Last March, I entered my work to be considered for the new season of the Netflix Series, Easy. They reached out to me to rent my installation, Infinite, for an episode and also asked if I wanted to be an extra in the episode. Filming took place in early April and the season was just released on Netflix on December 1. My installation is prominently featured in the gallery scenes and is even discussed during a later scene! Some stills from the episode are below. The episode is #7 in the season and contains adult only content.
I received some news that my commission piece for Delnor Hospital was recently installed. Although it was finished and delivered around this time last year, the designers decided that they did not like the initial space planned for the piece. So, they came up with a custom enclosure with lighting to reach their vision. The piece is located in the 302 building located at 300 Randall Road, Geneva, Illinois. It is housed in a waiting room on the lower level.
I have a few exhibition announcements for upcoming shows:
Fourth International Mezzotint Festival
My mezzotint, Still, will be exhibited in the Fourth International Mezzotint festival in Ekaterinburg, Russia next month. The opening ceremony of the Fourth International Mezzotint Festival will take place on August 18-22 in the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts. There are 88 artists representing 32 countries that will be exhibiting and a full catalogue of the exhibition will be published and available on the website once completed. The 2011 and 2013 catalogues can be found here if you want to check out some amazing mezzotints!
64 Arts National Juried Exhibition
Still and Scattered were also selected to be in the 64 Arts National Juried Exhibition at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Illinois. Lucas Cowan of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston was the juror for the exhibition. The exhibition runs August 29-October 7 and an Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 8 from 5-7 pm.
I am very excited to share that three of my prints were juried into the 1st International Print Biennale, Yerevan 2017. The opening ceremony will be held on October 25 at the Artists' Union of Armenia. There will also be an award ceremony on October 28 and a closing ceremony on November 10. The international panel of judges picked works from 241 artists out of the over 950 artists that submitted. My prints, Ocean Beach, Illusion and Scattered will be included.
My work will be included in a series of group exhibitions this year, including my new mezzotint. The details are as follows:
25th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition
David Jones was selected to be the juror of this year's exhibition. My print, Serenity, was chosen for the exhibition along with 95 other prints. The exhibition will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside's Fine Arts Gallery from January 23 through March 30 with a reception on February 23 from 5-7.
Art Now: Printmaking
Two of my prints were selected by juror Tyanna Buie to be included in the Art Now: Printmaking exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center. The prints selected for this exhibition include Serenity and Scattered and will be on view from February 3 through March 4. A public reception will be held on February 3 from 6-9.
Students of David Holmes
My work will be included in an exhibition honoring the legacy of David Holmes. Former students were asked to write a short statement that outlined his influence on their work and curator, Amanda Brown, selected the works to be included in the exhibition. It will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside's Mathis Gallery from March 10 through April 19 with a reception on April 1 from 2-4.
My new mezzotint, Still, will be included in a themed portfolio that will be exhibited at the Southern Graphics Council International Conference in Atlanta on March 17. Mary Hood curated the Slowness portfolio and selected enough artists to break it up into three groups. My print will be in Slowness 1. All three groups will be exhibited on March 17 from 9-7 at the Loews Hotel, Dunwoody Room.
I was honored to be selected to exhibit with my former professor, Art Werger, at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. The premise of the exhibition was for students and either current or former professors were to enter as a team and if selected, both of them would be exhibited side by side. The exhibition runs from December 16 through January 13.
We will be traveling to New Albany, Indiana for the MAPC Conference, Print Matters: Printing Matters. I have work featured in two exchange portfolios and also have two pieces that were juried into the MAPC Members' Juried Exhibition, curated by Brian Jones.
One portfolio exchange is called Of Rules and Rebellion and was organized by Kristina Paabus and Jessica Caponigro. Artists were required to make two-sided prints that were 8.5 x 11" so that they could be displayed and distributed in a binder. I made a silkscreen on translucent paper so that the viewer could see the opposite side of the print through either side of the print when viewing it. The print has twenty layers of ink, twelve on one side and eight on the other and the image was derived from a photograph that I took in Tokyo last Fall. The piece is called Serenity.
The second portfolio is called “Prints Matter, Master Mimics” and was organized by William Greider. For this exchange, artists were required to find and be inspired by a master artist's piece. I chose Hiroshi Yoshida's Bamboo Grove and made a thirteen layered silkscreen. The image for this print was from another photograph that I took, but this time it was from the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto.
The two pieces that got into the MAPC Members' Juried Exhibition include Serenity and Ocean Beach. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 6 from 6-8 pm at the Carnegie Center for Art and History, 201 E Sprint ST, New Albany, IN. I hope that we will get to see as many printmaking friends as we can while we are at the conference!
I have two pieces featured in the Summer 2016 Edition of Nature Inspired Anthologies. This is a collection of art and writing that explores the them of Summer. My print, Ocean Beach, and my drawing series, Sway, were chosen for the edition. More information can be found here.
