Millennial Abstractions

The paintings and sculptures included in Millennial Abstractions are unlike typical abstractions that are primarily concerned with sheer contemplation of forms. Instead, these works combine both form and content with a specific intention—to explore the altered realities or environmental impacts that we face today in the beginning of the 21st century.

Since 2000, with the devastating impacts of 9/11 and the Iraq War; Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy; 2008’s economic meltdown; and with the more recent extreme drought conditions in several regions of the U.S., Americans have become more visibly engaged with the impacts of daily life on the environment than ever before. As society grows increasingly conscious, collectively, of how humans interact and depend on nature for survival, the consequences of stronger and more frequent storms globally has prompted artists to portray their experiences which comprise of fragmented, dissociative, and deconstructed environs.

Although, unlike earlier abstractions seen up until the Millennia, these recent works are truly more vibrant and evocative, pointing to both the immediacy of our situation and the potential for our ability to respond in positive ways to this plight. The artists’ choice of color, form, shapes, and mark-making can even be experienced as transformative in the deepest sense.

While abstractions can be both seductive and challenging, by inviting more concentrated contemplation, it is in the liminal space of an abstract work of art that our perceptions are free-flowing and transitional. We know the world is changing and rapidly growing, with seven billion people and counting. How we respond to these changes can be supported by art that makes room for our deepest cultural and personal concerns.

Included in this exhibition are thirty-five medium-to-large scale paintings and sculptures by fifteen artists from California, Texas, and New York, three of the nation’s most populous states, as well as Ohio and Missouri. Each shares a sense of authenticity, surrender, and fearlessness that invites viewers to consider our choices in an external way rather than through mere introspection. Cycles of creation and destruction, biological transformation, seismic contraction, and cosmic expansion are represented as activities to understand and learn to live with, to manage, and not to be feared.

Exhibition artists are: Judith Belzer, Sage Dawson, Samantha Fields, Laurie Frick, Joy Garnett, Virginia Katz, David McDonald, Jason Middlebrook, John Sabraw, Gina Stepaniuk, Mary Ann Strandell, Marie Thibeault, Catherine Tirr, Sarah Trigg, and Patti Trimble.

—Patricia Watts, curator

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Millennial Abstractions will tour November 2017 through January 8, 2021. The dates below reflect ten-week exhibition periods. Dates are subject to change; please contact or (800) 473-3872 x208/209 for current availability.

Exhibition Details

  • Content

    Fee Includes
    Press Kit
    Registrar’s Packet
    Programming Guide
    Gallery Guide
    Text Panels
    Narrative Labels
    Full Insurance
    Installation Instructions

    Custom-Designed and Built Crates

  • Curated By

    Patricia Watts, founder and curator, ecoartspace

  • Organized By

    ExhibitsUSA, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO

  • Out-of-Region Rental Fee


  • In-Region Rental Fee


  • Duration

    10-week display

  • Shipping

    Fine Art

  • Running Feet


  • Square Feet


  • Security

    Moderate D

  • Number of Crates/Total Weight


  • Insurance

    The exhibition is fully insured by ExhibitsUSA at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.