Heated Exchange @ The Visual Arts Center
5/24/2017


9th Venue
Visual Arts Center
Portsmouth, VA
July 8 – August 30, 2017 

Opening Reception:  July 13, 7 pm
An informal gallery talk by curator / artist Reni Gower
precedes the opening at 6:30 pm

Exhibition features the work of Kim Bernard, Kristy Deetz, Peter Dykhuis, Lorraine Glessner, Cheryl Goldsleger, Reni Gower, Jeffrey Hirst, Laura Moriarty, and Jane Allen Nodine.

FABRICation @ Academy Art Museum
5/9/2017


12th Venue
Academy Art Museum
Easton, MD
April 15 - July 9, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Radius 250 @ Artspace
5/9/2017


Radius 250
May 26 - June 18, 2017
Reception: Friday, May 26, 7 - 10 pm
Juror's Talk and Awards: 7:30 pm
I will be in attendence.

Artspace
Zero East 4th Street
Richmond, VA
Juried by Francis Thompson

Proof Perfect: SmPapercuts 8 received an Honorable Mention

Pattern and Repetition
5/7/2017


Pattern and Repetition
Reni Gower and Stephen Boocks

Athenaeum Gallery
201 Prince St
Alexandria, VA  22314
May 18 - June 25, 2017

Reception:  Sunday, May 21, 4 - 6 pm
I will be in attendance.
 

TASMEEM 2017
3/3/2017


In conjunction with the international design conference TASMEEM 2017
my work is featured in the exhibition Form / Force.

VCUQ Gallery
Doha, Qatar
March 10 - April 4, 2017
Juried by Mr. Karim Sultan, Curator, Barjeel Art Foundation

I will be traveling to Doha as an invited guest for the conference.
March 12 - 18, 2017
 

Pulped Under Pressure @ Monmouth Museum
3/3/2017


Co-curated by Reni Gower and Melissa Hillard Potter
Pulped Under Pressure begins a multi-year traveling itinerary at

Monmouth Museum 
Lincroft, NJ 07738
March 19 - May 7, 2017

With traditional hand papermaking at its core, Pulped Under Pressure underscores important contemporary issues steeped in history and craft.  Enticed through touch, works by Jillian Bruschera, Julia Goodman, Reni Gower, Trisha Oralie Martin, Melissa Potter, Marilyn Propp, and Maggie Puckett encourage a contemplative slowing down even as they urge acknowledgement of some of the most pressing issues (environmental crisis to global marginalization) facing civilization today.   Each artist starts simply with a foundation of pulp made from natural fibers.  Their results incorporate printmaking, letterpress, papercutting, and installation with recycled disposable materials (junk mail, egg cartons, old cotton t-shirts, ripped denim jeans) as well as old bedsheets, beetroot, heirloom plants, and illuminated el wires.

Available for future bookings: contact Reni Gower at rgower53@comcast.net
 
 

Proof Perfect @ Off the Square Gallery
3/3/2017


Proof Perfect is a solo exhibition of handmade paper / pulp paintings and papercuts.

Off the Square Gallery
Leonardtown, MD
March 3 - April 28, 2017

I will be attending the Opening Reception
FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017 FROM 6 - 8 PM

 

Geometric Aljamia @ Montana State University
2/26/2017


Geometric Aljamia: a Cultural Transliteration is featured in a month long celebration of Islamic Culture at Montana State University.
For a complete list of the programs / lectures: click on the image.

Helen E. Copeland Gallery
Montana State Univesity
Bozeman, MT
March 2 - April 4, 2017
Reception: March 30: 6:30 - 8:30 pm 

SECAC 2017: Call for Papers
2/3/2017


SECAC 2017 / Call for Papers:

(OCD) Obsessive  Compulsive Disorder vs Organized Chaos Delivers

Can an anecdote to our over-stimulated, stupefying, and simulated culture be discovered through the artist's hand? In response to a hyped-up culture saturated with devices that distance, digitize and disembody, many artists utilize repetitive systems and ritualized process as mindful strategies to reveal or derive meaning.  By employing a compulsive approach to materials or methods, the artist can provide a lifeline or guide for "making sense" out of the chaotic and fragmented nature of our popular culture for themselves as well as their audience.  This session seeks presentations by artists, who are compelled to create slow work by hand through complex systems, intricate patterning, or minute detail in order to  organize chaos.    

Session Chair(s):
Reni Gower, Virginia Commonwealth University
Kristy Deetz, University of Wisconsin Green Bay    
Contact: rgower53@comcast.net    

Conference in Columbus, OH: October 25-28, 2017
PAPER PROPOSALS DEADLINE: APRIL 20, 2017. MIDNIGHT, EDT
SECAC MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF PAPER ACCEPTANCE REGISTRATION FEE REQUIRED OF ALL

Link to Online Submission Form:
https://secac.memberclicks.net/2017-call-for-papers#/    

Les Femmes Folles
1/13/2017


An interview with myself and Kristy Deetz appears in this online journal in conjunction with FABRICation at the Art Museum West Virginia University.

Les Femmes Folles is a volunteer organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art from around the world with the online journal, print annuals, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF was created and is curated by Sally Deskins. 

Encaustic Art Institute Magazine
1/9/2017


Available NOW!
Encaustic Art Institute Magazine


On January 1, 2016, my work will be featured in the Winter 2016 Encaustic Arts Institute Magazine, which is digitally published semi-annually by the Encaustic Arts Institute in Santa Fe, NM.  The magazine received the 2016 La Vendéenne Award in the Media category for outstanding contribution to the advancement and practice of encaustic art from the International Encaustic Artists (IEA). The magazine is the first of its kind and currently has a readership in over 29 countries with 4,500-5,000 unique views per issue. 
My section begins on page 68.

Link to magazine preview at http://joom.ag/EaEQ

Bindings @ ChromaProjects
12/30/2016


Chroma Downtown
York Place
112 West Main St
Suite 5 (on the Downtown Mall)

Charlottesville, VA
434-806-9667 • artlab@chromaprojects.com

Bindings
Deborah McLeod, curator

February 3 - 25, 2017
Reception: Friday, February 3rd; 5 - 7 pm
Three person exhibition
Reni Gower / Susan Crave Rosen / Brielle duFlon
I plan to be at the reception.

2017 Biennial Exhibition
12/4/2016


Olin and Smoyer Galleries
Roanoke College
Roanoke, VA

2017 Biennial Exhibition
January 27 - February 26, 2017
Reception: Friday, January 27, 6 - 8 pm in Smoyer Gallery

Beth Rudin DeWoody and Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, jurors
 

Seeking Venues
11/26/2016

Seeking venues for Pulped Under Pressure,  FABRICation, Geometric Aljamia: a Cultural Transliteration and Heated Exchange.  If you are interested in making a booking, contact me at rgower53@comcast.net

Link on title for Summary Sheet, which includes hyperlinks for exhibition prospectus and catalogs 

 

CAA Annual Conference
11/26/2016


College Art Association's Annual Conference
Art Happens: Beyond the Silos

Time: 02/17/2017: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Murray Hill Suite East/West 2nd Floor (ARTspace)

Come join us for this free and informative session.

With interdisciplinary and inclusive goals the new norm, artists and educators are often challenged to create educational opportunities that have an impact beyond media specific silos. Many exciting models exist that intrinsically break down the walls through off-site environmental classrooms or university–community partnerships. By thinking outside the box and redefining the classroom, teachers, students, and artists alike can address critical needs, instill empathy through collaboration, and create opportunities anywhere. This session highlights innovative initiatives and partnerships that offer strategies for navigating institutional buy-in and establishing community alliances. 

Co-organized by Reni Gower, Virginia Commonwealth University,  Melissa Potter, Associate Professor, Columbia College Chicago  and David Brown, Independent Curator and Museum Administrator.  

