Jane Deering Gallery

Artist Statement


Natural forces serve as a starting point for my paintings about space and energy. The paintings are about a search for balance between chaos and structure. They speak about boundaries—between representation and abstraction, between man-made and natural. Improvisation is at the root of my practice—responses to the way a particular color or mark leads to another decision in the painting.


Solo Exhibitions


2012     Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara CA

2011     California State University, Stanislaus

2010     Adler& Co Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009     Prince Street Gallery, New York City

2009     Adler& Co Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009     Mondavi Winery, Vineyard Gallery, Napa, CA

2007     Prince Street Gallery, New York City

2006     Monty Stabler Galleries, Birmingham, AL

2005     B.Sakata Garo Gallery, Sacramento CA

2004     Mondavi Winery, Vineyard Gallery, Napa, CA

2003     Prince Street Gallery, New York City

2001     Prince Street Gallery, New York City

            Monty Stabler Galleries, Birmingham, AL

1998     Prince Street Gallery, New York City

1995     Monty Stabler Galleries, Birmingham, AL

1994     Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY

            Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

            Dupont Gallery, Washington and Lee University

            Lexington, VA

1993     Monty Stabler Galleries, Birmingham, AL

1992     Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, VA

             Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY

             Congress Square Gallery, Portland, ME

1989     Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY

            Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

            Gallery 127, Portland, ME

1986     Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY

            Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

1985     Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY

1983     College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

            Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

1982     Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY

            University of Maine, Farmington, ME

1981     Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME)

1980     Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY


Group Exhibitions


2012      ‘Between the Quotes: Work by UCDavis Art Faculty,’ Pence                     Gallery, Davis CA

2009      ‘Fourth of July Show,’ Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

              “Artists in Residence”, Yosemite Museum, Yosemite, CA

              “The Nature of Landscape”, San Francisco Studio School                       Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008     “Surface and Substance” San Francisco Studio School Gallery,               San Francisco, CA

2008     “Cool and Austere”. Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

              “Plein Air Abstraction”, curated by Peter Frank, Riverside Art                 Museum, Riverside, CA

               Gallery artists group show, Adler and Company Gallery, San                Francisco, CA

2007     “Landscape, Observation and Abstraction”, Wiegand Gallery,                 College of Notre

               Dame de Nur, Belmont, CA (catalogue by Mark Van Proyen)

2006      Columbia University, “From Postwar to Postmodernism”                        curated by Jerome Neuner, Noah Fischer, Garth Graeper,and                Gareth James (catalogue)

               John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, “Sacramento Valley                        Landscape Show”

2005      New York Studio School, “The Continuous Mark: 40 Years of                  the New York Studio School”, curated by Jennifer Samet

               John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, “Sacramento Valley                        Landscape Show”

2004     Gallery C, Hermosa Beach, CA, “See California Now”, curated               by Peter Frank with illustrated brochure

               John Natsoulas Gallery, “Sacramento Valley Landscape                        Show”

2003     John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, “Gone West”, curated with               catalogue by Peter Frank

               Woodland City Hall, “Pieces of the Puzzle”, curated by Melissa                Chandon

2002      Birmingham Art Museum, Birmingham, AL, “Art Afficionado”

1999      Washington Art Association, Washington, CT (3-person)

1997      Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA

1996      Karl Drerup Fine Arts Gallery, Personal Views: Four Painters                  and Landscape, Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH

1995      New York Studio School, Thirty Years of Drawing,

1994      Site 250, Fairbanks, AK

               Pennsylvania School of Design, Lancaster, PA, curated by Ruth Bernard

1991      Art Institute of Boston, Contemporary Landscape, curated by Martin Mugar

1989      Gaumann-Cicchino Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Landscape Revisited, traveling

                to Philadelphia, Washington and New York City, 1989-91 Area Gallery, Portland, ME, 

                Visions of the Southwest

1987      Gallery 127, Portland, ME, inaugural group show Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME, 

                Artists Who Teach in Maine, curated by Sarah Fawcett

1986      Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY, faculty invitational College of William and Mary,

                Williamsburg, VA, Landscape

1985       New York Studio School, New York City, juried alumni show, University of Maine, Farmington, ME,

                Painters Who Look at the Environment, curated by Tom Higgins

1983       Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME, juried show Barridoff Galleries, Portland ME,

                Contemporary Gallery Artists

1982       Joan Whitney Payson Gallery, Portland, ME, Drawings from Nature,

                curated by Judith Sobol, Director.

1981       Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME, juried show.

