Luce Gallery to host three new artists Nov. 1-29October 19, 2009
MOUNT VERNON – From Nov. 1–29, the Peter Paul Luce Gallery will host the work of three artists: Phil Sultz, Jan Sultz, and Jeff Lewis, working in a variety of media, including painted collage, ceramics, encaustic, and silver point. The exhibition will open with an artists’ reception on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 2-4 p.m., and gallery talk by Phil Sultz at 3 p.m.
Phil and Jan Sultz live and work in Dennysville, Maine. They moved to Maine in 1990 after raising two daughters and teaching studio art at Webster University, St. Louis, from 1966 to 1989.
Phil Sultz studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Albright Art School in Buffalo, N.Y., where he studied with Charles Burchfield. In 1958 he began teaching at the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design before taking leave to enroll in the Accademia De Bella Arte in Rome. In the following decades he taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Webster University, St. Louis, where he is professor emeritus. He received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in painting in 1975, and in 1976, was included in a bicentennial exhibition in New York titled “Forty Years of American Collage” at Buecker and Harpsichords Gallery. He has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally and is represented in New York by the Allan Stone Gallery.
Jan Sultz initiated and developed the ceramics program at the Kansas City Art Institute in the late 1950s, and later at Webster University, St. Louis, where she taught for 24 years. Since leaving teaching she has continued to make stoneware ceramics at her studio in Maine.
She began her career in art under the tutelage of Warren Robinson at Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y., culminating in an early exhibit of paintings at Contemporary Arts Gallery in New York City. Her direction toward clay forms developed later as a graduate student at Cranbrook Academy of Art, under the influence of Maija Grotell. Jan’s work has been shown in numerous venues including A. J. Bueche Fine Art, Northeast Harbor; Bates College, Lewiston, Maine; Allan Stone Gallery, New York City; and Lill Street Gallery, Chicago.
Jeff Lewis serves as professor of painting and drawing at Auburn University. He received his master of fine arts and master of arts at the University of Iowa and his bachelor of arts at SUNY Brockport, N.Y. Other teaching experience includes positions at Dartmouth College and Cornell University, as well as guest lecturing/workshops at Robert Wesleyan College, American University, Mississippi State University, The American School, Surrey, England, and The University of Iowa. His encaustic paintings and silverpoint drawings have been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally, in public and corporate collections, as well as private collections in Great Britain, Italy, Scandinavia, and the United States.
This exhibition is made possible through a generous endowment from the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. Gallery hours are Monday–Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sundays 2-4 p.m.
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