Speakers include: mOb Studio: Camden Whitehead; Kristin Caskey; Adele Ball, Virginia Commonwealth University; The Parking Lot Project: Erling Sjovold, University of Richmond; Cultivating Interdisciplinarity: Melissa Potter, The Papermaker’s Garden at Columbia College Chicago; Biomimicry: Matthew Kolodziej, Myers School of Art, and University of Akron; Institutional Proximity: Three Ways To Do Things: Joey Orr, Spencer Museum of Art

Heated Exchange at California State University-Dominguez Hills
11/26/2016


8th Venue
University Art Gallery
California State University-Dominguez Hills

Carson, CA
January 25 - March 14, 2017

FABRICation at Art Museum of West Virginia University
11/26/2016


11th Venue
Art Museum of West Virginia University
McGee Gallery / West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV
January 15 - March 15, 2017

I will be visiting WVU with Virginia Derryberry and Kristy Deetz
January 19 - 21 for the following:
Reception and Lecture: Thursday, January 19, 6 pm
Public Lecture: Thursday, 6 pm
Workshop:  Friday, 9:00-12:00 noon
Studio Visits:  Friday afternoon
 

REDUCE at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery
11/26/2016


Blue Spiral 1 Gallery
Asheville, NC
Reduce
November 17, 2016 - January 6, 2017

I was invited to participate with 2 large and 4 small papercuts

2016 International Exhibition
11/26/2016


The Center for Contemporary Art
Bedminster, NJ
November 10 - December 23, 2016
Reception: November 10
Johnathan Goodman, juror
Flow 3

FABRICation at Sheppard Contemporary Gallery
11/26/2016


10th Venue
Sheppard Contemporary and University Galleries
University of Nevada Reno

Reno, NV
November 1 - December 15, 2016
Reception: Thursday, November 3

November 1 - 4
I was a Visiting Artist with Kristy Deetz (co-curator) 
2 Gallery Talks, Lecture, and Studio Visits

Elegant Simplicity at ESU
11/26/2016


Elegant Simplicity
Curated by Corey Peeke
Nightingale Gallery
Eastern Oregon University
La Grande, OR
September 30 - November 4, 2016
Reception: September 30, 6-8 pm

Features work by 22 national artists that is uncomplicated to austere in material, construction and design.  Outwardly unpretentious works transcend simplicity through visual elegance.

Heated Exchange travels to California
11/26/2016


7th Venue
California Center for the Arts
Escondido, CA
September 24 - November 13, 2016

FABRICation at University of WI-Whitewater
11/26/2016


9th Venue
Crossman Gallery
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI
September 1 - 30, 2016
 

SECAC 2016 Exhibition and Conference
11/26/2016


Exhibition
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum of Art
Hollins University
Roanoke, VA
September 1 - October 22, 2016
Jenine Culligan, juror
Click on image for link to catalog

Conference hosted by VATech and Hollins University
Panel:  Life Lessons - Letters to a Young Artist
Co-Moderator with Jorge Benitez and presenter 
 

Geometric Aljamia at Chapman University
11/26/2016


5th Venue
Chapman University
University Art Collections
Orange, CA
August 15, 2016 - January 15, 2017

I was a visiting artist with Jorge Benitez, November 6-8, 2016
We conducted 2 workshops and we were panel participants on
Clear-Cut: The Point of Papercuts
Monday, November 7, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Bush Conference Center / Beckman Hall

Art of Paper
11/26/2016


A.D. Gallery
University of North Carolina Pembroke
Pembroke, NC
August 17 - September 16, 2016
Reception and Gallery Talk 
Thursday, August 25  5:00 - 6:30 pm

I was invited to jury the exhibition
and participate in the gallery's 7th Annual Internation Juried Exhibition.
Click on image for Juror's Statement

Encaustic Art in the 21st Century
11/26/2016


Encaustic Art Institute
Santa Fe, NM
July 15 - August 7, 2016
Opening: Saturday, July 16, 2 - 5 pm

Encaustic Art in the 21st Century
Exhibition and Publication
Book By Ann Lee & E. Ashley Rooney
Foreword by Kim Bernard
Afterword by Ellen Koment
 
Book Available Schiffer Publishing
Size 8.5" x 11" / 475 color images / 304 pp
ISBN13:9780764350238
Binding: hard copy 
http://www.schifferbooks.com/encaustic-art-in-the-twenty-first-century-5903.html

Pas de Deux subsequently acquired for EAI Collection

 

FABRICation at New Mexico Art Museum
11/26/2016


8th Venue
New Mexico University Art Museum
New Mexico University
Albuquerque, NM
June 17 - July 30, 2016
Opening reception:  Friday, June 17, 6 - 8 pm
Radio Interview with Gower and Iverson
KNUM: June 11

Visiting Artist / External Evaluator
11/26/2016


Columbia College Chicago
Visiting Artist / Center for Book, Paper, and Print / Pulp Painting
External Evaluator / Interdisciplinary Arts / MFA Thesis Exhibition 
May 9 - 13, 2016

Heated Exchange at Capital One
11/26/2016


6th Venue
Capital One
Plano, TX
May 22 - July 30, 2016

FABRICation at McCormick Gallery
11/26/2016


7th Venue
McCormick Gallery
Midland College
Midland, TX
March 7 - April 8, 2016
 
Catalog Available at 
http://www.blurb.com/b/5592092-fabrication

Call for Letters
2/2/2016


Life Lessons: Letters to a Young Artist 
Initially presented at the annual SECAC conference in October, we are now seeking additional letters for a future publication and we invite your participation.

To submit a letter for our consideration, please write in a first person voice in the form of a personal correspondence; i.e. what would you wish to receive, read, and cherish.  Please do not include footnotes or citations.  If you wish to quote someone, make the attribution in the body of your letter.   Limit your letter to a 1000 word count maximum, which should include your salutation and closing sentiment and signature.   Submit your letter as a MSword doc by January 15, 2017 to either myself (rgower53@comcast.net) or Jorge Benitez (jbensagol@msn.com).  Include a brief bio and your website address. (150 word count max)

Our inspiration for this collection of letters stems from two previous publications.   We think Life Lessons: Letters to a Young Artist will be a timely update to these thoughtful and empowering anthologies. 
See below for more details. 

From 1902 – 1908, Rainer Maria Rilke corresponded regularly with a young poet.  Ten of these letters were published as Letters to a Young Poet in 1929 by Franz Kappus, the military cadet who received them.  Rather than critique the young man’s poetry, Rilke offered observations on how to live, love, and experience the world.  Inspired by Rilke’s letters, Art on Paper magazine printed a collection of letters in 2005 written by contemporary artists to a fictional young artist seeking advice.  These were subsequently followed by the small publication Letters to a Young Artist.  Whether written 100 years ago or ten, both publications offered earnest advice or frank admonitions that revealed artistic minds and temperaments at work in the world.  Given the alarming erosion of First Amendment rights, marginalization, and a growing disparity between the social, political, economic and cultural networks of our society, it seems more crucial than ever to address the constrained choices facing a new generation.  What should and can we say to the young artist today?  As teachers, what is our responsibility to future generations, to history, and to the traditions that informed our vision? 

We are excited to move forward with this project and hope you will participate.  Please feel free to share this invitation with other outstanding teachers you know.  Contact us with your questions.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Works acquired by Michigan State University
1/31/2016


5 works from my Pivot. (point) series have been purchased by 
Michigan State University for their Art in Public Places Collection.

