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Deborah Ugoretz
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Red Hook

ARTIST STATEMENT: My work deals with the dynamic balance between what is known and what is mysterious. I investigate this by using the modalities of color, movement and shadow. I like to address the idea that negative spaces are infused with meanings as important as positive space. Doing works in cut paper is one way I speak to this. The process is subtractive, so I have to think a few steps ahead. Even with planning, what comes out when I cut away the background is a delightful surprise. The simplicity, flexibility and strength of paper enables me to transform this material into two and three dimensional art with a range of expression that is limitless. The thing I enjoy most about creating is the process of discovery-that one idea leads to another. Learning how to master the tools and materials,the tactile, physical act of making something is a journey that gives me great satisfaction. My paintings, burst with color because I believe that it is through the color spectrum that Life-force reveals itself. In my drawings, I like to temper my work with humor, irony and enigmatic elements.

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Deborah Ugoretz Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

cell: 201-694-5845 instagram:debugoretz

Graduate work in Art Therapy. Pratt Institute, New York, NY. BS degree in Fine Art. University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Selected Exhibitions

2018-19 Solo Exhibition, Museum at Eldridge Street. New York,N.Y.
2018 Hebrew Union College Gallery. “ Tera InFiRMa. ” New York, N.Y.
2018 Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. “Color”. Brooklyn, New York.
2017 Monmouth Museum,Juried Watercolor; Traditional to Modern”,Lincroft, New Jersey.
2017 Milwaukee Jewish Museum. The Seventh Day, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2015 Hebrew Union College,New York, N.Y.
EVIL:a matter of intent.
2015 BWAC Exhibiton. Black and White. Juried by Christiane Paul,Whitney Museum.
2015 Jewish artists and comix art: JOMIX. UJA Federation, New York, NY. and the Museum of Jewish Art, Temple Rodeph Sholom, Philadelphia, PA.
2015 BRIC Media Arts, Open (C)all. Brooklyn, New York.
2014 Art Center of New Jersey, The New Scroll. Rahway, New Jersey.
2013-14 Hebrew Union College, The Seventh Day. New York, NY.
2013 CurateNYC. One of 150 distinguished artists.Rush Gallery, New York City, Elise Contemporary Art Gallery, Riverdale, N.Y. Selected for online exhibition by curator Edwin Becker, Chief Curator of Exhibitions, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
2013 The Painting Center Gallery, “Working It Out”. New York City, NY.
2013 MOBIA Museum of Biblical Art, As Subject and Object. New York, NY.
2012 Frankel Center for Jewish Studies, The Ketubah. University of Michigan.
2011 Elma and Milton A. Gilbert Pavilion Gallery, “Mark Making: The Presence of Line”. Riverdale, NY.
2010-11 Solo Exhibition. UJA Federation, New York, New York.
2011 Humble Beginnings. Arts Council of the Morris Area, Morristown, New Jersey. Curated by Mary Birmingham.
2011 Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, "Distant Cousins." New York, NY.
2010-11 Museum of Jewish Art, Temple Rodeph Sholom, "The Duro Europos Project". Philadelphia, PA.
2010 Old Philadelphia Art Center, "Psalm 27". Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2010 Arts Guild of New Jersey. " Pulp.Works in paper". Rahway, New Jersey.
2009 Lilliput: little things. Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University. South Orange, New Jersey.
2007 Jewish Women's Artist Network of the Women's Caucus for Art, Columbia University/Barnard College, Kraft Center for Jewish Life, "Words Within". New York, and at the Rubin-Frankel Gallery, Boston University, Massachusetts.
2001 Hebrew Union College. "Living in the Moment; Contemporary Artists Celebrate Jewish Time". New York, NY. Curated by Laura Kruger.

Commissioned Work in Private Collections and Organizations

Works in cut paper and Jewish Marriage contracts (ketubot). Selected clients; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, NY, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Jewish Theological Seminary, UJA Federation, Workmen's Circle, New York and in individual collections.

Synagogue art and stained glass windows; Clients; Russ Berrie Home for Jewish Living, Rockleigh, New Jersey, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, Congregation Beth Sholom, Teaneck, New Jersey, Temple Beth Shalom, Arnold, Maryland, Trinity Church, Saddle River, New Jersey.

Instructor and lecturer

2017- present New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Folklife Apprentice program grant recipient. Master/mentor; Artist in Cut Paper.

Lecturer and instructor in the Art of Jewish Cut paper and manuscript illumination in the New York Metropolitan area.

Curatorial work
2018 “Eros and Spirituality” City Lore Gallery, New York City.
2017 “Resistance!”, CIty Lore Gallery, New York CIty.
2016 “Evil Eyes and Tree of Life”, Clemente Center, LES, New York.
2015 “The Jew as the Other”, Clemente Center, LES, New York.

Bibliography, Media, Articles and Reviews (Selected)

Larkin, Daniel. “GORed hook: Three themes Observed”. Hyperallergic Art Blog; September11,2012.Â. 

Grunebaum, Luiza.”Chain of My History and Heritage.” L’Chaim Magazine, North Jersey Media Group. Fall, 2011. Page 39. Magazine interview.
Bibliography, Media, Articles and Reviews (Selected) continued

“Slash! Paper under the Knife.” The Museum of Art and Design, New York, New York, Ugoretz’s papercuts are included in the catalogue of the exhibition of art in cut paper; 2009-2010.

Bader,Eleanor J. “Snood by Snood, Tight-Knit Orthodox Piety Loosens Up.” On The Issues Magazine. Summer 2010.

“In the Tradition of Our Ancestors – Papercutting.”
Folklife Program for New Jersey, a Project of the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Featured artist, 2006. Monograph.


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