Drawings That Work: 21st Drawing Show PDF Print E-mail


Gwen Barba • Nancy Berlin • Nataliya Bregel • Dana Clancy • Ken Clark • Camila Chavez Cortes • Michael David Stella Ebner • Liz Ensz • Andrea Evans • Jodi Hays • Diane Hoffman • Victoria Jacob • Julie Levesque • Clara Lieu • Lara Loutrel • Jeffrey Marshall • Nancy Murphy Spicer • Kristen Mills • Stephen Mishol • Lynn Newcomb • David Teng Olsen • Andrew Pez • Linda Price-Sneddon • Trudy Raftery • Nicole Ratos Enerson • Matthew Rich •  Amy Sallen • Karen Schiff • Suzanne Schireson • Brian D. Smith • Jill Slosburg-Ackerman • Linda Stillman • Jonathan Weinberg • Deb Todd Wheeler • Sung Won Yun

Opening Reception: September 10, 2009 at 6:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

Gallery Talk: Andrew Stein Rafferty will give artists talks on Wednesday, September 30 and Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 pm in the Mills Gallery.

Family Day: Saturday, September 19, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the Mills Gallery. Mural making workshops lead by BCA resident artists. Learn More...

Since 1979 the Drawing Show has been a hallmark of the BCA’s programming. Andrew Stein Raftery an Associate Professor of Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design, selected the artists for this year’s exhibition. Andrew’s work is featured in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Fogg Art Museum.

The exhibition examines how artists use drawings in the preliminary stages of the creative process to convey an idea. The 36 selected artists were chosen from a wide pool of applicants and include prints that demonstrate the preparatory phase of such mediums as sculpture, video, digital prints, collage and painted color studies.

“I am most interested in drawings that illuminate an artist's train of thought and often selected works that are rough or show the signs of erasure and revision,” explained Raftery. “In my own work as an engraver, I make up to fifty preparatory drawings and sculptural studies before I even touch the burin to the copperplate. My question to myself as I juried the show was: How do other artists use drawing practices to prepare their work?"

Gwen Barba :: Study: Flowers, 2009, pochoir, sumi ink, graphite 7x10 inches

Jodi Hays :: Untitled 1, 2009 Gouache and gesso on Strathmore paper 22” x 30”

Kristen Mills :: Preparatory Drawing for installation at the Mills Gallery 2009 Pencil on paper

Stephen Mishol :: LOP 2009 Graphite on paper 30” x 22”



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