The Painting Center is pleased to announce that its main gallery will feature
Assembling Nature, a solo exhibition recent works by Andrea Packard. The
exhibition will take place October 5–30, 2010. The opening reception will take
place on Thursday, October 7, 6-8 pm. Gallery hours are 11 am–6 pm, Tuesday
Packard’s mixed media works on paper and panel recombine fragments of
prints, papers, and fabric with layers of pastel, gouache, and acrylic. Many of her
artworks take inspiration from the New England and Mid-Atlantic woods and
wetlands—sites that have been threatened or destroyed by development. She
does not represent these environments literally but looks for ways to evoke and
explore nature’s power to surprise and inspire. Working from both observation
and an experimental collage process, she seeks a response to nature that
reveals something of the way forms, relationships, and observations change over
time. Her images are not so much about static places as states that are dynamic,
ephemeral, or subject to change. As Packard writes "In a world dominated by
mass-produced imagery, I am fascinated by art that resists memorization and
rewards a searching gaze. I take a painterly approach to collage processes and
am interested in the way external and internal worlds continually recombine."
Packard has shown her paintings, prints, and sculptures in over fifty
exhibitions in Connecticut, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Most
recently, her work has been featured in a solo exhibition at The Philadelphia
International Airport and Canopy, a group exhibition at Lohin Geduld Gallery, NY.
This summer, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas purchased a series of
her works and placed them on long-term display in their Joy Pratt Markham
Gallery. In March 2011, her work will be featured in Composing Nature, a solo
exhibition at the List Gallery, Swarthmore College. Her work is included in varied
permanent collections including the Mann Center for the Arts, Philadelphia; Arco
Inc.; Rohm and Haas, Inc.; The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
Philadelphia; The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia; Walton Arts
Center, Fayetteville, AR; and numerous private collections.
Packard received an M.F.A. from American University (1994), a Certificate
from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1989), and a B.A. from
Swarthmore College (1985). She has won numerous awards for her work,
including Swarthmore College's Oak Leaf award, Flack Achievement award, and
Lockwood Fellowship; the American University's Glassman and Sacknoff
Awards; the Pennsylvania Academy's Cresson Traveling Scholarship; and
residency fellowships from the Joseph and Anni Albers Foundation, St. Mary’s
College, Chester Springs Studio, and the Vermont Studio Center.
Since 1995, Packard has directed the List Gallery, Swarthmore College.
She has written numerous essays on diverse artists including William Daley,
Michael Olszewski, Alisson Saar, Lezley Saar, Rackstraw Downes, Stanley
Lewis, Emily Brown, Hiroyuki Hamada, and Alice Lok Cahana. She has also
served as a art juror, panelist, curator, lecturer, and instructor at varied
institutions including the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts,
NY; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Dartmouth
College, and Oglethorpe University Museum, Atlanta. Since 2009, she has been
Consulting Curator for Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR.