Serena Bates

 

Serena Bates is an established artist with a long list of accomplishments. She is an elected member of CT Academy of Fine Arts, the Salmagundi Club, the Mystic Museum of Art, the Copley Society, Allied Artist of America, and the American Artists Professional League. She is also an elected member of and on the Board of Directors for the Lyme Art Association and the Catherine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, the oldest women’s art club in the nation.

As a sculptor, Serena has won many awards, recognitions, and honors during her career. She studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art and considers herself to be a storyteller. A representational artist, she has an affinity for portraits and animals. She primarily works in clay, bronze, and stone. To hear more about her personal philosophy and see current works, visit her site www.serenabates.com and follow her on Instagram and/or Facebook.

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PERSONAL STATEMENT

Let me tell you a story. I was invited to participate in a show entitled Gaia’s Lament, Earth Cry. It sounded like a gloomy theme, so I did what I often do in this situation: I looked for the story at the center.

I paid a visit to the hosting gallery, a reclaimed old restaurant, and in the basement I discovered a doorway that had been bricked over and closed permanently. Where had that door gone? Who had bricked it over—and why? My mind immediately went to Edgar Allen Poe, The Telltale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado—and I saw a crow, warning “Nevermore” if we don’t change our ways.

As I climbed the winding, creaky staircase up to the gallery, that crow grew into an entire flock—a murder of crows, ascending in dire warning from basement to second floor, winding up the stairs, perching on sills, glaring from moldings, swooping from the ceiling. —and The Hartford Courant described the set of sculptures that resulted from this vision as “the show-stopper.”

Stories are what define my work, what drive my vision, what inspire my hands…my life. My sculptures bring those stories to life, incorporating a symbiotic mixture of ideas and visions from people around me, the environment and materials where I’m working, and that sudden burst of illumination—often coming after I’m well into the sculpting process.

The stories cover a spectrum of genres, from the comic Three Stooges fountainheads squirting water from pursed lips, or a cat staring down a mouse, to Alice in Wonderland. Life’s stories plant seeds in my mind, take shape in my soul, and are born through my sculptures.

To date, I feel the most significant accomplishment I have made in my life is overcoming obstacle after obstacle, setbacks, naysayers and disappointments to pursue my art and never giving up. I could not survive if I did not have my art. It has been the one stable constant, the source of strength and comforting companion to me through the many ups and downs in my life. I make art because I don’t know how not to. This is why I am here. Whether someone loves or hates my art, as long as I move them in some way with my quirkiness or storytelling, I have done my job.

AWARDS

100TH DUXBURY ART ASSOCIATION SHOW
Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MS
Feb 4 – Apr 22, 2018
Jurors: Crystal Duell, Julie Beck, Tim Ian Mitchell, Cindy Vallino, Craig Bloodgood
“Survivor” Second Place Award for Sculpture

CLWAC 121ST ANNUAL OPEN EXHIBITION
CATHERNE LORILLARD WOLFE ART CLUB
Jan 9 – 26, 2018
Jurors: Gwen Pier, Director, National Sculpture Society
Elizabeth Allison, Technical Instructor, Art Students League, NYC
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, New York, NY
“Amun Ra” Council of American Artist Societies Inc.” for traditional sculpture

109th ANNUAL SALMAGUNDI THUMB BOX
Dec 8 – Dec 31, 2017 Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
“Hello Dolly” Alpheous P. Cole Award

SOCIETY OF CONNECTICUT SCULPTORS ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION
Oct 1 – Nov 29, 2017
LYME ART ASSOCIATION, Old Lyme, CT
“Head Over Heels” People’s Choice Award

AMERICAN ARTISTS PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE 89TH ANNUAL GRAND NATIONAL EXHIBITION October 20 – December 29, 2017
Online Exhibition NEW YORK, NY
Jurors David A. Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Jacqueline Kamin
“Survivor” Helen G. Oehler Memorial Award

SOUTH COUNTY ART ASSOCIATIONS ALL MEDIA II EXHIBITION
October 19 – November 11, 2017 SOUTH COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION
Juror Debra Lee Valeri
“Amun Ra” Honorable Mention

ALLIED ARTISTS OF AMERICA 104TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION
Aug 31- Sept 17, 2017 SALMAGUNDI CLUB, NEW YORK, NY
Juror Lisa Chalif, Curator Heckscher Museum of Art
“The Game of Cat and Mouse” The Lindsey Morris Memorial Award


SOUTH COUNTY ART ASSOCIATIONS ALL MEDIA EXHIBITION
June 8 – July 8, 2017 SOUTH COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION
Juror Kathy Hodge, Painter
“Survivor” 2nd Place

