Fine Arts Gallery Features Barry Nemett’s Paintings and Drawings

Posted: September 2, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

While many artists prefer to work from direct observation, Barry Nemett finds his images in memories of places that he has seen and remembered. In his current exhibition, “Language of Landscape: Works from Italy,” he paints and draws landscapes that are often composed of a half-dozen panels, with images based on a dozen or more sites from his travels.

“I draw or paint from life, but the places I portray do not exist, at least not all at once,” says Nemett, the chair of the painting department at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (MICA). “I make them up as I go.”

“Language of Landscape: Works from Italy” will be on display at Mason’s Fine Arts Gallery on the Fairfax Campus from Sept. 2 to 27, with the opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

“[Nemett’s] images are drawn or painted as if he were standing in front of these vast panoramas of earth, sky, clouds and buildings, unveiling a universe which, though modeled through observation, is continually changing, in order to point the way toward true transformation,” says Walter Kravitz, director of the Fine Arts Gallery.

Nemett studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and received his BFA at the Pratt Institute and his MFA at Yale University. He has received a Hugh Fraser Foundation grant, a Ford Foundation Grant, the MICA Trustee Grant for Excellence in Teaching and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Fellowship Grant.

In addition to curating traveling exhibitions, Nemett has exhibited his work and served as a visiting artist and artist-in-residence at colleges, universities and museums across the United States, as well as in Japan and France. The author of “Images, Objects and Ideas: Viewing the Visual Arts” and the novel “Crooked Tracks,” he also has published articles in numerous arts journals.

The Fine Arts Gallery, located on the ground floor of the Fine Arts Building, is open to the public on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends by appointment.

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