This exhibit is dedicated to the memory of my parents, Irene and Max, who inspired and encouraged me to be an artist my entire life. And to enjoy the journey and what it reveals.
About the Arist and Flushing Town Hall
Photograph by Dan Rubin
Throughout her career, mixed media artist Tina Seligman has been exploring patterns in nature through music, visual art, poetry, and movement. Her artwork has been exhibited in Manhattan at Cheryl McGinnis Gallery; in Queens; Southold; and in Saratoga Springs. Solar-Lunar Suite for Four Seasons, her video collaboration with photographer Dan Rubin, was chosen as an Experimental Short for the 2016 New York Independent Film Festival.
Tina has been a Teaching Artist-in-Residence through Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts since 2000. Her in-school residencies and workshops for visiting young people and adults integrate hands-on projects with music, visual art, and academic curriculum to offer a multi-sensory experience. In 2004, she curated "Vibrations" at Flushing Town Hall, which included a poetry invitational to viewers. As an art journalist, Tina regularly contributed to Art of the Times magazine from 2005 through 2013, and has written essays for books including Duoling Huang: The Cultural Landscape in 2014. The Feral Press published several of her poems and monotypes including a 2005 booklet "Seeds" which is based on musical structure, and illustrations for Joan Digby's translations of Japanese Moon Haiku in 2010. Tina’s poetry has been included in P.S. 1 Contemporary Museum’s website, Prehensile Pencil Publications, and Cicada Haiku Quarterly among other periodicals.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, magna cum laude from Queens College, she continued with music theory at Hunter College and studied viola with Rachel Evans, violin with Anne Evans/Scarlet Ryane, and fiddle techniques with Kenny Kosek. She studied Isadora Duncan dance technique with IDII Director, Jeanne Bresciani for 6 years, ballet with various teachers for 15 years as well as English Country Dance and Middle Eastern Dance. Full Resume at www.tinaseligman.com
Tina's passion for art, dance, theatre, and film was inspired by her mother Irene and by working with her father Maxwell, a film editor for cel animation, live action documentaries, experimental films, and commercials in the heyday of 16mm and 35mm film.
Flushing Town Hall
The mission of Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) is to present multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens, New York and New York City, New York, in order to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts. Our Vision is to foster artistic excellence and innovation. We bring audiences together via high-quality arts exposure and experiences through programs in Jazz, classical and world music, theater, dance and spoken word, family and education programs, senior programs, exhibitions and free community events. Our multi-disciplinary programming reflects the diversity of our local community, while introducing audiences to new art forms and genres, and providing opportunities for artists to celebrate their traditional arts and create new work.
Flushing Town Hall, built in 1862, is designed in the Romanesque Revival style popular at that time. During the Civil War, thousands of conscripts from all over Long Island were sworn into the Union Army in Town Hall's upstairs assembly hall, while the ground floor housed Flushing's civic offices. During the late 19th Century, a modest extension was added to the original building and Flushing Town Hall became a venue for light opera and traveling theatrical productions. For a time, the legendary P.T Barnum was its impresario and Tom Thumb was its star performer.
Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; New York State Assembly Members Ron Kim, Ed Braunstein and Nily Rozic; New York City Council, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Queens Delegation, and Council Members Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, and Paul A. Vallone; Howard Gilman Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Con Edison and New York Community Bank Foundation.