Barbara Grossman, painter, will present slides and a lecture on her work.
Grossman's talk, which is sponsored by the Colby College Art Department and supported by funds from the Arts Lecture Fund, is open to the public without charge. A reception will follow the talk allowing guests to meet the artist.
In most of Grossman's work, women are brought together in twos or threes. One woman may sit playing a piano while others listen or read scores. Tabletops and chairs punctuate the gatherings. Grossman seems to enjoy the visual game of tag between distinct and varying spatial cues and objects pressed flat against the picture plane. Her earlier work will remind the viewer of Matisse's Moroccan series or Indian miniatures. Her paintings are richly patterned with striking, active color.
Grossman received her B.F.A. from Cooper Union and worked at the Academie der Kunst in Munich, Germany as a Fulbright scholar. She has held faculty positions at University of Pennsylvania, Vermont Studio Center and the Chautauqua Institution. She recently received the National Academy of Design Award for Painting in both 1995 and 2000. She was one of the founding members of the Bowery Gallery in New York City, and has exhibited there and nationally, for over 25 years.