Howard Fonda, “Untitled (the future as seen through the past/stolen,given,owned, not owned, self, not self)”, oil and colored pencil on canvas. 56″x44″, 2017

Attention all painters, all artists!!  A great painting show is coming to Portland, Maine July, 2017.   Michelle Grabner, artist, writer, curator and Crown Family Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has curated an amazing exhibition, American Genre: Contemporary Painting opening on July 20 at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art.

Amy Bennett, “Nothing New Under Sun”, 32″x40″, oil on canvas, 2016, photo courtesy of the artist and Richard Heller Gallery

Cultural production runs deep in Maine and genre painting is a symbolic force in our lineage.  As an artistic convention, genre is powerful as a chart of history, one that reveals artistic patterns and social, political and cultural American value systems.  Fifty painters from around the country will contribute one painting each with a focus on landscape, still life and portraiture. Visitors who come to see the show will have a chance to view a range of painting approaches assembled in one location and for geeky painters, this is a great opportunity to analyze current trends and recognize that genre painting offers a space of common ground.   American Genre: Contemporary Painting will provide a varied snapshot of contemporary life and reflect tradition as painting practice now.

Henry Taylor, “Danielle Dean”, acrylic on canvas, 48”x30”, 2012, photography credit: Collection Rosalie Benitez and Jeff Poe, Malibu, CA

Also! Mark your calendars. On September 15, 2017 there will be a symposium to bracket and close the show.  American Genre Painting:  A One-Day Symposium at the Maine College of Art will begin with a mid-morning keynote lecture by Marie Shurkus, Chair of Academic Studies at MECA, followed by lunch, and afternoon panel discussion moderated by critic, writer, poet and art historian Barry Schwabsky with panelists Sharon Butler, painter and writer of TWO COATS OF PAINT, and Roger White, painter and RISD faculty member. (One or two more panelists TBD)  A closing reception will take place at 5:00 in the ICA. This event is free and open to the public.

Dana DeGiulio, “Citizens”, oil on canvas, 25”×19″, 2015

Hope Gangloff, “After Party”, acrylic and collage on paper, 2015

I hope you can make it!  My best, Gail Spaien

Opening on Thursday, July 20 from 5:00-8:00pm

Check the website for more details and the list of artists included in the show: