Artist-in-Residence Bouchard to Offer “Art, Making and Meaning”
Artist Renée Bouchard is bringing her unique abstract work to Southern Vermont College (SVC) next semester as Visiting Artist in Residence for the school, as an exhibitor, and as an instructor. The Vermont artist, whose work was selected by the state’s Curator to be featured in the Governor’s Gallery at the Statehouse in Montpelier this past summer, will teach an evening course in the spring which will explore “Art, Making and Meaning” and is open to the local community.
A special exhibit of Bouchard’s new work, called “We the People,” will be presented in the Burgdorff Gallery at the College beginning January 20. James White, Provost and Dean of the College, welcomes the opportunity to have an Artist in Residence as a way of benefitting all in the community. “An Artist in Residence provides Southern Vermont College a marvelous and sustained enrichment in creative endeavor,” White said. “And having such a renowned artist as Renée Bouchard will, by her powerful and evocative work, enrich and engage all of the College and the greater Bennington community, as well.”
Bouchard’s work is often a collaboration with young people and has said that by doing so, “I am able to widen my visual vocabulary while emphasizing the importance of early childhood education. I see children’s art as the earliest and most abstract search for language.” In her upcoming spring course, “Art, Making and Meaning” at SVC, Bouchard plans to have her students work with children from the Early Childhood Center to create large painted canvases.
Bouchard grew up in a small village in New Hampshire where she attended the Phoebe Flory Watercolor School as a teenager. As an adolescent, she regularly visited her father in Bennington and fondly remembers encountering Grandma Moses’ paintings at the Bennington Museum. She later attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and graduated from the Maine College of Art (MECA) in 1999. She lives and works in Bennington.
In 2014, Bouchard received the MECA Emerging Artist Award from “Down East” magazine, which included one of her paintings on their 60th anniversary cover, and MECA was the beneficiary of $10,000 in her name. She has received many other honors and awards from institutions such as Burlington City Arts, the Vermont Arts Council, The Lab School/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, The Cooper Union, and Kate Millett’s Women’s Art Colony Farm. Her paintings have received recognition from Janet Bishop, curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Stephan Phillips of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and been published in “Folk Art Messenger” and “Art New England.”
Bouchard has discussed her artistic practice at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Union College, University of Southern Maine, the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, the Learning Disabilities Association of America, and most recently at Big Town Gallery’s conversation exploring questions of life, work, family, and creativity.
For more information about Bouchard and to view her work, visit : http://renee-bouchard.com/.