(Cincinnati, OH) – Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University is honored to present Biophilia, Standing Witness(SEPTEMBER 17 – OCTOBER 20, 2017). An opening Artists’ Reception will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The public is cordially invited to meet and talk with the artists during the reception.
Biophilia, Standing Witness is an exhibition of works from 12 invited women artists, having roots in Cincinnati and/or Columbus, with unique relationships and creative responses to the cry of the natural world and the knowing that occurs through seeing. The collection of works is an exploration of nature/earth/life and often subversive narratives through works searching our inter-connectedness to all naturally, spiritually. This dynamic presentation will include the following active studio artists:
Kirsten Swanson Bowen is a text based painter who now lives and works in New York City. She studied at the Columbus College of Art & Design. Bowen also rented a studio at Cincinnati’s Pendleton for a few years, exhibiting during Final Fridays. Her works are in numerous corporate and private collections world-wide.
Lisa Hueil Conner is a lifetime resident of Cincinnati, Ohio. Her work includes functional and sculptural clay works, both hand built and thrown. She has received local grants, been published nationally and has work in collections nationally and internationally. Her work for this show has become a recognition of how much human physical and mental wellbeing relies on the quality of our relationship with the natural world.
Judy Dominic has been in close relationship with natural fibers since her childhood of growing up on farms in Greater Cincinnati. Her works have been exhibited nationwide, while her teaching has taken her across the U.S. and abroad. She has many fiber related writings in publication and supports the fiber arts through her involvement with many arts organizations.
Renee Harris graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Her works have been exhibited in national craft shows and galleries. Through her narrative mixed media imagery, she is now exploring a renewed insight into the power of change. “The images I create evolve from those materials and sync with important inspirations, which are: nature, life experiences, memory of light and form, commitment and sharing with others.”
Sandra Jane Heard works as a full-time studio artist in Perrysburg, Ohio. Her works emphasize the use of the found object in her multi-dimensional sculptures. She draws influence from both the natural world and the industrial world, and explores the conflicts that arise from the push and pull of these two opposing realms. Heard has both studied and exhibited world-wide and has received many awards and recognition.
Terri Kern is a Cincinnati based studio artist. She has travelled all over the world teaching and exhibiting her ceramic work, most notably in Cincinnati sister city exchange programs. Kern has received numerous grants and awards in the field of ceramics. Her work is represented in corporate, museum and private collections. Her works often employ imagery from nature to convey her visual concepts. Each piece functions as a visual marker that commemorates a single moment, event or memory.
Pam Korte recently retired from 30 years as an Assistant Professor at Mount St. Joseph University. She taught all levels of the ceramics program during her tenure. Maintaining an avid studio practice for 37 years, she has participated in countless regional shows. Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly magazine as well as other publications. Her current work is a translation of her deep connectedness to the natural world.
Margaret Rhein is a Cincinnati artist who has been involved in the art and craft of making paper by hand for the past 42 years. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and craft shows nationwide. She has taught workshops in papermaking, bookbinding and marbling to both children and adults, throughout Greater Cincinnati and beyond. Her work often includes natural elements she has collected or been given.
Karen Rumora is a professional artist and designer who specializes in landscape oil and encaustic paintings. She has a degree from The Ohio State University and has been designing environments and painting for nearly 30 years. Her award winning works are part of many private and public collections. “Marked with resemblances of biological organisms, the surface becomes a tapestry of color with more aspects of the interior structure of plant life rather than its externalities. This essentially turns the concept of a landscape painting ‘inside out.’”
Leah Stahl is a photographer and educator, currently residing in Dayton, Ohio. Her concepts are influenced by the themes involving memory, space, perception, and transformation. She combines both traditional and experimental techniques in her practice. She received her MFA from the University of Cincinnati, DAAP. Stahl is currently Chair of the Photography Department at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, Ohio. She has taught at Wittenberg University, Antioch College, Sinclair Community College, and the University of Cincinnati.
Brenda Tarbell has lived and worked in Cincinnati since 1974. She is a member of the Clay Alliance and has received many grants and awards for her work. She has done public commissions for the Duke Energy Convention Center, Mercantile Library and Lloyd Library. Tarbell states, “I regard the natural world with respect, consideration, careful observation and concern. I feel grounded and content when my attention is focused on the natural world.”
Heather F. Wetzel is an artist whose work has been widely exhibited and in multiple collections. She is working primarily in historic photographic processes, hand papermaking, and book arts. Wetzel taught for a number of years at The Ohio State University and is currently the Assistant Professor, Head of Photography, at Memphis College of Art in Tennessee. As a highly decorated artist, she has studied and exhibited extensively.
Pam Korte, co-curator of this exhibition, reflects, "I believe that people need to be reconnected to wonder and amazement, especially as it is manifest in their one home, the earth. Each of the invited artists brings their particular insight to the cycle of attention, inspiration and expression. By our work we dare to share vision and spread awareness."
ALSO NOTE: The Biophilia, Standing Witness exhibition includes a tribute to Sister Paula Gonzalez, Sister of Charity, who passed away in August 2016. Sister Paula was an internationally known environmental educator and activist.
Artist: Heather F. Wetzel
Title: Salvage 85
Media: Ferrotype on recycled can lid
Artist: Lisa Hueil Conner
Title: Ammonite Revealed (detail)
Media: Stoneware Clay
Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University, at the crossroads of Delhi and Neeb in Delhi Township, 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Admission is free. For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314. www.msj.edu/ssg