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Lorraine Glessner’s paintings are composed of multiple layers of images, the paintings resolving into subtly-flickering worlds of extremely seductive richness. Some of them resemble images seen through a microscope; others hint at the world seen from far above. -Andrea Kirsh, Art Historian

 

about Lorraine

Memory, experience, all of life is made up of layers. Everything we do is cumulative to what we have done before and everything we perceive is in the context of what we know.

I grew up in the seventies, when pattern and tactility existed everywhere from shag carpeting, funky needlepoint and macramé, to my mother’s paisley dresses. When I was young, one of my first house chores was to rake the shag carpeting and I loved making patterns in it as I did this. I also loved to run my hands along the flocked wallpaper as I walked down the hallway to my bedroom. From the very start of my creative life, pattern, tactility, mark making, process and craft have played a part and continue in my work today.

 

about the work

Using landscape as inspiration, connection and metaphor, my interest is in the exploration of human interaction and psyche-the navigation of the line between what is hidden and revealed to others. Real and imagined stories exploring inner demons, desires and vulnerabilities of the human mind fuel my work. The consequence of revealing what is hidden can be both a dream and a nightmare, causing a chain reaction gamut of emotions ranging from anguish to exhilaration. The amalgamation of these intense emotions and the simultaneous existence of danger and seduction within the earth and the body is what I investigate through my work.
 

INTERVIEWS

Les Femmes Folles

Lynette Haggard Art Blog

Dora Ficher Art Blog

The Heroine's Journey

 

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EDUCATION

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Master of Fine Arts Degree, Fibers & Material Studies, 2003
Philadelphia University, Bachelor of Science Degree, Textile Design, 1989
Moore College of Art and Design, Associate of Science, Computer Graphics, 1996
 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015     
Terra Incognita, Jed Williams Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Sentient Magnolia & the Great Salt Lake, Courtyard Philadelphia South at the Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Lorraine Glessner Recent Work, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York

2012 
Recent Work, Abington Art Center, Abington, Pennsylvania

2011
Intersections, R&F Paints Gallery, Kingston, New York                  

2010
Grace and Joseph Gorevin Fine Arts Gallery, Cabrini College, Radnor, Pennsylvania

2007
Joan Derryberry Art Gallery, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee
Strata, Kelly Writers House Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 

SELECTED TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017
Lorraine Glessner Recent Work, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York

2013
Shadow Circus, Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia

2012
Recent Work, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, New York

2011
Hot Stuff, Gallery One, Nashville, Tennessee

2010
Clay Scot Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama

2008
Passages, Gallery One, Nashville, Tennessee

2005
Sykes Gallery, Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania
 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Painterly Abstractions, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey
Some Like It Hot, Rye Art Center, Rye, New York
Painting Exhibition, Cosmopolitan Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Organic to Geometric, Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts

2017
Bauble, University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Depth Perception, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Cape Cod Massachusetts
Art of the State, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

2016
Heated Exchange, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Aqua Art Miami, Aqua Hotel, Miami, Florida
Retrieval of the Beautiful, The Painting Center, New York, New York                 

2015
The Spaces Between, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Art Palm Beach, Okay Spark Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
Minimal/Maximum, Truro Art Center at Castle Hill, Truro, Massachusetts

2014
Swept Away, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey
Navigation Puzzle, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, Delaware
Fiber Options, Material Explorations, The Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Maryland

2013
Radiant, Slocum Galleries, Eastern Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee
The National Weather Center Biennale, The National Weather Service Gallery, Norman, Oklahoma
Obscure/Reveal, James Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2012
Spring Wakening, Philadelphia Board of Ethics, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Thermal Traces, Visual Arts Gallery, University of Southern Alabama, Mobile, Alabama

2011
Encaustic With a Textile Sensibility, Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah
Pattern Play, Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky

2010
Collective Thread, University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art & Design, Warrensburg, Missouri
On the Rise: The Inaugural Exhibition at The Art Gallery at City Hall, City Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September Competition Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisianna

2009
Rare Pleasures, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, New Jersey

2008
68th Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Organics, Robert Peck Gallery, Central Wyoming College, Riverton, Wyoming
The Natural World Unveiled, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Fiberart International, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2007
Layer Kake, Exhibit A Gallery, Asbury Park, New Jersey
 

SELECTED AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2017
Third Place, Sculpture, Art of the State Exhibition, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

