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Randi Reiss-McCormack

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Birthplace
Boston

Lives in
Baltimore, MD

Works in
Baltimore MD

Website

Schools
Cornell University
MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), 1989, MFA

Tags
figurative, mixed-media, arts-education, image/printmaking, exhibition/performance

Statement

Randi Reiss-McCormack works in multiple medias including painting, etchings, mixed-media works on paper, and assemblage. Her paintings are combinations of images from varied sources, weaving tales that veer from their meanings, sometimes rendered and improvised, morphed or embellished. Everyday rituals and cyclical patterns are a large part of this painting vocabulary. The strange mix of unease and humor are evident in the use of media and subject matter. Working in a collage sensibility, images coalesce and collapse almost simultaneously. In the compressed space of the canvas, there are many methods employed, including stenciling, printing and layering to create a frenetic, energized sense of movement that flirts with a controlled chaos.

Recently, the paintings and prints have exhibited the influence of printmaking processes and the integration of their marks.  Also, the melding of low-tech modalities such as hand printing, sewing and collage combined with digital manipulation and transfers, has enriched this varied vocabulary in new mixed-media venues. The interaction of memory and subconscious on the plethora of visual imagery is the source of  this work.  The patterns have a magnetic power over the reordered images and time and the subconscious warp them into a state of flux.  There is a magnetic  tug of war between context and process producing a playful, inventive work.
 
Randi Reiss-McCormack recently had a solo exhibition at Harmon Art Labs in Washington D.C. and took part in a group exhibition of Printmakers from SOL Print Studios at Stevenson University in Baltimore. She has exhibited in Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, California, Seattle and London, England. She has received the Maryland State Individual Artists Grant numerous times in three different categories. Currently Randi lives and works in Baltimore, MD, USA and is working closely with Sol Print Studios, working on a series of Print Editions in Solar Etching and conducting workshops on techniques to develop photo polymer plates. An upcoming group print exhibition will be this summer at the Cosmos Club in Washington D.C.

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EDUCATION

1987-1989     Masters of Fine Arts, Painting/Mixed Media

                         Mount Royal Graduate School, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.

1979-1983     Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting/Printmaking

                         Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Ithaca, NY

 

WORK HISTORY

2012 – Present      Sol Print Studios, Reservoir Hill. Baltimore, MD

                                  Instructor Solar etching Workshops

2005 – Present     Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

                                 Instructor Continuing Education; Painting, Mixed-media

2003- 2012            Carroll Community College, Westminster, MD

                                 Instructor; Painting, Drawing, Printmaking Workshop

1989-1993             Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD

                                 Instructor; Two Dimensional Design, Drawing I and II.

1988-1990             School 33 Arts Center, Baltimore, MD,

                                 Instructor; Painting, Mixed-Media

1987                       Nantucket Island School of Design, Nantucket, MA

                                Instructor; Alternative Photo Processes

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011                One person Exhibition, Harmon Art Lab, Washington D.C.  Sept.

2011                Two-person Exhibition, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD March.

2006                Two-Person Exhibition, Gallery Imperato, Baltimore, MD.

2000                New Works, Atelier 31 Gallery, Kirkland, WA.

1988                On Your Mark, Juried installation for  School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD, Oct.

1986                Recent Constructions, One-person exhibition, Juliani Gallery, Mass. Bay Comm.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2013                NoesisCosmos Club, Washington D.C.Curated Helen Frederick, May.

2012                Stevenson University Art Gallery,First Impressions; Sol Print Studios, Juried Print Exhibition,              Diane DiSalvo curator, Stevenson, MD, October.

2011                Salt Gallery Space with Mandala House, 2nd annual Art Show and Fundraiser, NYC,.

2011                Scope Miami, digitally represented as finalist, Myartspace.

2010                Small Works, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD.

2008                Material Girls, Jordan Faye Contemporary, with Beth Hoeckel, Mia Halton Baltimore,MD.

2007                Hidden and Revealed , Maryland Art Place curator Peter Dubeau, Baltimore MD.

2007                Expanding Circles, DCCA, , curated by Susan, Isaacs, Wilmington DE

2007                Believe It: 14 Painters, Curated by Jordan Faye Block, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD.

2007                Puchi Nippon, Centerstage, Baltimore, MD.

2007                Drawn to the Walls, Cade Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold MD.

2004                London Art Fair,  London, U.K. 

2004                American Realism, Plus One Plus Two Galleries,161/163 Seymour Pl. London U.K.

2003                Charmopolis,curated exhibition for Maryland Art Place,34 Market St. Baltimore,MD.

2003                Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Juried Exhibition, George Ciscle, Wilminton, DE.,

2002                International Juried Show 03, Juror’s award, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit NJ.

2002                Re-Figuration, Howard County Art Center, Ellicott City, MD.

2002                International Fine Arts Competition, Fraser Gallery, Georgetown, Washington, DC.

2001                Charmopolis, A Baltimore Attitude Show, Cade Gallery, AACC,Arnold, MD.

2001                Best of Show Art Auction, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

2000                The Millenium Group Show, Atelier 31 Gallery, Kirkland WA.

1999                Artscape 2000 minus 1, juried by Doreen Bolger, Howardina Pindell and Terri Sultan,

1998                Artscape 98, juried art annual, juried by Gary Sangster, Director Contemporary Museum, Olga iso, Assistant Curator Hirshorn Museum.  Mt. Royal Ave.  Summer.

1996                Abstracted/Figured/Exposed, School #33 Art Center, juried by Margo Crutchfield Richmond Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

1996                Artscape, 300 Signs,  A Streetscape Installation,  Mt. Royal Ave.,  Baltimore, MD

1995                Art MD., Juried Biennial, curated by Phyllis Rosenzweig, Associate Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. 1993

1994                Growth and  Atrophy, The Empathetic Landscape, School #33 Art Center, Baltimore, Md.,

1993                Maryland State Artists Series, The House Project Installation,

1992                The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD,.

1990                Art Maryland, The Coaches, Juried by Brian Wallis, Senior Editor, Art in America, Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City.

1990                Urban Forces, "Between the Walls", installation exhibited, curated by Oletha DeVane for Artscape '90, Baltimore’s Festival of the Arts, Maryland Institute, Baltimore, MD, July.

1988                Furniture, Form and Fantasy, curated group exhibition, Starr Gallery, Jewish Community Center, Newton, MA.

1987                Collaborative Installation with Artist's Call, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, June.

 

Awards:

2008                Individual Artist’s Grant, Painting, Maryland State Arts Council.

2005                Trawick Prize, Third Place, Bethesda, Maryland.

2004                Individual Artist’s Grant, Two-Dimensional, Maryland State Arts Council.               

2000                Individual Artist’s Grant, Two-Dimensional, Maryland State Arts Council

1991                Individual Artist’s Grant, New Genres, Maryland State Arts Council.

1989                Graduate Scholarship, Maryland Institute, College of Art.

 

Private Collections:

Works on loan at the U.S. Department of State 2003-2005

R.J.A. and Associates, Chicago, IL

Georges Marciano, Beverly Hills California

 

Publications:

Urbanite Magazine”, Baltimore MD, August 2010

“New Dimensions in Photo Processes” Laura Blacklow Focal Press,  2007,

“New American Paintings” Juried Exhibition-in-print#39, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA,2002.

“The City Paper”, July 2003.

“The Howard County Times”,  Spetember 2002.      

“New American Paintings”Juried Exhibition-in-print #21,Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA,1999

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