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CSN FINE ARTS GALLERY EXHIBITION “Shona Macdonald: Overcast”
July 13 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pmFree
CSN Fine Arts GALLERY EXHIBITION
“Shona Macdonald: Overcast”
Friday, July 13, 2018 through Saturday, September 8, 2018
North Las Vegas Campus Fine Arts Gallery
The College of Southern Nevada Department of Fine Arts will host an exhibition of medium and large-scale paintings by artist and University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor of Studio Art and Art Department Chair, Shona Macdonald. Macdonald’s work begins with her observing her surroundings during the normal course of life but, develops through the artistic process, creating psychological content that connects the viewer to the subject matter through the palpable presence of the artistic process. “Shona Macdonald: Overcast” will begin Friday, July 13, 2018 and will run through Saturday, September 8, 2018. Ms. Macdonald will participate in an Artist Talk Thursday, September 6, at 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery, room H101, on the North Las Vegas campus.
Shona Macdonald received her MFA in 1996 in studio arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA in 1992 from Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. She has had selected solo shows at the Tarble Arts Center, Charleston, IL, Gridspace, Brooklyn, NY, Ebersmoore, Chicago, the Roswell Art Museum, Roswell, NM, Engine Room, Wellington, New Zealand, Proof Gallery, Boston, MA, Reeves Contemporary, NY, NY, Den Contemporary, LA, CA, Skestos-Gabriele, Chicago IL, Galerie Refugium, Berlin, Germany, and Fassbender Gallery, Chicago.
Her work has been included in numerous group shows across the United States, UK, Australia, and Canada. Reviews of her work are included in Art in America, Art News, the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Sacramento Bee, Boston Globe, Artscope, and New American Paintings. She has been a Visiting Artist at over forty institutions, including Wimbledon College of Art, London, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Cornell University, the University of Alberta, and the University of Calgary, Canada. Shona Macdonald was the recipient of a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NY, a Fellow at Roswell Artist-in-Residence in Roswell, New Mexico, Can Serrat, Barcelona, Spain, the Cromarty Arts Trust in Scotland and a Resident at Ballinglen in Ireland. She is currently Professor of Studio Art and Art Department Chair at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Speaking of her work, Macdonald reveals, “These works form a series that investigates topsy-turvy, skewed, and disorienting views of the world as a metaphor for our enduring sense of displacement. Based on my encounters with the landscape as a mysterious and unpredictable place, the puddles depicted in the paintings, and their attendant reflected images, shrink and disappear, hinting at our transient and fragile hold on the earth. Literally, they reflect upon the environment by offering transparent water to gaze in to and metaphorically, these pools of water are a mirrored surface that flattens and disconcerts us by casting back an image. The work acknowledges that reflections in water are a significant part of the history of painting yet rather than depict these as places that evoke elevated or sublime emotional states, I focus attention on the puddle’s intimacy and melancholia. At the heart of this work there is an uncanny ‘doubling’ embedded in the use of reflections that I purposefully employ to exaggerate our sense of dislocation and displacement as we move throughout the world.”
The CSN Fine Arts Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Fine Arts Gallery is located at the half circle drive near CSN’s main entrance, on the North Las Vegas campus at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.
For more information, please call (702) 651-4146.