Morrison Gallery of Kent, Connecticut, The Broadway Mall Association and NYC Parks are pleased to announce a major exhibition of sculptures by American artist Joy Brown, from May through November 2017. The exhibition will feature nine larger than life bronze sculptures on the Broadway Malls, from 72nd Street to 168th Street. This exhibition is the artist’s first outdoor public art exhibition in New York City.
Joy Brown (American/Japanese, b. 1951) has exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Hospitals and schools in the U.S. and Japan have commissioned her three-dimensional wall installations. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Art News, House and Garden, and Ceramics Monthly. In 1998, she co-founded Still Mountain Center, a nonprofit arts organization that fosters East-West artistic exchange. In 2003, Joy received the Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen Memorial Outstanding Women of Connecticut Award.
The influence of the Japanese aesthetic on Joy’s ceramic and bronze sculpture springs from her childhood in Japan and apprenticeship in traditional Japanese ceramics. The rounded forms and natural materials of clay and bronze convey the heavy gravity of stone; the expressions and gestures transcend that weight, suggesting warmth, and lightness of being.
Morrison Gallery, located in Kent, Connecticut, specializes in exhibiting the work of contemporary luminaries and modern masters. Morrison Gallery is currently expanding from a traditional gallery space to include a state of the art storage facility and outdoor viewing space. The new 5,500 square foot gallery and 10,000 foot climate controlled storage facility will be located on 60 N. Main St in Kent, Connecticut. The space will exhibit large-scale sculpture and installations, while offering additional services to artists and exhibitors alike. William Morrison, owner and founder of the eponymous Morrison Gallery, is known for exhibiting large-scale sculpture since founding the gallery in 1999. Morrison recently launched Sculpture on 7, an annual sculpture event aiming to bring monumental sculpture to Kent, and has curated and installed numerous outdoor sculpture exhibitions in New York City.
William Morrison and Joy Brown would like to thank the Broadway Mall Association, NYC Parks, for their help making this exhibition possible.