DIY Initiatives at College Art Association Conference
1/31/2016


Co-Moderator with Melissa Potter
Art Happens: New Models for DIY Initiatives
Thursday, February 4, 2016  
9:30 am - 12:00 noon

College Art Association Conference
ARTspace / Thurgood Marshall Ballroom South/East
Mezzanine Level
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road NW 
Washington, DC



New Book / Encaustic Publication
1/31/2016


My encaustic work is reproduced in the new publication 
Encaustic for the Twenty-First Century
By Anne Lee & E. Ashley Rooney
Foreword by Kim Bernard
Afterword by Ellen Koment

Available January 2016
Schiffer PUblishing
Size 8.5" x 11" / 475 color images / 304 pp
ISBN13:9780764350238
Binding: hard copy 

Heated Exchange at Texas A&M University
1/31/2016


5th Venue
J Stark Wayne Galleries
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
January 19 - March 15, 2016

Catalog Available at
http://www.blurb.com/b/3506507-heated-exchange

Available for travel.  Click on image to link to prospectus 



Pulped Under Pressure
1/31/2016


Pilot Project
TCC Visual Arts Center
Portsmouth, VA
January 16 - March 3, 2016
Reception: Thursday, January 21, 7 pm
Gallery Talk by Gower, 6:30 pm

Pulped Under Pressure features the work of Jillian Bruschera, Julia Goodman, Reni Gower, Trisha Oralie Martin, Melissa Potter, Marilyn Propp, and Maggie Puckett.  Co-curated with Melissa Potter.
Designed to travel.  Click image for link to prospectus.

Simultaneity: Shared Spaces
1/31/2016


I co-curated  (with Virginia Derryberry) an exchange exhibition and catalog between my students in Merit Studio / Painting and Printmaking Department / Virginia Commonwealth University and students in the Art and Art History Department at University of North Carolina Asheville.
Click on image for more information.

Catalog Available at 
http://www.blurb.com/b/6662166-simultaneity-s-h-a-r-e-d-s-p-a-c-e-s

Strange Loops at Virginia Wesleyan College
1/31/2016


Solo Exhibition
Neil Britton Gallery
Virginia Wesleyan College
Norfolk, VA
November 13, 2015 - January 13, 2016
Gallery Talk by Gower
Friday, November 13, 6:30 pm

Catalog available at
http://www.blurb.com/b/3485298-s-t-r-a-n-g-e-l-o-o-p-s

FABRICation at Morehead State University
1/31/2016


5th Venue
Claypool-Young Galleries
Morehead State University
Morehead, KY
October 14 - November 24, 2015

Catalog Available: http://www.blurb.com/b/5592092-fabrication

Sacred Geometry at SECAC Conference
1/31/2016


Moderated and Presented
Sacred Geometry: Bridging Boundaries 
Pittsburgh, PA
October 21-24, 2015
Continue to serve as the Virginia State Representative on SECAC Board


Papercuts at VCUQ, Doha, Qatar
1/31/2016


12th and Final Venue
VCUQ Gallery
Virginia Commonwealth University
Doha, Qatar
September 16 - November 24, 2015

Exhibition extended in conjunction with the 
Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art
I was a Visiting Artist Sep 11-18.

Click on picture to link 
Gulf Times "Ladies of Substance" Review, Sep 24.

Catalog available at
http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/2018003/47d83e0fa1a7fffa49765be4f27ab2d94c2aded2



FABRICation at Herron Galleries of Art
1/31/2016


6th Venue
Herron Galleries
Herron School of Art and Design / IUPUI
Indianapolis, IN
January 13 - February 19, 2016
 
Catalog Available at 
http://www.blurb.com/b/5592092-fabrication
 

5th National
1/31/2016


Visual Arts Center
Marshall University
Huntington, WV
 
5th National 
January 11 - February 12, 2016
Reception: Thursday, January 21, 4- 6 pm
Juried by Geoffrey Fleming, Executive Director
Huntington Museum of Art
 
SmPapercuts:White/Blue-orange
26.5" x 26.5"
Acrylic on hand cut paper

365 Days / 365 Artists
6/18/2015


Online Interview
April 3, 2015

A Frank Juarez Gallery and Greymatter Gallery Collaborative Project


Radius 250 @ Artspace
6/18/2015


Artspace
Richmond, VA
May 22 - July 19, 2015
Receptions:
May 22, 7 - 10 pm
June 26, 7 - 10 pm

Juried by Amy Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections at Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA.

My piece Papercuts:White/emerald was awarded the Second Place Prize


Juror / Touch of Red
3/5/2015


I was the juror for Touch of Red - an all media exhibition.
Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts
February 28 - March 27, 2015
Reception: Friday, March 13 at 6 pm
Juror's Remarks and Awards Announcements

Papercuts at James Madison University
3/5/2015


Duke Hall Gallery
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
March 2 - April 10, 2015
Visiting Artist: March 2
Gallery Lecture: 5 pm

11th Venue
Artists include Jaq Belcher, Beatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon, Daniella Woolf.

Catalog Available at http://www.blurb.com/b/2542593-papercuts
Review: Harrisonburg Daily Record http://www.dnronline.com/article/20150226papercuts

FABRICation at Connecticut College
3/5/2015


Cummings Art Center
Connecticut College
New London, CT
January 28 - March 4, 2015
Reception: February 16: 5:00 pm
Gallery Talk with Kristy Deetz, 4:00 pm

2nd Venue
FABRICation incorporates a textile sensibility through elements of fabric and fabrication.  Inspired by a rich array of historical textiles (drapery to quilt) these complex multi-part constructions are encoded by traditional handicraft to contrast our culture's rampant media consumption with the redemptive nuance of slow work wrought by hand.  Saturated with vibrant color, the luminous materiality activates the senses and counters passive visual skimming.  Works by Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson, Natalie Smith range from delicate illusions to layered constructions to architectural interventions.  Mixed media includes oil and acrylic paint, vintage clothing, aluminum screens, wool, silk, plastic, thread, vinyl, burlap, rug-hold, glass, recycled objects, and found fabrics.

Catalog Available: http://www.blurb.com/b/5592092-fabrication
The exhibition available for future bookings.  Prospectus available at: 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/bs2b952bp3vembh/Digital%20Prospectus.pdf?dl=0

Geometric Aljamia Workshops at Zuckerman Museum of Art
3/5/2015


Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA
February 6, 2015
Workshops conducted with Jorge Benitez on papercutting and perspective in association with Geometric Aljamia: a Cultural Transliteration.




Artist Residency International Cite for the Arts
12/8/2014


For the months of November and December I am an artist in residence at the International Cite for the Arts in Paris.
My research is focused on the sacred geometry embedded in the stained glass windows of many French cathedrals and churches. Motifs are being developed for new papercuts and a suite of small paintings that will be the basis of larger works in my Fragments series.
 

Artist Residency at Center for Book and Paper Arts
12/8/2014


Center for Book and Paper Arts
Columbia College Chicago
October 12-14, 2014

For two days, I worked with an amazing team of artists in CBPA  exploring pulp painting, blow-outs, and watermarks.  I was invited in conjunction with a showing of Papercuts.

Papercuts at Columbia College Chicago
12/8/2014


Glass Curtain Gallery 
CBPA Gallery
Chicago, IL
September 18 - November  8, 2014
Gallery Talk: October 14, 6 pm

10th Venue: 
As Papercuts continues to travel, it never gets old to see the work installed in new configurations.   Artists include: Jaq Belcher, Beatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon  and  Daniella Woolf.

Papercuts exhibition catalog available for preview and/or purchase at  http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2542593

VCU and VCUarts Distinguished Teaching Awards 2014
12/4/2014


I was recently honored by Virginia Commonwealth University and VCUarts with two Awards for Outstanding Teaching.  It has been a privilege to work at VCU for over 3o years and I sincerely appreciate the recognition of my peers.

