Parrish Art Museum Curator Andrea Grover Earns Major Exhibition Grant

The Waterpod Project at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5, 2009, by artist Mary Mattingly. Photo: Mike Nagle
The Waterpod Project at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5, 2009, by artist Mary Mattingly. Photo: Mike Nagle

Parrish Art Museum Curator of Special Projects Andrea Grover has won a 2014 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award to help realize Radical Seafaring, a special exhibition scheduled to be on view at the Parrish in April–July, 2016.

Radical Seafaring is one of only three exhibitions to be awarded this prestigious biennial grant, announced recently by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. In addition to a $150,000 exhibition grant, the Parrish Art Museum will receive a “living artist stipend” to compensate artists whose existing work will be displayed.

The Exhibition Award — established in 1998 to honor art collector Emily Hall Tremaine — rewards innovation and experimentation at the curatorial level by supporting strong thematic exhibitions that challenge audiences and expand the boundaries of contemporary art. Headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation ( has been active in the arts since 1992, the year Tremaine founded her eponymous organization.

Radical Seafaring will survey the practice of artist-initiated projects on the water from its roots in conceptual and performance art of the 1960s and 70s, to an abundance of recent phenomenological research and site-specific works that involve relocating the studio, laboratory or performance space to the water. The exhibition and accompanying publication will feature approximately 25 artists with works that range from artist-made vessels, to documentation of creative expeditions, to speculative designs for alternative communities at sea, dating from the 1960s to the present day. Public programs will make up a critical component of the show, with on- and off-site commissions, boat trips, and artist-led excursions around East End waterways.

“The Museum Board of Trustees and I are extremely proud of Andrea for her highly original concept for the exhibition,” Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan said. “Radical Seafaring is a perfect example of how the Parrish Art Museum’s programming responds to the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End in its commitment to illuminating the creative process.”

Andrea Grover added, “I am immensely grateful to the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation for their support of this adventurous exhibition that is especially timely as climatologists anticipate the effects of rising sea levels, changes in weather patterns, and the associated impact on coastal zones. The Parrish Art Museum on the East End of Long Island, surrounded by water in a community steeped in its own maritime tradition, is a perfect setting for Radical Seafaring.”

The Foundation’s selection of Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award winners was determined through a three-person jury, including Jennifer Gross, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts; Kristine Kuramitsu, an Independent Curator based in California; and Steven Matijcio, Curator at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Radical Seafaring won’t be on view until 2016, but the Parrish Art Museum (279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill) is never short of exciting shows. Call 631-283-2118 or visit for a full exhibition schedule and info.

Curator Andrea Grover at the Parrish Art Museum
Curator Andrea Grover at the Parrish Art Museum, Photo: Mike Pintauro

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