From the Ground UP – Artist Talk

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From the Ground UP – Artist Talk

From the Ground UP is a convergence of local community stakeholders and artists dedicated to imagining, rendering, and presenting collaboratively-designed visions for remembering and honoring African-Americans buried in, and disinterred from, Newburgh’s “Colored Burial Ground” through conversation and the arts.

Led by Ann Street Gallery Artist Researcher in Residence (ARiR) Jean-Marc Superville Sovak, From the Ground UP asks: How should the dead, once desecrated, now be honored? How can collectively inspired memorials truthfully function? How can the arts and spaces designed for the exhibition of art facilitate community conversation, healing, imagining, and creativity?

Join us this Saturday, December 16 from 2:00 – 4:00pm

Superville Sovak will present his art practice and creative research leading up to this residency project, discuss his approach and process, and answer questions about his research and goals for From the Ground UP. The event will conclude with a discussion and reflection with Superville Sovak and attendees.

Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 – 4:00pm
(closed December 23, 24, 30, and 31)

Superville Sovak and From the Ground UP are in residence at Ann Street Gallery throughout December, January, and February. Over the course of the residency, the project will transform the Gallery into a lab, workshop, and exhibition space for commissioned works from other interdisciplinary artists and cultural producers in response to community visions for honoring those buried in and disinterred from the Burial Ground.

Community gatherings, performances, and events will continue on Saturday afternoons in January and February.

To learn more about From the Ground UP, upcoming events, and how to participate, visit and follow @annstreetgallery and @FTGU2024.

All From the Ground UP gatherings and events are free and open the public.


From the Ground Up is made possible with support from:
Ann Street Gallery programming is made possible with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, The M&T Charitable Foundation, and the Dominican Sisters of Hope Ministry Fund.


Jean-Marc Superville Sovak is a multidisciplinary artist and teaching professional whose work represents silent histories of multi-racial identities that make up the DNA of this country as well his own. His “a-Historical Landscapes” involve altering original 19th-century landscape engravings to include images from Anti-Slavery publications. His public artwork includes organizing a “Burial for White Supremacy”, retracing steps on the Underground Railroad at Hudson Valley historic sites, monuments to Afro-Dutch pioneers in Rockland County, and a memorial to the earliest Africans to arrive in Rhode Island. A graduate of Bard College (M.F.A. Film/Video), Jean-Marc is the 2023 recipient of Art Mid-Hudson’s Empowering Artist Award and an Individual Artist Commission. Jean-Marc’s art has been exhibited at RecessArt, Brooklyn, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Arts Westchester, Socrates Sculpture Park, and the Katonah Museum of Art. Jean-Marc has been a guest curator at the Dorsky Museum and has been Visiting Artist at Bard College, SUNY New Paltz, Columbia University and Vassar College.

To learn more about Jean-Marc Superville Sovak’s practice and research, visit and follow @supersovak and @FTGU2024.



Under the umbrella of Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Ann Street Gallery presents contemporary art through exhibitions and programming which create new opportunities for education and immersion in the arts in Newburgh. Ann Street Gallery’s exhibitions, events, and programs seek to increase arts literacy and appreciation by engaging community and promoting forward thinking, socially and ecologically responsive, and under-represented positions in contemporary practice. | @annstreetgallery

Hourly Schedule

New Day


Dec 16, 2023


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Ann Street Gallery


Ann Street Gallery
104 Ann Street Newburgh, New York 12550


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