Center for Craft Studies: Master Craft Lecture – Reni Gower

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Join artist and curator Reni Gower for a free lecture, COLLECTive Concerns: Collage and Assemblage.

Citing works from Pablo Picasso to Nick Cave, Gower will discuss the rich history of collage and assemblage as powerful tools used by many artists to address acute sociopolitical issues of their times.

Gower will also summarize her newest curatorial project, COLLECTive Concerns: Collage and Assemblage, which features 12 contemporary artists aesthetically and conceptually linked to this compelling legacy.

Students are invited to sign up for Gower’s associated Master Craft Workshop, Motif Matrix/Collage, which explores collage through the lens of Sacred Geometry.

This lecture is offered through VisArts’ Center for Craft Studies. Registration is underwritten by a grant from the Windgate Foundation.

About the Artist/Curator
Reni Gower received a 2023 Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship for Works on Paper. In 2020, she received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. In 2017, she was awarded SECAC’s Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. In 2014, she received the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teacher of Art Award, as well as distinguished teaching awards from Virginia Commonwealth University and VCUarts.

Gower’s artwork is represented in many prestigious collections and has been exhibited at international and national venues for over 40 years. In addition to her painting practice, she curates award-winning traveling exhibitions that include The Garden, FLASHPOINTS: Material / Intent / Fused, Geometric Aljamía: A Cultural Transliteration, and Pulped Under Pressure: The Art of Handmade Paper. After 37 years, Professor Emerita Gower retired from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. She is represented by Chroma Projects (Charlottesville, VA).

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