Nearly two years before the opening of my first-ever solo museum exhibition, Lyrical Abstraction, I received a phone call from Bruce Helander, renowned art critic and the guest curator of the Coral Springs Museum of Art. I had gotten the show!
Since then, the planning began to fit and fill the museum’s spacious main gallery—the largest space I’ve ever displayed my work—which was, at first, a daunting task. But measurements were taken, photos were snapped, and I was quickly on my way back to New York to get down to work.
In an effort to help me visualize the space, we had created a 3D model, in addition to virtual mock-ups, to experiment with our curatorial process. It took many revisions, alongside the feedback of family, friends, peers and mentors, to come to our final decided layout.
While this was underway, we had produced our first announcement for the show the following September—our save the date!—and began to create the exhibition catalog, designed by Dan Ellis, that would not only include in-situation shots of the show, but essays by Bruce Helander, author Annette Blaugrund, and art critics Anthony Haden-Guest and Donald Kuspit. Our invitations shortly followed.
Before we knew it, it was already late February of 2019, and the paintings were ready to be shipped to Coral Springs! Our movers, Joe and Brett, meticulously wrapped up all 37 pieces—28 from New York (which had to first journey down a flight of stairs from our second floor studio!), and 9 from J. Steven Manolis’ studio in Miami.
When the paintings arrived, the amazing staff at the Coral Springs Museum of Art jumped in to begin the arranging and hanging process.
The big moment was nearly upon us. Just days shy of the opening reception, we had the exhibition shots taken by Kim Sargent and his team, whose work has graced the pages of Architectural Digest and The Sunday New York Times Magazine, to name a few. Mike DiDomizio of VividMediaNY created our incredible 3D virtual tour of the space.
Lyrical Abstraction has been made possible through the hard work, guidance, and encouragement from so many who are, and have become, so dear to me through this whirlwind of an adventure. I feel tremendously privileged and proud to have been able to see it become a real-life dream come true.