Elizabeth Kilduff, Director
The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler is pleased to present Sightings featuring the work by Catherine Kehoe and Susan Lichtman, from February 9 to March 8, 2023.
Catherine Kehoe begins with a subject that is before her eyes and responds to it in paint. Kehoe aims to be true to what is there, only to discover how odd appearances become when she puts aside the kind of seeing that helps her navigate the world. Another kind of seeing kicks in when Kehoe is painting. The web of sensations in her visual field is a mystery she cannot fully grasp. The intersection of painting with this sensory experience always yields surprises.
This search is the same regardless of genre: heads, images from art history or my family history, still life, interior, etc. In every case, the image becomes a design in a rectangle that is unknown at the start.
Catherine Kehoe was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She received her BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her MFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts, Boston University.
Kehoe has received the following awards: Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Painting; Ballinglen Foundation Fellowship, Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant; Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant; Berkshire Taconic Artist’s Resource Trust Grant; Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist Grant; Blanche E. Colman Award; St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant, and the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts Award.
Kehoe is represented by Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston.
She has been a visiting artist at Johns Hopkins University, Swarthmore College, College of William and Mary, University of Washington, Salve Regina University, Rhode Island College, Colby College, Hendrix College, George Mason University, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, and Indiana University.
She has taught painting and drawing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Brandeis University. She has also taught painting workshops at Art New England, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Washington Studio School, Art Workshops Boulder, Townsend Atelier, Warehouse 521, Winslow Art Center and Cullowhee Mountain Arts, and life drawing workshops as part of the Training the Eye course at Harvard Medical School.
Kehoe is a co-founder of Black Pond Studio in southeastern Massachusetts.
For over thirty years Susan Lichtman has been painting her house in Rehoboth, working from direct observation, photographs and imagination. Lichtman is primarily a painter of place: of deep interior spaces, or the garden outside. Figures, furniture and flowers are mundane sightings in her domestic realm.
These paintings are recent compositions based of family gatherings, where some of them work with pencils, or move around a round kitchen table. Here, where architecture is a constant, sunlight is a variable. Shards of light are fickle visitors: they arrive unexpectedly, moving across bodies and the sturdy planes of a built environment. Bright spots might settle as simple geometry or as swarming flecks. For Lichtman, they make the familiar feel new.
Susan Lichtman is a figurative painter of domestic spaces, working out of her home
studio in southeastern Massachusetts. She is Professor of Fine Arts and Charles Bloom Chair in Arts of Design at Brandeis University. Lichtman received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and an MFA in Painting from Yale University School of Art. A recipient of a 2018 fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, she also has awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. She was the Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence at Hollins University in 2017 and has been a visiting lecturer at studio art programs and advanced workshops throughout the US and Europe. Lichtman has had recent solo exhibitions at Fahrenheit Madrid, Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects, New York, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia and Wilson Museum of Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.
For further information, please contact Elena Lledó at email@example.com.
Please note that the Chazan Gallery requires visitors to be fully vaccinated and boosted.
3PM to 6PM Mondays through Fridays
11AM to 4PM Saturdays
12 to 4PM Sundays
(And by appointment)
There is no admission charge.
Liz Kilduff (Director)
Elena Lledo (Assistant Director)