The Painting Center will present an exhibition of recent works by Andrea Packard and Martha Armstrong in the Main Gallery and paintings by Celia Reisman in the Project Room. In varying ways, all three artists explore the unexpected poetry of the domestic and natural worlds. Synthesizing observation, memory, and imagination, they share an interest in creating works that prompt both visual inquiry and reverie.
Andrea Packard’s landscapes and domestic scenes explore the richness and simultaneity of memory, desire, and perception. Her works harmonize a fidelity to visual perception with a love of abstract improvisation. She develops striking imagery and relationships through combining handmade and painted paper with fragments of woodcuts, etchings, and fabric. Her varied textures, complex compositions, and saturated color are at once painterly and attentive to the expressive contrasts inherent in collage practice.
A graduate of Swarthmore College (BA in English and Art History), and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Packard received her M.F.A. from The American University, Washington, D.C. She is a current member of The Painting Center and alumnae of The Center for Emerging Artists, Philadelphia. Her art hasbeen featured in numerous one-person and group exhibitions in Philadelphia, New York, Connecticut, and Washington D.C. Her fellowships and residencies include stays at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, The Vermont Studio Center, and Chester Springs Studio. Since 1995, she has directed the List Gallery, Swarthmore College.
Martha Armstrong’s painterly abstractions from the landscape have won acclaim for their inventiveness and verve. Lilly Wei wrote in 2003, “Armstrong's vision is direct, purposeful but not laconic, a quietly expansive and joyful interpretation of an American landscape that veers between the representational and the less so.” In 2005, Jonathan Goodman wrote “There is always an exploratory energy within Armstrong's art. She consistently investigates the landscape with expressive gestures whose vibrancy engages her audience with intelligence and energy.”
Armstrong shows at Bowery Gallery and Walter Wickiser in New York City, Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, and Oxbow Gallery in Northampton, MA. She has taught at Kansas City Art Institute, Indiana University, Smith, Dartmouth, Haverford, Mt Holyoke and Bryn Mawr, as well as The International School in Montecastello, Italy. Her paintings are in numerous public and private collections. Last summer she was an Invitational Artist at the American Academy in Rome.