Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Please Help Fund My Project!!

Vermont Studio Center, Proposal on Kickstarter!!

I have just been awarded an Artist Residency at The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont for one month this coming July, 2012. The Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists' and writers' Residency Program in the United States, hosting 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world. This amazing opportunity at the VSC will be a lasting experience for me because they offer the time to live and create with the sole responsibility of focus, research, and the production of new works.

The Vermont Studio Center, which initially costs $4000.00, has awarded me partial funding for my project through their Artist’s Grant in the amount of $800.00 and a work exchange program for $600.00. There is a remaining amount of $3000.00, which for me is very difficult to come up with at this time.

With your help I plan to concentrate on the creation of a new body of work for an exhibition in Athens, Georgia and possibly in Southern Florida. This new body of work will be comprised of a group of paintings dealing with our currant relationship to our fragile natural environment. With your support this opportunity at the Vermont Studio Center will offer me the physical and mental space to concentrate on developing this new work—allowing for freedom of creativity, space of reflection, and experimentation into new ways of working with this subject matter. All of which would be impossible without this rare opportunity.

If you are unfamiliar with Kickstarter, this is a terrific organization however it is an all-or-nothing style of fundraising. If I do not raise at least $1000, my project will be pulled and your account will not be charged. Once the $1000 is raised, the project will be successful. My ultimate goal is raise $3000 to cover the remaining costs and perhaps some supplies.

Every level of donation comes with a different reward!! There are many rewards such as: original hand-pulled, signed and editioned prints, small watercolors, and small to medium oil paintings; as a thank you for your support. They are listed here at a sizable discount from their original retail price. You may also donate without choosing to receive anything in return (this option appears once you select a reward level).

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Gathering: A solo exhibition of oil paintings by Robert Sparrow Jones

January 18 – February 11, 2012
Opening reception and artist talk Friday, January 27 at 4:30 PM

The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at University of the South is pleased to present The Gathering, an exhibition of oil paintings by Georgia based artist Robert Sparrow Jones. In this new series, Jones explores a “Thoreauvian” attempt to coexist with nature. This fascination with the natural world, both delicate and enduring, forlornly strange and intimately known, is Jones’s response to, and escape from, the hyper-civilized, technology-saturated, globalized world.

Inspired by his upbringing in a small, valley town, and a passion for narrative, Jones’s paintings depict safe havens, such as tree houses and boats, amongst landscapes and waterscapes, reminding us that even in Mother Nature’s peril, meditative places exist and survive. In these timeless paintings, the new and old world overlap in a mixture of bucolic and cosmopolitan elements. Heightened color brings merges imagination with reality, and engages a perfect tension of psychology and emotional indifference. Ultimately, Jones wants his viewers to never forget the communal wild that we share with nature.

Robert Sparrow Jones is an artist whose work investigates the relationship between people and the natural world. Working in drawing, painting and print media, his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Some exhibitions include: The Paintings of Robert Sparrow Jones, Pratt Art Institute, Seattle, WA; Oscillating the Landscape, School 33, Baltimore, MD; The Birds of Robert Jones, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA; Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Athens, GA; Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, WA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, Mason Murer Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Cann Serrat, El Bruc Spain and The University of Hong Kong. He is also included in the Drawing Center Viewing Program.

Jones is an Assistant Professor of Painting at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. He has previously taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Towson University in Baltimore, MD, the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, WA and the Museum of Glass, International Center for Contemporary Art in Tacoma, WA. He currently resides in Athens, Georgia.

Carlos Gallery
Nabit Art Building
105 Kennerly Road
University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee
gallery hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM,
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 - 5:00PM