End-of-Year Fellowship Report 2007-08
In my initial application as a Center fellow, my creative research involved oil painting the vista of the Center’s view, of which I created approximately ten cityscape paintings and one large key painting. I also created another twenty paintings for a solo show in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Center’s academic year provided me a great deal more than time to paint: I know I will draw upon ideas connected to the Center for numerous years and my artwork will be a more mature visual statement because of the opportunities provided by the Center.
During my fellowship, I also embraced the ideas of the year’s theme, “Past Knowing,” within my intellect, within my artwork, and in my future plans. I find that rather than the “new,” I am now looking toward the past with new appreciation and understanding. My studio work has crystallized conceptually. I have found myself renewed again, and referred to this year as similar to a sabbatical. Finally, as I go from here to an International Program UWSP leader in London for the fall semester, I feel I am better equipped to have a successful semester—for my students and myself—within a thriving metropolitan city. I could not have reached the level I have attained without the fellowship experience, and look forward to further development in these directions during my 2009-10 sabbatical.
I placed three substantial paintings (two of these are key paintings in size—over seven feet) with Green Bay’s Department of Natural Resources and Madison’s Department of Natural Resources. The third medium size painting is placed at Camp Douglas. Though these were completed prior to my Center residency, the application process was done while on my fellowship. The highly competitive application process was through the Wisconsin Arts Board Direct Purchase program. During my residency I was able to complete that application with photo documentation, have the works reviewed online by state agencies, and then deliver the paintings. I will be approaching my Milwaukee gallery with my new cityscape series, but in the meantime I am exhibiting two of them, including the 32 x 80” key painting, in the faculty exhibition at the UW-Stevens Point campus. I had a solo exhibition of more than forty paintings at Hidell Brooks Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina in March (over half those paintings I painted during the fellowship year), and attended the exhibition opening. Four new paintings (two of which I created during the fellowship) are currently in a group exhibition at the Hidell Brooks Gallery in July. I also exhibited in January the “Seven County Exhibition,” at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI and exhibited by invitation in September 2007 for the exhibition “The Bird as a Visual Image,” Wisconsin Lutheran College.