THE ARTISTS SPEAK...
“I grew up in New York City. MOMA, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney were my playgrounds. I fell in love with painting, started young and just kept at it. At Harvard I studied at the Carpenter Center and the Fogg Museum. I did manage to graduate in 1972 and, for a few years taught in a small art department in Keene, NH as part of the University of New Hampshire system. In the late 1970s, I settled into a studio in Boston and, in 1981, was selected for a large survey show of New England abstract artists at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. I had gallery representation and a number of successful solo as well as group shows at an array of other museums including an exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts which ended up buying one of my paintings. Ultimately, I had a lover’s quarrel with the art world in the mid-80s and left for a while. But I have since reconciled with it, rediscovered my mojo, and have gone back to artmaking with a vengeance. Recently, I’ve shown my work at galleries in New York, Charlotte, Washington, DC, and, of course, Winston-Salem.” - Frank Campion
Canadian born artist Thomas Frontini spent his early years exploring the remote landscapes of Southeastern Ontario. With a British mother and Italian father much of his early exposure to art and history came as a result of travelling to Europe each year to visit family. It was these travels and an early appreciation for art, particularly painting that lead Frontini to pursue an education in fine arts, receiving a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from The Ohio State University.
Frontini continues to travel, live and exhibit internationally. He presently resides and works in Cleveland Ohio.
Born in 1967, Heather Gordon is the daughter of an accountant and engineer. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Florida in 1990 and her M.F.A from New Mexico State University in 1995. She lives and works in Durham, NC. Her recent installations were in the exhibition You Are Here: Light, Color and Sound Experiences at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Other exhibitions includeAnd Then the Sun Swallowed Me at CAM Raleigh, Echo at 21C, and SHOWat The Durham Fruit. In 2014, Gordon received a North Carolina Artist Fellowship.
Leigh Ann Hallberg & Paul Bright
LEIGH ANN HALLBERG BIO
Leigh Ann Hallberg is an artist and Lecturer in Art at Wake Forest University. Her drawings incorporate the recurring themes of semi-permeable membranes (what is let in and what is kept out), human perception (its marvels and insufficiencies), and the visual as a means for a more comprehensive understanding of experience. Drawing, as a direct means of expression, is frequently the medium she chooses to investigate these ideas.
Hallberg’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, and internationally in Germany and Italy. She received a BA in Art from Mount Union College and her MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She teaches drawing and studio fundamentals at Wake Forest.
PAUL BRIGHT BIO
As an artist Paul Bright is interested mostly in permutations of “the found.” He adopted collage early as his primary approach and continues to employ it in material works often formed from de-collaged and collected paper elements, and in aural collages composed from sound he records. His work has been presented in the US, Germany, England, Italy, Switzerland, Scotland, and Canada, and is part of several museum and numerous private collections. Bright was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from the University of South Carolina. His non-artist professional life began with work in art museums while in college, and has additionally encompassed tenures in history museums and arts centers as well as art museums and galleries. He has worked as an exhibition and design director, and curator. This multifaceted experience coalesces in his current role as the Director of Galleries and Programming at Wake Forest University.
Krystal Hart is a North Carolina native. Hart received her BFA from New York Institute of Technology and is a distinguished recipient of various honors and residencies including a 2007 Chair Person Fine Arts Award for excellence in her art practice and graduating summa cum laude, a 2009 and 2012 Limner Society Residency, a 2011 and 2017 NC Regional Artist Grant, and the 2018 Mass MoCA Masters of Abstraction Workshop in Residency. Hart has a passion for serving her local and global community. Her work often provides a platform for cross-culture and cross-community experiences of a shared human condition. Her aim at shifting perspectives towards restorative and regenerative communities’ motives some of her noted exhibition participation.
Travis Head makes drawings primarily rooted in the notion of souvenir. His works commemorate actual lived experiences and those that might be better described as virtual, in equal measure.
Head’s work is included in the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program and his drawings and artist’s books have been exhibited throughout the United States. Head has been awarded residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Ox-Bow, Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and he is a 2015 recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship. His work has been discussed in The Washington Post and reproduced in Syracuse University’s journal Stone Canoe and Manifest’s International Drawing Annual 7. His collective, The Four-footed Fellows Correspondence Club, has exhibited nationally, as well as in Norway and Qatar. He holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and a BA from the University of Mary Washington and is Associate Professor of Drawing at Virginia Tech’s School of Visual Art.
Adrian Rhodes, of Hartsville, South Carolina, received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Winthrop University in 2011. She is the recipient of the SC Arts Comission’s 2020 Individual Artist’s Fellowship and the 2019 SECAC Artist’s Fellowship. Her work has been included in highly competitive group exhibitions at well regarded museum and contemporary art institutions. Paper Worlds at the Spartanburg Art Museum exhibited her work with eight other artists who, according to the curatorial statement, "push the boundaries and capabilities of paper.” Coined in the South at the Mint Museum Uptown was a survey of groundbreaking contemporary southern art. She was featured in the 701 CCA SC Biennial in 2019 among 24 artists chosen from a group of 134 applications by well regarded South Carolinans. In 2017 she was included in two national print exhibitions: the Clemson National Print and Drawing Exhibition and VAE Raleigh’s Under Pressure. Her work has received numerous accolades including Best of Show at VAE Raleigh’s Contemporary South in 2018. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Carolinas.
Leigh Suggs was born in 1981 in Boone, North Carolina and currently resides in Richmond, VA. She received her BFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2003 and her MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Her recent shows include a three person show at The Visual Arts Center in Richmond I >< YOU >< WE (2018-2019), a two person show at Penland Gallery Conversation | Unspoken Language (2016), and several solo shows including Reynolds Gallery This or That is Here, or There (2018), Minnesota State University –Moorehead Reflection as a Shadow (2016), Reynolds Gallery Double Vision (2016); In Visible Light (2015) at LIGHT Art + Design in Chapel Hill, NC; Trying to Exit Here (2015), Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA; and her notable group shows include Go for Baroque at the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI (2016), NCAC Fellowship Exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC (2014), and Art on Paper (2012) at the Weatherspoon Museum in Greensboro, NC. Suggs has been awarded several grants and honors, including the North Carolina Fellowship Award, a city of Richmond CultureWorks Grant, and a residency at the Quirk Hotel & Gallery in Richmond, VA. Her work is a part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts collection and corporate collections, including the Federal Reserve Bank, Capital One, Markel Corporation, Suntrust Bank and Fidelity Investments.
Antoine Williams' interdisciplinary practice is an investigation power and perception through the lens of critical race theory. Heavily influenced by science fiction, and his rural, working-class upbringing in Red Springs, North Carolina, Antoine has created his own mythology about the complexities of contemporary Black life. An artist-educator, Antoine received his BFA from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and his MFA from UNC Chapel Hill. He helped start the God City Art Collective in Charlotte, where he participated in a number of socially engaged, community-based art projects. He has exhibited in a number of places, including at the Mint Museum of Art, Michigan State University, Columbia Museum of Art, Smack Mellon Brooklyn, 21c Museum, Elsewhere Museum, The McColl Center of Art and Innovation as well as many other venues. He is also a recipient of the 2017 Joan Mitchell Award for Painters and Sculptors and the 2018 Harpo Foundation Grant Award. Williams is an assistant professor of art at Guilford College.