Peter and Deonna at Play (1998) 48 x 54”
Sunday, July 24
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
4:00: Artist & Curators Panel
5:00: Reception with the Artist
Aug. 20- September 18, 2011
Saturday, Aug. 20, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - First Dibs Hour- $10
- An invitational small works exhibit of signature Athens-area artists;
see over 100 of our finest artists all in one place at one time in one size.
- You find out 'who dunnit' when you donate:
$60 gets you one piece, $100 for two.
- All works are a half-page size.
- Come celebrate Athens art & help ATHICA thrive.
Sept, 30 - November 6, 2011
Selections from the
Friday, Sept. 30, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
- An exhibit two to four artists selected from the ATHICA Mystery Triennial by People's Choice Award and a Board Choice Award.
Reception with the Artist
Saturday, July 9
Walk & Talk
Thursday, July 14
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Discuss the exhibit informally
with Guest Commentator Brian Hitselberger, Artist Maxine Youngblood & the curators.
|Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
- Sunday, July 24th, 2011
Resident Studio Exhibition
Curator: Lizzie Zucker Saltz
| Assistant Curator: Ashley Westpheling
These thirty oil paintings by longtime painter Maxine Youngblood inaugurate ATHICA’s first Resident Studio exhibit. Ms. Youngblood has rented her large studio from FiveArt, Inc. since 2003, in the same building as ATHICA.
Youngblood, born in 1937, started creating art in 1989 at the age of 52. The works in this exhibit are colorful, passionate and deeply reminiscent of French and German Expressionism, bringing to mind European Modernist painters such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, James Ensor, Max Beckman, Emil Nolde and Chaim Soutine as well as Abstract Expressionists such as Willem DeKooning and Franz Kline and more recent painters such as A.R. Penck. Several measure over six feet.
The vast majority of the works selected by curator Lizzie Zucker Saltz and Assistant Curator Ashley Westpheling are figurative, many referencing pop icons such as Elvis, Marilyn and Donald Trump. Others portray local artists, performers, models and writers, including performer Deonna Mann, painter Katie Walker and fellow resident studio photographer Peter Frey. The dates of the works range from the mid 1990’s to 2009, with one deeply emotional large-scale work portraying O.J. Simpson’s mother at his trial in 1995 and another depicting a Halloween scene from New York City’s West Village in the 1990’s that features another Marilyn reference.
Youngblood graduated in 1997 from the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art (UGA-LDSOA) with an MFA. The influence of Jim Herbert is strong and evident in these works. She is indebted as well to LDSOA Art Professors Art Rosenbaum, Judith McWillie, Bill Paul, Larry Millard, Horace Farlowe and Richard ‘Ole’ Olsen. She also cites an independent study and subsequent friendship with New York artist Chuck Hinman as significant to her artistic development. During her undergraduate years in Atlanta she met Otis Physioc—an artist from Americus, Georgia—who took her under his wing and taught her how to render figures in proportion. They remained friends for many years.
A lifetime Georgia resident, she is married to Jim Youngblood. She has one daughter, Kathryn Minotto, who is depicted in The Model Kathryn Actress, one of the paintings on exhibit. Before devoting herself to artistic pursuits she had myriad careers. She is in her third year of a doctorate program at Argosy University of Sarasota,
in Educational Leadership with a Higher Education concentration.
Lizzie Zucker Saltz exhibited nationally as a sculptor and installation artist for a decade. She is the Artistic Director of ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Inc., which opened its doors in 2002. She founded ATHICA after familiarizing herself with the local art scene, writing art reviews and features for Flagpole Magazine from 1998 to 2000. She has also written for the international, non-profit Art Papers Magazine, publishing reviews and new stories intensively from 1998 to 2003, with two feature articles published in 2005. As a freelance curator she has developed exhibits for the Athens area since 2000, such as Rock Art: An Exhibit Of Visual Art by Athens Musicians (with Melissa Link) and Eclectic Electric: An Exhibit Of Electronic And Digital Art, both held at the Lyndon House Art Center. She curated many of the exhibits at ATHICA and serves as Senior Curator on all. She received her MFA from San Jose State University in 1993. Shortly after she moved to Athens, GA with her spouse, David Z. Saltz—currently the head of the UGA Department of Theatre & Film Studies—they collaborated on several large-scale New Media projects, which exhibited at the Georgia Museum of Art (2000), The Sweeney Gallery in Riverside in CA (2002), Presbyterian College in SC and the Detroit MONA (2003). They have two children.
Assistant Curator’s Biography
Ashley Westpheling is an upcoming second year student at the University of Georgia. She is a Lamar Dodd Studio Art Major, with an emphasis in Jewelry/Metalwork and an Art History Minor. Ashley is from Lawrenceville, Georgia and moved to Athens Fall 2010. She began interning with ATHICA in January 2011. This is her debut curatorial turn.