19 March - 12 June 2022
SAM Open 2022 presents the work of local artists and creatives responding to the optimistic theme of New Horizons. This is the first exhibition for SAM SQUARED, a new community focused artistic program, which will be presented annually in the Hugh D. T Williamson Community Gallery.
The theme, New Horizons, marks a moment of opportunity the new dedicated community gallery space at SAM offers local artists. The scale and reach of the new SAM presents the work of local creatives in dialogue with exhibitions by nationally recognised Australian artists. New Horizons increases awareness of local practitioners amongst audiences from outside the region. The artists in the SAM Open 2022: New Horizons have responded to the unifying theme in creative and varied ways. Some have experimented with new techniques and mediums, taking risks to expand their approaches to art making. Others have drawn inspiration from unexpected places or reshaped the familiar to discover fresh perspectives due to being confined closer to home over Covid lockdowns.
SAM Open is an annual all ages exhibition that celebrates and showcases the creativity of the artistic community across Greater Shepparton, the Goulburn Valley and the Hume Region. Artists and creative practitioners working in any medium and at any experience level or career stage are invited by an open call to submit work for inclusion in the SAM Open.
Artists: Robbie Bechaz, Gregory Beckenham, Christine Broersen, Rick Brun, Ann Cremean, Wendy D’Amore, Rachel Doller, Beverley Dowd, Jayden Doyle, Brittany Drysdale, Rebecca Fortin, Abby Fortin, Lorinda Freeman, Jeanette Fry, Kerry Handwerk, Amanda Hocking, Marion Langford, John Lawler, Jodi Lewis, Glenda Mackay, Phyllis Mactier, Anne Mawson, Ari Mazurczuk, Lesley McLellan, Julie Mercer, Jan Molluso, Joan Mullarvey, Sharon O’Keeffe, Julie Oldfield, Kat Parker, Ivy Patone, Lyn Patone, Kaio Portsmouth, Judith Roberts, Carmel Robertson, Valerie Rokahr, Garry Salau, Megan Walker and Nikki Young.
Curator: Jessica O’Farrell, Exhibitions Curator
Location: Williamson Community Gallery, Level 2