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Westword announces Colorado Women in Abstraction

Westword, A Village Voice Media newspaper covering Denver and surrounding areas, announces Colorado Women in Abstraction at Center for Visual Arts, MSU, Denver, Friday, July 15.  My work, “Vortex” is featured (below).


Colorado Women in Abstraction

 Colorado Women in Abstraction
Courtesy of the Center for Visual Art/MSUD Margaret Pettee Olsen,”Vortex.”

Women artists, long victims of the grip of critical subjugation, are beginning to get their due, thanks in part to groundbreaking exhibitions like Gwen Chanzit’s Women of Abstract Expressionism at the Denver Art Museum. With a national show of that scope on the local lineup, Cecily Cullen of Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Center for Visual Art decided to do something similar for Colorado’s healthy contingent of female abstractionists, andWestword critic Michael Paglia, a scholar of abstract art with a unique knowledge of who’s who in the state, was the clear choice to curate the CVA’s satellite exhibit. The result,Colorado Women in Abstraction, opens with a reception at 6 p.m. on July 15.

The exhibit includes a diverse cross-section of work by more than thirty artists — a “wonderful take on different approaches to abstraction,” according to Cullen — and has an educational bent, as well, with a comprehensive slate of panels and talks scheduled throughout its run, including one moderated by Paglia on August 25 and a lecture by Chanzit on September 13. “We’ll have a lot of opportunities for the community to hear from artists and experts and really learn about the abstract-art movement,” Cullen notes. “And it’s beyond time to set aside the ridiculous notion that men and women have different skills or levels of talent. Women are now being recognized for their skills as ‘artists.’”

Colorado Women in Abstraction runs through October 1 at the CVA, 965 Santa Fe Drive. For a schedule of events and more information, visit the website at msudenver.edu/cvaor call 303-294-5207.

Work to be included in CO Women In Abstraction, Center for Visual Arts

Hopefully, you’ve heard about the upcoming exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, Women of Abstract Expressionism, curated by Gwen Chanzit running June 12th-September 25th. I think this will be an interesting fleshing-out of the history that put New York City at the center of the global Art World map.

A show that responds to that one will take place from July 15-October 1 at the Center for Visual Arts, Metropolitan State University. Less than two miles from the DAM.

From their press release at Center for Visual Art- Metropolitan State University of Denver:
“…this exhibition is presented at a time when the art community worldwide is examining the role of women in contemporary art and questioning the uneven representation of women in major exhibitions, publications, and sales. Guest curator Michael Paglia (art critic for Denver Westword and art ltd. magazine, and author of books Colorado Abstract and Texas Abstract) has brought together some of the most important women abstractionists…”

I’m very pleased to be included in the exhibition along with  many talented contemporary artists working today. Hope to see you there!

Another In A New Series

“Tandem Wakes”, 48″ ×  72″ × 2″, acrylic and metal pigments on canvas, 2012.

Okay, here’s a sneak-peek into the studio today. This diptych is one of several moderately large pieces I’ve been working on. The fracturing, floating, fogging imagery has my head going to places that spawn new ideas before I’ve even finished the piece in front of me.

Getting ready for Florida

I am looking forward to installing a few large pieces from my Occlusion series for a show of selected works this coming month. 

The work will be on view at: UCF – Center for Emerging Media -Studio Art and the Computer Gallery 500 West Livingston Street, Orlando, Florida 

 The show runs November 1-30 

Occlusion Series, Untitled I 

  Occlusion Series, Untitled I, 56″ x 46″, Acrylic and metal pigment on canvas 

From the press release:

Margaret Pettee Olsen will exhibit selections of new work at UCF Center for Emerging Media, Orlando, Florida.  Pettee Olsen’s abstractions use reflective pigments, creating color-shifting surfaces which change depending on the light and the viewer’s perspective. The work alludes to the creation and or dissolution of internal meta-worlds.  Pettee Olsen records her entries and departures of movement through these worlds through her handling of the paint with brush and other, more discreet methods of application, inviting the viewer to enter in.  

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and Columbia University, Pettee Olsen’s career began pulling limited edition prints for master printers in New York City.   She is presently working on projects in the American Southwest including a worldwide project with her partner, former master printer and global network architect, William Martin Olsen.