Smack Mellon Hot Pick Artist 2018/2019
Smack Mellon: Supporting emerging, under-recognized mid-career, and women artists since 1995.
Located at 92 Plymouth Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Smack Mellon’s Hot Picks program was launched in 2007. The top artists, as selected from the Studio Program applicants by a panel of esteemed curators, arts professionals, and established artists, are featured on the Smack Mellon website and social media for one year.

Artist In Conversation With Jeremy Biles

Heaven Gallery
May 18th – June 24th

Artist in Conversation
June 24th, 1.30pm

Please join us for a conversation between artist Santina Amato and scholar Jeremy Biles on Monster, Amato’s first solo exhibition in the US, currently on view at Heaven Gallery.

Amato and Biles will discuss ‘embarrassment’ as a creative force and motivation in transforming the awkwardness of one’s personal life and the unappeasable need to make the private public into works of art available for unrestricted consumption by the public.

The conversation will be followed by a Q&A.

Jeremy Biles, PhD, is the author of Ecce Monstrum: Georges Bataille and the Sacrifice of Form. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Heaven Gallery
1550 North Milwaukee, Chicago, Illinois, 60622
Opening May 18th 7-11pm
Exhibition Dates: May 18th – June 24th
Gallery Hours: Friday and Saturday 1-6pm, Sunday 1-5pm.

Monster is the first solo exhibition in the US of Australian-born, US based artist, Santina Amato. In this exhibition, Amato contemplates the idea of performance in the everyday both within the public and private realm, presenting ceramic vessels designed to ‘perform’ using freshly made bread dough alongside a series of cryptic painted works on paper and an epistolary to an unknown reader.

The opening night of Monster sees Amato ‘activating’ one of the ceramic vessels on exhibit, making the fresh dough in situ. The rising of the dough physically transforms the sculpture during its live performance as it spews out onto its surface. Exhibited at once and all together but activated individually, the penultimate experience of the dough’s post-performance varying stages of decay, becomes an integral part of the work: the yeast ferments, consuming the gallery with the stench of the dough’s initial stage of ‘decay’, until it eventually dries out, becoming a brittle, yet essential, extension to the ceramic form. Referring to the work as Re-Performing Sculptures, Amato’s ceramic vessels require maintenance, care, and attention after each activated public or private performance: the ceramic vessel require its cavity to be cleaned out, post their prurient performance.

Assuming the role of supporting actor to both the ceramic vessels and the epistolary, the series of cryptic painted works on paper result in abstract reflections on the psychosexual nature of intimacy. They offer a pause among the exhibited works by acting as documents to a moment in an ongoing stage of metamorphosis.

An accompanying text, a rambling epistolary to an unknown reader where discussions on life, death, intimacy, desire, anxiety, the need for making art, and the thoughts leading up to the exhibition by the artist, provide a raw insight into questions of public performance, private expression, and the erotic tension that exists between these two modes of being. The writings reflect on public performance and private authenticity, ending in a space in which one finds a freedom from the loop.

Monster creates an environment that submerges the spectator into a constructed reality, a subjective experience where performing the grotesque aspects of female desire, manifests into a multidisciplinary stage for the Monster.

The works in this exhibition were created at ACRE Residency (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), Wisconsin (2017) & Process Park Residency (Artslant & Chashama), Upstate New York (2018).
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Governors Island Art Fair
September 2nd – October 1st, 2017
11am – 6pm
Governors Island, New York, NY.

Interdisciplinary artist, Santina Amato, is presenting an installation at the 2017 Governor’s Island Art Fair, including re-performative sculptures and paintings resulting from her recent residency at ACRE, along with a video work from her MFA thesis and writing by artist/art historian Ally Pockrass.

In the kitchen of the house at 405-A, Colonial Row at 4heads – Portal & Governors Island Art Fair, Amato shows five voluptuous ceramic sculptures, which will be activated throughout the length of the art fair. At various times on each of the four weekends of the fair, Pockrass will come into the installation to mix dough that she will load into the sculptures. Over the course of a day, the dough will rise and ebb out of the sculptures, a process which will be most visible during the hour directly after the sculptures are loaded.

