Opening today: Katie Armstrong’s new show “I thought of Frida Kahlo” at the Visual Arts Center Of New Jersey

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Exhibitions, Other, VCS Alumni | No Comments


Since her graduation from the Visual & Critical Studies program in 2010, Katie Armstrong has exhibited her hand-drawn animations in a wide range of venues. Tonight sees the opening reception for her most recent exhibition, a display of her newly created video “I thought of Frida Kahlo” at the Visual Arts Center Of New Jersey in Summit.

Here’s a brief quote about the piece from an article by Ralph J. Bellantoni that ran in the Asbury Park Press:

Employing traditional hand-drawn animation techniques, Armstrong’s oblique narrative reflects the interplay between pop culture and subjective experience through a train passenger’s observations about a fellow traveler. “It’s an experiment in storytelling,” said Armstrong. “A study of time and visual language from the perspective of someone raised on the Internet – constantly clicking, communicating, repeating and reloading.”

This Independent Press article on also contains a little more information about Katie and her work.

“I thought of Frida Kahlo” will be on display in the Cener’s Studio X, alongside shows by two other artists: “Cordy Ryman: Shuffle / Scrap / Echo” in the Main Gallery, and “Jordan Eagles: RED GIANT” in the Mitzi & Warren Eisenberg Gallery. (You can find more information about them in the article that’s quoted above.)

Tonight’s reception for “I thought of Frida Kahlo” will run from 6 to 8 p.m., and is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run through March 24th. The Visual Arts Center Of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street in Summit New Jersey; gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact the Center by phone at 908-273-9121 or e-mail at

If you’d like to know more about Katie and watch some of her animations, visit her website and check out the following links, which lead to posts on the VCS and SVA Close Up blogs:

Visual & Critical Studies