arts in 1992, Andrea began exhibiting around the tri-state area and has been in numerous groups and solo shows. A native of Fort Lee, NJ, Andrea moved to Jersey City in 1999. She owns her own business, Videre Decorative Arts: painted finishes for walls, ceilings and furniture. Andrea has brought her own brand of art and style to Jersey City, first Co-creating a bi-annual pop-up boutique event "Once Upon a Market" and from March 2014 to September 2017, she Co-Founded, Co-Owned and Co-operated " The Raven Gallery and Boutique" located in downtown Jersey City. You can see Andrea's work on her website, www.anderamckenna.com
"Art House is receiving a huge gift with Andrea McKenna coming on board. Andrea's personality, her love for and commitment to the Jersey City arts community, and her years of experience running The Raven make her the perfect curator for the Art House Gallery," said Meredith Burns, Executive Director of Art House Productions. McKenna's first show in the Art House Gallery, Identities, is aligned with Art House's mainstage theater show, Grace, or The Art of Climbing opening March 16th and running through April 1st. Identities showcases the work of fine artists Megan Klim and Kirsten Sejda. The exhibition explores the interactions between a multitude of materials and resembles the play, Grace, or The Art of Climbing in ways that are more physiological than literal. "Both artists have very different viewpoints but lead to similar conclusions and I felt it was a good combination," says Andrea.
"My intention for this gallery is to create a place where artists from all over Jersey City and the surrounding region can exhibit, sell, and talk about their art, connect with others and propel a dialogue that strengthens the vitality this community possesses." McKenna said. "We have high caliber artists here that are under appreciated, but times are changing, and I hope to be a contributor to that change."
About Art House Productions
Through accessible, multi-disciplinary initiatives, Art House Productions produces high-quality visual and performing arts programs, provides arts-education programs for life-long learning, and celebrates the power of the arts to illuminate our common humanity. Since its inception in 2001, Art House has influenced the advancement of the arts community and acted as a pioneering force for the arts in Jersey City. In 2007, Art House was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and received a Key to the City for outstanding contributions to Jersey City.
Art House Productions is located at 262 17th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07310.