Exhibition Dates: October 16 through November 24, 2001
Solo Exhibition – CORNELIA SCHULZ – RECENT PAINTINGS
Opening reception: Saturday, October 20, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
San Francisco Chronicle Art Critic Kenneth Baker described Bay Area artist Cornelia Schulz paintings as “patient reflections on their own making.”
Artist, Educator, and Mentor, Cornelia Schulz will exhibit new paintings in her third exhibition at the Patricia Sweetow Gallery. Schulz exploration of shaped interlocking canvases has grown to dimensions exceeding the intimate scale in the prior two exhibitions at the gallery. The lyrical abstractions of form and color utilize L-shaped supports exceeding 5 vertical feet. In describing the paintings, Kenneth Baker suggests that Schulz interaction of oil and alkyd look like “lucky accidents”, but upon closer inspection the viewer discerns the use of accidental form succumbing to an acute visual unity. “While some of their junctures of physical form and painted shape seem clearly to have been planned, others look like lucky accidents, especially where puddled paint and the interplay of oil and alkyd media have yielded what look like slow-motion accidents.”
Cornelia Schulz began teaching at UC Davis in 1975, where twice she chaired the Art Department, her recent tenure ending this past Spring. Contemplating retirement this next year, Schulz will close her 26 year teaching career, to the loss of many who know her as educator, and mentor. In the last two years, Schulz decided to organize an Arts Bridge Program at UC Davis, knowing the undertaking would greatly impinge on her time as artist, and teacher. The Program was developed with state funds at UC Riverside to bring comprehensive arts programming through mentoring in music, dance, theatre and the visual arts to K-6 grades in underserved school districts. The past 2 years, Schulz adapted and administered Arts Bridge in Northern California at UC Davis, while teaching, and preparing for her exhibition. Through her efforts, and a staff of one, Schulz implemented arts programming which reached over 2500 children in 34 schools. Please join us in celebrating this exhibition, and the many contributions of this important artist.