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GRACE:
Grace, n. - simple elegance or refinement of movement
Grace Period - an extended period granted as a special favor
The Three Graces (Greek Mythology) - charm, grace, and beauty

Opened in 2006, Grace Exhibition Space is devoted exclusively to Performance Art. We offer an opportunity to experience visceral and challenging works by the current generation of international performance artists whether emerging, mid career or established. Being a Brooklyn loft, our events are presented on the floor, not on a stage, dissolving the boundary between artist and viewer. This is how performance art is meant to be experienced and our mission is the glorification of performance art.

Grace Exhibition Space presents over 30 curated live performance art exhibitions each year, showcasing new work by more than 400 performance artists from across the United States and the world since 2006. Grace Space received fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas in 2007.

Since opening, Grace Space has had the opportunity to present three pivotal members of the internationally famous group Black Market International: Boris Nieslony, Roi Vaara and Lee Wen; Mexican artist and curator Martin Renteria and the 3rd World Pirate Marcel Da Champ. We have hosted the local, internationally renowned artists Peter Dobill, Marni Kotak, Nugent Smith, Rafael Sanchez and Rob Andrews- as well as the internationally renowned Boston artists Mari Novotny-Jones, Jeff Huckleberry, Sandy Huckleberry, Alice Vogler, Vela Phelan, Sandrine Scheaffer and Marilyn Arsem (Ms. Arsem was presented through esteemed curator Jonas Stampe's Live Art Festival).

* NEW *

Living anywhere on this planet, we can feel the effects of the climates' drastic changes.

In November 2013 we opened the Gray Zone for Performance Art in Kingston, NY, a smaller city two hours north of Brooklyn, giving us the opportunity to reach a new audience, in a supportive environment, that is a gray zone between the major metropolis of New York City and the farmlands of the Hudson Valley.

The Gray Zone for Performance Art was previously located on Broadway in Kingston, NY. We are re-locating into The Shirt Factory in the new Arts District of Kingston, in an arts center that has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine. 

We already have an established Gallery for Performance Art Ephemera at The Alice Chilton Gallery Outpost in the Shirt Factory.

Just when that seems enough, we are creating a Permaculture + Performance Art Residency on a 100 acre farm in Rosendale, NY just oputside Kingston and still only 2 hours north of Brooklyn.

The residency puts us firmly in Nature - with all of her bugs, flowers, birds and fish - natural resources that are rapidly disappearing.

Please join us in all of our locations, for the same challenges of thought-provoking works in different atmospheres.

Grace Exhibition Space is Directed by Jill McDermid-Hokanson and Erik Hokanson


Jill McDermid-Hokanson has participated as a performance artist since 2000 in Living Walls Festival, Albany NY (2011); MEME Gallery, Boston MA (2011); Transmuted International Festival, Mexico (2011); KoPAS International Festival, Korea (2010); InFraction Festival International dArt Performance, France (2010); Transmuted International Festival, Mexico (2010); Performagia o Muerte Festival with Raramuri. Chihuahua, Mexico (2010); Maximum Perception, NYC (2009); The Diverse Universe Festival: European Tour (2010); The Diverse Universe Festival, Estonia (2009); Perfo Puerto International Festival and Conference, Chile (2005); BA+PAF International Festival, Indonesia (2004); Open Art International Festival (2004) and as Guest Curator to The 10th Open Art International Festival (2009)
Mrs. McDermid-Hokanson has been curating and presenting Performance Art in New York City since 2001, including the 21st Suffragettes: Art + Performance by Women (2001), Egeszegedre! Monthly Installation, Video and Performance Art series (2002-2004), Time Shadows Performance Art Series (2005) and opened The Grace Exhibition Space in September, 2006 since then presenting over 300 International Performance Artists.
She has a Master of Fine Art and a Master of Art in Intermedia and Video from the University of Iowa, under the Direction of Mr. Hans Breder.

Erik Hokanson was introduced to Performance Art after meeting Jill McDermid at Fountain Art Fair in Miami. Mr. Hokanson was one of the fair organizers and Grace Exhibition Space was a participating gallery space.

Erik Hokanson has participated in many festivals in Europe, Asia and the Americas as a performance artist since 2008 in Fresh Ground Pepper, NYC (2011); The Stage, 2011 (Newark, NJ); Living Walls Festival, Albany NY (2011); MEME Gallery, Boston MA (2011); Performagia o Muerte Festival with Raramuri. Chihuahua, Mexico (2010); Grace Exhibition Space, NYC (2009, 2010, 2011); InFraction Festival International dArt Performance, France (2010); FranceMaximum Perception, NYC (2009); Transmuted International Festival, Mexico (2011); KoPAS International Festival, Korea (2010); Diverse Universe Festival: European Tour (2010); Diverse Universe Festival, Estonia (2009)

Melissa Lockwood was a founder of Grace Exhibition Space in 2006. She has participated a performance artist since 1989. She is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, drawing, painting, photography and fashion design. She has worked within the groups The Yes Men and Non Grata (Estonia). In Dance Hackit, Brooklyn, NY (2011); In collaboration with Yinka Oyewole at Chelsea Art Museum, NYC (2011); Brooklyn Fashion as Film, 2011 (Brooklyn, NY); Brooklyn Fashion Weekend, Brooklyn NY (2011); In collaboration with Keiko Uneshi; Roulette Musicircus, Brooklyn, NY (2011) Balls across America; Yes Men (2009) The New York Post tells the truth: The Yes Men (2009); Home, Noemie Lafrance (2009) Maximum Perception, NYC (2008) Melissa Has traveled nationally and internationally showing her Performance, Video and Fashion Works. She has a Master of Fine Art and a Master of Art in Performance and Video from the University of Iowa, under the Direction of Mr. Hans Breder. Cofounder of Grace Exhibition Space and Co-director 2006 -2009.

Grace Exhibition Space is Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas



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