Fresh from the Studio

Thu Jul 20, 2023

Fresh from the Studio invites W&TW artist members to share what they are working on now. In this virtual format, artists share work in progress, newly finished artworks, and recent or upcoming projects. Each presentation is about 10 minutes with time for your questions and comments afterwards. Fresh from the Studio is your chance to see what is new and hear from contemporary artists. This program is free and open to the public.

This segment of Fresh from the Studio will feature Colleen Blackard, Darcie Book and Renee Nunez.

About the Artists

Colleen Blackard divides her time between Brooklyn, NY and Austin, TX, and creates artwork inspired by the light of the Texas skies of her youth. She received a BA from Hampshire College, MA, is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and recently completed a residency at Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Her work has been shown in such venues as ACA Galleries and Owen James Gallery in NYC and Redbud Gallery in Houston. Her drawings are in Pierogi Gallery’s Flat Files and she was interviewed for their artists’ Q&A. Her work has also been featured in Drawing Magazine and the Brooklyn episode of the Japanese travel show, Hotel no Madokara.

Darcie Book is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores paint as object and architecture through innovative processes using acrylic paint and metal leaf. She is interested in how the heightened physicality of the paint may generate corporeal resonance, and elicit desire or longing. Book received her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004 and her extensive exhibition history includes the Baltimore Museum of ArtFort Works ArtTiger Strikes AsteroidDiverseWorks, and The Contemporary Museum (Baltimore). She was published in Sculpture Magazine and the Manifest International Painting Annual. Residencies include Vermont Studio CenterMauser Foundation (Costa Rica), Future Front Texas, and Facebook AIR. Book is a member of ICOSA, an artist-run nonprofit gallery in Austin, TX. She cofounded Crit Nites, an inclusive critique series for a diverse cross-section of artists to build community and exchange feedback (nominated for Best of Austin Award in first programming year).

Renee Nunez received a BA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin where she also double majored in Theatre & Dance. Nunez’s background as a professional modern dancer (formerly of Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Co.) greatly influences her as a visual artist and contributes a love of motion to her work. Some of her first artistic collaborative experiences stemmed from her work in the Austin dance community. From sculptural costumes she branched out into interactive dance installation and public interactive installation. Those collaborations cemented a curiosity and lasting inquiry into installation art. She has exhibited Habitat or components of Habitat at VALISE Gallery in Washington, GrayDUCK Gallery in Austin, TX, Southwestern College Art Gallery in CA, and most recently at Nashville International Airport.

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