SYZYGY is a curatorial and study platform focused on unique abstract contemporary works on paper held in the JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey collection.

The information on this site provides an overview of a significant and unique archive of art works available to graduate students for research and project development to include studies in specific art genre, creative writing, curatorial practice and neuroscience. The collector’s history, individual philosophy and practice, as put forth, provide the framework within which the collection was conceived, developed and maintained.

The SYZYGY Study Platform presented here offers students direct studio access and hands on engagement with a private collection in an environment designed to maximize the potential for research. The images exhibited exemplify the range of works housed in the collection. Contact information is provided for those individuals interested in applying to the program.

For more information about the application process please visit the CONTACTS page.

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Curatorial Statement from Mardee Goff “How Time was Place to Wonder”

Curatorial Statement from Mardee Goff “How Time was Place to Wonder”

How time was place to wonder... features a selection of works on paper by twenty-two international artists from the collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey. The exhibition highlights the ever-evolving potential of contemporary drawing through a variety of techniques. Paper becomes a space for contemplation and experimentation, where freedom is given form, and ideas are

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Music in the Museum Concert Series

Music in the Museum Concert Series

MUSIC IN THE MUSEUM CONCERT SERIES The Griffin Foundation Gallery Gregory Allicar Museum of Art Tuesday September 18 noon-6pm Musicians: John Pierce, voice; Joel Bacon, piano Art Historian: Dr. Lynn Boland Music Program: Vignettes from Italy by Wintter Watts Exhibition: Spatial Flux: Contemporary Drawings from the JoAnn Hickey-Gonzalez Collection

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Selections from the JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey Collection II at Ascent Private Capital Management in Minneapolis, MN

Selections from the JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey Collection II at Ascent Private Capital Management in Minneapolis, MN

Selections from the JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey Collection II is presented by the Minneapolis office of Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank. This exhibition is curated by Tricia Heuring, a Minneapolis-based independent curator invested in continuing study of the collection through a SYZYGY curatorial residency and Jerome Foundation travel study grant. See more at

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Selections from the Collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey on View at Ascent Private Capital Management

Selections from the Collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey on View at Ascent Private Capital Management

Selections from the collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey are on view at the Denver Ascent Private Capital Management Offices in Denver beginning October 24. See the link below for more information. https://ascent.usbank.com/art-gallery/selections-from-joann-hickey   (Image shown: John Sparagana, Esopus: The Revolutionaries, 2013, fatigued, sliced, and mixed magazine pages with oil stick on paper, 24 x 35”,

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New Review and Interview with JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey

New Review and Interview with JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey

Drawing Us In, by Billy Singleton Paper has always been a staple throughout JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey’s life. She grew up receiving handwritten letters from her grandfather, and she sold stationary as a teenager. But it wasn’t until much later, after she spent years collecting drawings, that she grasped the connection between these early experiences

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syzygy Perspective from PAFA MFA Student

syzygy Perspective from PAFA MFA Student

PAFA MFA Student Elizabeth Ayerle describes a visit to the SYZYGY studio. "We were asked to formulate a written and visual response to the piece we chose. We each made a 10 pieces series as a reaction. I chose The Cartoon Network & From the Center by Lori Ellison."

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JoAnn Gonzalez-Hickey Collection 10th Anniversary Exhibition

2005-2015 Yearlong Celebration PLACE Installation conceived by Agata Jastrzabek    Place When I think of a place, I think of an atmospheric density versus an atmospheric void of space. Grandmother’s kitchen filled with scents of a plum cake, home, a meeting point of two lovers are a place. An airport, newly bought house, an

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Rock, Paper, Scissors: Drawn from the JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey Collection

      Rock, Paper, Scissors: Drawn from the JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey Collection May 15 - November 1, 2015 Location: Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works on Paper Gallery, Historic Landmark Building Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA What is drawing? While seemingly straightforward, the potential answers to this question are

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syzygy Supports Bolivian Artist Workshop Residency

Syzygy was a supporter of the artist workshop residency Abubuya in the Beni region of Bolivia in November 2014. Elizabeth Tenenbaum, Director of syzygy, participated as a visiting critic. A tumblr was created to document the residency: http://abubuya.tumblr.com/ More information available here:

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JoAnn Gonzalez-Hickey gives talk at MICA

JoAnn Gonzalez-Hickey gives talk at MICA

JoAnn Gonzalez-Hickey has spent much of her adult life engaged in the visual arts as a practitioner, patron, friend, and advocate. While amassing a considerable portfolio of contemporary art through the years, she never thought of herself as a collector. Employing no formal approach, she purchased work as interests, opportunities, life circumstances, and space

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