Enticed by touch, four artists explore a wide range of materials and processes linked through craft and meaning. With a shared focus on encaustic (pigmented hot wax) FLASHPOINTS: Material / Intent / Fused beautifully underscores where material and intent converse and fuse. Paintings, tapestries, installations, and artist books resonate with a profound tactility echoed through substance, image, and idea. Viewers are invited to explore an immersive sensory-filled experience that is defined by more than just wax. FLASHPOINTS celebrates the art of making across a wide interdisciplinary matrix sure to appeal to all ages.
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Date: February 21 – July 26, 2020
Venue: Lobby Gallery and DeSoto Family Vault
Exhibiting Artists: Kristy Deetz, Reni Gower, Jane Nodine, and Daniella Woolf
Organized by: Wylie Contemporary, Inc, Virginia.
Kristy Deetz is a Professor in the Art Discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Her art has been exhibited from coast to coast and featured in Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century, Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax and Full-Range Color Painting for the Beginner.
She frequently serves as a visiting artist and has led many painting and drawing workshops at Haystack, Oxbow, Penland, Anderson Ranch, and Arrowmont. With Reni Gower, she co-curated the 4-year traveling exhibition FABRICation. Her awards include SECAC’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Graphis Design’s Silver Award, and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Founders Award for Excellence in Scholarship. Recently she held an Erasmus Visiting Lectureship at the University of Kassel, Germany and attended a residency at The Burren College of Art in Ireland. Deetz holds an MFA from Ohio State University and a BFA from Bowling Green State University.
In 2017, Reni Gower received SECAC’s Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. In 2014, she received the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teacher of Art Award, as well as distinguished teaching awards from Virginia Commonwealth University and VCUarts. Her art work is represented in many prestigious collections and has been exhibited at international and national venues for over 40 years.
In addition to her painting practice, she curates award winning traveling exhibitions that include FABRICation, Geometric Aljamía: a Cultural Transliteration, and Pulped Under Pressure: The Art of Handmade Paper. After 37 years, Professor Gower retired from Virginia Commonwealth University in December 2018. She holds a MFA from Syracuse University, a MA from University of Minnesota-Duluth, and a BS with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jane Nodine is University Gallery Director and Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of South Carolina Upstate where she served as head of the art program for over twenty years. Prior to joining the University, she owned and operated Jane Nodine Hardwear, a full-service jewelry design and manufacturing company. Jane has worked in a variety of media throughout her career and exhibits widely in the US and abroad.
Recognized with numerous awards, Jane received an NEA/SECCA Southeastern Seven IV Fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and two South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowships. In 2012 she received the Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement by the Southeastern College Art Conference and in 2002 she was awarded a Belle W. Baruch Visiting Scholar Fellowship to Hobcaw Barony Plantation in Georgetown, S.C. Jane’s work is included in numerous collections including three Chinese Universities, the Medical University of South Carolina, Equitable Life Assurance Society – NYC, Stadtsparkasse Bank – Germany, and multiple works in the South Carolina State Art Collection. Jane’s career spans several decades and in 1999 she was selected by the South Carolina State Muse
Daniella Woolf holds an M.A. in Textile Structures from UCLA. She is a recipient of the Gail Rich Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. She is the author of two books, Encaustic With a Textile Sensibility, The Encaustic Studio, and a curator and producer of instructional encaustic DVD’s.
She has taught encaustic all over the US, and in Australia, Italy, The Netherlands and Canada. Her work is exhibited internationally and is in many collections and publications. She designs stencils for Stencil Girl Products, under the name Dotty Stripes, and is the Co-President of the Lucky Girls Society.