Glitter Grenade

I am very excited to announce the launching of my new website

Glitter Grenade is a website dedicated to the art of intervention, and is intended as instruction and inspiration for those who would like to step into the realm of expression via art, intervention, and action.


‘Alone Together in the Dark’ Book Release

The Catalog for Jillian McDonald‘s exhibition ‘Alone Together in the Dark’ has just been released and is available on blurb.  I worked as a videographer on the videos shown in the exhibition and featured in the book as well as the stop motion that is also highlighted in the book. It also features an interview by curator John Spiak and an essay by Stefan St Laurent. Jillian was artist in residency from Oct 5 – Nov 14, 2009 at Arizona State University.

Jillian Mcdonald: Alone Together in the Dark, A Social Studies Initiative, Exhibition: Oct 5, 2009 – Jan 9, 2010

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Momentum: Women/Art/Technology

For the last 2 years I have been working as a research assistant on the Momentum: Women/Art/Technology project for the talented Muriel Magenta. To learn more about the project check out the website here.

Recently the Whitney Museum Museum of American Art held a special event highlighting the project.

Momentum: Women/Art/Technology: Whitney Museum from Muriel Magenta on Vimeo.

This documentary is an excerpt from the Momentum: Women/Art/Technology special event on the theme of “Art Practice,” held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Film and Video Gallery, June 13, 2013. The presentation was part of the larger Momentum: Women/Art/Technology project that involves a global community of women who embrace technology as their mode of expression. The Momentum project is organized in collaboration with Rutgers University’s Institute for Women and Art and Arizona State University, School of Art. Momentum directors are: Judith Brodsky, Ferris Olin, and Muriel Magenta.

The Whitney event and the documentary video were produced and directed by Muriel Magenta, in conjunction with the Whitney Museum Special Events Department. The presenters include: Muriel Magenta, Adrianne Wortzel, Janet Echelman, Karolina Sobecka, Judith Brodsky, and Ferris Olin.

14th Annual Artlink Juried Exhibition

Artlink Phoenix has asked me to be a juror on their annual juried exibition along with SMoCA director Tim Rodgers and artist, professor, and ASU Herberger Institute faculty director Adriene Jenik. I had a great time viewing some of the talented artists who reside in Phoenix. Below is some information about the show:

Artlink Phoenix is excited to present the 14th Annual Juried Exhibition. We are fortunate to have prominent members of the Arizona arts community as this year’s jurors: SMoCA director Tim Rodgers; artist, professor, and ASU Herberger Institute faculty director Adriene Jenik; and artist Cory Weeks.


We invite you to join us for the opening reception on the night of February 3, 6 to 10 p.m., at the Artlink A. E. England Gallery. At the reception you will have a chance to meet this year’s selected artists, jurors, Artlink board members, and volunteers. The jurors chose ten accomplished artists working in mediums that include sculpture, painting, photography, and drawing. We will also award monetary prizes for the jurors’ top selections.

Exhibition Dates: February 3-17, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 6-10 PM
Closing Reception: Friday, February 17, 6-9 PM

Exhibiting artists: Julie Anand, Jesse Armstrong, Matthew T. Clark, Lee Davis, Jolyn Frazier, Ronna Nemitz, Steve Paoli, Eduardo L. Rivera, Julio Cesar Rodarte, and Catherine Ruane

Stories of Us

Excited to be included in this upcoming exhibition. My video swallow will be projected on the opening and closing receptions.


Artlink A. E. England Gallery: October 7 – October 28, 2011

Opening Reception: October 7, 6-10 PM
Closing Reception: October 21, 6-9 PM

Artists living in Arizona come together to celebrate the two year anniversary of the Artlink Galleries in a group show this October at the Artlink A. E. England Gallery for an exhibition entitled, Stories of Us.

The curatorial team has put together a diverse exhibition of 2D, 3D, and video work. The exhibition represents the artwork of artists who have shown in the Artlink A. E. England Gallery and/or the Artlink Gallery at Heritage Square in the past two years. The selected artists demonstrate a wide variety style and media representing stories of their own experience as new, emerging, and established artists from the local community. The exhibition will also be part of the Arizona Humanities festival ‘Stories of Us’ that will be happening through Civic Space Park on October 22nd.

Exhibiting Artists: Stephanos Antoniades, Andrea Berg, Lee Davis, Sean Deckert, Daniel Funkhouser, Angelica Jubran-Bishara, Christina Mesiti, Cesar Napoleon, Christy Puetz, Junjie Verzosa, and Cory Weeks.

