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Meet the Artists: Midwest Paint Group Panel Discussion and Gallery Walkthrough

Friday, April 05, 2019

6:30pm - 7:30pm

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Join us to celebrate the exhibition, Midwest Paint Group and Invited Guests: Self Portraits. An informal panel discussion between members of the group and chief curator Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable will take place in the Taubman Theater at 6:30pm, followed by a walkthrough of the exhibition in the Bank of America/Dominion Resources Gallery. 

Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. 

$8 visiting adults; $5 students/educators; free to members.  

About the Group:

The Midwest Paint Group is an association of American Midwestern painters committed to “Post Abstract Figuration.” The label comes from New York painter Gabriel Laderman, an early exponent of the return to figurative art that followed the dominance of abstract art in the mid-twentieth century. Since the Midwest Paint Group was established in 1999 they have held several exhibitions and frequently produced accompanying catalogs; a version of the current show, Midwest Paint Group and Invited Guests: Self-Portraits, appeared in 2017 at a cooperative gallery space, the Dutoit Gallery, in Dayton, Ohio.

The present exhibition features self-portraits by twelve Midwest Group Painters alongside an equal number of self-portraits by guest artists. Some of the painters, such as Janet Niewald, Jan Knipe, and Bill White, live and work in the Roanoke region or have connections to it. The exhibition ranges from bust portraits against a neutral ground to portrayals that incorporate evocative interior or landscape spaces, and beyond this to a few paintings in which the artist is not represented literally but instead indirectly through allusive objects or motifs.