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USC Upstate Hosts Exhibition of Contemporary Encaustics

02- 02- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery at the University of South Carolina Upstate is hosting an exhibition of contemporary encaustics by artists working in the Eastern U.S. and Canada. The exhibit is entitled “Contemporary Encaustic” and will be on display February 27 to March 27. An artist lecture will be held on Thursday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m. in Humanities and Performing Arts Center with a reception to follow in the Gallery.

Carmel Brennan––“Gum Trees (New South Wales)” ––encaustic on panel ––12 X 12” ––2007  

The term encaustic is derived from the Greek "enkaustikos," which means "to heat or "to burn." The encaustic medium consists of besswax mixed with resin to impart hardness that renders a material artists can use to embed various marks, materials, pigments, and textures. This historical process used by ancient Greeks and Romans has attracted the attention of many contemporary artists because of its rich surfaces and sculptural properties.

Artists selected for this exhibition met in 2007 at a professional workshop on encaustic techniques sponsored by R&F Paint Manufacturing of Kingston, NY. Each artist was drawn to the encaustic process out of an interest and inquisitiveness for the process and result of heating and manipulating wax into seductive and mystical layers of color, image and surface. Though the artists have varied backgrounds and live in various regions of the country, all are working artists and many are also art instructors at art institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Each artist will present several examples of their work rendering an exhibit with varied approaches to style, technique, subject, and color palette.

The exhibiting artists include: Imna Arroyo, Connecticut; Carmel Brennan, Canada; Mariana Depetris, Georgia; Dorothy Imagire, Connecticut; Kate Miller, Florida; Deborah Nathan, Massachusetts; Christl Niemuller, Canada; Jane Allen Nodine, South Carolina; Lisa Pressman, New Jersey; and Deborah Warner, Pennsylvania.

The Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. The lecture and reception is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jane Nodine, Gallery Director, at (864) 503-5838.