Lesley in Panel at Center for Book Arts on March 4, Friday at 6:30pm / by lesley dill

Installation view of Revealed Terrain: The Semantics of Landscape. Top left: "Cell Memory" by Macy Chadwick; bottom left: "Gravity (from Babblab series)" by Henrik Drescher and Wu Wing Yee; right: "I Had a Blueprint of History" by Lesley Dill.

Installation view of Revealed Terrain: The Semantics of Landscape. Top left: "Cell Memory" by Macy Chadwick; bottom left: "Gravity (from Babblab series)" by Henrik Drescher and Wu Wing Yee; right: "I Had a Blueprint of History" by Lesley Dill.

"Join us for a roundtable discussion in conjunction with our Winter 2016 Main Gallery Exhibition "Revealed Terrain: The Semantics of Landscape." Moderated by Guest Curators Cynthia Nourse Thompson and David Charles Chioffi. With Macy Chadwick, Artist; Lesley Dill, Artist; and Sue Gosin, Co-Founder, Dieu Donné


A landscape’s formation within the disciplines of the fine and applied arts is laden with both discernable and veiled artifacts to be unearthed. These foundations are interwoven as interpretative symbols, phonetics, or armatures to synthesize a visual voice and an independent sense of place. In Revealed Terrain: The Semantics of Landscape, a visual etymology of environments amid diverse works on paper is constructed. Through acknowledged and unaccustomed definitions within multiple layers and mediums, these formats reassert that the semantics of artistic landscapes are neither concrete nor static.
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Co-curator Cynthia Nourse Thompson is Director of the MFA programs in Studio Art and Book Arts/ Printmaking at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she is also an Associate Professor. She was recently Curator and Director of exhibitions at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; previously, she was a professor at Memphis College of Art (MCA) and served as chair of the Division of Fine Arts during her final year. For more than 12 years, she ran the book arts, letterpress and papermaking areas at MCA, and for seven of those years, she served as curator and director of visiting artist lectures.

Co-curator David Charles Chioffi is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design, The J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Previously, he was an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Design, and Chair of the Division of Design Arts at Memphis College (MCA). His traditional and experimental work emphasizes the sensory triality of alphabetic matrices and forms, as well as how phonetic structures and visual architecture formulate and synthesize content. In addition to his private design practice, prior posts have included Executive Vice-President of Design and Communications at The Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc.; and Associate Director of Packing Design and Visual Identities, Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation in New York City.

Macy Chadwick received an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and assisted book artist Julie Chen at Flying Fish Press for three years. She currently resides in Oakland, California, where she creates books and limited edition prints in her letterpress studio. Macy is on the faculty at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, and her work is in prominent collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Yale University Special Collections, and the Jack Ginsberg Collection in South Africa.

New York-based artist Lesley Dill explores text relationships between sculpture, photography and performance, using a variety of media and techniques to explore themes of language, the body, and transformational experience. She received her master of arts in teaching from Smith College in 1974 and her master of fine arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1980. Her work has been widely exhibited can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. 

Susan Gosin received her MFA in 1976 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, after studying with Walter Hamady in the book arts and Warrington Colescott in intaglio. She then co-founded Dieu Donné Press and Paperworks in New York City. For more than thirty-five years, she has collaborated with artists and writers as designer and publisher of two and three-dimensional art as well as limited editions of artist books. Her artist books have been exhibited and collected by such institutions as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. and The American Cultural Center, Tel Aviv, Israel. She has been awarded grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and The Tiffany Foundation and in 2006 received the Printmaker Emeritus Award from the Southern Graphics Council."

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