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"Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century"
2008-03-18 until 2008-05-15
Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery
Astoria, OR, USA United States of America

Trisha Lambi’s work ‘Nude Whimsy’ has been selected to be included in Au Naturel: The Nude in The 21st Century, an international juried exhibition presented by and shown at the Art Center Gallery of Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, USA. The exhibition will be held March 18th to May 15th 2008. This exhibition is the only one of its kind to be held at a community college in Oregon. It attracts artists from around the world whose work is exemplary of contemporary figurative drawing, painting, and printwork. Margaret Bullock, Curator of Collections and Special Exhibitions at the Tacoma Art Museum juried this year’s exhibition. Bullock carefully selected 68 pieces from over 360 submitted works of art. Submissions came from around the world, and work selected covers 4 continents. Trisha Lambi has been a Premiere Portfolio Artist at absolutearts.com since 2001.

Clatsop Community College has a rich tradition of using the nude figure as the focal point of the Art Department. When the department first started using the nude figure in about 1980, it was one of the first community colleges in Oregon to work from nude models in its studio classes. “We really feel that having access to the nude figure is very important to our students, especially in drawing, painting and sculpture,” said CCC Art Department Founder Roy Garrisson, who taught art classes at the college from 1969 until his retirement in the spring of 2006. “The figure is fundamental to art—we need that information to understand form.”

Serving as juror for the exhibition is Margaret Bullock, Curator of Collections and Special Exhibitions to the Tacoma Art Museum. Bullock joined the Tacoma Art Museum after serving as Curator and Collections Manager at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico. Previously, she was the Associate Curator of American Art at the Portland Art Museum. Her museum experience also includes the Pioneer’s Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the University of Oregon Museum of Art, in Eugene, Oregon, and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Alabama. She also trained and worked as a field archeologist in the Great Basin for six years. Ms. Bullock holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and English Literature as well as two Master of Arts, one in Anthropology and the other in Art History. She has curated exhibitions and written articles and books on American and European fine and decorative arts.

Bullock states, “I suspect artists approach a juried show on a broad theme such as this with some trepidation. The human figure has been a favorite artistic subject for thousands of years. How best then to approach it? Traditional or contemporary? Realistic or abstract? Does “The Nude in the 21st Century” have a unique look? As juror I was pleased to find a range of answers as well as a variety of media among the submissions and it was my goal in jurying the show to retain that mix. It was, in fact, the diversity that struck me most: how many possibilities there still are for new approaches to depicting the human figure and how the classical can look fresh in the right hands. The roots of the nude tradition also are represented as several artists’ work references some of the great masters of the form.”

Working from the human form is imperative to art instructor Kristin Shauck. She carries on the tradition of its importance to the development of all artists by offering life-drawing classes. She states, When I first conceived of this competition about three years ago, I had a dream of bringing the best figurative artwork from all over the world right here to our campus gallery to share with our students and the community. With the participation of incredibly dedicated and talented art program staff, faculty, and students, it has been really exciting to see that dream become a reality for the second year in a row.

This exhibition has proven to be a venue for many talented artists who may find exhibition possibilities limited due to their chosen subject matter. Dr. Thomas Schlotterback, Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of Western Washington University’s Art Department states, “It is an honor and, more important, a personal pleasure to be chosen to be part of the Au Naturel exhibition. I have had a long life doing my drawings and paintings and submitting them for inclusion into exhibitions. The subjects of my works focus on human form, mostly au naturel. It was a subject suited both for my particular approach to art; that is the nude human figure, as providing the most expressive form possible in art. It is pleasing to me that the exhibition Au Naturel has seen the same possibilities in my drawing for the theme of this exhibition.”

Trisha is an Australian artist and has artworks hanging in private collections in Australia, Spain, China, Germany, Ireland, Cyprus, Canada and the United States. View more of Trisha Lambis work at http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/t/tlambi

Trisha Lambi
Title: Nude Whimsy
Year Created: 2007
Medium: Oil Painting
Width: 90 cm
Height: 90 cm
Price: US$ 2250

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