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Main Gallery: Gillian Pederson-Krag: Paintings and Etchings

Project Room: Eberhard Froehlich and Meredith Leich

Gillian Pedersen-Krag
Concurrent Exhibitions: 
Main Gallery:
Gillian Pederson-Krag
Donald J. Gordon Visiting Artist
Project Room:
Eberhard Froehlich and Meredith Leich​

Talk by Gillian Pederson-Krag: 
Thursday, November 5, 4:30 PM
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema
List Gallery reception:
5:30-7:00 PM

The List Gallery, Swarthmore College is pleased to announce that Gillian Pederson-Krag will be this year’s Donald J. Gordon Visiting Artist. For more than 50 years, Pederson-Krag has painted masterfully arranged still lifes, landscapes, and figure groups. Distilling lessons from artists as diverse as Giorgio Morandi, Georges Seurat, Édouard Vuillard, Chinese brush painting, and Byzantine icons, her cohesive imagery, space, and light harmonize to express empathy for both humanity and nature. Her closely observed forms, restrained palette, and softly nuanced strokes convey transcendent beauty and tranquility. A selection of her paintings and etchings from the past decade will be on view in the List Gallery’s main room from November 5 through December 13, 2015. Copies of Gillian Pederson-Krag, Paintings and Etchings 1970-2011, a monograph with collected essays and more than 100 color reproductions, will be available for sale.

Pederson-Krag will lecture about her work on Thursday, November 5, 4:30 p.m., in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema. The List Gallery reception will follow from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Free admission was made possible by the Department of Art, Swarthmore College and the Donald J Gordon Visiting Artist Fund.  Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, Noon–5 p.m.

The List Gallery’s smaller room will feature a concurrent exhibition of works by two Swarthmore College alumni artists who also paint from observation: Eberhard Froehlich ’86 and Meredith Leich ’08. Select animations by Meredith Leich will also be on display. All three artists will be present for the opening reception on Thursday, November 5, 5:30-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. 

Gillian Pederson-Krag attended the Fontainbleau School of Fine Arts, the Arts Students League of New York, and Academies of Fine arts in Perugia and Florence before receiving a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design in 1961 and an M.F.A. from Cornell University in 1963. Her work can be found in distinguished collections including the Everson Museum in Syracuse NY; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, the Mead Art Museum, Amherst, Mass, the Library of Congress Print Collection, and the New York Public Library print collection. She has mounted more than two dozen solo exhibitions of her work nationally including at the Hood Museum, Dartmouth College; Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas; and Andrew Dickson White Art Museum, Cornell University. Locally, her paintings have been represented by Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia. Pederson-Krag has taught painting and printmaking at institutions such as Dartmouth College, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Queens College, New York. She has also served as a visiting critic at more than twenty colleges and universities including Vassar College and Indiana University. Her numerous awards include a Pollock-Krasner grant; the Gladys Cook Prize at the 179th Annual Invitational exhibition of American Art, National Academy, NY; a Saltonstall Grant fro printmaking; an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant; and an Award of Excellence from the Hecksher Museum. She has been a resident artist at Millay Colony, Yaddo, Ucross, and other noted artist retreats. Her monograph, Gillian Pederson-Krag: Paintings and Etchings 1970-2011, which features an introduction by Tom Maderson and more than 100 color reproductions, will be available at the gallery.

 Eberhard Froehlich received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1986 where he studied studio art and ancient Greek. He went on to earn an M.F.A. from New York Academy in 1999. Currently he teaches painting and drawing at Académie des beaux-arts de Montréal in Canada. His practice combines aspects of perceptual painting with ongoing study of masters of Western Painting. Over the past three decades, he has mounted more than 15 solo exhibitions of his work in Germany including at Artfein, Berlin; Bürgergalerie, Neumünster; Pfrondorf Rathaus; Steigerwaldklinik Burg Ebrach; and Galerie Bluethner, Leipzig. He has also exhibited at Galerie Mile-End, Montréal. In the United States he has shown at diverse venues including Still Life Gallery, Ellicott City, MD, and Sandarac Fine Arts, Baltimore; The Gallery at Chapin, Princeton, New Jersey. He has won numerous prizes for plein-air painting including the Grand Prize at the 2015 Adirondack Plein-air festival.

Meredith Leich is a painter and animator with interests in geography, weather, and narrative. Born and raised in Boston, she has made her home in Berlin, Germany; Brooklyn, New York; Jaffa, Israel; San Francisco, California, and now Chicago, Illinois. She is currently completing a M.F.A. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Film, Video, New Media, and Animation. Previously, she earned a post-baccalaureate certificate in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute (2013) and a B.A. with high honors from Swarthmore College (2008), where she majored in art history and minored in music. She has taught at Marwen (Chicago), San Francisco Art Institute, Southern Exposure (San Francisco), several San Francisco public schools, and Root Division. She has exhibited her works at Diego Rivera Gallery, Southern Exposure, and Gallery del Grotto in San Francisco and Piece of Cake Gallery, Jaffa, Israel. Her awards include a studio residency at Root Division in San Francisco, CA; a year-long Dorot Fellowship in Israel; inclusion in Asylum, an International Jewish Artist Retreat in Garrison, NY; and a Germany Close Up Travel Fellowship, sponsored by the German government.

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