|ZOYA TOMMY GALLERY // FEB17 // 6-8PM
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Houston, TX 77004
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|St. Valentine – Group show
Clara Hoag + Thedra Cullar – Ledford + Lisa krannichfeld and Forrest Prince
|Zoya Tommy Gallery is pleased to present St. Valentine, a group exhibition featuring recent works
by artists Clara Hoag, Thedra Cullar-Ledford, Lisa Krannichfeld and Forrest Prince. The exhibition
focuses on the timeless subject of women and love, harmoniously juxtaposed with religious
artwork that explores love in the spiritual realm.
Displayed in the gallery’s second exhibition space, the show is divided into two seemingly
different topics that actually blend together by virtue of their shared humanity. One is the
crucial role women play in society. The subject is addressed through the artistic expressions
of Clara, Thedra and Lisa, three female artists who have distinguished themselves in the art
community by exploring femininity from very different and sometimes controversial perspectives.
On the other hand, Forrest Prince makes assemblages to convey God’s infinite love for His
vulnerable children on earth. The only male artist in the show, Forrest’s faith in an invisible
yet ever-present God injects a religious point of view and sets the stage for an interesting
discourse about the meaning of love.
The exhibition is called St. Valentine in honor of the annual holiday that celebrates romantic
love in the secular form, while tracing its roots to the early Christian martyr Saint Valentine
who was executed because of his stand for Christian marriage. Love has been a source of
artistic inspiration for centuries, probably because it is the only thing that really matters, and
Zoya Tommy Gallery hopes to continue the conversation from an entirely different perspective.
Houston-based artist Clara Grace Hoag received two BFAs from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign in 2009, one in Ceramics and the other in Art History. She then went
on to receive an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia (Athens) in 2013. Clara
currently teaches ceramics at the University of Houston and The Museum of Fine Arts
Houston. In addition to teaching, Clara has been a resident artist at The Archie Bray
Foundation and The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. She has participated in
a number of national shows and has received grants from the Puffin Foundation and
the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
Thedra Cullar-Ledford was born in Abilene, TX and now calls Houston home. She and
her husband Stephen runs Independent Art Studios, which provides studio spaces to
Houston artists. Thedra received a full scholarship to the California College of the Arts,
where she earned a BFA Cum Laude in painting and then attended the Ruskin School
of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University in the UK for a masters in printmaking and
sculpture. Thedra’s work has been shown in several notable spaces in Houston, such
as the Contemporary Arts Museum, McClain Gallery, G Gallery and the Lawndale Art
Center. She has also exhibited in galleries in New York and London.
Lisa Krannichfeld was born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Lisa’s work has been featured in
numerous publications and exhibitions nationally and internationally including shows
across the southern United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Stockholm, and
Hamburg. She also was chosen as the October 2015 cover artist for the international
art publication, Fresh Paint Magazine. In 2015 she received the Delta Award in the
prestigious 57th Annual Delta Juried Exhibition showcasing contemporary American
art from Southern artists. Her work has also won First Place in the 2015 Batesville Area
Arts Council National Juried Exhibition, and the Juror Award in the 2015 Irene
Rosenzweig Juried Biennial Exhibition. She has been named “One To Watch” in
Saatchi Art Magazine and a “Woman to Watch” by Soiree` Magazine in her
home state of Arkansas. Her work is included in several private and corporate
collections throughout her home state of Arkansas as well as in collections
around the world.
Forrest Prince was born in Houston, Texas in 1935. Despite having no formal art education, he
began making art in 1969 and seven years later had his first solo exhibition at the Contemporary
Art Museum in Houston. Having found salvation in Jesus after personal struggles with drugs and
crime, Forrest became passionate about expressing his faith though art. In 2015, the Art League
Houston awarded Forrest its prestigious Lifetime Achievement In The Visual Arts. He has participated
in many group exhibitions in museums and galleries including Diverse Works, Hooks-Epstein Gallery,
San Antonio Museum of Fine Arts and Lawndale Art Center. Forrest’s work is represented in The
Menil’s permanent collection.