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Natural Proclivities at the Shirley Fiterman Center for the Arts

May 24, 2018

Check out what Clemente Artists Melanie Vote, Lisa Lebofsky, Rafael Perez, Elisabeth Condon and Inka Essenheigh are up to!

The Shirley Fiterman Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Natural Proclivities, on view from May 24 through July 27, 2018.

Curated by Kim Power and Melanie Vote

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 24, 6pm – 8pm

Insights and Innovation: Artist Panel Discussion: Wednesday, June 13, 6pm – 8pm


Natural Proclivities examines the relationship between humans and nature, both our responsibility and response to it, how we transform it and how it transforms us. Nature inspires the creative impulse, showing all the wonders of the cyclical process of life and death from growth to decay, and returns us to the elemental forces of our own existence. Co-curators Kim Power and Melanie Vote have invited thirty-one artists working in the mediums of paint, photography, thread, and mixed media, to stand as a representation of the synthesis of environment and materiality through their own individual creative expressions.


The interconnectedness of Homo sapiens and the natural world we live in and on, our planet, is in crises. The epoch of the Anthropocene is upon us. The artworks included in Natural Proclivities portray a cross section of nature’s acts of creation and destruction, the fecund proliferation of life, and the abject road to extinction. Through quiet visions and complex creations of both macro and micro images of natural beauty and the poetry of primal, elemental existence, this exhibition presents a visual dialogue that aspires to stimulate awareness and create empathy towards our natural environment.

Shirley Fiterman Art Center

81 Barclay Street, New York, NY 10007

HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 noon – 6pm

For more information contact the gallery at 212-776-5631 or



Joan Bankemper Julie Heffernan David Pettibone
Daniel Bilodeau Vera Iliatova Kim Power
Dina Brodsky Lisa Lebofsky Lesley Richmond
Naomi Campbell James Lipovac Katia Santibañez
Bradley Castellanos Zachari Logan Emma Tapley
Eteri Chkadua Alessandra Maria Gregory Thielker
Gocha Chkadua Tanya Marcuse Melanie Vote
Elisabeth Condon Ali Miller Virginia Wagner
Elizabeth Demaray Alyssa Monks Aron Wiesenfeld
Inka Essenhigh Nunzio Paci
Owen Gray Rafael Perez