In addition to the sculptures, Amato presents three abstract paintings that echo the shapes and textures of the sculptures, dough, and of the body. Three video works will also be present within the space. One video, which accompanies the ceramic works when purchased, is an instructional video, showing the process of making the dough and loading sculptures. The second video shows an edited 5 minute version of a dough sculpture in its process of being active. The last video work consists of two monitors, each with collage-like elements from found pornography. “A Love Letter to Dough,” a written response by Pockrass to Amato’s installation, is casually left behind on the refrigerator.

Both Amato and Pockrass recently graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Amato with her Masters of Fine Arts. Amato’s work has recently been exhibited in New York, Chicago, and Melbourne.

De: Formal Gallery
Online Exhibition and Interview
August 17th – September 10th, 2017

9 X 5 NOW Exhibition: ART150
Margaret Lawrence Gallery
Victorian College of the Arts
40 Dodds Street
 Southbank VIC 3006
Melbourne, Australia
Opening June 15th. Artists Preview on Thursday 5.00 – 6.00pm followed by public opening from 6.00 – 8.00pm.

More than 300 contemporary visual artists have contributed original artworks for the upcoming 9 X 5 NOW exhibition at the Victorian College of the Arts.

The ‘9 X 5’ title references the original exhibition of Impressionist works held at the Buxton Galleries in 1889 which included the work of key Australian Impressionist artists – Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin and Charles Condor, all graduates from the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, the founding institution of the Victorian College of the Arts. The artworks were painted on cigar box lids and the title of the exhibition is derived from the dimensions of those works (nine inches by five inches).

The exhibition program also includes artist talks, tours, and a one-day symposium.

9 X 5 NOW is one of the highlights of ART150, a year-long program of events, interviews and expert commentary to celebrate 150 years of art in Melbourne at the VCA and its predecessor institutions – a lineage that began with the establishment of the National Gallery of Victoria Art School in 1867

The pricing of works from the 9 X 5 collection begins at $500, with funds raised going towards the establishment of the ART150 scholarship. Eftpos and credit card facilities will be available on site, for the convenience of those wishing to make a purchase.

Curator: Dr Elizabeth Gower

Gallery Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12:00pm – 5:00pm

April 29 –May 17

Sullivan Galleries 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Free and open to the public Monday–Saturday 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Opening Reception
Friday, April 28, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

The MFA Show is the culminating presentation of MFA candidates and an opportunity for new and ambitious work to be presented to the public. For more than six months, graduating MFA candidates work with a team of three distinguished Guest Curators and twelve Graduate Curatorial Fellows to envision the exhibition. This invested approach allows for dialogue, process, and collaborative decision-making to guide the curatorial teams as they work together with more than 100 participating artists to bring the MFA Show to fruition over time.

This year’s Guest Curators are Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Daniel Fuller, Curator at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director and Chief Curator of DePaul Art Museum. They have worked in collaboration with a team of Graduate Curatorial Fellows: Yana Andriesh (MA 2017), Kat Buckley (MA 2017), Baiqi Chen (MA 2017), Courtney Cintron (MA 2017), Christian Gion (MA 2017), Adela Goldbard (MFA 2017), Rachel Haber (Dual MA 2017), Jared Packard (MFA 2017), Jameson Paige (Dual MA 2018), Hannah Pivo (MA 2017), Elliot Reichert (Dual MA 2018), Pia Singh (MA 2017).

The exhibition is overseen by Kate Zeller, Director of Exhibitions, with Gabe Wilson, Curatorial Assistant, and lead staff: Michael Hall, Senior Exhibitions Manager and Serena B. Washington, Exhibitions Coordinator with Exhibitions Managers Curt Miller and Josh Fairbanks, in collaboration with Site Managers and student crew.

The exhibition is on view from Saturday, April 29 through Wednesday, May 17.

Opening 3rd March, 2017 at 17:00–19:00

Compassion Show seeks to contemplate its titular theme, pushing the envelope of conventional definitions and reconsidering pre-existing associations.

