FRIDAY JANUARY 9, 2015 from 8p - 11p: 

San Fran Buff Non Stop


Image courtesy Tina Dillman 

located at 

Big Orbit
30d Essex Street
Buffalo, NY 14213 
Please joins us for Big Orbit Project Space's first ever First Fridays event featuring Tina Dillman's multimedia installation 
San Fran Buff Non Stop

Image courtesy Tina Dillman


Before the notion of Relational Aesthetics (the posing of artist-constructed social experiences as art making) was formed, artists would host house parties and gatherings for music, art, food, and drink in their homes. San Fran Buff Non Stop will be a further exploration into blurring the lines between life and art by creating a version of her home within Big Orbit Gallery Space. Playing off the sentiments of Bay Area Conceptual Artist Tom Marioni that "Drinking with friends is the highest art form", Tina will be 'curating' a gathering that functions as both performance art, exhibition, and house party.

Image courtesy Tina Dillman

While running her gallery space in Oakland, California called WE Artspace, Tina had a no cover policy for all events because it was important that the space be accessible to all. By opening up her doors to the neighborhood she was able to meet her neighbors and create a comfortable environment for people to meet, look at art, taste food, and listen to live music. The opening reception of San Fran Buff Non Stop will feature the qualities found in her roots, while attempting to engage with the local area that she just relocated to.

San Fran Buff Non Stop will feature artwork by Bay Area-based artists Erik Parra, Elizabeth Cayne, Karen Thomas, Scott Greenwalt, and Nathaniel Parsons. There will also be live music by local artists Ay Fast, Damian, Shasti, and a DJ set by MJB Corporation, along with local food and drinks by Lockhouse distillery and others. The opening reception will be held on Friday January 9, 2015 from 8p-11p. 




Tina Dillman received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) in 2014, and her BFA from the University of Iowa in 2003. While in graduate school, Tina focused her practice on performance/installation and curatorial studies. In the Summer 2015, she will be launching a social practice based artist residency out of her home in Buffalo, called Project Grant.

In 2013, she was awarded a Visiting Artist position at �cole Sup�rieure des Beaux-Arts, in Tours, France, and artist residencies in Berlin and Scotland, while on sabbatical from her graduate studies at SFAI. Dillman has performed at the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), while her object based work has been exhibited in Berlin, Los Angeles, Providence, Rhode Island, North Adams & Boston, MA, and The Bay Area.

From 2009-11, Dillman co-founded, directed, and curated an alternative arts space out of her home called, WE Artspace (Oakland CA). During those years, the space worked with over 100 visual artists, performers, filmmakers, musicians, chefs, writers, and poets. Also at this time, she was directing the Oakland Art Murmur, the monthly citywide art walk. She has dedicated her time to the arts, through Board involvement at the San Francisco Art Institute, Intersection for the Arts (SF) and Rock Paper Scissors (Oakland),holding paid positions at: AS220 (Providence), ArtSpan (SF), Rock Paper Scissors (Oakland), the Oakland Art Murmur and Sculpture Space (Utica, NY), while volunteering at Southern Exposure, The Lab (SF), and New Langton Arts (SF).




Founded in 1974, CEPA is celebrating its 40th anniversary season highlighted by our recent merger with Big Orbit Gallery.  This merger creates a major contemporary arts center in Western New York.  CEPA's programming will maintain its mission-related focus on contemporary photography, but its context and interpretation has expanded to include Big Orbit's penchant towards visual art, new media, sound, and installation art.  Together, CEPA and Big Orbit will continue their shared commitment to servicing artists and the artistic practice, to engaging audiences with exhibitions of interest, and to informing the larger not-for-profit cultural field as to what's groundbreaking in the visual arts.



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