Geometric Aljamia: a Cultural Transliteration
12/3/2014


Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art 
Kennesaw State University 
Kennesaw, GA 
November 16, 2014 - February 21, 2015

Geometric Aljamia: A Cultural Transliteration is a cross-cultural collaboration that addresses how connections between the Middle East and the West during the Golden Age of Islamic Civilization continue to be relevant and vibrant in the twenty-first century. The project includes artists, designers, performers, and writers from Afghanistan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Canada, and the United States. Aljamía is a medieval Spanish word that refers to Romance languages written in Arabic script. The resulting transliteration contributed to the dissemination of the Arabic language and Islamic influences throughout the Iberian Peninsula and beyond. By understanding the arts as a transliteration of one form of thinking to another and addressing the fundamental patterns and geometry embedded in visual art and poetry, this project revisits the ongoing impact of Islamic art, science, and philosophy throughout the world today.

Exhibition available for future bookings.

Exhibition catalog available for preview / purchase at 
http://www.blurb.com/b/5659694-geometric-aljamia-a-cultural-transliteration


Geometric Aljamia: a Cultural Transliteration
12/3/2014


The Total Arts Gallery 
Dubai, UAE 
August 20 - September August 12, 2014

Geometric Aljamia: A Cultural Transliteration is a cross-cultural collaboration that addresses how connections between the Middle East and the West during the Golden Age of Islamic Civilization continue to be relevant and vibrant in the twenty-first century. The project includes artists, designers, performers, and writers from Afghanistan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Canada, and the United States. Aljamía is a medieval Spanish word that refers to Romance languages written in Arabic script. The resulting transliteration contributed to the dissemination of the Arabic language and Islamic influences throughout the Iberian Peninsula and beyond. By understanding the arts as a transliteration of one form of thinking to another and addressing the fundamental patterns and geometry embedded in visual art and poetry, this project revisits the ongoing impact of Islamic art, science, and philosophy throughout the world today.

Exhibition available for future bookings.

Exhibition catalog available for preview / purchase at 
http://www.blurb.com/b/5659694-geometric-aljamia-a-cultural-transliteration

Click on photo for review in Gulf News - Dubai


Crossing the Line: International Drawing Conference
12/3/2014


American University in Dubai 
September 12 - 14, 2014

Sponsored by American University in Dubai and The Global Center for Drawing in Melbourne. We were invited to present Geometric Aljamia, which included the exhibition, a session talk, and several performances. Our drawings were also part of Location curated by Irene Barberis at Jam Jar Gallery.

Link to Studio International Article


Papercutting Workshops Dubai / Doha
12/3/2014


American University in Dubai 
Dubai, UAE 
September 9 - 12, 2014

We conducted pre-conference workshops. Mine explored sacred geometry through paper cutting. The students' accomplishments were mounted in an exhibition for the conference.

VCUQ 
Department of Painting and Printmaking 
Doha, Qatar 
September 16 - 18, 2014

Before heading home, we traveled on to Doha for another round of workshops.


FABRICation : Traveling Exhibition Prospectus Available
12/3/2014


A.D. Gallery 
University of NC - Pembroke 
September 22 - October 31, 2014

FABRICation incorporates a textile sensibility through elements of fabric and fabrication. Inspired by a rich array of historical textiles (drapery to quilt), these complex multi-part constructions are encoded by traditional handicraft to contrast our culture’s rampant media consumption with the redemptive nuance of slow work wrought by hand. Saturated with vibrant color, the luminous materiality activates the senses and counters passive visual skimming. Works by Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson, Natalie Smith range from delicate illusions to layered constructions to architectural interventions. Mixed media includes oil and acrylic paint, vintage clothing, aluminum screens, wool, silk, plastic, thread, vinyl, burlap, rug-hold, glass, recycled objects, and found fabrics.

The exhibition is available for future bookings.

Exhibition catalog available for preview / purchase athttp://www.blurb.com/b/5592092-fabrication


Heated Exchange at Art Center Sarasota
12/3/2014


Art Center Sarasota 
Sarasota, FL 
October 9 - November 22, 2014 
Reception: October 9: 6 - 8 pm 
and October 23: 5 - 7 pm

Heated Exchange's opening coincided with the 2014 SECAC conference. I co-moderated a SECAC session that included several of the exhibiting artists. I also started my second term as the Virginia Representative on the SECAC Board. 

VCUarts Research Reassignment
6/9/2014

My 2014 VCUarts Research Reassignment will allow me to pursue numerous international / national exhibitions, residencies, and workshops over the course of the fall semester.  Stay tuned for exciting news from Dubai, Doha, and Paris, as well as Sarasota and Chicago.


Heated Exchange available through MAAA
6/9/2014


Mid America Arts Alliance is touring my exhibition Heated Exchange through their EXHIBITS / USA National Traveling Exhibition Program.

Tour Availability: 1/28/16 - 1/7/2020
For booking information, click on image.

Once sealed tight in a mummy's tomb, encaustic , or the art of heated beeswax, now enjoys a renaissance of expression. More than just the preservation of an ancient craft, the works in Heated Exchange prove encaustic is the perfect medium to pose questions, convey mystery, and reveal meaning.  Artists includ Kim Bernard, Kristy Deetz, Peter Dykhuis, Lorraine Glessner, Cheryl Goldsleger, Reni Gower, Heather Harvey, Jeffrey Hirst, Tim McDowell, Laura Moriarty, and Jane Allen Nodine.

Exhibition catalog available for preview and/or purchase at http://www.blurb.com/b/3506507-heated-exchange-c-o-n-t-e-m-p-o-r-a-r-y-e-n-c-a-u 



RELEVANT 2014 @ Kimball Arts Center
6/9/2014


RELEVANT 2014
Kimball Arts Center
Park City, UT

August 16 - October 26, 2014
Private member opening event:
August 15, 6 - 8 pm


Paper Cuts II @ Gallery M Squared
6/9/2014


Paper Cuts II
Gallery M Squared
Houston, TX

July 10 - August 3, 2014
August 7 - 31, 2014
Receptions:
Thursday, July 10, 7 - 9 pm
Thursday, August 7, 7 - 9 pm

Juried by Patrick Palmer (Dean, Glassell School of Art / Museum of Fine Arts Houston) and John DeLaCruz (Art Colony Association of Directors / Bayou City Art Festival) Artists were invited to create 4 unique papercuts for two consecutive exhibitions.


Papercuts @ Purdue University Galleries
6/9/2014


Papercuts
Purdue University Galleries
Lafayette, IN
July 2 - August 9, 2014

I will be visiting to present
Gallery Talk: July 18, 6 - 8 pm
Brown Bag Luncheon workshop 

9th Venue
Born in Australia, Czech Republic, Canada, and the United States, the seven artists - Jaq Belcher, Beatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon and Daniella Woolf - bring a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of paper cutting. This exhibition reveals the centuries-old tradition as an art form and as a process that transforms the medium of paper into contemporary meditations on culture, beauty, and the boundaries between nature and artifice.  The results can deceive the viewer into believing that they are not seeing works formed out of the "simple" medium of paper.  Papercuts was organized by Reni Gower, who is a Professor in Virginia Commonwealth University's Painting and Printmaking Department.

Funding provided in part by VCUarts and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Exhibition is available for travel May 2015
Venue Referrals are welcome

Link to digital prospectus
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Link to catalog


Fold Paper Scissors @ Mesa Contemporary
6/9/2014


Fold Paper Scissors 
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
Mesa, AZ
May 2 - August 10, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, May 9, 7 - 9 pm

Curated by Patty Haberman.   Although the act of cutting and folding apper has a long rich history, contemporary artists have only recently explored paper as an expressive medium.  From intricately and precisely cut paper "drawings" to mathematically mind-boggling folds to a single sheet of paper, the artists in this exhibition are pushing the boundaries of the sparse material far beyond the limits of its everyday purpose.  



CAA Distinguished Teacher of Art Award
2/1/2014


I am honored and humbled to receive the 2014 CAA Distinguished Teacher of Art Award in recognition of all my years teaching in the Painting and Printmaking Department at VCUarts.   The award ceremony is open to the public on Wednesday, February 12 at the CAA annual conference convocatoin, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor.

