Sculpture Lecture: Brenda Garand
November 19, 2012
Colby College’s Bixler Art and Music Building, room 154.
Garand, a nationally recognized artist and teacher has exhibited extensively in this country and Europe. She received her BFA in sculpture from the University of New Hampshire and her MFA from Queens College in New York, where she studied with sculptor Larry Fane.
Selected exhibitions include: The 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art at the National Academy Museum in New York City; Brenda Garand “Northern Fiction” Sculpture at Wright State University Art Galleries; Brenda Garand Northern Route at Dartmouth College Hopkins Center; Organic Origins in the Mahady Gallery at Marywood University in Scranton, PA., among many others. A few of the grants and residences she has received include: a Fulbright Grant to France; the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Grant to Bayeux, France; the Andrew Mellon Foundation Research Grant; New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Individual Fellowship; and a Dartmouth College Senior Faculty Grant. Her residencies include; Yaddo, Ragdale, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Atelier Siles in Quebec and the Pouch Cove Foundation in Newfoundland Canada.
In a 2009 catalogue for an exhibit in the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth, the art critic Ronny Cohen, begins her essay on Garand’s work with an insightful description of the work: “The strong visual aspects of her work are the product of a creative process at the crux of which is a passion for engagement with real-world subjects. The subjects that move her are invariably those carrying deep resonances. They come from the personal sphere encompassing autobiography, family traditions, and heritage. Key to her aesthetic and underscoring her approach is a need and desire to search out and express connections, dualities, and contrasts.”
This talk, which is sponsored by the Colby College Art Department and Arts Lecture Fund, is open to the public without charge.