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Updated: September 9, 2022 @ 1:08 am
HUNTINGTON — Marshall University Professor of Art Sandra Reed completed an Artist-in-Residence program May 12-June 11 at the Weir Farm National Historical Park, located in Connecticut.
The program is offered through the National Park Service and Weir Farm Art Alliance, and takes place at the former summer home of pioneering American Impressionist Julian Alden Weir, who lived there between 1882 and 1919.
Weir Farm is now a 68-acre national park, and the only national park for art. The Weir Farm Art Alliance selects 10 artists annually for its Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program. Reed is one of over 200 artists from around the world to have been selected for this residency program since its inception in the 1990s.
During her Artist-in-Residence experience, Reed lived in the Weir Farm caretaker’s cottage and worked in an adjacent large, light-filled contemporary studio, as well as creating art outdoors — or, “en plein air” — throughout the park. She produced numerous works that utilize composite stencils and atomized acrylic ink while synthesizing the practices of plein air and symbolic abstraction, focusing on both natural and man-made landscape configurations.
“Overall, this artist residency provided uninterrupted time and a supportive environment for self-directed creative work,” Reed said. “I chose to apply to this particular Artist-in-Residence program because it was in a natural setting, offered housing and a large, private studio, and had been a subsistence farm at one time. The studio was really beautiful, situated above a waterway with a wall of windows and deck facing into the woods.”
Reed made around 20 works on paper and canvas during her stay, ranging from small studies to full-sheet compositions. A selection of these will be exhibited in Moon Gallery at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia, for “Array,” her next solo art exhibition in October 2022.
“I encourage patrons of the arts to designate a donation to the School of Art and Design for students to expand their knowledge through inspiring professional experiences in these and other programs,” Reed said.
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