Holy Moly-Religious Commentary in Contemporary Art

DENVER — Niza Knoll Gallery is bringing back the popular Holy Moly-Religious Commentary in Contemporary Art Juried Exhibition. Just like the call for entries exhibit launched in 2014, artists are invited to create original, compelling art that departs from traditional religious iconography and explores what religion means to them. To some, the authoritative spiritual narrative defines their faith. Others find these beliefs limiting, confusing, or sometimes even corrupt. Some base their spirituality in ideas that go outside accepted traditions. Explore thoughts, feeling and passions around this theme as interpreted through your medium of choice. What is religion? Is it real, fantasy, calming, confusing, corrupt? What do you think? How do you feel? How do you interpret it?

The selected works will be exhibited from December 16, 2016 through January 28, 2017 at 915 Santa Fe Drive. Deadline for entries is November 26th. Entries are accepted only through CaFÉ (callforentry.org). Visit http://bit.ly/NKGHolyMoly to see the full prospectus or search Niza Knoll Gallery on the CaFE website.

The entries will by juried by gallery owner and artist, Niza Knoll and artist, Aliki McCain. Aliki obtained her Masters of Fine Art and her Masters in Art History at the University of California Irvine.  She is interested in the human condition and examines these relationships in her work. She is the former co-owner of ArtHaus Gallery and currently creates in her studio at 910Arts.

Niza was born in Haifa, and as a child lived in Vienna, Paris, and Montreal, before settling in a diverse immigrant neighborhood in New York. Throughout her life, she has had to learn to express herself in many languages and adapt to a mix of cultures. She believes this need to discover and create various ways to communicate pushed her to become a multi-disciplinary artist. Niza seeks out and studies different media—acrylic and oil, photography, graphic design, stone and clay—constantly in search of the form, or combination of forms, that will best allow her to express herself. She received her formal training in painting and graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Before becoming a full-time visual artist, she had two rewarding careers as a graphic designer and a teacher of painting and photography.

Niza Knoll Gallery, celebrating its seventh year, specializes in intriguing conceptual exhibits. The gallery, located at 915 Santa Fe Drive in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, hosts first and third Friday events, monthly salons, private concerts and guest speakers. Past exhibits have included unusual artist pairings, outsider art, collaborative work, thought-provoking thematic exhibits of artists using non-traditional media. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday 1-5 pm, Saturday, 1-4 as well as First and Third Friday 4-8 pm. The Mix Co-op in the back of the gallery is also open for visitors during regular hours. For more information, visit www.nizaknollgallery.com or contact Niza at nizak@mac.com or 303-953-1789.

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