67th NATIONAL EXHIBIT OF CONTEMPORARY REALISM IN ART
May 1 – 19, 2016 Academic Artists Association
Juror: Robert Obrien AWS, NWS; John C. Traynor
VERNON COMMUNITY ART CENTER, Vernon, CT
“Amun Ra” Honorable Mention Award

WHAT SCARES YOU MOST March 4-26, 2017
DEBLOIS GALLERY, Newport, RI “Gaia” Peoples’ Choice

NEW ENGLAND LANDSCAPE INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION
Sept 1 – Nov 5, 2016 LYME ART ASSOCIATION, Old Lyme, CT Rapunzel” Peoples’ Choice Award

SOCIETY OF CT SCULPTORS ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION
Sept 1 – Nov 5, 2016 LYME ART ASSOCIATION, Old Lyme, CT
“Leviathan” 2nd Place

SOCIETY OF CT SCULPTORS SUMMR EXHIBITION EXHIBITION
Aug 1 – Aug 26, 2016 ACTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, Acton, CT
“Spirit” Members Choice Award, 3rd Place

CLWAC 119TH ANNUAL OPEN EXHIBITION
CATHERNE LORILLARD WOLFE ART CLUB
Dec 2 – 19, 2014 Jurors: Marilyn J. Friedman, Sculptor and Instructor, Art Students League, NY; Gwen Pier, Executive Director of National Sculpture Society. NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, New York, NY
“Bagheera” Leila Garden Sawyer Award for Sculpture

ON THE ROAD October 3 – November 15, 2015
COURTYARD GALLERY, Water St., Mystic, CT
“Go Ask Alice” Peoples’ Choice Award & 2nd Place

SOCIETY OF CT SCULPTORS 20TH ANNUAL SCULPTURE EXHIBITION
Aug 1 – Sept. 20, 2014 LYME ART ASSOCIATION, Old Lyme, CT
“Stubborn is as Stubborn Does” Members Memorial Award

SALMAGUNDI CLUB ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION
Aug 11 – Aug 29, 2014 SALMAGUNDI CLUB, New York, NY
“Dreamer” Members Memorial Award

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE ARTSHOW April 12 – May 3, 2014
BEAN & LEAF, New London, CT
“Green Goddess” Best in Show

SINGULAR VISIONS EXHIBITION
August 26 – September 27, 2013
SALMAGUNDI CLUB, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
“Continuum” 2nd Place

ARTISTS COOPERATIVE GALLERY OF WESTERLY, WESTERLY, RI
May 2, 2012 “Stubborn is as Stubborn Does”
Katherine Forest Craft Foundation Award – 1st Prize

62nd NATIONAL EXHIBIT OF CONTEMPORARY REALISM IN ART
April 29, 2012 – June 14, 2012 Jurors – Jane Lund, Arthur Scholtz
Presented by the Academic Artists Association KAREN SPRAGUE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, 1000 State St, Springfield, MA
“I am Woman” Carla Santa& Associates Award

ANNUAL ELECTED ARTISTS EXHIBITION
January 13 – February 18, 2012 MYSTIC MUSEUM OF ART, Mystic, CT
“Denizen of the Deep” Honorable Mention

SALMAGUNDI CLUB “103rd ANNUAL THUMB-BOX EXHIBITION”
Dec 7, 2011 – Jan 1, 2012 SALMAGUNDI CLUB, New York, NY
“Wave Rider” Honorable Mention

115TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION
CATHERNE LORILLARD WOLFE ART CLUB OCTOBER 4-28, 2011
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, NY, NY JUROR: BARBARA LEKBERG
“I am woman” Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award

61th NATIONAL EXHIBIT OF CONTEMPORARY REALISM IN ART
May 1, 2011 – June 14, 2011 Jurors – Christopher Zhang & Maris Platais Presented by the Academic Artists Association

KAREN SPRAGUE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, Springfield, MA
“Little Mermaid” Carla Santia & Associates Award

SALMAGUNDI CLUB 101st ANNUAL THUMB-BOX EXHIBITION
December 7, 2011 – January 1, 2012 SALMAGUNDI CLUB, NY, NY
“Revelation” Alphaeus P.Cole Memorial Award

SALMAGUNDI CLUB “127th Annual Members Exhibition”
October – November 22, 2010 SALMAGUNDI CLUB, New York, NY Juror: Michael Gormley, Editorial Director, American Artist Publications “Green Goddess” Philip Isenberg Memorial Award,

SOCIETY OF CT SCULPTORS 18TH ANNUAL SCULPTURE EXHIBITION
June 4 – July 30, 2010 ALEXY VON SCHLIPEE GALLERY OF ART,
UCONN, Avery Point, Groton, CT
“Stubborn is as Stubborn Does” Third Prize

SALMAGUNDI CLUB “126th Annual Members’ Exhibition”
November 16 – 27, 2009 SALMAGUNDI CLUB, NY, NY 10003
Award Winner – “Hello Dolly” Harry R. Ballinger Memorial Award

