Join alumni, parents, and friends for an exhibition of one of Skidmore's own, Stephanie Rose '64! Rose is best known for her large-scale painterly abstractions. In 1996, twenty-five years into her professional career, she painted her first portrait. Since then, while continuing her work in abstraction, Rose has produced a series of remarkable portraits of distinguished sitters from a wide range of professional realms. To set the stage, the exhibition includes two major abstract works by Rose, both of which include vacant chairs as central subjects, revealing the relationship between her abstraction and portraiture. In Rose’s portraits her sitters are classically rendered, surrounded by theatrical scenes of invented imagery which have become hallmarks of the artist's style.
James K. Kettlewell, Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at Skidmore College and Curator Emeritus of the Hyde Collection has published in many areas of art history, arranged numerous art exhibitions, and is a consultant both in the museum field and in the attribution and evaluation of works of art. Kettlewell will discuss Rose’s work in the context of contemporary American painting and how she pulls the modern movement forward in her work. After his commentary, please enjoy the exhibition and a reception.