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Join four contemporary landscape painters – David Kapp, Lois Dodd, Elizabeth O’Reilly, and Jim Holland – as they discuss what “landscape” means, the influence of tradition on contemporary painters, and how styles evolved over time. Following the artist panel, explore this season’s special exhibit, Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views, which features artwork by all four artists on the panel.
David Kapp was born in New York City in 1953. He attended Barnard School for Boys and graduated from Walden High School in NYC in 1970. He attended Windham College in Putney, VT, and received his BFA, and afterwards attended Queens College, Flushing, NY, where he earned his MFA in 1977. His work is in the collections of major museums in the U.S., including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, and The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1982 and he has had more than forty solo exhibitions during that time. He is represented by The Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, Tibor de Nagy Gallery in NYC, and Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. He lives and works in Friendship, ME with his wife, the painter Cecily Kahn.
Lois Dodd was born in Montclair, New Jersey, in 1927. She studied at Cooper Union, and in 1952 became one of the five founding artists of the Tanager Gallery, one of the first artist cooperative galleries in New York City. Dodd’s art had been the subject of more than 50 one-person exhibitions, including a retrospective exhibition organized in 2012 by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City. The exhibition traveled to the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, in 2013. An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design, her many awards include the Benjamin West Clinedinst Medal and Artists’ Fellowship from the National Academy; the Augustus St. Gaudens Distinguished Alumni Award from Cooper Union; an honorary degree from Old Lyme Academy; and the Speicher, Betts and Symons Foundation Purchase Award. Her work is held in major museum and corporate collections, including Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, Dartmouth College Art Museum, Farnsworth Art Museum, National Academy of Design, Wadsworth Atheneum, and Whitney Museum Print Collection. She is represented by Alexandre Gallery, New York City.
Elizabeth O’Reilly received her MFA from Brooklyn College, New York, and her B.Ed. from the National University of Ireland. She has participated in residencies at the Ballinglen Foundation, Ireland; the Ucross Foundation, Wyoming; the Ragdale Foundation, Illinois; and has received numerous awards, including a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant. A documentary on her work, Ealaiontóir Thar Sáile (An Artist Abroad) was shown on network TV in Ireland.
Jim Holland was born in 1955 in Schenectady NY. While in college he began painting with acrylics and received some valuable instruction in watercolors. In the late 70s Jim began visiting Cape Cod where he started refining the elements that would become his style, marked by stripped-down realistic depiction and a sense of solitude often found in the work of Edward Hopper—an artist for whom Jim has had lifelong admiration. The enduring themes in Holland’s paintings are the light and space near the ocean, an expansive and peaceful place with colors from brilliant to nearly monochromatic. Jim’s work has been exhibited throughout the Northeast in various one-person and group shows, and is included in numerous private and institutional collections in the United States and Europe. He lives in Brewster, MA.