Pensive + Artists in Residence + Artmill Kids

Exhibition: July 14th–31th, 2012

Opening: July 14th at 4 pm

Opening words: Barbara Benish

Artists-in-Residence: Mark Cervenka, Kelli Scott Kelley, Floyd Newsum, Lynn Randolph, Artist-in- Residence (Kathleen Graves, Janeil Engelested + Oto Hudec) Guests: ArtMill kids

Opening Hours Wed–Sun | 10 am – 4 pm

Pensive (Mark Cervenka, Kelli Scott Kelley, Floyd Newsum, Lynn Randolph)

Pensive is an exhibition of four artists from Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas in the southern United States. While individually exploring themes of story, imagination, memory, emotion, responsibility, nature, and social challenge, each artist creates an ambiance that is often quiet, sometimes melancholy, at other times warm, welcoming but deliberate instead of impulsive, pensive instead of impetuous. Their works ask the viewer to feel the works as much as they read them, a simultaneous effect where reading the narration of the work fails to fully address the artist’s intentions. Each artist creates work that is layered both in process and theme. Though certainly not unique to these artists, the art by this group of southern US artists reveals something of their cultural ancestry in asking the viewer take a moment to examine the stories and experience born of their particular place and time.

Mark Cervenka, Invitation to Walk


Kelli Scott Kelley, Fisherman´s Portrait


Floyd Newsum, Drawing in Tuscany



Artists in Residence

Kathleen J Graves is an Assistant Professor of Art who has taught at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College and theInternational Center of Photography in NYC. She was the Director of the Advanced Digital Print Studio at New York University where she taught artist's methods on the computer and the large format digital print from 2005 – 2011. Kathleen is the author of two current bodies of work that interpret interactions of humans with technology.

Janeil Engelsted is an artist, curator, educator and producer. Independently and collaboratively, she has produced exhibitions and multiform projects throughout the world. Her creative practice and community advocacy work have often dovetailed into projects that address concerns such as youth and gang violence, homelessness, peace, and ecology. Her process for this work involves embedding herself in communities, extensive research, and building coalitions between universities, government agencies, NGOs, and others. These projects often create a place for individuals and groups who do not have access to art making opportunities or a voice in the media to express their identity, experiences, and points of view.

Multi-media artist Oto Hudec was born in Kosice, Slovakia. His recent work has been created in the in USA, Portugal and Slovakia. His paintings, drawings and prints explore both personal and social themes. He also creates video and work for public spaces about immigration, refugees and the impact of globalization on the environment.

Summer camp

"Every summer since 2005, a 500-year-old former mill in rural south Bohemia has turned into a creative hotbed, attracting artists from all over the world to create works inspired by the genius loci and also to encourage children's creativity at an art-oriented summer youth camp." (Prague Post) Each year we invite the young artists to exhibit at Califia, giving them a chance to experience thier art in a public space, thereby inspiring feedback, self-confidence, and inspiration to continue down the creative path in the future.


Photo from the opening