October 15 – November 18, 2017
Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Gallery
In its upcoming exhibition, Wayne Art Center is honored to feature works of Chavez, Chowdhury and Lenssen. Former students of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, all three artists use subject matter as a vehicle or point of departure for their work. Exploring essence, form and gesture, the artists draw upon the repositories of their experiences to inform their subjects, reflecting the memories of times and places. A sense of ambiguity and richly complex surface qualities unifies the body of work, stimulating the viewer’s imagination to roam in the endless possibilities of meaning and intent.
Roger Chavez has had solo exhibitions at the Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, Gross McCleaf Gallery and Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Selected group shows include Woodmere Art Museum, Hopkins House for the Contemporary Arts, Haddon, New Jersey and Cacciola Gallery, New York. His projects and research have been supported by the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, The Pollock Krasner Foundation, The Vermont Studio Center, and a Serge Sacknoff Prize. Chavez received his MFA from American University, Washington D.C., and completed the Certificate program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.
Mashiul Chowdhury is a Philadelphia-based artist and alumnus of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has had several commercial and art center gallery exhibitions in and around Philadelphia. He has acquired national and international recognition and awards including "Best Landscape Award" in the 151st small oil painting show by the Philadelphia Sketch Club. Mashiul has also published a book, Hidden Canvas, exploring digital abstract photography. www.mashiul.com
Born in Seoul, Korea, Georganna Lenssen graduated from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Villanova University. While at PAFA, awards received included the Roy Lance Lauffer Memorial Scholarship and The Wild Animal Purchase Prize. In June 2017 she was awarded First Place in Chestnut Hill’s Juried Plein Air competition. Her work is included in both international and national collections, and she is represented by STANEK gallery in Philadelphia, Church Street Gallery in West Chester and Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster. Lenssen has taught painting and drawing for 14 years at the Wayne Art Center and Historic Yellow Springs. She also teaches workshops along the east coast and teaches privately from her studio in Chester Springs.
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 15, 2017. 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
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