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Tuesday, September 13 - Friday, December 30, 2005

Jan Sessler: Works on Paper

Gallery: George E. Foster, Jr. Gallery of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
The Harwood Museum of Art present a new exhibition, Jan Sessler:Works On Paper, running Tuesday, September 13 through Friday, December 30, 2005. The Harwood will hold a reception for the artist on Friday September 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Jan Sesslers mixed media works on paper incorporate the use of chine colle, collage, ink and drawing with found object, old text, flyleaves and more recently solar plate etching. In 1998, David L. Witt, curator of the Harwood Museum, selected her as part of a group of 14 artists forming "The Next Generation" of Taos artists. In 2003 Douglas Dreishpoon, senior curator of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, selected her to participate in Contemporary Art/Taos at the Harwood Museum, along with 16 other artists including Agnes Martin, Ken Price, Ron Davis and Larry Bell. Dreishpoon described her work in the Contemporary Art/Taos exhibition catalog as intimate meditations, some enlivened with hand-drawn passages of graphite, they reflect a breadth of vision well beyond their size. Full of radiant white space, they breathe easily. Sessler, living and working as an artist in Taos, New Mexico since 1993, recently held her first international solo exhibition in Antigua Guatemala, and has works displayed in collections in Austria, Italy, Guatemala, and through much of the United States. Sesslers works, currently represented in Taos by the Parks Gallery, have appeared in other exhibitions at the Harwood Museum, the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, EVO Gallery in Santa Fe, LIMN Gallery in San Francisco and Arte Gallery in Palm Desert, California. Sessler holds a B.A. in International Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and has completed additional studies at the University of New Mexico, Taos, the School of Visual Arts, New York City, and at the Institute Americaine des Universites in Aix-en-Provence, France. Raised in Kettering, Ohio, Sessler, at age 18, discovered an interest in travel that over the years exposed her to other cultures, languages and art, greatly influencing and enhancing her creative nature. She has lived in Guatemala, Luxembourg, France, Italy, New York City, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Los Angeles, Lenox, MA and Taos. Sessler says of her work, "I am drawn to the consideration of time and transformation therein, stains, marks, line, discarded objects, forgotten or lost words and unnoticed beauty. In these works on paper feel compelled to reassemble these elements so that they may be seen in a new light. The process of finding the elements and creating the works allows me to enter a meditative space where the unconscious meets thought and interweave themselves as in a dance." Jan Sessler:Works On Paper will be on view at the Harwood from September 13th through December 30th, with an opening reception on Friday, September 23rd from 5-7 p.m.