1980       Bette Stoler Gallery, New York, NY, New Drawings.

1978       Barridoff Galleries, Portland, ME, Contemporary Gallery Artists Hudson River Museum, Yonkers,   NY, juried by Irving Sandler.


RECENT REVIEWS AND REPRODUCTIONS OF WORK

Baker, Kenneth, "Werfel at Adler", San Francisco Chronicle, February 19, 2009

Baker, Kenneth, "Cheap Thrill" San Francisco Chronicle, January 18, 2009

Berlind, Robert, “Gina Werfel at Prince Street” Art in America, Nov 2007

Goodrich, John, www.exhibitionspreview.com, 2007

Cohen, David, The Continuous Mark: 40 Years of the New York Studio

School, New York Sun, February 17, 2005

Dalkey, Victoria, “Nature Untamed” Sacramento Bee, March 20, 2005

“Valleyscapes” Sacramento Bee, July 24, 2005

Katz, Vincent, “Gina Werfel” Art in America, May 2004

U. S. Art in Embassies Program, Anniversary Catalog, Reproduction, 2004

Sievert, Robert “Gina Werfel” Artezine Fall 2003

Munich, Suzanne, “Gone West” Davis Enterprise, February 2003

Sievert, Robert “Gina Werfel” Artezine, Spring 2002

Nelson, James R. Nelson, Birmingham News, October 9, 2001

Driscoll, John & Skolnick, Arnold, The Artist and the American Landscape,

First Glance Books, 1998.

Skolnick, Arnold, and Little, David, Paintings of Maine, New York, 1991


GRANTS AND AWARDS


2005-2007         International School of Art, Montecastello, Italy, Senior                         Artist in Residence

                        Yosemite National Park, Artist in Residence

2000                 Connecticut Arts Commission Grant in Painting

                         Artist-in-Residence, Auvillar, France

Spring 1993       Yosemite National Park, Artist in Residence

Spring 1991       Rancho Linda Vista, Oracle, AZ (residency)

Summer 1986    Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, CA (residency)

Spring 1984       Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy (fellowship)


TEACHING/ ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE


2000-present      Professor of Art, University of California -Davis, Davis, CA

2000-2005          Chair of Art and Art History Department, University of                          California -Davis, Davis CA

1997-2000          University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT                                                   Professor and Head of Art and Art History                                            Department

Summer 1998    Pont-Aven School of Art, France, Painting

1991-1997          Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA

                         Professor and Chair of Art and Ar t History                                          Department

1980-1991          Colby College, Waterville, ME, Associate Professor of                            Art (tenured Fall, 1987)

Summer 1989    Chautauqua Institute, School of Art, Resident Faculty

1974, 1975         New York Studio School, Director, Paris Summer                                  Sessions


RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


2011      Haverford College, Distinguished Visiting Artist, Brandeis                      University, Visiting Artist, Post-Baccalaureate Program

2009                  UC Santa Barbara, Visiting Artist

                          Western Carolina University, Visiting Artist

2008                Visiting Artist San Francisco Studio School, San                                    Francisco, CA

2007                  Panelist , "The Value of Art" Peter Selz, curator                                    Emeritus, Berkeley Art Museum, Frances Mill, director,                          Hackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2005-present     Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, Advisory                                 Board

                             American University, Corciano ITALY, visiting artist,                              MFA program

                             New York Studio School, Dean´s MFA Advisory                                    Committee

                             Pence Gallery, Davis, CA, Board Member

                             McLaughlin Reserve, Senior Bioregional Artist,                                      Residency Program

2004-present     College Art Association, Annual Conference Committee

2004                    CAA Annual Meeting, Co-Chair Panel “Mirroring                                    Landscape”

2001-2004         College Art Association, Nominating Committee-                                   DistinguishedTeaching

Nov 2001            Hamilton College, External reviewer of Art Department

Apr 1998             Trinity College, Visiting Artist

Dec 1997            Dartmouth College, Chair, External Review of Art                                Department

Feb 1995            Hood College, External reviewer of Art Department

Summer 1994    Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Leader of painting                             workshop

Fall 1994             Agnes Scott College, SACS panelist for reaccreditation

Apr 1994             Haverford College, External reviewer of Art                                         Department

Feb 1994            Washington and Lee University, Visiting Artist


EDUCATION

MFA 1979         Columbia University, New York, NY

1972-1976       New York Studio School, New York, NY (full-time study )

BA 1974           Hamilton College (Kirkland College), Clinton, NY


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