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The Judges for the 2022 Annual Juried Exhibition have been chosen.

We are pleased to announce the jurors for this year's exhibition.

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Reni Gower

My artwork recognizes geometric perfection as the matrix of humanity. Since ancient times, perfect forms (circle, square, and triangle) have been thought to convey sacred and universal truths by reflecting the fractal interconnections of the natural world.

Viewer response worldwide has confirmed the prevalent yet profound spiritual and emotional qualities of color, light, and pattern central to my art.

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Ryan Roth

For many years now, Ryan Roth’s artwork has primarily focused on the ethical and psychological challenges of the idea of the “corporate man” and his relentless pursuit of business success - or lack thereof.

Typically, Roth explores the concept that while working within the environment of corporate America, people can sometimes blur the lines between what is ethical and what is not.

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The 2022 Annual Juried Exhibition

An annual event presented by Artists Collective | Spartanburg to showcase the amazing diversity of work with in this southern region, SC, NC, TN, GA, VA.

cALL FOR VISUAL ARTISTS
1 JULY 2022

Reni Gower

My artwork recognizes geometric perfection as the matrix of humanity. Since ancient times, perfect forms (circle, square, and triangle) have been thought to convey sacred and universal truths by reflecting the fractal interconnections of the natural world. One finds these similarities embedded in decorative patterns around the globe. Incorporating these designs into contemporary artwork promotes understanding through a shared perspective that can reinforce cross-cultural bonds.

Historically, Islamic artists appropriated key elements from the classical traditions of Ancient Greece, Rome, and Persia to create a new decorative style based upon geometry. Through ongoing migrations, comparable interlaced motifs and meanings are also found in Celtic designs. Likewise, I produce new geometric iterations based upon the traditional patterns embedded in Islamic tile work and woven Celtic knots. Cut by hand, some imperfection does occur in my artwork. Despite this discrete difference, a sense of unity prevails. Tied to the belief humankind cannot achieve godlike perfection, my slow labor intensive process is meditative and prayer-like for both the maker and the viewer.

For the papercuts, stencils are traced and hand cut into large single sheets of painted paper. To produce the pulp paintings, stencils tiled into a nine-square grid and cut out of Mylar are used to mask the complex patterns onto handmade paper with pulp painting techniques. For the Gelli prints, acrylic paint is applied through the stencils and transferred by burnishing to paper. Some may be overprinted numerous times or hand painted as well. The artwork may be installed singly or 4” apart in variable
combinations.

Given our troubled times, my art speaks to a shared artistic legacy between the West and the Middle East with hope and optimism. Viewer response worldwide has confirmed the prevalent yet profound spiritual and emotional qualities of color, light, and pattern central to my art. Through the universal language of sacred geometry, my art celebrates slow work made by hand, while it counters visual skimming and encourages quiet reflection. As such, it is a perfect conduit for conversations that embrace cultural awareness through mindfulness and mutual respect.

Bio: Reni Gower received a 2020 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. In 2017, she was awarded SECAC’s Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. In 2014, she received the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teacher of Art Award, as well as distinguished teaching awards from Virginia Commonwealth University and VCUarts. Her art work is represented in many prestigious collections and has been exhibited at international and national venues for over 40 years.  In addition to her painting practice, she curates award winning traveling exhibitions that include FLASHPOINTS: Material /Intent / Fused, Geometric Aljamía: a Cultural Transliteration, and Pulped Under Pressure: The Art of Handmade Paper. After 37 years, Professor Emerita Gower retired from Virginia Commonwealth University in December 2018. Gower is represented by Chroma Projects, Charlottesville, VA.
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Ryan Roth

For many years now, Ryan Roth’s artwork has primarily focused on the ethical and psychological challenges of the idea of the “corporate man” and his relentless pursuit of business success - or lack thereof. Typically, Roth explores the concept that while working within the environment of corporate America, people can sometimes blur the lines between what is ethical and what is not. Roth’s work typically focuses on the human figure, specifically the male figure, and the social anxieties and expectations that men place on themselves and others. By creating and exhibiting these works, Roth challenges these social norms and practices by bringing them to the forefront of our attention.

Currently, Ryan Roth is teaching at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC. Before joining the faculty of the Fine Arts Center in 2012, Ryan Roth taught at The Ohio State University, Denison University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and The University of Georgia. He also was living in New York City working as an artist and for the top antique framer in the nation, Eli Wilner & Company. The company’s clients included, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, the White House, Yale University, the New-York Historical Society, Christie’s and Sotheby’s, as well as many top collectors. Roth managed the graphic design of the company creating digital mock-ups as well as installing, fitting, and framing some of the world’s most famous paintings.

Roth earned his BFA from Valdosta State University and his MFA in Drawing and Painting at The University of Georgia. Roth has participated in various exhibitions across the United States. He has also participated in international exhibits in Europe and China.

Education

  • MFA, Master of Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting, 2003
    University of Georgia, Honor Graduate-Cum Laude
  • BFA, Bachelor of Fine Arts, with special emphasis on Painting, 1999
    Valdosta State University, Honor Graduate-Cum Laude

Experience
The Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC, Full-time Faculty
     Fall 2012 – Present
          Head - Visual Arts Department
          First Responder
          Teacher of the Year 2019 - 2020

Organizations
College Arts Association 2003 - Present
Foundation in Art: Theory and Education (FATE) 2003 - 2007, 2017-present
Georgia Sculptor’s Society 2004 – 20

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