ALL MEMBERS SHOW October 7-24, 2009
ARTISTS COOPERATIVE GALLERY OF WESTERLY, Westerly, RI
“Hello Dolly” Peoples, Choice Award –First Place

SALMAGUNDI CLUB “Those Delectable Vices”
October 5 – 30, 2009 SALMAGUNDI CLUB, New York, NY 10003
“Living Large” Award of Merit

53nd ANNUAL JURIED REGIONAL ART SHOW
Juror: Carolina Pedraza, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
August 7 – Sept. 26, 2009 MYSTIC MUSEUM OF ART, Mystic, CT
“Dolly on a Log” Mabel Kingsbury Fentress Award

ALL MEDIA OPEN JURIED EXHIBIT 2009
MAY 21 – JUNE 6, 2009 Juror: Julie Thomas Doran
SOUTH COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION, Kingston, RI
“Poseidon’s Bride” Honorable Mention

ELECTED ARTIST EXHIBITION
April 16 – May 17, 2009 MYSTIC MUSEUM OF ART, MYSTIC, CT
Award Winner: “Poseidon’s Bride” Award for Excellence

SALMAGUNDI CLUB 100th ANNUAL THUMB-BOX EXHIBITION
Dec 8, 2008 – January 2, 2009 SALMAGUNDI CLUB, NY, NY
“Poseidon’s Bride” Certificate of Merit, Outstanding Work

SCNY Annual Summer Exhibition
August 4 – 22, 2008 SALMAGUNDI CLUB, NY, NY
“Just Another Charlie Horse” Members Memorial Award for Sculpture


58TH NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY REALISM IN ART
APRIL 8 – MAY 18, 2008 JURORS – ROBERT K. CARSTEN, CA, PSA; ROBERT O’BRIEN, AWS, NWS, PRESENTED BY THE ACADEMIC ARTISTS ASSOC, KAREN SPRAGUE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, SPRINGFIELD, MA
“ZHEN ZHEN” AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE, SCULPTURE

2007 ANNUAL THUMB-BOX EXHIBITION
DEC 3 – JANUARY 4, 2008 SALMAGUNDI CLUB, NY, NY
“Fallen Angel” Certificate of Merit, Outstanding Work

SCNY ANNUAL MEMBERS COMBINED EXHIBITION
Jan 8 – Feb 2, 2007 SALMAGUNDI CLUB, NY, NY
BOXER” Honorable Mention Award for Sculpture

ALL MEDIA OPEN JURIED EXHIBIT 2006
29th Annual Juried Paintings, Graphics & Sculpture Exhibition for Non-Members June 19 – June 30, 2006 SALMAGUNDI CLUB, New York, NY “Shoo Fly” Joseph Hartley Memorial Award for Sculpture

MEMBERS ANNUAL 2004
August 19 – September 11, 2004 Juror: Kristin Street
SOUTH COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION, Kingston, RI
“Poseidon’s Bride” Honorable Mention

54th NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY REALISM IN ART
April 4 – April 23, 2004 Jurors: Paul Leveill and Sandra Wakeen
ACADEMIC ARTISTS ASSOC.FIRST CHURCH ST. GALLERY, Springfield, MS “Charlie ”2nd Place for Sculpture

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
January 18 – February 4, 2004 Juror: Douglas Peck WICKFORD ART ASSOCIATION, Wickford, RI “Charlie” FIRST PLACE

53th NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY REALISM IN ART
April 2003 ACADEMIC ARTISTS .FIRST CHURCH ST. GALLERY, Springfield, MS “Sun Kissed” Council of American Societies Award for Traditional Sculpture

CONVERGENCE 2001: WARWICK
September 9 – September 30, 2001 WARWICK ARTS FOUNDATION,
Warwick, RI “Bagheera” 2nd Place Award for Sculpture

MEMBERS SHOW April 11 – May 18, 2001
Juried by the Board of Directors MYSTIC MUSEUM OF ART, Mystic, CT
“Nanook” Members Excellence Award for Sculpture


ACGOW 2001 JURIED REGIONAL SHOW
March 3 – March 27, 2001 Juror: Frank Federico, PSA, NWS
ARTISTS COOPERATIVE GALLERY OF WESTERLY, Westerly, RI
“Stellar Expectations” 3rd Place

CONVERGENCE 2000: WARWICK Sept 9 – Oct 8, 2000 WARWICK ARTS FOUNDATION, WARWICK, RI “The Gloucesterman” 2nd PLACE

ACGOW REGIONAL SHOW
February 26 – March 23, 1998 JUROR: Betsy Bessinger ARTISTS COOPERATIVE GALLERY OF WESTERLY, Westerly, RI
“Gourmet Delight” Pastel BEST IN SHOW

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