“It shows a museum has taken interest in your work,” he said.
For Amy Greenan, an artist who lives in Niagara Falls, it meant even securing an exhibit France.
Greenan said she was encouraged by Mead to apply for her 2009 TopSpin exhibit shortly after she finished graduate school.
“It just really gave me a lot of confidence,” she said of the experience. “It certainly made my work and my name more visible to the community at large and it looks great on a resume to have a a solo exhibit.”
She credits the half-dozen solo or two-person shows she’s had since then to being featured by TopSpin. She’s also sold numerous paintings to museums, individual collectors and even First Niagara bank is currently working on securing a large piece to hang in its downtown headquarters.
Greenan said it’s been a lifelong dream of hers to be an artist, and says “I feel completely comfortable calling myself a professional artist,” due to her success.
Greenan, who works mostly in acrylic, currently focuses on painting abandoned or dilapidated buildings. Mead, though, owns a piece from when she was mostly doing portraiture. Her self-portrait, “Study for Lady Godiva’s Operation,” is on display as part of the Carnegie exhibit.
She said she credits not only her TopSpin exhibit for her current success, but also says Mead deserves accolades for his involvement in the art community.
“He’s really sort of like a shepherd to new artists ... he’s really encouraging,” she said. “I really can’t give him enough credit for being a big part of the Buffalo and Niagara region art community.”
Running concurrently with Mead’s TopSpin-themed exhibit at the Carnegie is a recent-acquisitions exhibit in an adjoining gallery. Some 36 works he’s collected over the past year will be on view through Sept. 8.
The Castellani’s TopSpin 10-year retrospective will be on view through Feb. 17.
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