February 2009
Studio Line
Periodic Newsletter from the Studio of Rondall Reynoso
In This Issue
University Solo Shows
Charis
Bringing Creation to Praise
Not Just Painting
Family Pride
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The rate at which time flies continues to amaze me! Without realizing it, I let a year pass between updates. It certainly is not because I have not been doing anything. In fact, the opposite is true. It has been an active year. Even now I am working on this e-mail update while sitting in my hotel room at the annual College Arts Association meeting in Chicago. All that, said it is good to be busy, even if at times it feels too busy.
College & University Solo Shows: 

I've been fortunate enough to have several colleges and universities ask me to exhibit in their galleries over the last couple of years. This year has been no exception. 

Piedmont Show CardIn January, I had a solo show at Piedmont College in Georgia. In this exhibition, I showed a collection of works from the past couple of years. In the main gallery the Virtue series was installed around the entire room. In the secondary gallery space, where the artist talk was held, the new Temperance paintings were installed as well as pieces from the Virtus and Stratum series'.
 
Intaglio print from UMHB exhibitionOpening on Monday February 15th, I have an exhibition at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor's Arla Ray Tyson Art Gallery. This exhibition is a mixture of paintings from my new Beautiful Taboo series along with a series  of intaglio prints. This will be my first exhibition in Texas and I am looking forward to seeing how the students at UMHB respond to my work.
 
Charis- boundary crossings

Currently, I am involved in a significant traveling show, Charis, which grew out of the trip I took to Indonesia two summers ago. You can read about this trip on my blog. So far, the show has been exhibited at Calvin College in Michigan & Taylor University in Indiana. In a few weeks, the exhibition will move to Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia. While the show is in Georgia several of the artists will participate in a panel at the International Forum on Christian Higher Education. Below is some text taken from the exhibition's website:
 
It Made Her Sad
 
"Charis (from the Greek for gift or grace) is an international traveling exhibit of work by 7 Asian and 7 North American artists that explores the implications of Christian faith and effective artistic practice in an increasingly visually-oriented world where the convergence of cultures is the norm rather than the exception. As the outgrowth of the artists' participation in a two-week immersive seminar in Indonesia during the summer of 2008 the exhibit represents the ongoing dialogue of these artists on the challenges of cross-cultural communication and understanding, and the need for people of faith to address real-world issues of social justice, peace and reconciliation, and the effects of globalization wherever one lives.

Reconsidering the importance of our shared humanity in relation to the realities of genuine difference as we seek to live together in a shrinking and increasingly interdependent world, the exhibition presents the essential challenge of living with a spirit of grace (and all that entails) toward ones' neighbor, whether that neighbor is next door or on the other side of the globe.

The exhibition is composed of about 40 works that include paintings, sculptures, assemblage, fiber constructions, installations and video projections. This highly interactive, experiential presentation includes collaborative endeavors that embody the very issues and ideals that the exhibit presents.

The exhibit will travel to a minimum of 8-10 venues across North America thorugh 2012 before heading to Asia. "

 
Bringing Creation to Praise:
Arts & Faith Conference 
 
Things Eternal PrintBack in November, I was honored to take part in the Bringing Creation to Praise conference at Asbury College. My contribution to the conference involved an exhibition of recent prints in the Kinlaw Library and participation in an artist panel. The conference's keynote speaker was theologian Jeremy Begbie of Duke University. On campus, there were seven solo exhibitons focusing on the relationship between art, faith and creation care.
Not Just Painting
 
New SculptureIt has been fun in the studio recently. Throughout the course of my career, I have always tried to work across media. While most of my work is painting I have also done a lot of printmaking and some sculpture. Unfortunately, over the last few years I have had difficulty moving away from painting in the studio. But, during the last six months I have been able to get back into the print studio and last month I even managed to produce some sculpture. Further, I received a faculty development grant last year with which I have bought supplies to preduce sculpture. I'm excited to see what develops in 2010.
Family Notes
 
I've used this little space, at the end of the newsletter, to pass on information of a more personal nature in the past. I'm doing it again. Last month, my family and I had the privilege of traveling down to New Orleans to see the premier screening of a documentary made about my father, Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice. If you are interested, there is a short trailer to watch. If you look carefully on the photos page you can see what I looked like when I was nine years old.
I hope you enjoy this update. Please visit my website to see more work and stay up-to-date on my career. For a more personal and in-depth look you may want to also visit my blog on a regular basis. The blog has been idle for a while but I will soon be starting on some new content.
 
Sincerely,
Rondall Reynoso