When we talk about compassion today, what is truly at stake? How can we pause, observe, listen, and pay attention? How does compassion weave between diversity, race, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, class, mental health, and other conversations? How can we navigate this intersectionality to foster mutual understanding amongst our community?

The artists here have shed light on these questions through different lenses, bridging the gap between our complex, disparate identities and our need for community.


Christopher Bleuher
Connor Fenwick
Elaine Tanski
Irem Mimaroglu
Jae Hwan Lim
Jeane Cohen
Kera Ling
Rim Lee
Sabrina Yang
Santina Amato
Seokyoon Hong
Simone Quiles
Ting Yan Khor
Xiaoqing Zhu

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Wellness Centre,
116 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603-6010, United States


Somatic Markings: Video Art by Current School of the Art Institute of Chicago MFA students curated by Santina Amato & Michelle Marie Murphy

Current Photography Graduate students, Santina Amato & Michelle Murphy, programmed these video works together as the result of a common theme that eventuated through a graduate open call at SAIC. The body, a source of inspiration for artists throughout history, continues to inspire this generation of cultural producers. These artists in Somatic Markings go beyond the historical representation of body, to include feelings associated with emotions and physical responses, defined by neuroscientist Antonio Demasio as “somatic markers”.

Participating artists are:

Ben Harle
Lindsay Hutchens
Nicole Lun
Samir Nahas
Maire Witt O’Neill and Mia Ardito
Ohm Phanphiroj
Joshi Radin
Sarah H. Reynolds
Catie Rutledge
Emily Sasmor
Lauren Steinberg
Daniele Vickers
Tenten Yitian Yan
Ji Yang
Zhiyuan Yang
Xiaoqing Zhu

Date: Friday February 17th 6:30 – 8:30
40 minute screening block | 15 min intermission | 30 min screening block

1821 West Hubbard Street, Suite 207
Chicago, IL 60622
773.888.2241 |

Please click on the link below to check out more details on our FB events page where we will be highlighting all the artists involved in the exhibition, everyday!

Bearing: object, body, and space
Opens Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Leroy Neiman Gallery
37 S Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60603 United States

Bearing: object, body, and space is a group exhibition exploring ideas of corporeal imposition within the works and research of three artists, Santina Amato (MFA 2017), Lindsay Hutchens (MFA 2017/MA 2018), and Michelle Marie Murphy (MFA 2017). This exhibition incorporates performative video, site-specific objects, photography, painting, and text to reflect on the issues that surround them as women and how they deal with the imposed and internalized threshold of their own bodies within their practices.

Midnight Dinner, 2016 will feature as part of the School of the Art Institute’s ExFest, a Film/Video Festival showcasing works of current students, on October 14th, at 5pm – 7.30pm, 2016.

30 April, 2016. Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A
CPR-Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

BEAVER an exhibition, performance, and discussion event

How do cultural representations of female sexuality in advertising, mass media, and mainstream pornography affect how female sexuality is expressed both individually and collectively? How does slut-shaming and the threat of sexual violence influence female sexual self-expression? What are the ways that racial and sexual identity are culturally inscribed on the female body? How can the female body be used to contradict systemic patriarchal objectification without perpetuating it?

Beaver is an exhibition that brings together artists whose work delves into these questions in order to facilitate discussion of contemporary feminist perspectives on pornography, gender performance, and female sexual self-expression. Curated by artist Naomi Elena Ramirez and Kristen Sollee of, the exhibition includes film screenings, readings, performances, and roundtable discussion events. Through open calls for artists, each iteration of the Beaver exhibition brings together a different group of artists and individuals.

6:30 pm Gallery Open
7:30 pm Performance and Discussion

Announcing BEAVER 2016 artists:

Carly Bodnar
Carol-Anne McFarlane
Georgia Hinaris
Jayna Anderson
Katie Cercone
Katya Grokhovsky
Kristen Korvette
Laura Weyl
Leah Schrager
Lily Ives
Linda King Sackrider Ferguson
Lisa Rockford
Michelle Marie Charles
Mirabelle Jones
Naomi Elena Ramirez
Rebecca Sutton
Santina Amato
Sybil Jason
Tara Booth

Tickets: $5 – $10 sliding scale (helps support direct costs)