This two-person exhibition features the work of Maine-based painter Grace DeGennaro and the kinetic sculpture of Boston-based artist Anne Lilly. These artists elevate the ordinary into extraordinary by working with engineering and geometry to create fluidity and beauty.
In 2013, Lilly received the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Grant Award for Lifetime Achievement. She was named a 2014 visiting artist at MIT, 2012 artist-in-residence at the Art Institute of Boston, and was awarded the 2011 Blanche E. Colman Grant. She has created artworks for a year-long exhibition of kinetic art at the MIT Museum, the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, the City of Boston’s ParkArts program, and the Fort Point Public Arts Series. Her work was included in the 2007 DeCordova Museum Annual Exhibition, has been collected by the DeCordova Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, and is held in corporate and private collections internationally. Through competitive selection in 2005 she was awarded a public commission for a permanent sculpture on the Boston Harbor, and the Boston Globe named her 2003 FPAC exhibition one of the ten best exhibits of the year.
Lilly holds a Bachelor of Architecture, magna cum laude, from Virginia Tech, and has taught at MIT, Massachusetts College of Art, the Art Institute of Boston, the DeCordova School, and Maud Morgan Arts. In a project funded by the NEA, from 2005 to 2007 she collaborated with the DeCordova Museum’s education department to develop and administer an annual institute for teachers, using kinetic sculpture to link the instruction of art and science in middle and high schools. Ms. Lilly is represented by WALKER CONTEMPORARY, Rice/Polak Gallery, Will Baczek Fine Arts, and Watson Gallery.
Grace DeGennaro is a painter whose work is informed by the study of ancient uses of pattern, symmetry, and iconic symbolism in traditional forms such as Byzantine mosaics and Indian Tantra Drawings. Her work has been exhibited in New York and New England, at the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, ME, the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, NY and The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. She has also internationally including at the American Embassy in both Tanzania, Africa, and Doha, Qatar.
Grace DeGennaro received an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Skidmore college. She is the recipient of grants fromt he Catwalk Institute, NY, the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission. DeGennaro was a Studio Instructor in the Maine College of Art MFA Program from 1998-2002. Ms. DeGennaro is represented by WALKER CONTEMPORARY and the Kentler International Drawing Space.
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