Clinton, NY — The Kirkland Art Center is hosting a solo exhibition by renowned artist and educator, Jim McDermid. FROM THE STUDIO features the realistic and abstract figurative work of McDermid, much of which he created in his large studio, which was formerly the Marcy Grange Hall.
McDermid works in many media and is well known throughout Central New York for his wood sculptures, including several commissioned pieces in public spaces throughout the region. For example, McDermid was commissioned to carve a 22’ maple tree in the ground above Delta Lake in Rome to honor the spirit of the town of Delta that was flooded to make the lake. He also worked with Rev. Walter Madej to create the Bell Monument in New York Mills and a large stone carving for a corner park on Oneida St in Utica. McDermid was inducted into the Rome Arts Hall of Fame in 2005.
“My work is in various media – wood stone or material combinations – with improvisation shaping things. I like the energy contained in tree branch wood and logs. Here I begin to look where ideas come together making use of both reality and abstraction carving directly with saws and basic hand tools. As the sculpture happens it also changes and shifts its mind and thought to become,” says McDermid.
McDermid has taught sculpture to students at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Kirkland College, and the Kirkland Art Center. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University and a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He has served as artistic director for the Storefront School of the Arts for the Spoleto Festival, USA (Charleston, SC), using the festival’s performance ideas as material for children’s art workshops and he has participated in the artist in residency program for the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Arts in Education Institute of Utica. His exhibitions include solo shows at Munson Williams Proctor Museum of Art, the Kirkland Art Center, Rome Art and Community Center, and the Little Falls Center for the Arts; he has also participated in many invitational group exhibitions and regional shows.
In-person viewing (with masks, social distancing, limited capacity) at the Kirkland Art Center Gallery on East Park Row in Clinton is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 4 pm and every Saturday from 1 pm – 4 pm. The exhibition is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. It runs through May 30, 2021.
Kirkland Art Center, 9 ½ East Park Row, Clinton, NY 13323. 315-853-8871. www.kacny.org