I will also be co-presenting Geometric Aljamia: a Cultural Transliteration on the SECAC affiliated panel Collaboration in Art and Art Historical Practice, Thursday, February 13, 12:30 - 2:00 pm 


Vatican City: Art in the Embassies Program
2/1/2014


Art in the Embassies Program
United States Department of State
2014 - 2016

Nine VCUarts faculty are represented in the new installation of artwork at the US Embassy in Vatican City. These loans, coordinated by the Art in Embassies Program, US Department of State were installed in the US Ambassador's official residence in January and will remain on view for two years.  Ken Hackett, recently appointed by President Obama as the US Ambassador to the the Holy See, is also the father of VCUarts Interior Design student Michael Hackett.  This project grew out of Ambassador Hackett's interest in involving VCUarts and to accord the school international visibility.


Papercuts @ Muskegon Museum of Art
2/1/2014


8th Venue
Papercuts 
Muskegon Museum of Art
Muskegon, MI

January 9 - March 16, 2014
Reception: Thursday, January 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Observe the artist, Michelle Forsyth as she continues working on her custom installation.

Super Saturday
January 11, 10 am - 3 pm
Flip & Fold Paper Art 
Free Family Fun Day

Brown Bag Films
January 9, 12:15 pm / Artists from Papercuts
January 23, 12:15 pm / Between the Folds

Public Tours
Thursdays in February, 1 - 3 pm

Programming underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation / Howmet.

Born in Australia, Czech Republic, Canada, and the United States, the seven artists - Jaq Belcher, Beatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon and Daniella Woolf - bring a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of paper cutting. This exhibition reveals the centuries-old tradition as an art form and as a process that transforms the medium of paper into contemporary meditations on culture, beauty, and the boundaries between nature and artifice.  The results can deceive the viewer into believing that they are not seeing works formed out of the "simple" medium of paper.  Papercuts was organized by Reni Gower, who is a Professor in Virginia Commonwealth University's Painting and Printmaking Department.

Funding provided in part by VCUarts and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Exhibition is available for travel January 2015
Venue Referrals are welcome

Link to digital prospectus
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Link to catalog


Ossuary @ Herron School of Art
2/1/2014


Ossuary
Herron School of Art Galleries
Indianapolis, IN

January 13 - February 15, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, January 29, 7 - 9 pm
Artist Lecture: Wednesday, January 29, 6 pm
Basile Auditorium

For this project Laurie Beth Clark invited hundreds of artists to create a single bone, a cluster of bones, or an artwork that is inspired by, uses, or plays with the idea of bones.


Friends @ Rawls Museum
2/1/2014


Friends and Friends of Friends
Rawls Museum of Art
Courtland, VA

December 20, 2013 - January 21, 2014
Reception: December 20, 6:30 pm


Capital One Corporate Art Program
2/1/2014


3 works from my Pivot.(point) series were purchased for Capital One West Creek Corporate Headquarters. Pivot.16, Pivot.15, Pivot.9


Papercuts at Myers School of Art
10/25/2013


7th Venue
Papercuts
Emily Davis Gallery
University of Akron / Myers School of Art
150 E. Exchange Street
Akron, Ohio
October 28 - December 6, 2013
Reception: October 28: 5:30 pm

Reni Gower will be a Visiting Artist on November 14
Public Lecture 6 pm

Born in Australia, Czech Republic, Canada, and the United States, the seven artists - Jaq Belcher, Beatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon and Daniella Woolf - bring a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of paper cutting. This exhibition reveals the centuries-old tradition as an art form and as a process that transforms the medium of paper into contemporary meditations on culture, beauty, and the boundaries between nature and artifice.  The results can deceive the viewer into believing that they are not seeing works formed out of the "simple" medium of paper.  Papercuts was organized by Reni Gower, who is a Professor in Virginia Commonwealth University's Painting and Printmaking Department.

Funding provided in part by VCUarts and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Exhibition is available for travel April - August 2014
and January 2015
Venue Referrals are welcome

Link to digital prospectus
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Link to catalog


Anarchistic Abstraction
9/20/2013


Anarchistic Abstraction
Mary Washington University
Ridderhof Martin / Dupont Galleries

October 24 - December 2, 2013
Preview Reception: Thursday, October 24
Opening Reception: Friday, October 25



Bad at Sports Podcast Episode 416
9/20/2013


Episode 416 The Artist as Arbiter podcast on Bad at Sports:Contemporary Art Talk is a recording from our panel presentation at 2013 College Art Conference. 

My talk begins 16.18 minutes into the recording.  Great discussion and Q&A at the end.

Moderators: Duncan Mackenzie, Columbia College, Chicago/Director, Bad At Sports AND Shannon R. Stratton, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago/Director, threewalls

Panelists:
Anthea Black
Laurie Beth Clark & Michael Peterson
E. G. Crichton
Reni Gower
Philip Von Zweck


Ossuary
8/27/2013


Ossuary
The University of Tennessee / Ewing Downtown Gallery
Knoxville, TN
October 4 - 26, 2013
Reception: Friday, October 4, 5 - 9 pm

Organized by Laurie Beth Clark, Professor, University of WI-Madison this project invited artist to create an artwork inspired by bones.  The contributions are political statements and personal elegies, memorials to individuals or statements about mortality. Some are serious and some are completely playful.

While inspired by the repositories of bones that have accrued in countries like Cambodia and Rwanda (where mass violence has taken place) Ossuary is not a project about those traumas.  Rather artists counter images of pain with hopeful or poignant rejoinders.  Envisioning hope for the  world is one of the things that art can do.


FABRICation
7/26/2013


FABRICation
(TAG) Theatre Arts Galleries, High Point, NC
October 28 - November 2, 2013

Features works of art that incorporate a textile sensibility through elements of fabric and fabrication.  Works are inspired by a rich array of historical, ethnic, and decorative textiles that are also "fabricated" in multiple parts or created through arduous process.  Revealing slow work wrought by hand, the pieces range from delicate illusions to layered constructions to architectural interventions. 

The exhibition was organized as a pilot project in support of curatorial aspirations by SECAC members in conjunction with the annual confernece.

Co-curated by Kristy Deetz and Reni Gower, the exhibition includes Erin Castellan, Virginia Derryberry, Kristy Deetz, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson, and Valerie Molnar.

Corresponding panel sessions occur on Friday, November 1 at 1:15 - 3:15 and 3:30 - 5:30.


Views: Constructs 2013
7/26/2013


Views: Constructs 2013
Capital One, Richmond, VA
July 26 - October, 2013


Geometric Aljamia: A Visual Transliteration
7/26/2013


Geometric Aljamia: A Visual Transliteration
Langford120 Gallery
Melbourne, Australia
September 14 - October 13, 2013

Featuring the work of Ghadeer Alawadhi (Kuwait), Jorge Benitez (USA), Reni Gower (USA), Hanane Korchi (Canada / Qatar), Mohammad Saleh Amin (Afghanistan), Tamim Sahebzada (Afghanistan), Julia Townsend (USA / UAE)

This exhibition evolved out of a workshop conducted by Gower and Benitez during the 2013 Tasmeem Conference, which was organized by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUQ) School of the Arts in Doha, Qatar.



Radiant
7/26/2013


Radiant / Contemporary Encaustic
Slocumb Galleries, East Tennesee State University
Johnson City, TN
August 19 - September 20, 2013
Reception: TBA
Gallery Talk by Jane Allen Nodine

Curated by Reni Gower, participating artists include Kim Bernard, Kristy Deertz, Peter Dykhuis, Lorraine Glessner, Reni Gower, Heather Harvey, Jeffrey Hirst, Jane Allen Nodine


RELEVANT Artist-in-Residence Mentor
7/26/2013


Relevant
Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT
Residency: July 27 - August 3, 2013
Exhibition: August 3 - September 1, 2013

Member's Only Opening Reception presented by St. Regis Hotel on Friday, August 2, 6 - 9

The KAC's RELEVANT Artist-in-Residence program brings together a select group of talented undergraduate and graduate level art students from across the country.  During the week long residence, student artist are mentored by a nationally acclaimed professional artist, attend workshops and round table discussions, and create an original work of art for the Kimball's annual RELEVANT Exhibition.  This exhibition features a diverse array of artwork by this year's resident and mentor artist as well as past alums.