‘Join + Cast’ Book Release

This Friday from 6-10PM at the Artlink A. E. England Gallery is the opening of the Join + Cast Exhibition and Book Release. This exhibition highlights some of the work from the Join and Cast publication, which includes an article about the Artlink A. E. England Gallery that I have been a Director and Co-Curator of for the past two years.

Read about Join + Cast in the Phoenix New Times.

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A year and a half in the making, Join + Cast presents a sampling of the Valleys most influential and creative artistic minds, in physical and book form! Held at A.E. England Gallery from July 1st to July 29th, this group exhibition, curated by Jennifer Campbell and Catherine Akins, demonstrates the ever-changing Phoenix art scene. Their participatory guide explores the Valleys galleries, hosts exclusive interviews, and provides a personal peek at 46 artists working in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Featuring works from local artists, Mary Shindell, Gregory Sale, and Muriel Magenta to name a few.

Check out this exhibition in person from July 1st to July 29th at:
Artlink A. E. England Gallery
424 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Opening reception and book release party, First Friday, July 1st from 7pm to 9pm. (gallery open 6pm to 10pm)
Closing reception Third Friday, July 15th from 7pm to 9pm.
(gallery open 6pm to 9pm)

Quick before it melts! group show at ICE house May 27th!

A group show to help save the Ice house this Friday May 27th, 2011. I will be exhibiting a few pieces from the installation The Bird Cage from a past collaboration with Alison Sweet. More information can be found at the Icehouse.

Hope to see you there!


Sensory Consciousness / Bold Statements: Works by Arizona Women

A few photos from my series Third Trimester that are meant to explore the sensory notions of gender, stereotype, and the cultural and social norms that influence them will be displayed in the group show Sensory Consciousness / Bold Statements: Works by Arizona Women. As the director of the A.E. England Gallery I am co-curating this show with the A. E. England Curatorial team. Very excited to be showing with such a great group of talented female artists.


Sensory Consciousness / Bold Statements:
Works by Arizona Women

Artlink A. E. England Gallery: December 3 – December 24, 2010

Opening Reception: December 3, 6-10 PM (7 PM Live Performances)
Closing Reception: December 17, 6-9 PM

Women artists living in the Arizona come together in a group show this December at the Artlink A. E. Gallery for an exhibition entitled, Sensory Consciousness / Bold Statements: Works by Arizona Women.

The curatorial team has put together a diverse exhibition of 2D, 3D, video, and performance work by reputable and emerging women artists of this region. The exhibition represents the artwork being produced today by women who are living in a place that is politically and historically charged in a particular way; a place where one must navigate, physically and psychologically in a conscious manner. The selected artists demonstrate this acute sensory experience through their artwork, making statements that are bold, controversial, subtle, and relevant to the discourse of our time.

Live performance art will be presented in the gallery on December 3, starting at 7:00 pm during the First Friday Art walk.

Exhibiting Artists: Julie Anand, Stacy Blackmer-Blomquist, Tristyn Bustamante, Brittany Dion, Jessica Dolence, Kelly Flanagan, Adriana Gallego, Julie Ganas, April Grady-Reyna, Hilary Harp, Mary Hood, Adriene Jenik, Angelica Jubran-Bishara, Lauren Lentini, Tara Logsdon, Layla Luna, Muriel Magenta, Jill Martin, Gabriela Munoz, Janice Pittsley, Olivia Timmons, Rosalind Shipley, Suzie Silver, Alison Sweet, Jen Urso, Lisa Von Koch, Cory Weeks, and Angela Young.

With Performances by: Michele Ceballos, Megan Cox, Angelica Jubran-Bishara, Natalie Brewster Nguyen, Sarah Smith and Lisa Von Koch.

Video Editing for Angela Ellsworth: Another Women’s Movement

Just finished the video that I edited for the amazing artist and sisterwife Angela Ellsworth. The footage is from her performance in Chicago entitled Another Women’s Movement. Check it out below.

5th Urban Gallery Exhibition

The 5th Urban Gallery Exhibition will begin April 2, 2010 from 6-9 pm at the Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix campus, University Center, 411 N. Central Ave. I will be exhibiting a few pieces in the show that includes over 600 works. I will be back and forth from this show and my collaborative exhibition The Bird Cage across the street at the A. E. England Gallery. Please feel free to stop by both shows!

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