Finalist, Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, National Portrait Gallery
I am so happy to announce that my painting, "Legacy: Portrait of Val" is a finalist in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and will be included in the OBPC exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington D.C. The show runs a full 11 months, March 23, 2013 - February 23, 2014. Please come and enjoy this magnificent museum and, to judge from the 2006 and 2009 interations of this competition, it will be very audience-friendly and full of amazingly competent and sympathetic work.
The museum's permanent collection is full of wonderful art about notable personages throughout the history of our country. I am honored to have my work hang in the National Portrait Gallery among all the wonderful and historical images that I love and learn from.
An 80-page publication illustrating each of the 48 finalistsí works will be available in the museum store Saturday, March 23. It includes an essay by Mary Sheriff, the W.R. Kenan, Jr. distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Tour the exhibition, listen to interviews, get inside information, and vote for your favorite portrait for the People's Choice Award with the OBPC mobile app! Available for iOS and Android. Download the app at npg.si.edu/app.
Here is the press release for the exhibit, including a list of all the finalists.
Portrait of an Artist Blog, National Portrait Gallery 2013-2014
I have been invited to participate in the National Portrait Gallery's Portrait of an Artist 2013 program which will be on their website during the exhibition. The purpose is to provide a place for the public to find out more about the contestants and their work. Take a look at the archived 2009 website if you would like to get an idea of what the blog is all about.
Portrait Painting in Orvieto, Italy
I will be teaching a course in portrait painting in the beautiful city of Orvieto, Italy, October 29 through November 24. The course is part of an art-intensive semester abroad through Gordon College. I'll post some pictures on Facebook. Please feel free to friend me at Catherine Prescott.
ARC International Salon Finalist, 2011-2012
The prize winners and finalists in the figurative category can be seen here.
The finalists' work is to be published in a catalog due out soon. If you are interested you can order one at the ARC site.
CIVA SEEN Journal "Face to Face": An Exploration of the Portrait
This spring Crystal Downing, Distinguished Professor in English and Film Studies at Messiah College, wrote a very nice article about me and my work which was published in CIVA Seen, XII:1 2012 "Face to Face" issue, P. 2. The article is called "Catherine Prescott: Behind the Face".
In the same issue I reviewed Robert A. Sobieszek's terrific book, Ghost in the Shell: Photography and the Human Soul, 1850-2000, about a very influential exhibit of the same name at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, published by the museum and MIT press, 1999. I highly recommend it for anyone working in art about human expression, psychology, narrative, emotional content, and yes, just plain humanness.
If you would like to get a copy of the Journal, it is free for CIVA members and available for purchase here
Refreshingly Real Women: The Portraiture of Catherine Prescott
Review of solo show at Hersh Fine Art
Hersh Fine ArtInterior, Exterior: Paintings by Catherine Prescott
I am pleased to announce that I will have a one-person exhibit at Hersh Fine Art in Glen Cove, Long Island from June 8 to July 29, 2012.
The opening reception will be Friday, June 15, 6-8 PM.
Hersh Fine Art will now represent my work as well.
View the ad for my show (Please note: the date of the artist's reception has been changed to Friday June 15) in the June issue of American Art Collector, available at Barnes and Noble and other book stores. In that same issue there will be a short editorial with more images of my work.
Workshop at LIAFAI will be teaching a three-day portrait-painting workshop at LIAFA, (Long Island Academy of Fine Art) June 22-24. You can look up the details at www.liafa.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org LIAFA shares a space with Hersh Fine Art in Glen Cove, NY, so the workshop will include discussions in the gallery.
I will be teaching three all-day portrait-painting workshops:July 21, 9 Am - 3:30 PMJuly 28, 9 AM - 3:30 PMAugust 11, 9 AM - 3:30 PM
These workshops will have similar goals but expand on the three I taught last winter. We will work with models, but the second pose will be two days long. Check with the art center, information below, for what size canvases to bring.
Please email me with questions, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org for a brochure including the class schedule, a materials list, and prices. You can also call the director of the art center at 717-697-2072.
- My painting The History of Gold has been accepted in the Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2012 exhibit held at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. You are invited to the gala opening reception which will be held on Saturday June 16 and the show will the featured event at the State Museum duringHarrisburg's Annual Gallery Walk on September 9th. The exhibit closes September 9.
- I received first honorable mention in the Portrait Society of America's annual members-only competition, 2012, for my self-portrait which can be seen here.
- I am affiliated with Women Painting Women (womenpaintingwomen.com and womenpaintingwomen.blogspot.com). Fifty of us exhibited together at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, S.C in the fall of 2010. Twelve of us then spent a week together on Sullivan's Island just off the coast of Charleston. That group, now 13, will be exhibiting together in Alexandria, VA at the Principle Gallery in April 2012. All of us will be showing portraits, landscapes and still lifes that come out of our shared experience painting together that week. One of the women, Katherine Stone, is the subject of my painting "Northern Interior." You can see her paintings at katestoneart.com.
PRINCIPLE GALLERY EXHIBIT OPENING APRIL 13. Our show, "The Expedition and Beyond," will open at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA, with the opening reception April 13, from 6:30 - 9 PM. All are welcome!
Below, you can view a short promotional video about our group and the exhibit. The catalog for the show, designed and published by Matter Deep Publishing, is available for purchase for $19 plus shipping and contains reproductions of all paintings in the exhibit plus images of the WPW original expedition in the fall of 2010.
- My article (download PDF) on contemporary portraits which is part of a symposium on the state of painting is in Image Journal's 20th Anniversary Issue, #60. The journal is carried by Borders, Barnes and Noble, etc. or, if you are interested and don't see it at your bookstore, it can be purchased online here. Any comments would be most welcome.