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Eula Mae Edwards Museum/Gallery presents artist Catherine Jennings...

January 1, 2011 - The Eula Mae Edwards Museum/Gallery is honored to have the paintings of Catherine Jennings as the first exhibition of 2011, from January 3 through February 28. The public is invited to a reception for the artist to be held Thursday, January 27 in the gallery from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) and former Department Chair of Art at ENMU, Catherine Jennings has devoted herself to landscapes and cityscapes, expressing her sense of the "presence" of the land and its history in an effort to spark in the viewer a sense of, and connection to the places she paints. She explores a specific site in a series of paintings where she tries to balance representation, formal concerns, and an entirely subjective experience of the content as a place she experienced.

Initially, she explores her chosen site through small on-site watercolor paintings and graphite drawings that serve as sources for larger studio works in watercolor, acrylic, or oil paint. Returning to the location over time is necessary for her to internalize an experience of place that she can carry over to the studio. She is attracted to locations that offer interesting interplay of light, color, and texture; and a sense of presence or spirituality that comes from the land itself. The several series she has in progress include: 1) the landscapes in the Tulelake / Lava Beds area of Northern California; 2) the Winter Harbor / Schoodic Peninsula area of coastal Maine; and 3) the landscapes and cities of New Mexico. An older series investigated the old city of Jerusalem.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, she knew from an early age that she would paint and teach. In college she determined her genre would be the landscape and, in graduate school, she began to focus on certain places—a focus she has continued to pursue today. In 2001, she received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas.) Preceding that, she received her M.F.A from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and B.A. from Smith College (Northampton, Massachusetts.) In addition to her instruction at ENMU, she has been a lecturer for the California State University (Chico, California), Assistant Professor at Butte College (Oroville, California), Instructor of Record, Graduate Assistant, and Research Assistant at Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas), and instructor at Monroe County Area Vocational Technical School (Bartonsville, Pennsylvania.)

As well as receiving numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, Catherine was honored as artist-in-residence, most recently at Sparkbox Studio (Picton Ontario, Canada) and formerly, at Joshua Tree Highlands (Joshua Tree, California.) She is also known for her visiting artist lectures and workshops. In addition to this exhibit at the Eula Mae Edwards Museum/Gallery and exhibits at ENMU's Runnels Gallery and Golden Library, she has recently had solo exhibits at South Plains College (Levelland, Texas), Butte College (Chico, California), and has participated in exhibits at New Visions Gallery (Marshfield, Wisconsin) and Art House Gallery (Brooklyn, New York.) In 2011, she is scheduled to participate in the Beneath the Surface sketchbook project at the Art House Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.

You will not want to miss this outstanding exhibit of paintings by this devoted and talented artist at the Eula Mae Edwards Museum/Gallery during January and February. To get into the exhibit during Monday through Friday operating hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., contact the CCC Information Desk located in the commons area at the main entrance to the college.

For more information please call 769-4956 or 769-2811 to schedule an appointment to visit the Museum/Gallery. Or log on to