Shadow and Light
5/21/2013


Shadow and Light
Tinney Contemporary
Nashville, TN
May 18 - June 29, 2013

Collector's Night / Artists' Talk
with Gower, Belcher, and Konopasek
May 31, 6 pm

Opening Reception
June 1, 4 - 9 pm


Papercuts at The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum
5/21/2013


6th Venue
Papercuts
The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum
Hollins University
Roanoke, VA
May 30 - September 14, 2013

Opening museum talk by Reni Gower
June 6, 6 pm

Visiting Artist Lecture and Workshop
September 12 - 13, 2013.

Born in Australia, Czech Republic, Canada, and the United States, the seven artists - Jaq Belcher, Beatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon and Daniella Woolf - bring a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of paper cutting. This exhibition reveals the centuries-old tradition as an art form and as a process that transforms the medium of paper into contemporary meditations on culture, beauty, and the boundaries between nature and artifice.  The results can deceive the viewer into believing that they are not seeing works formed out of the "simple" medium of paper.  Papercuts was organized by Reni Gower, who is a Professor in Virginia Commonwealth University's Painting and Printmaking Department.

Funding provided in part by VCUarts and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Exhibition is available for travel April - August 2014
and January 2015
Venue Referrals are welcome

Link to digital prospectus
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Link to catalog

Tasmeem 2013 International Design Conference
3/30/2013


Geometric Aljamia: A Visual Transliteration:
Reni Gower and Jorge Benitez

To see a slideshow from Geometric Aljamia link to https://blackboard.vcu.edu/bbcswebdav/users/agower/Tasmeem/Tasmeem%20Summary.pdf

By addressing the fundamental geometry embedded in two-dimensional art, our workshop acknowledged hybrid connections between Europe, the Mediterranean basin, and the Middle East.  In the past, aljamia played a significant role in preserving Islam and the Arabic language in the West.  by understanding the visual arts as a transliteration of one form of thinking to another, our workshop revisited the ongoing impact of Islamic art, science, and philosophy throughout the world today.  Our collaboration included participants from Richmond, Dubai, Kuwait, Doha, and Afghanistan.  Our collaboration produced a beautiful exhibition, insightful panel, and transcendent performance.



2013 CAA Presentation and Podcast
1/9/2013


I will be presenting The Artist as Curator
2013 CAA conference - New York
Artspace, Wednesday, February 13, 9:30 - 12:00.

Session:  On the Practice of Artist as Arbiter
Chairs: Shannon Rae Stratton, Threewalls and School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Duncan Mackenzie, Columbia College Chicago

Podcast
Taking Your Show on the Road
A traveling exhibition is an excellent way to get more out of your promotional efforts. Based on her experience as an artist and curator, Reni Gower offers a six-point checklist for taking your show on the road.


Papercuts at Florida Atlantic University
1/9/2013


Fifth Venue
Papercuts
Ritter Art Gallery
Florida Atlantic Univeristy
Boca Raton, FL
January 18 - March 2, 2013
Reception: Friday, January 18, 5-8pm

Reni Gower will be give a gallery talk
January 18 at 6 pm

Curated by Reni Gower, Papercuts brings a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of paper cutting. Using all manner of tools and paper, the artists create works that range from narrative commentaries to complex structural abstractions. Their works are bold contemporary statements that celebrate the subtle nuance of the artist’s hand through a process that traces its origins to 6th century China. Light, shadow, and color play key roles, transforming this ancient technique into dynamic installations filled with delicate illusions. Artists include: Jaq Belcher, Beatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon and Daniella Woolf.

Funding provided in part by VCUarts and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Exhibition is available for travel May 2014
Venue Referrals are welcome

Link to digital prospectus
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Link to catalog



Heated Exchange
1/9/2013


Heated Exchange: Contemporary Encaustic
Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery
Harper Center for the Arts
Presbyterian College
Clinton, SC
January 17 - February 23, 2013

Curated by Reni Gower
Features the work of Kim Bernard, Kristy Deetz, Peter Dykhuis, Lorraine Glessner, Cheryl Goldsleger, Reni Gower, Heather Harvey, Jeffrey Hirst, Tim McDowell, Laura Moriarty, and Jane Allen Nodine.

Link to catalog

Exhibition available to travel March 2013.
Venue referrals are welcomed.

Click on Title for link to prospectus.


Twist
1/9/2013


Twist
Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum
The William Whipple Art Gallery
Marshall, MN
October 20 - December 6, 2012

TWIST is a traveling exhibition featuring the work of three generations of painter-teachers. This exhibition is a smaller version of the exhibition Re-Generation (first hosted by The Painting Center in January 2012). TWIST traces the regeneration of thought in painting and art education by linking the translation of visual ideas between students and teachers to the teaching of Josef Albers. In art education ideas move, change, get lost, and grow from generation to generation, from teacher to student, from painter to canvas, and back again to the training of new artists and hopefully visually literate citizens.  For college-level studio art teachers, the significance of Josef Albers on art education throughout the United States is no mystery. Most have either taken an Albers based color theory course, given an assignment that was somehow linked to his pedagogical strategies, or studied with a professor whose art education was significantly impacted by Albers. While this is not the first show that features a generational link to Albers, it is a show that reminds visitors of the wealth of painterly knowledge that continues to grow. The show will travel to other institutions and visitors are invited to enter their own lineage to Albers on an interactive map by visiting the website at http://www.re-generation.us.com.

The artists in TWIST are Heather Brammeier, Siri Berg, Reni Gower, Ric Haynes, Victor Kord, Deirdre Murphy, Richard Emery Nickolson, Alice Oh, Carrie Patterson, Richard Raiselis, Edward Shalala, and Reba Stewart. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalog of the original exhibition Re-Generation with a creative writing by author: Jennifer Cognard-Black, introduction by artist Richard Nickolson, and statements by each participating artist. The original exhibition and production of supporting material was generously supported by The Emily Mason and Wolf Kahn Foundation and The Genevieve McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation.


Strange Loops: Thirty Years of Painting
9/10/2012


Strange Loops
Solo
Sawhill Gallery
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA

August 27 - October 13, 2012
Reception for the artist: Friday, October 5
Visiting Artist Lecture, October 5

Link to catalog




Heated Exchange
9/6/2012


Heated Exchange
The Upstairs Artspace
Tryon, NC

September 21 - November 17, 2012
Reception: November 22, 5 - 8 pm

Features the work of Kim Bernard, Kristy Deetz, Peter Dykhuis, Lorraine Glessner, Cheryl Goldsleger, Reni Gower, Heather Harvey, Jeffrey Hirst, Tim McDowell, Laura Moriarty, and Jane Allen Nodine.

Encaustic Workshops
October 12-13: Mary Farmer
November 10: Kristy Deetz, Reni Gower, Jane Allen Nodine
Material and Equipment provided by R&F Handmade Paints, Inc
To Register: Contact The Upstairs Artspace at 859-2828.

Link to catalog

Exhibition available to travel January 2013.
Venue referrals are welcomed.

Click on title for link to prospectus.


