Jasmine Chen, Why is Your Big Head So Hard?, 2019, oil and acrylic, 40 x 60 inches, 2021 Roddy Award Winner

Shana Dumont Garr is a contemporary art curator, writer, and educator based in Greater Boston. She was the Curator of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard from 2016-2020, most recently co-curating the New England Triennial 2022. Previously she has served as the director of Kingston Gallery and the director of exhibitions and programs at Artspace in Raleigh, NC, as well as in roles at the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, and the Montserrat College of Art Gallery and Visiting Artist Program in Beverly, MA. Garr is currently a pursuing a doctorate at the Institute of Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts; she earned her MA in Art History from Boston University and her BA in Creative Writing and Art from Colby College in Waterville, ME.

23rd Annual Frances N. Roddy Exhibition

Juried by Shana Dumont Garr

Exhibition Reception Date:

5:30 Thursday, September 15, 2022

Exhibition Opening:

September 15, 2022

Exhibition End Date:

October 23, 2022

Exhibition Year:

2022

The Frances N. Roddy Open Competition is an annual exhibition competition and is one of Concord Art’s most exciting and competitive shows. The competition is named for a long-standing friend and artist member of the art association, Frances Roddy, whose family and friends endowed a prize to be given annually in her name to the best entry in this all media show. “Frances enjoyed participating in watercolor workshops around the world and taking watercolor classes from her longtime Association friend, Marjorie Young. With Marge’s support, Frances became fascinated with color. She particularly enjoyed watching sunsets and often remarked, ‘If I painted the colors I see right now, no one would believe what I put down on paper.’ Nevertheless, she never hesitated to do so, and developed a deep fascination with color during her later artistic years. Frances truly loved the Concord Art Association. In particular, she cherished the friendships she made with fellow artists through the many classes and exhibits in which she participated. She was very proud of being one of the Association’s distinguished artists. In short, Frances found the people and dynamism of the Art Association invigorating. Concord Art was a central, and wonderful, aspect of her life in Concord.” – Gibbs Roddy, Son