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Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields

 




Top to bottom:
The Cape, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 84 inches
Courtesy of Richard J. Demato Gallery

Sojourn, 2011
Acrylic on canvas
72 x 60 inches
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Purchase, Booth Collection, 2012.52

Her Fancy, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 36 inches
Collection of Marilyn Kornmesser

The Feast, 2010–2011
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 84 inches
Collection of John and Suzanne Hooker


 

Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, featuring 12 paintings and related preliminary drawings by Michigan-born artist Andrea Kowch, opens at the Muskegon Museum of Art on August 15. The public is invited to attend an opening reception and talk by the artist that evening. The reception begins at 5:30 pm and the talk begins at 7:00 pm. The event is free.

The exhibition is part of the Muskegon Museum of Art’s new Made in Michigan Artists series and builds upon the MMA’s longstanding tradition of featuring some of the finest creations in visual media by contemporary Michigan artists. Dream Fields will be on display through October 27, 2013. A catalogue of the exhibition will be available for purchase.

Andrea Kowch has been described as “a powerful voice emerging, demonstrating a highly sensitive consciousness that informs a culturally-laced symbolism.” Born in Michigan in 1986, she attended Detroit’s College for Creative Studies through a Walter B. Ford II Scholarship, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2009 with a BFA degree in illustration. Her paintings, book illustrations, and works on paper are rich in mood, allegory, and precision of medium, reflecting a wealth of influences from Northern Renaissance and American art to the rural landscapes and vernacular architecture of her native Michigan.

Kowch has already received numerous honors in her young career commencing in 2003, at age 17, with seven regional Gold Key awards and two national Gold Medal awards from the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program for creative teens. Her acceptance into these juried national exhibitions earned her representation at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. in 2003 and at the Diane von Furstenberg Gallery in New York in 2004. By 2005, she was granted a National ARTS in the Visual Arts Award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (now the National Young Arts Foundation). The winning entries were exhibited at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami. In 2008, Kowch received the Best of Show Purchase Award from the Northbrook Library’s annual juried international exhibition, and in the same year received an Illustration Faculty Award from the College for Creative Studies.
 
Works by Kowch have been exhibited at museums and galleries and at invitational and juried shows of regional, national and international caliber, including the Muskegon Museum of Art, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, ArtPrize and the Northville Art House, all in Michigan; Art Basel Miami and SCOPE NYC. She has also been featured in several publications, including Spectrum and Direct Art—art annuals that select artworks through international jury—and in Southwest Art’s annual competition whose winners take center stage in their Emerging Artist Spotlight issue. Kowch’s work can be found in public collections, among them the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Northbrook Library, Northbrook, Illinois, and the Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, New York; and in many significant private collections.

Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields has been organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art in collaboration with the Richard J. Demato Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue were made possible through underwriting by PNC Bank. Additional support is provided by the Richard J. Demato Gallery, the Alcoa Foundation—MMA Ally for Contemporary Art and grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media support is provided by WGVU Public Radio.

 
 
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