Papercuts at Herron School of Art
9/6/2012


Fourth Venue
Papercuts
Herron School of Art Galleries
Indianapolis, IN

September 26 - November 10, 2012
Reception: Wednesday, September 26, 7-9pm

Reni Gower will be a visiting artist November 26 - 28
Artist Lecture: Wednesday, November 26, 6 pm

Curated by Reni Gower, Papercuts brings a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of paper cutting. Using all manner of tools and paper, the artists create works that range from narrative commentaries to complex structural abstractions. Their works are bold contemporary statements that celebrate the subtle nuance of the artist’s hand through a process that traces its origins to 6th century China. Light, shadow, and color play key roles, transforming this ancient technique into dynamic installations filled with delicate illusions. Artists include: Jaq Belcher, Beatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon and Daniella Woolf.

Funding provided in part by VCUarts and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Exhibition is available for travel January 2014
Venue Referrals are welcome

Link to digital prospectus
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Link to catalog


Wax Foundations: Encaustic in the Southeast
9/6/2012


Wax Foundations: Encaustic in the Southeast
Frankie G. Weems Art Gallery
Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
Curated by Kristen Gallagher
September 9 - October 28, 2012
Reception  September 9, 2 - 4 pm

Eleven artists from North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina contribute works that explore the idea of texture and depth through the medium of encaustic. Wax and pigment are combined to create lush, layered works that speak to the versatility of this medium.

I will be conducting an encaustic workshop in conjunction with the 2012 SECAC conference for Meredith College on October 20.

Link to catalog


Clip, Cut, Paper Thin
6/20/2012


Clip, Cut, Paper Thin
Noyes Museum of Art
Hammonton, NJ

May 15 - June 19, 2012
Opening Reception: May 17
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Curated by Brenda Kele, Clip, Cut, Paper Thin highlights the paper cut works of Patricia Brentano, Beatrice Coron, Jupi Das, Rebecca Gilbert, Reni Gower, and Natalia Ivancevich-Hayes.


State of the Art: Virginia Crossroads
6/20/2012


State of the Art: Virginia Crossroads
Taubman Museum of Art
110 Salem Avenue SE
Roanoke, VA

July 20, 2012 - February 23, 2013
Reception: October 18, 2012

Curated by Ray Kass, the exhibition features the work of John Clingempeel, David Freed , Ann Glover, Charles Goolsby, Reni Gower, Chris Gregson, Sam Krisch, Talia Logan, and Robert Sulkin.

"Although dispirit in content, artistic style, and media, Virginia Crossroads is, itself, a dynamic art form.  The juxtaposition of the work of these artists is designed...to establish extraordinary new relationships and interpretive possibilities" - Ray Kass

Link to interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMdlOxsS5MM


Thermal Traces
3/17/2012


Second Venue
Thermal Traces
Gallery 842
Marshall University
Huntington, WV
January 20 - February 24, 2012

Features the encaustic work of Kristy Deetz, Lorraine Glessner, and Reni Gower

The exhibition is available for travel. 
Venue referral welcomed.

Link to digital prospectus


Papercuts at Columbus State University
3/17/2012


Third Venue 
Papercuts
Illges Gallery
Columbus State University
Corn Center for the Visual Arts
Columbus, GA

March 22 - April 21, 2012
Receptions: March 22, 6-8 pm
Lecture by Reni Gower
March 22, 11:00 am
Room 117 Carpenters Hall
4 Ninth Street, (Corner of Broadway and 9th)

Curated by Reni Gower,
Papercuts highlights the work of Jaq Belcher, Béatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon, and Daniella Woolf.

Funding for this exhibition is made possible in part by The Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Foundation, CSU Student Activity Fees, CSU Friends of Art, VCUarts, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Digital Tour of Exhibition
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The French Connection
2/2/2012


The French Connection
Capital One, Richmond, VA, Dec 7 - February 20, 2012 Artspace, Richmond, VA, February 24 - March 18, 2012

Curated by Amie Oliver, this traveling exhibition highlights work inspired by an artist residency in Paris at the International Cite des Arts.


Papercuts at Georgia State University
1/21/2012


Second Venue
Papercuts
Welch School of Art & Design Galleries
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

January 12 - February 3, 2012
Receptions: Jan 12 and Feb 2, 5-8 pm
Gallery Talk with Reni Gower and Jaq Belcher
January 12, 6 pm

Curated by Reni Gower,
Papercuts highlights the work of Jaq Belcher, Béatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower,
Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon, and Daniella Woolf.

Funding for this exhibition is made possible in part by Georgia State University, VCUarts, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Virtual tour of the exhibition
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Link to catalog



ReGeneration
10/21/2011


ReGeneration
The Painting Center
547 West 27th Street
Main Gallery / Suite 500 / 5th Floor
New York, NY

January 3 - January 28, 2012
Opening Reception coupled with readings and discussion
Thursday, January 5, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 - 6:00 pm

Curated by Carrie Patterson, "Pivot.9" will be featured.

Click on title for link to exhibition website.


Papercuts
10/21/2011


Premiere Showing 
Papercuts
Centre for the Living Arts Space 301, Mobile, AL
Oct 14 – Dec 17, 2011

Curated by Reni Gower, Papercuts highlights the work of Jaq Belcher, Béatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon, and Daniella Woolf.

Using all manner of tools and paper, the artists create works that range from narrative commentaries to complex structural abstractions. Their works are bold contemporary statements that celebrate the subtle nuance of the artist's hand through a process that traces its origins to 6th century China. Light, shadow, and color play key roles, transforming this ancient technique into dynamic installations filled with delicate illusions.

Funding for this exhibition is made possible in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Mobile and Mobile County, VCUarts, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Papercuts Itinerary:

Centre for the Living Arts’ Space 301, Mobile, AL; Oct 14 – Dec 17, 2011

Georgia State University, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Galleries, Atlanta, GA; Jan 12 – Feb 3, 2012

Columbus State University, Norman & Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery, Columbus, GA; Mar 22 – Apr 24, 2012

Herron School of Art and Design / IUPUI, Herron Galleries, Indianapolis. IN; Sep 26 – Nov 10, 2012

Florida Atlantic University, University Galleries, The Ritter Gallery, Boca Raton, FL; Jan 18 – Mar 2, 2013

Hollins University, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Roanoke, VA; May 31 – Sep 14, 2013

The University of Akron, Myers School of Art, Emily Davis Gallery, Akron, OH; Oct 28 – Dec 6, 2013

Venue referrals are welcomed. Available May - August 2012 or beginning January 2014

Click on title for exhibition catalog




Sustained Research by Experienced Educators
10/21/2011


SECAC Panel

Friday, November 11, 4 – 6 pm.

Hilton Savannah DeSota - 1st Floor: Sopelo

I am moderating and presenting on the panel Sustained Research by Experienced Educators at the 2011 SECAC conference at Savannah College of Art and Design. Highlighting careers of 10+ years, this session features the research of five artists while offering their strategies for balancing research priorities with teaching responsibilities. As a forum on sustained research by seasoned professors, this session gives emerging professionals access to active role models and mentors.

Click on titled for more conference information


Think Small 6
10/21/2011


Think Small 6
6th Biennial International Miniature Invitational
Artspace, Richmond, VA

Gala Preview
Thursday, October 27, 2011
7-10 pm / $20

Opening Reception Fourth Friday
October 28, 2011
7-10 pm / Free and Open to the Public

Second Reception Fourth Friday
November 25, 2011
7-10 pm / Free and Open to the Public

The key challenge in this exhibition is for the artists to produce innovative work no larger than 3″ by 3″. I will be showing "St.Chapelle #3".

Exhibition runs Oct 28 -Dec 18, 2011
Click on title for Directions / Map


Constructs X
10/21/2011


Constructs X
Centre for the Living Arts Space 301 Mobile, AL
Sep 9 – Oct 2, 2011
Opening Reception:
September 9, 2012, 6-9 pm
Curator’s Remarks: 7 pm

As a living, breathing exhibition, each installation is a "constructs" in itself that reflects the evolving nature of the creative process. By featuring new works at each venue the exhibition continually reinvents itself.

