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Burchfield Penney Living Legacy Podcast
62 minutes | Jan 9, 2017
Pricilla Bowen's Interview with Heather Gring was recorded on April 23, 2015. Bowen was a vibrant part of the WNY community her entire adult life and had extensive solo and group exhibitions throughout the region. Her solo shows were held at venues including the Olean Public Library Gallery (2008), the C.G. Jung Center (2006), and Pausa Art House, where hers was the inaugural show at the gallery in 2013. As a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, she participated in their group shows, winning Best of Show at the organization's 2007 Spring Exhibition. In 2000, 2002, and 2003, Bowen won the Best Drawing Award at the Niagara Frontier Annual Art Show at the Kenan Center in Lockport, N.Y. Her work is in the collections of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Roswell Park Cancer Center, Children's Hospital of Buffalo, and musician Ani DiFranco, among others. Priscilla Bowen was a dedicated volunteer for and friend of the Burchfield Penney Art Center for many years. Bowen passed away in 2015.
63 minutes | Jan 9, 2017
Alberto Rey’s interview with Heather Gring of the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Hear him discuss his career as a student, teacher, and artist. He traces his road to becoming a professional artist from copying images he found in art history books, to obsessing over the illustrations in Mad magazine, and finally to deciding on going back to school for fine arts and finding his passion in teaching. Rey is able to give advice to artists from an academic standpoint while being the working class Cuban-American he is. Rey lives on the line between high and low art; since both cannot be done, the artist must find a balance and paint what he/she knows. Rey refers to the working artist as being an “aesthetic construction worker;” an artist must work on his/her art every day and not wait for inspiration. Tune in to hear the professor’s advice on the best fine arts programs out there, how to choose, and ways to be both a personally fulfilled and successful artist afterwards.
49 minutes | Jan 9, 2017
This interview is recommended for mature audiences only A. J. Fries's interview with Heather Gring of the Burchfield Penney Art Center was conducted on June 5th, 2012. Fries discusses many aspects of being an artist and the contemporary art scene with a level of humor and honesty that is both rare in general and characteristic of him. From making the decision at a young age to pursue art as a career, to dealing with his colorblindness and his innate dislike of people, why he loved the Clyfford Still room at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and how his seemingly simplistic photo-based paintings really represent the artist’s complex notions of time, the interview will take you through the life and mind of a man who has devoted his life to art and has made refreshing discoveries along the way. Hear Fries utter one-liners (like “I never want to paint my best painting,” “fail constantly,” and “work more, sacrifice for it”) which tend to be as inspiring as they are hilarious. His beliefs and theories on the process of art making are just as poignant: “learn the rules, then you can fuck the rules.
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