TRAVELING EXHIBITION: Heated Exchange / Contemporary Encaustic

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Heated Exchange features the seductive surface, luminous color, and ethereal image layering unique to the encaustic medium.  Each artist approaches the process from a distinct perspective that may incorporate scraping, burning, burnishing, incising, dipping, dyeing, or pouring, as well as painting, printmaking, drawing, collage, sculpture, or installation.  While diverse in approach, numerous conceptual links connect our interest in this malleable material.  Buried images, fragmented hybrids, or hidden codes of natural and industrial order, all translate into works infused with a physically poetic beauty. The exhibition resonates with sensual materiality.  The aromatic scent of honeyed beeswax is an intoxicating perfume.  Tactile surfaces reveal unique traces of the hand, while gleaming color fused with intricate markings orchestrate striking visual chords.

Once an obsolete technique, encaustic (hot wax) is now recognized both for its exquisite beauty and incredible versatility.  The artists Kim Bernard, Kristy Deetz, Peter Dykhuis, Lorraine Glessner, Cheryl Goldsleger, Reni Gower, Heather Harvey, Jeffrey Hirst, Laura Moriarty, and Jane Allen Nodine are among those who helped turn this legendary paint of the Fayum mummy portraits into a mainstream contemporary medium.

Kim Bernard shows her sculpture, installations and encaustic works nationally and has been featured in many exhibits, some of which include the Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Colby College Museum of Art, Art Complex Museum and UNH Museum of Art. Bernard gives presentations, lectures and workshops nationally as a visiting artist and is currently an Artist-in-Residence in the Physics Department at Harvard University.

Kristy Deetz is a Professor of Art & Design at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  She received her MFA in painting and drawing from The Ohio State University.  Her extensive exhibition record includes competitive, invitational, and solo exhibitions throughout the United States. She frequently gives workshops at recognized art centers such as Haystack, Anderson Ranch, OxBow, Penland, and Arrowmont. During her recent sabbatical she traveled to Italy to study the paintings of Renaissance artist, Piero della Francesca.

Peter Dykhuis is an internationally exhibiting visual artist and critical writer.  Formerly a resident of Toronto, he has lived and practiced in Halifax, Nova Scotia since 1991.  He is currently the Director and Curator of the Dalhousie Art Gallery at Dalhousie University and was the former Director of the Anna Leonowens Gallery at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Lorraine Glessner received her MFA in Fibers from Tyler School of Art where she is currently an Assistant Professor. She also holds a BS in Textile Design from Philadelphia University and an Associate’s Degree in Computer Graphics from Moore College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited widely and she has been awarded a number of significant awards including two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships.

Cheryl Goldsleger exhibits internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery, the Krannert Museum, the Montclair Museum, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the National Academy of Sciences, the New Orleans Museum and the Virginia Museum.  Her artworks are in the collections of Albright Knox Gallery, The Baltimore Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The Fogg Museum, The High Museum, the Israel Museum, MoMA and the Tel Aviv Museum among many others.
Reni Gower is a Professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has exhibited her work extensively nationally and internationally for over thirty years.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Virginia for the Arts Project Grants.  Her work is represented in the collections of the Library of Congress; Pleasant Company/Mattel, Inc; Media General, Inc; and Capital One.  In addition to her teaching and painting practice, Gower curates award winning traveling exhibitions.

Heather Harvey is an Assistant Professor at Washington College.  She received the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Artist Fellowship 2009-2010 and was a fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in 2003. She regularly exhibits her work from coast to coast and is included in numerous public and private collections. She was the director of the Charles Harris Library Gallery 2008-2010 and recently co-curated the exhibition artnow:DC in Kohl Gallery at Washington College, Chestertown, MD.

Jeffrey Hirst has exhibited his work throughout the United States since 1991.  Notably it has been showcased at national venues including the Minneapolis Institute of Art and McLean Project for the Art, McLean, VA.  Hirst received his MFA from Louisiana State University.  He is a recipient of a 2009 Minnesota State Arts Board grant and his work is in numerous public and private collections including Great River Energy, Southern Graphics Council, and SAP America.

Laura Moriarty has participated in lectures and residencies worldwide, including the Ucross Foundation, Women’s Studio Workshop, Frans Masereel Center-Belgium, and University of Virginia, Charlottesville.  Her honors include two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants, grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Crafts Alliance of New York State. In 2011, she was awarded a United States Artists Projects Grant to produce her first artist’s book, Table of Contents.  She lives and works in Rosendale, NY.

Jane Allen Nodine is a Professor and Director of the Curtis Harley Gallery at University of South Carolina Upstate where she serves as Assistant Chair of Fine Arts and Communication Studies. Notably, her work has been exhibited at the Frist Center for Visual Arts, Mary Brogan Museum, Turchin Center, South Carolina State Museum, and AlteKaserne Winterthur, Switzerland. Jane has received two South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowships and a NEA / SECCA IV Fellowship.


Size: Approximately 1500 square feet (May be sized to suit variable gallery sizes)

Number of Works:

36 wall / ceiling mounted works that include 4 installations with multiple parts.

7 pedestal works.

  • Moriarty Pedestals: 1 @ 36” x 36” or 41” x 21½” , 1 @ 19” x 21 , 1 each @ 12” x 12”,

10” x 12”, 10” x 10” or 1 @ 36” x 14”

  • Glessner Pedestals: 3 @ 18” x 18” or 1 @ 18” x 54”
  • Checklist and Condition Report with detailed installation instructions travel with exhibition.

Support Material Provided by Venue:

  • Confirmation letter / contract to exhibition coordinator
  • Invitations, mailing, e-vite
  • Gallery signage and labels
  • Press material to appropriate media list
  • Reception
  • $1,000.00 rental fee.

Transport:  Packed in reusable museum quality boxes / crates.
For transport freight climate controlled transport (53’ cab/truck) or FedEx Ground.

  • Each venue to provide one way shipping to the next venue or return to artists.
  • Free shipping estimates available through TCI International

Contact Colleen Kennelly:

  • Prices indicated on prospectus are estimates per box via FedEx Ground
  • Actual cost will vary by distance / FedEx Shipping Calculator

Insurance: Wall to Wall / Provided by Virginia Commonwealth University.

Available on request:

  • High Resolution Digital Image Files.
  • Gallery Talk / Panel presentation / workshops by artist(s) when funding permits.
  • Installation Assistance by artist(s) when funding permits.
  • Link to Catalog available at venue expense.


Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC; Sep 21 – Nov 17, 2012

Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC; Jan 17 – Feb 23, 2013
Slocumb Galleries, Eastern Tennessee State University, Johnson, City, TN; Aug 19 – Sep 20, 2013
Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL; Oct 6 – Nov 22, 2014
J Stark Wayne Galleries, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; Jan 19 – Mar 15, 2016
Capital One, Plano, TX; May 27 – July 31, 2016
California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA; Sep 24 – Nov 13, 2016

California State University-Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA; Jan 25 – Mar 14, 2017
Available April 1 – June 4, 2017
Visual Arts Center, Portsmouth, VA; Jun 23 – Sep 5, 2017
Gumenick Gallery, Cultural Arts Center, Glen Allen, VA; Sep 14 – Nov 12, 2017

Available December 1, 2017 and beyond

SPONSORS: Sponsored in part by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts, and the Painting and Printmaking Department

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