Artist Portfolio Magazine – 2014 Midwest vs West Art Exhibition
Stephen Futral – Crestone, CO
At 17, I lived in Israel for a year, studying at The Betzalel School of Art and Design in Jerusalem and spending time with Yona Mach, a famous Israeli artist who was my mentor. At the end of the year I spent a month in Ein Hod, an art colony outside of Haifa overlooking the Mediterranean. In that month I developed a portfolio and with that in hand was accepted at Parsons, Pratt and the School for Visual Arts in NYC.
I went to The Art Students League, The New School for Social Research and Hunter College, after which I was accepted at Cooper Union, NYC.
Five years later I flew from NYC to Rome and went by land to India. I returned after a year and started 2 Integral Yoga Institutes for Swami Satchidananda. I traveled throughout the USA and lived in Vermont for 7 years before moving to Boulder, Colorado, where I’ve raised my family for the past 33 years.
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Anne Labovitz – Saint Paul, MN
Anne Labovitz (born 1965, Duluth, MN) is an American artist based in St Paul, Minnesota, whose practice includes painting, drawing, and printmaking as well as experimental film and sound. Labovitz has a degree in psychology and art from Hamline University in St. Paul. Her work considers many themes often returning to the central notion of an enduring interest in people—the human spirit, its emotional resonance, and the way it manifests in relationships. Working within the portraiture tradition, she employs a process of layering—from multiple images and text to conceptual connections and multiple elements of physicality found in mark-making and materiality. The notion of contemporary portraiture and human connection—and the activation of the space that connects us—is central to an important new direction in her oeuvre. This new direction is manifesting in a transition from traditional, expressionist self-portraits to composite portraits depicting several people. Most recently, she has begun incorporating text, audience engagement, and public interventions as a vital element of the creative method.
Recent solo exhibitions include: the Burnet Gallery, Le Méridien Chambers in Minneapolis the Tweed Museum in Duluth, Minnesota; and theAthenaeum in La Jolla, CA. She has also exhibited at national and international venues, including Chapman Art Center at Cazenovia College in New York and Talgut die Schönen, in Kunste, Germany. A major solo retrospective will travel from Duluth to Canada, Russia, Japan and Sweden in 2015-17. This year important group shows include Blood Memoirs at the Tweed Museum, curated by Amber-Dawn Bear Robe and the Burnet Gallery’s group show at Select Fair NYC, during Frieze Week in New York City. Labovitz’s paintings are part of permanent collections at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul, MN; the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth; the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla; the Frederick R Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, MN; and the International Gallery of Portrait in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Labovitz’s work has been published in Studio Visit Magazine, Vol. 19, New American Paintings Midwest 2010 and the Penang International Printmaking Exhibition 2010 and International Contemporary Artists, vol II and III. She has co-authored several books on portraiture with Australian artist, Carole Best, and provided illustrations for the children’s book, Honoral & Zarina. Her artwork has been written and discussed in the Chicago Sun Times, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Villager, the Duluth Tribune, Letoile Magazine,and the Taos Review, and spoken about on Minnesota Public Radioamong many others. She recently has been named 2013 Artist of the Year in Duluth.
Upcoming public projects and private art commissions include: I Know You public collaborative drawing, as a visiting artist, for the Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturday and Projecting the City, for Northern Spark at the Weisman Art Museum. Labovitz is also active in the art community in the metro area and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis, an Advisory Board member of The Artist Book Foundation in New York City, and a former member of the Colleagues Advisory Board at the Weisman Art Museumon the campus of the University of Minnesota. Her passion for art education both in schools and in the community keeps her teaching within both public and private schools and offering workshops to artists of all ages around the Twin Cities.