State of the Art 2011: National Biennial Watercolor Invitational

Curated by Chalen Phillips
Sponsored by the Friends of Martha Seif

February 14 through March 29, 2011
Reception Thursday, February 17, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Talk by Chalen Phillips at 7 p.m.
Music by Parkland College Guitar Ensemble

Additional Exhibit Lecture by Jamie Kruidenier and Don Lake
Wednesday, March 2 at 3 p.m. in the Gallery

Participating Artists from the Springfield Art Museum Collection include:
Kent Addison, Mary L. Aro, Nell Blaine, Charles Burchfield, Chen Chi, Robert Cottingham, John Steuart Curry, Adolf Dehn,
Elsie Bates Freund, Donald Holden, Gregory Litinksy, John Marin, Don Nice, Philip Pearlstein, David Plank, and Joseph Raffael.

Chalen Phillips is Curator of Collections at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri. Mr. Phillips has served as a juror for the Watercolor U.S.A. 2009 and the Prints U.S.A. 2009 competitions and is a member of the Watercolor Honor Society.

In his curatorial essay, Phillips states that his background in art history strongly influenced the selections he has made from Springfield’s enormous collection.
“I am not an artist; I simply admire the way art tells a story or reflects a certain period in time. This is my passion,” he said.
“I strive to understand how history was shaped by the raging whirlwind of events made evident in the artistry of the times. With that in mind,
I chose artists who depicted a period of time from the past such as the documenting of a disastrous flood, the death of a bee, or a simple moment of peace.”

Parkland Art Gallery’s spring hours are
Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.