|MOODY GALLERY // MAR16 // 5-7PM
2815 Colquitt St., Houston, TX 77098
FEB 25 - APR 1, 2017
ARTIST TALK: SAT FEB 25 5:30 PM
|Moody Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Liz Ward. Watershed
features fourteen paintings on paper made with watercolor, gouache, graphite, pastel
and collage elements that explore the Mississippi River. It also marks her ninth solo exhibition
with Moody Gallery since 1995.
"Both the geographical definition of 'watershed' (an area of land drained by a body of water)
and its alternate meaning (an event that marks a turning point) are in play in this exhibition,
which brings together works from two series concerning the Mississippi River. Our present moment in
time is certainly a watershed in the affairs of the nation, but my use of the term is also a reflection
on the many such 'watershed' moments that one encounters in any investigation
of the natural and human history of North America.
The first series, Ghosts of the Old Mississippi, is based on geological maps of the ancient courses
of the Lower Mississippi River, and was inspired by memories of my childhood in South Louisiana.
The second series, Veritas Caput, is a body of work concerning the search for the source of the
Mississippi, undertaken by various explorers, and ultimately discovered by Henry Rowe
Schoolcraft in1832." - Liz Ward, 2017
Liz Ward's work has been widely exhibited at numerous venues including the Museum of Fine
Arts, Houston; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Weatherspoon Museum, University
of North Carolina, Greensboro; the Austin Museum of Art; and the International Print Center,
New York. Her work is also represented in many private, public and corporate collections,
notably the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
and the Menil Collection. In 2012, Ward received a Brown Foundation Dora Maar House
Fellowship, an international artist-in-residence program in Ménerbes, France. With support
of the fellowship, she completed a series of drawings for a Trinity Press book project, Unchopping
a Tree, with renowned poet W.S. Merwin. Her work has also been recognized with two
Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA Fellowships, and the Dozier Travel Award from the Dallas
Museum of Art. Liz Ward received an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Houston in
1990, and a B.F.A. cum laude from the University of New Mexico in 1982. She joined the
faculty of Trinity University in 1999, where she is a Professor and Chair of the Department
of Art and Art History, and an Environmental Studies faculty.
MAR 16 - APR 13, 2017
ARTIST TALK: THURS MAR 16 5:30 PM
|Moody Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Gael Stack. Untitled (Tinies)
features sixteen new oil paintings on paper. The exhibition will be on view March 16 - April 13, 2017.
A reception for the artist will be held Thursday, March 16 from 5-7 pm with an Artist Talk at 5:30 pm.
An artist whose work evokes both memory and the "gaps, sinkholes, and other chasms" found in
our experiences, Gael Stack is one of the most accomplished American painters working today.
Her work uses fragments of words and images, often layered over one another like a palimpsest,
to create a visual language which explores the past's implacable hold on the present, and
with what is unknown and unspoken occasionally poking through.
In 2011 the University of Texas Press published Gael Stack, the first retrospective monograph on
the artist's career, which has spanned four decades. Included are essays by Raphael Rubinstein
and Alison de Lima Greene. Rubinstein likens her paintings to Freud's "mystic writing-pad," a
surface layer that can be endlessly written upon, erased, and refilled, while the underlying
tablet retains traces of all that has been written - an apt metaphor for the workings of
perception and memory.
Gael Stack received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana and
a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Her work has been
exhibited nationally and internationally with attending critical attention. Group exhibitions
include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Exxon Series and Selections from the Exxon
Series), the Dallas Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of Art, the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin,
Texas, Yale University Art Gallery, the Menil Collection, Stedman/Hubbard Gallery, Paris, France,
the Krannert Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Federal Reserve Bank, Houston,
the Federal Reserve Bank, Dallas, Amarillo Art Center, Janie C. Lee Master drawings, New York,
the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Tamarind Institute.