Constructs looked spectacular in Space 301. The exhibition featured individual groupings by each artist in an open maze of vibrant color.

Funding for this exhibition is made possible in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Mobile and Mobile County. The exhibition is also sponsored in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Painting and Printmaking Department at VCU.

Constructs is co-coordinated by Sally Bowring, Chris Gregson, and Reni Gower. The exhibition is available for travel beginning March 2012 / Venue referrals are welcomed.

Click on title for a virtual tour of the exhibition at Space 301


ArtPrize 2011
10/21/2011


September 21 - October 9, 2011

ArtPrize® is a radically open competition. I was invited to participate this year by Ron Pederman at Cathedral Square.

Click on title for my artist profile.


Toolkit for a Sustainable Life in the Arts
10/21/2011


CAA / VCUarts Professional-Development Workshop "Toolkit for a Sustainable Life in the Arts" was co-organized by Jack Risley, Associate Dean, VCUarts, Susan Shear, CAA / Artisin, and Reni Gower, Professor, Painting and Printmaking Department

October 1, 2011, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Guest speakers included Aaron Landsman, Karen Atkinson, Peter Baldes, Melissa Potter, Sarah B. Cunningham, Kendall Buster, Hope Ginsburg, and Corin Hewitt.

The College Art Association’s National Professional-Development Workshops for Artists are supported by a generous grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

Click on title for link to Artist’s Resource Guide


Constructs IX
6/5/2011


Constructs IX
Academy of Fine Arts
600 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504

July 1 - July 31, 2011

Hot Mix is featured in this ongoing ever changing exhibition of 11 Virginia artists working in abstraction.

The exhibition is available for travel beginning November 2011 / Venue referrals are welcomed.


Spectrum at Page Bond Gallery
6/5/2011


Spectrum
Page Bond Gallery
1625 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220

June 16 - August 31, 2011
Opening reception, Thursday, June 16
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Features Pivot.10, Pivot.12, Pivot.13

Summer Hours through Labor Day
Monday-Friday 11 - 5 pm
or by appointment
Gallery will be closed August 1 - 12


Assemblage, Collage, Mixed Media by Virginia Artists
6/4/2011


Assemblage, Collage, and Mixed Media by Virginia Artists
The Charles H Taylor Arts Center
Hampton, VA 23669

June 3 - July 10, 2011
Opening reception, June 3, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Curated by James Warwick Jones, Glimmer is featured in an exhibition that explores a rich diversity of media, content and styles invested in the materiality of painting and drawing.


Text Texture / 2011 SECAC Conference
3/3/2011


I will be chairing / moderating the session Sustained Research by Experience Educators at the 2011 SECAC conference at the Savannah College of Art and Design.



Thermal Traces
3/3/2011


Thermal Traces
March 21 - April 15, 2011
University of South Alabama - Mobile
Visiting Artist Workshop
March 23 - 25

Thermal Traces highlights the sensuous materiality of encaustic (hot wax) painting. Workshop demonstrations are offered in conjunction with the exhibition that features the artists Kristy Deetz, Lorraine Glessner, and Reni Gower.

The exhibition is available for travel May 2011 / Venue referrals are welcomed.


Big Paper
3/3/2011


Big Paper
Curated by Shayne Wulbert
March 4 - May 7, 2011
Gallery @220
Chicago, IL

March 10 - Opening Reception
5:30 - 8:30 pm
March 16 - Miles Davis Jazz Event
April 27 - May 1- Live paper cutting events
May 5 - Closing Reception


[meta] mentors: 2011 CAA in NYC
3/3/2011


I co-chaired 2 sessions in ARTspace at the 2011 CAA conference in New York City - [meta]mentors: Great Art Cities and [meta]mentors: Global Networks.
February 9 - 12, 2011.

In December, I was one of 4 jurors for the 2011 CAA Graduate Student Artist Fellowships.


Constructs VIII
3/3/2011


Constructs VIII
Visual Arts Center
Portsmouth, VA
January 22 - March 10, 2011

6 works from Pivot.(points) and Fragments series.


Paint Plus...
11/28/2010


2010 SECAC Conference:
I organized and presented in the Paint Plus panel and mixed media workshop.

Pivot.4 was on view in Curiouser: Where Cerebellum Meets Antebellum
Joe Seipel, juror.
October 15 - November 15, 2010
1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA


Putting It Together
11/28/2010


Putting It Together
3-person exhibition
H. Scott November Gallery
Westminster Canterbury
Richmond, VA
October - January 2, 2011 

Artist Lecture
Thursday, November 11, 2010
3:00 pm
Reception Follows - Open to the public.


Launching New Curatorial Project
11/26/2010


Papercuts
Using all manner of tools and paper, an international roster of artists (Jaq Belcher, Béatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon, and Daniella Woolf) create works that range from narrative commentaries to complex structural abstractions. Their works are bold contemporary statements that celebrate the subtle nuance of the artist's hand through a process that traces its origins to 6th century China. Light, shadow, and color play key roles, transforming this ancient technique into dynamic installations filled with delicate illusions.

Itinerary:
Space 301, Mobile, AL
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Available for travel May 2012 - December 2012 or after March 2013.

Venue referrals are welcome.


New American Paintings #88
6/24/2010


Due to hit bookstore shelves and news stands later this month, my work from the Fragments Series is featured in the forthcoming issue of New American Paintings Edition #88. Juried by Barbara O’Brien, Curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO.


Virginia Artists 2010
6/24/2010


Virginia Artists 2010
The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center
Hampton, VA
July 18 – August 29, 2010

Reception for the artists, Sunday, July 18, 3 – 5 pm.

Juried by Nancy Sausser, Curator the Mclean Project for the Arts, Mclean, VA. A 

Received Distinguished Award in Painting for Pivot.6


Papercuts at Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
6/24/2010


Papercuts will be featured in "Summer Solstice" at Page Bond Gallery, 1625 West Main Street, Richmond, VA.
Reception for the artists, Wednesday, July 7 from 7 – 9 pm. Work remains on view until August 30.


4th Montserrat Encaustic Conference
6/16/2010


I presented Taking Your Show on the Road / Tips for Traveling an Exhibition at the 4th Annual Montserrat Encaustic Conference, June 2010. Vocalise was on exhibit in Best Foot Forward.


Fragments: Eglise at Staniar Gallery
3/26/2010


Constructs
Staniar Gallery
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA
April - May 2010


Visiting Artist at Georgia State University
3/26/2010


I will be visiting Georgia State University Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design as a visiting artist March 28-29, 2010. Presenting the lecture "Strange Loops" and conducting graduate critiques.


Meta-Mentors: 2010 CAA in Chicago
1/3/2010


I am co-chairing 4 sessions in ARTspace at the 2010 CAA conference in Chicago - Meta-Mentors: Balancing Acts (Thursday, Feb. 11: 12:30 - 2:00) Meta-Mentors: Opt Out of Obscurity (Friday, Feb. 12: 12:30 - 2:00) Meta-Mentors: Show Me the Money (Saturday, Feb. 13: 12:00 - 1:30) Meta-Mentors: DIY (Saturday, Feb. 13: 2:00 - 3:30) A Networking Reception follows at 3:30 - 5:30. All events in ARTspace are free and open to the public. I invite you to attend these informative sessions.


Paper Cuts at Artprize
9/7/2009


Three works from my new series Paper Cuts will be shown for the first time at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI, September 16 - October 10, 2009.

Top prizes are awarded by public vote.
If you can attend, you may vote online or by text message. Attendees will send all votes to 878787. Enter vote25691 to vote for my work. Thank you for your support


Fragments: Opera at Space 301, Mobile, AL
9/7/2009


Space 301
Mobile, AL
September 11 - October 24, 2009
In conjunction with the 2009 SECAC conference.

I am also chairing the panel Visual Ciphers and presenting the paper Diagnostic Encryption.

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