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Past Exhibition

The Stubborn Influence of Painting

June 10 – September 6, 2021

Bringing together a diverse group of nine artists from across the U.S. and London, this exhibition examines how the history of painting acts as a silent collaborator in the work of artists who create in other mediums. The influence of painting connects these artists directly and indirectly, establishing common ground in unexpected ways.

The works on view include photography, textiles, ceramics, video, and mixed-media constructions.

An artistic intervention by Alexandra Hedison was featured as an extension of this exhibition for the community to enjoy on Pearl St. Mall in the windows of 1418 Pearl St. from June 10 – July 9, 2021.

About the Artists
Philip V. Augustin uses abstract imagery to explore the relationships of objects, spaces, and tonal values to each other and to the frame. Augustin’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Colorado Photographic Art Center, Denver; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; and Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN. He is a frequent reviewer for the Society for Photographic Education’s national conventions.

Augustin has served as Contributing Faculty at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Curatorial Consultant to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and President of the Board of Photo Arts Santa Fe.

Augustin lives and works in Santa Fe.

peter campus is a seminal artist in the canons of new media and video art. In his recent digital video work, campus transforms footage of landscapes and interiors into painterly scenes by using sophisticated digital techniques.

campus received a BS in Experimental Psychology from Ohio State University. He then studied at The City College Film Institute, New York and participated in the experimental workshops at Boston’s well-known WGBH-TV. campus has been awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Numerous museums have featured solo exhibitions of his work, including the Jeu de Paume, Paris; Culturgest, Lisbon; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany.

campus’ work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Modern, London, among other museums.

Born in New York City in 1937, campus lives and works in East Patchogue, NY.

Naomi Cohn participated in the invention of Contact Improvisation at Oberlin College and joined Twyla Tharp’s seminal dance company in 1971. She subsequently became an abstract painter based in Denver with representation at Plus Gallery. Returning to New York in 2008, Cohn introduced ceramics into her practice.

Recent 2019 exhibitions include Show #55 at Field Projects Gallery, New York and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Annual Exhibition The Form Will Find Its Way: Contemporary Ceramic Sculptural Abstraction at Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis. She has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

As a curator, Cohn organized Take Five (2010) for Plus Gallery, Denver and Ulterior Motif (2015) for The Painting Center, New York.

Born in New York City, Cohn lives and works in Bedford, NY.

Steven Frost combines yarn and other traditional weaving materials with ribbons, plastic beads, sequins, shredded t-shirts, and other salvaged materials from a range of sources. They explore the ways that history and time are embedded in materials. Frost received an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the Art Institute of Chicago. They are an instructor in the Media Studies Department at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder.

Frost’s work has been featured at Basement Projects at CU Art Museum; 350 E 3rd/ ArtX, Long Beach, CA; Robert Bills Contemporary, Chicago; and Coop Gallery, Nashville, TN. Their work has also been exhibited at Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA; Imersten, Vienna, Austria; and the Chicago Cultural Center. They are the founder of the Colorado Sewing Rebellion and co-founder of the Experimental Weaving Residency in Boulder.

Frost lives and works in Boulder.

Alexandra Hedison is committed to the precision of working with large and medium format cameras. She addresses the interstices between tradition and novelty by exploring the transitions between the two. Each of her photographs is a direct encounter between the individual and the immensity of the landscape, both architectural and natural. She often focuses on synthetic veils in ordinary environments, identifying a conceptual space between places.

Hedison attended the University of California and the State University of New York. She is represented by Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Art Paris; Photo London; Centro Cultural de Cascais, Portugal; and Diane Rosenstein Fine Art, Los Angeles. Her work has also been presented in group exhibitions, including My Aim Is True (2012) at The Frostig Collection, Los Angeles with William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, Diana Walker, and Andy Warhol, among others.

Nikolai Ishchuk creates work that incorporates image, sculpture, mixed-media works on paper, drawing, and installation. His practice is situated within a vastly expanded notion of the “photographic” and its network of relations to other disciplines. He studied Economics and Social and Political Science at the University of York and the University of Cambridge before earning an MA in Fine Art with Distinction from Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Ishchuk’s work has been exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; and K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai. Ishchuk was the first non-documentary photographer to win in the British Journal of Photography’s Awards in 2012. He was featured on Tate Audio Arts, one of world’s most comprehensive sound archives dedicated to art. He is represented by Marshall Contemporary in Los Angeles.

Born in Moscow in 1982, Ishchuk lives and works in London.

Garry Noland earned his BA in art history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has received numerous grants and awards, including a Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts/Mid-America Arts Alliance Fellowship in Painting and Works on Paper. Noland’s mixed-media constructions have been exhibited at Kemper (Crossroads) Museum of Contemporary Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Cleve Carney Museum of Art, Tiger Strikes Asteroid-Chicago, and John Michael Kohler Art Center, among others.

Noland lives and works in Independence, MO.

Gelah Penn has exhibited her mixed-media constructions at the Baker Center for the Arts at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA; Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME; Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY Old Westbury, NY; San Francisco Art Institute; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Bibliotheque Municipale Louis Nucera, Nice, France; Carl Berg Projects, Los Angeles; and in New York City at the National Academy Museum, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, Foley Gallery, and Equity Gallery.

Her work is in the collections of the Weatherspoon Art Museum; Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA; Brooklyn Museum Library, NY; and Gund Library at the Cleveland Institute of Art, OH. Reviews of her work have been published in Art in America, The New York Times,, and The Brooklyn Rail. Her work has also been featured in Sculpture Magazine.

Penn has received a Tree of Life Individual Artist Grant and fellowships from the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony.

She lives and works in New York City and Connecticut.

Altoon Sultan works in several different mediums: painting, drawing, relief sculpture, and textiles. Wanting to make rugs for her old farmhouse, she learned the technique of rug hooking. After seeing a show of Tantric drawings at the Drawing Center in New York in 2006, she was inspired to begin making abstract wall textiles.

Sultan was born in Brooklyn but has been living on an old hill farm in Vermont for over 25 years. She had her first solo show in a commercial gallery in 1977, at Marlborough Gallery in New York. She is currently represented by McKenzie Fine Art.

Sultan’s work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Yale University Art Gallery; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, among others. She has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants and an Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About Kate Petley, Guest Curator
Kate Petley positions her work between photography, sculpture, and painting, with influences that include portraiture, still life, and the long history of a luminous surface.

The University of Colorado Art Museum will present a solo exhibition of Petley’s work in the fall of 2021 titled Staring Into the Fire. She had solo exhibitions in 2020 at Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles and Robischon Gallery in Denver.

Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at MCA Denver; Diverseworks, Houston; the Museum of South Texas; the Nicolaysen Museum, Casper, WY; Fotofest, Houston; Martin Museum at Baylor University; Arlington Museum of Art; and the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX. Petley is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Rockefeller Foundation Grant and a Ucross Foundation Fellowship. She participated in PhotoIreland 2017.

Born in New York, Petley lives and works in Longmont, CO.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Nicky Wolman & David Fulker, Sue Schweppe, City of Boulder, Boulder Arts Commission, Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, Colorado Creative Industries, National Endowment for the Arts, and Unico Properties LLC.

Exhibition Events
- 6/10/21
- 7/1/21
- 8/28/21