ART ON ARMITAGE
a window gallery
4125 W Armitage Avenue
Featuring July 1 - 31, 2016:
Connie Wolfe: Air
During the month of July, ART ON ARMITAGE window gallery will present a sculptural wall installation by local artist, Connie Wolfe. This piece will engage with the light, reflections and shadows of our natural environment to create a visually changing dynamic in which these elements interact with the installation.
Connie Wolfe received an MFA in Printmaking from Ohio University and a BA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. In her work, Connie explores the intricacies and layers that nature presents through transformation of realities into obscured identities through abstraction and simplification of shape and color. Her work has been included in both juried and invitational exhibitions internationally and is featured in many permanent collections such as the Racine Art Museum, Derby Fine Arts, Ltd., the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts and the National Small Print Collection at the University of Wisconsin Parkside.
I was commissioned to make another wall sculpture recently. This one will be hung in a clinic at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Illinois! I finished and delivered it a few weeks ago and am looking forward to seeing it installed in the coming weeks. I will post some updated shots once I see it hanging, but here is a progress shot.
I just finished a commission for a private residence. The piece was made to hang on a long, thin wall that is in a stairwell and was modeled after my piece, Air. The collector wanted something that would have depth in terms of color as well as something that could be viewed from both levels of the residence. We worked together to finalize the idea, size and color palette. We are both excited to see it installed in the coming weeks!
I will have my installation, Air, featured in Woman Made Gallery's upcoming exhibition called Radiance. The exhibition runs from July 10 through August 20th with an opening reception on Friday, July 10 from 6-8 pm. The exhibition was juried by Karen Azarnia and the artists in the exhibition include: Madeleine Bailey, Emily Beck, Jessica Bingham, Kate Blomquist, Whitney Bradshaw, Maika Carter, Katie Claiborne, Elena Dahl, Jean Fernandes, Jessica Fu, Gina Hunt, Caitlyn Margaret Kelly, Anna Kunz, Lily Mayfield, Bobbi Meier, Mike Nudelman, Lorraine Peltz, Carly Ries, Julie Rozman, Cassandra Stadnicki, Allie Stone & Kristina Daignaut, Lauren Sudbrink, Eileen Rae Walsh, Julie Weber, Connie Wolfe.
I will be collaborating with colleague, Galina Shevchenko, in our upcoming two-person exhibition called Interactions with Light at the Chicago Art Department in Pilsen. Following is our exhibition description:
The gallery will be transformed into an immersive landscape of light and movement created by interactive relationships of suspended ephemeral entities of Connie Wolfe and animated videos of Galina Shevchenko. The artists will collaborate in exploration of synthetic relationships within the constructed image/space immersion. Clusters of subtle objects reminiscent of natural phenomena will populate the gallery and interact with the light and projected matter to transform both the perception of space and the content of the projected media.
Opening Reception February 13th 6pm-10pm
Closing Reception February 28th 6pm-10pm
Additional Gallery Hours/ Artist Talks Friday February 20 6pm-9pm + Saturday February 21 6pm-9pm
Chicago Art Department is at 1932 South Halsted Street, Suite 100
My collaboration with poet, Annie Finch, will be featured in Convergence: The Poetic Dialogue Project. This is the second time that curator and artist, Beth Shadur, has organized an exhibition pairing artists with poets to come up with a collaborative piece. This time, 20 pairs of artists and poets will be featured.
The first showing of this project will be held at The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago from February 6 through March 22, 2015. There will be an opening reception on Friday, February 6 from 6-9 pm. Other event information can be found on the link above.
I have a solo exhibition at the Dulgar Gallery of South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois. The exhibit runs October 27-November 20, with a closing reception on the 20th from 1:00-2:30. The exhibition features mostly works from 2014 including three installation pieces, four woodcuts, and five works on paper.
The exhibit is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00-6:00 and Friday, 9:00-4:00. I hope to see you at the reception!
My piece, March (1), was selected to be in a juried group exhibition on view at Wayne State University's Art Department Gallery. Marilyn Symmes chose 51 pieces to represent the Mid-America Print Council Members during the Print City: Detroit conference this past week. My piece also was awarded the Artist's Choice Award; which was one of three awards presented during the opening reception!
I have donated a piece to help raise money for Students for a Free Tibet. The auction will be held at New York City's Tibet House and takes place on May 15. Online bidding will begin on May 12 and can be done here. Over 75 great artists are participating in Art for Tibet's fifth year.
My work will be included in a group exhibition at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. I will be showing a charcoal drawing, two of my new woodcuts and an installation piece as part of the exhibition. This exhibition is part of the year-long celebration of the 100th year anniversary of The Dairy Barn and will feature artists working with or on paper that are currently living in or has lived in Athens, Ohio. It runs from May 16 until June 8 with an opening reception on Friday, May 16 from 5-7 pm.