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