Particular Places: 2006 National Exhibition
Juror: Bernard Chaet
William Leffingwell Professor
of Painting Emeritus
Yale University School of Art
May 12 - June 23, 2006
Prizewinners: Robert J. Anderson and Erin
Special Recognition: Howard
Fussiner, Constance LaPalombara and Peter Ziou; Honorable Mention:
Binnie Birstein, Mary Connelly, Amanda Durant, Nana Gregory, Brent
Holland, Kathy Kane, Matthew P. Klos, Lee Leonard, Damon McArthur,
Louisa McElwain, Joseph Miller, Matthew Newton and Tony Zatzick
About Particular Places:
Creative Arts Workshop is pleased to present Particular Places,
a national exhibition with juror Bernard Chaet, William Leffingwell
Professor of Painting Emeritus, Yale University School of Art.
“Painting is alive,” pronounced
Mr. Chaet. This exhibition reveals painting to be a true process
of creation. The artists of Particular Places
do not simply transcribe images onto canvas; they breathe life
into dead materials – pigment, paper, wood and canvas. The
paintings speak to each other using many visual languages, just
as Mr. Chaet intended.
Whether realistic or abstract, the paintings
in this exhibition are alive with energy and movement. In landscapes,
one senses the stillness of the air or the turbulence of the wind.
The passing of time is evident in the changing light. Interior
scenes tell the stories of the people who inhabit these spaces.
Architectural elements and the clutter of daily life serve as
clues to the lives of people who just left the room. In some cases,
the people are still present, turning the focus onto the place
the viewer inhabits while observing a private moment. Works that
depict abstract spaces constructed of line, form, color and texture
remind us of places we have been and places we have only imagined.
The great diversity and creativity displayed
by the artists of Particular Places prove that
painting is alive as a medium. As we examine the large number
of works in this exhibition, we are inspired by the variety of
imagery and innovative ways in which painters express themselves.
Mr. Chaet’s selections offer diverse views and interpretations
of our world, the particular places that live around us and in
The selection process for this show was
a tremendous undertaking, as close to 400 artists entered more
than 1100 works of art. We extend our thanks to Mr. Chaet for
his time and dedication to creating this wonderful exhibition.
Members of the Gallery Committee, especially Chair Diane Svigals
and Gallery Assistant Sandy Bartle, also deserve our gratitude.
Their hard work behind the scenes helps make a show like this
a success and enriches the artistic experiences available to the
New Haven community.
Bernard Chaet brings to this show the mastery of a lifetime painting
and teaching art. Known for his dramatic, expressive landscapes,
portraits and still lifes, Mr. Chaet has exhibited his work extensively
in galleries and institutions throughout the United States. His
work is included in numerous collections, including the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Chicago Art
Mr. Chaet studied with German Expressionist
Karl Zerbe during the 1940s at the School of the Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts
University and an Honorary Degree of Fine Arts from the Maryland
Institute College of Art. From 1951 to 1990, Mr. Chaet taught
painting at the Yale University School of Art, where he is the
William Leffingwell Professor of Painting Emeritus.
PAST JURIED SHOWS
Particular Places, juried by Bernard Chaet William Leffingwell
Professor of Painting Emeritus Yale University School of
Close to Home, juried by Jacquelyn D. Serwer, Chief Curator
of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.