2016
Best in Show, View, The Art Trust, Westchester, Pennsylvania
The Second Annual Arrowmont Pentaculum Residency, Arrowmont School of Art & Craft, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

2015
Second Place, Sculpture, Art of the State Exhibition, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

2014
Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, Wyoming

2011
Yvonne Kelly Memorial Award for Mixed Media, Annual Juried Show, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

2009
Artist in Residence, Fibers Weaving & Surface Studios, Peters Valley Art Center, Layton, New Jersey

2008
Anne K. Allison Award, 68th Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Montserrat Award, On the Edge, 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Massachusetts

2007
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Individual Creative Artist Fellowship in Crafts

2006
Third Place, Painting, Art of the State Exhibition, The State Museum of Pennsylvania
Nancie Mattice Emerging Artist Award, Dangenart Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

2005
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Individual Creative Artist Fellowship in Crafts
 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2005-Present, Workshop Instructor
Various Universities, Schools, Art Centers, Conferences, Private Studios throughout the United States & Canada

2003-2016, Assistant Professor                 
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2009
Fibers Department HeadPeters Valley Craft Center, Layton, New Jersey
Juror, Peters Valley Craft Fair, Layton, New Jersey
Awards Judge, Weaving, New Jersey State Fair, Sussex County, New Jersey

2005
Fibers Area Head, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2003                 
Studio Assistant, Sharyn O’Mara, Untitled (Corner), Nexxus Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Studio Assistant, Sharyn O’Mara, Eagle’s Nest, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Studio Assistant, Astrid Bowlby, Gallery Joe Solo Show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2002
Studio Assistant, Nicholas Kripal, Genesis Project, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1998
Decorative Painter, Carole Gordon/The Painted Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1998-2000
Chapter Treasurer, Women’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Pennsylvania                 

1993-1998
Manager/Display Artist, Baker, Knapp & Tubbs, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania                 

1989-1993
Textile Designer, Jacquard Fabrics, Inc., Lakewood, New Jersey                 
                                                                                        

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY                                                            

2016
Rooney, Ashley & Lee, Anne, Encaustic Art in the 21st Century, Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA, 2016, p 90-93

2014
McDade, Marci Rae, In Praise of Waxy Build-up, The Surface Design Association News Blog, October 28
Stuart, Michelle, Encaustic Works: Nuance, R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, New York, p 68-73

2013
Shaw, Kurt, James Gallery Reveals Complex Works Painted With Wax, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, December 4
Mattera, Joanne, Following Up, Part 2: A Whiter Shade of Pale, Joanne Mattera Art Blog, June 30
Belto, Michelle, In the Encaustic Studio DVD, North Light Media and ArtistsNetwork.tv Production
Margell, Jennifer, Encaustic Art (Art of the Century), Parkstone Press, New York, New York, Cover 

2012
Donohoe, Victoria, A Quartet Show Artistry in Abington, The Inquirer, June 1
Lombardi, Dominick, Rolling in the Deep at Kenise Barnes Fine Art, huffingtonpost.com, June 2

2011
Vivod, Patricia, Talking Textiles, St Louis Beacon, August, 26

2010
Woolf, Daniella, Encaustic With A Textile Sensibility, Waxy Buildup Press, Santa Cruz, California, p 54-57
Rankin, Lissa, Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art With Wax, Watson-Guptill Publications, NY, NY, p 15, 144-147, 234

2009
Ruyak, Jacqueline, Layers of Meaning, Surface Design Journal, Fall, p 34-37

2008
Slupe, Ellen, Art of the State, Art Matters, August, p 20
O’Sullivan, Michael, Artists Wax Eloquent in an Ancient Medium, Washington Post, April 25, WE45

2007
Harrison, Holly, Mixed-Media Collage, Quayside Publishing Group, Beverly, Massachusetts, pp 90-91
 

COMMUNITY

2013
Volunteer, Americorps, St Bernard Project, Katrina Disaster Relief, New Orleans, Louisiana
 

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Novartis Pharmaceuticals, East Hanover, New Jersey
Nest Interieurs, Marlboro, New Jersey
Buena Vista University, Social Science and Art Hall, Storm Lake, Iowa
JW Marriot Essex House, New York, New York
Harrah’s, Las Vegas, Nevada
Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
 

GALLERIES & ART CONSULTANTS

Carol Rubenstein, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bridgette Mayer Art Advisors, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ellsworth Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
DAC Art Consultants, Atlanta, Georgia
Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York
James Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania