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Press release: Miller Gallery Hosts “WILLFUL WONDERING: Patricia Bellan-Gillen Drawings 2010-2016,” June 11 – July 17
June 2016 E-News: Join us this Friday JUNE 10 for a special summer exhibition!
The Miller Gallery at CMU will open a Summer 2016 exhibition titled Willful Wondering/Drawings 2011-2016, featuring large-scale mixed media drawings and prints by Patricia Bellan-Gillen. The exhibition will also include a new installation by the artist.
“Somewhere in my brain, personal narrative mixes with fairytales. Historical events intertwine with the imagined and the veil of nostalgia blurs the border between fact and fiction. Archetypal imagery moves about in the temporal lobe with cartoon characters and recent news flashes picked from the Internet join the sagas of black and white television. My work uses these bits and pieces of visual history: the stones and bones of memory to suggest a narrative and remix our stories. These disorderly notions are exploited and employed in an attempt to engage the viewer’s associative responses and to jar the senses of wonder and wondering that lay quietly below the surface.” – Patricia Bellan-Gillen
Patricia Bellan-Gillen was born in Beaver Falls, PA and currently lives and works in rural Burgettstown, PA adjacent to the West Virginia border. She recently retired from Carnegie Mellon after 29 years as a professor in the School of Art. In 2000 the university honored her with the Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching. In 2002 she recieved the Dorothy L. Stubnitz Endowed Chair in Art.
Bellan-Gillen’s paintings, prints and drawings have been the focus of over 45 solo exhibitions across the U. S., including venues in Washington DC, Nashville, TN, Las Cruces, NM, Albany, NY, Bloomington, IL Portland, OR, Grand Rapids, MI and Wimbledon/London, UK. Her work has been included in numerous group shows in museums, commercial galleries, university galleries, and alternative spaces. Venues have included: Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, Chelsea Museum of Art, New York, NY, The Art Museum at FIU, Miami, FL, Frans Masreel Centrum, Belgium, University Art Museum, Laramie, WY and the Tacoma Museum of Art, Tacoma, WA. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at The Media Center at Rice University and a second two-person exhibition at Solander Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand. Active in the Pittsburgh art scene since 1977, Bellan-Gillen was the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts 1996 Pittsburgh Artist of the Year.
Bellan-Gillen is an alumna of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where she received a B.S. in Art Education in 1973 and a B.F.A. in Printmaking in 1975. She did post-graduate work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and received an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon in 1979.