ISLAND AND MONSTER Featuring Contemporary Caribbean Visual and Performance Artist Sheena Rose

Featuring Contemporary Caribbean Visual and Performance Artist Sheena Rose
Rush Arts Gallery

526 West 26th Street 
Suite 311
New York, NY 10001 

June 2-4th, 2017


The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. in partnership with Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA)Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, and PrintbyPrint Group are proud to announce an artistic exploration of contemporary Caribbean culture with artist, Sheena Rose. Born and raised in St. Philip, Barbados, West Indies, Sheena 
graduated with a BFA degree with Honors at Barbados Community College. In 2016, she received her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Fulbright Scholarship. Exploring a variety of mediums including drawn animations, drawings, paintings, performance art, mixed media and new media, Sheena's works have been exhibited locally throughout the Caribbean and internationally in the Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States.  
The weekend of June 2-4th, 2017, Sheena Rose will participate in a series of events focused on her performance piece entitled, Island and Monster. First debuted at the Royal Academy in the UK, Island and Monster is a work she "developed in response to (her) conflicted feelings of belonging and displacement, which emerged with her return to the Caribbean after completing an MFA in North Carolina. To reckon with her changing relationship to her home, Sheena becomes both the island and the monster, looking in from outside as a way to negotiate this return." The Royal Academy of the Arts
Events will include a formal performance of Island and Monster at MoCADA on Friday, June 2nd from 6-8PM, a student workshop focused on the development of performance art and costumes at Rush Arts Gallery on Saturday, June 3rd from 3-6PM, and an artist talk with Tamara Best, Senior Staff Editor at The New York Times hosted by PrintbyPrint at Ode to Babel on Sunday, June 4th from 12-2PM. All attendees are required to RSVP due to limited space. 

Island and Monster | Performance | MoCADA
Friday, June 2nd, 2017 6-8PM

Island and Monster | Student Work Shop | Rush Arts Gallery 
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 3-6PM 
Click to RSVP for Student Workshop

Island and Monster | Artist Talk with Tamara Best | Hosted by PrintbyPrint Group  
Sunday, June 4th, 2017 12-2PM 
Click to RSVP for Artist Conversation 

Sheena Rose is a contemporary Caribbean artist from Barbados. In 2008, Sheena graduated with a BFA degree with Honors at Barbados Community College, and in 2016, she received her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Fulbright Scholarship. Sheena works with multi-medias such as hand drawn animations, drawings, paintings, performance art, mixed media and new media.
Sheena has exhibited locally and internationally in the Caribbean, South America, North America, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. In 2011, Sheena had her first solo show "Town to Town" at the Barbados Community College and was the first passed student to have a solo show there. Sheena represented Barbados in many biennials such as the Havana Biennial, Venice Biennial, Gwangju Biennial, Jamaica Biennial, and participated in many museums and galleries such as MoCADA, Queens Museum, Turner Contemporary Gallery, Residency Gallery. Sheena has been awarded residencies at Alice Yard (Trinidad), Greatmore Art Studio (Cape Town, South Africa), Tembe Art Studio (Moengo, Suriname), and OAZO-AIR (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Art Omi (Ghent, New York) The Hermitage Artist Retreat (Florida).
Her work has also been included in Art Fairs, Film Festivals and Auctions such as Prizm Art Fair, Third Horizon Film Festival and Rush Philanthropic Foundation Arts Auction- Art for Life. Sheena Rose's work is also on the cover of three books, Small Axe 43. "See Me Here," Christopher and Roberts Publisher and in 2015 her work is on the cover of Naomi Jackson's book called "The Star Side of BirdHill". The Cover has been awarded from Huffington Post and EPeople Magazine as one of the best book cover for the year 2015.
The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes. Rated as one of the world's sexiest beaches by and the 'Best Caribbean Beach' by USA Today in 2015; Barbados' Crane Beach in St. Philip stands as a premier destination for travelers. The easternmost Caribbean island was awarded the 'Destination of the Year' 2015 by Caribbean Journal, recognized as the second 'Most Beautiful Islands' by Conde Nast Traveler in 2016 and ranked third in the 2015 Trip Advisor "Travelers' Choice Awards for Islands 2015" in its Top 100 Destinations category. Barbados is also the first Zagat-rated Caribbean island and is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. The island has hosted several world class events including: The annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival; the PGA World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup Finals, the Sentebale Charity Polo match with Prince Harry of Wales, and the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals, and the Rihanna LOUD concert. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas, to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning, five-star resorts. Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) offers even more non-stop and direct service options from a growing number of gateways in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America making Barbados the true gateway to the Eastern Caribbean.
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) uses the visual arts as a point of departure for exploring new artistic production across a variety of disciplines. Through exhibitions and programming, MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.

PrintbyPrint Group (PbPG), is a NYC-based curatorial arts-education advocacy group that uses twenty first century mediums and digital tools to network with industry professionals; providing the public, emerging artists and students from underrepresented groups, with unique events, workshops, access to resources and The Arts. Through our partnerships with local businesses, public education institutions and private corporations/organizations, we are focused on STEM to STEAM education. 
Ode To Babel is a chill low-key cocktail bar, lounge, and event space in crown heights Brooklyn, often described as an extension of home, or a cozy living room- it's a place to sip, nosh on bar bites, and "imbibe the vibe." 
Our venue provides a platform for local and/or independent creatives to showcase their art- whether in the form of film, music, mixed media, and performance- it's the perfect spot with- no pretense- no posing- all love.

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