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Creative Arts Workshop (CAW) presents new work by Hillary Charnas (Glastonbury, CT) and Rebecca Murtaugh (Brooklyn, NY), prizewinners of the 2013 juried exhibition How Simple Can You Get? Robert Storr, Professor of Painting and Dean of the School of Art at Yale University, served as juror. The Prizewinners show will be on view in CAW’s Hilles Gallery from March 7 to April 3, 2014. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, March 7 from 5 to 7 pm. The public is invited to attend.

The juror’s intent for the exhibition from which he chose Charnas and Murtaugh, was to assemble a collection of artwork in which “complexity has been reduced to its most essential and visually arresting expression.” Open to any visual media, the juried show ultimately included pieces that ranged from minimalist forms to intricate constructions.

Multimedia artist Hillary Charnas presents a selection of work from her series In A New Light, a collection of photographs that feature found objects reimagined and resurrected into two-dimensional abstract forms. It appears to the viewer that the artist has discovered and examined overlooked and neglected items that might once have occupied a place of belonging. By depicting the objects as specimens, Charnas has stripped away the ephemeral nature of familiarity, leaving the audience with images to decipher as they will.

Rebecca Murtaugh exhibits a collection of sculptures from her project entitled Alluring Repulsions. The three-dimensional abstract forms are created using a variety of materials and techniques that draw from both painting and sculpture. Murtaugh describes her interest “in alchemy and the history of objects and materials for their transformative potential… improvisation and intuition drive my actions along with a strong desire and consideration of beauty, form and color.” Similar to themes in Charnas’ work, Murtaugh gives discarded materials a new life. With titles like Aequalis: Sunburst and Russian Violet and Stand: Regatta and Reflecting Pool, the artist’s non-representational sculptures offer particular references from which the viewer can engage on an aesthetic and intellectual level.




2013: Chad Erpelding and Megan Moore, Prizewinners of the 2012 National Exhibition Boundless, with juror Anne Coffin

2012: Van Chu, Prizewinner of the 2011 National Exhibition Seeing Seeing, with juror Felice Frankel

2011: Peggy Johnston and Erika Mahr, Prizewinners of the 2010 International Exhibition Inventive Structures, with juror Hedi Kyle

2010: Jennifer Kaufman, Prizewinner of the 2009 National Exhibition Sky's the Limit, with juror Janet Echelman

2009: Helen Byler and Carrie Mae Smith, Prizewinners of the 2008 National Exhibition Painting as Presence, with juror William Bailey

2008: Nicholas Kripal, Judit Varga, and Nicholas Wood, Prizewinners of the 2007 National Exhibition Ceramic Abstraction: Exploration and Evidence, with juror Paula Winokur


Hillary Charnas and Rebecca Murtaugh

March 7 - April 3, 2014

An exhibtion of new work from the prizewinners of How Simple Can You Get?, the 2013 National Exhibition with juror Robert Storr.

Opening Reception Friday, March 7, 5 to 7 pm



Hillary Charnas (Glastonbury, CT) is a multimedia artist and sound designer from Glastonbury, CT. Her photography has recently been published in Tonelit Magazine: Issue 6 and exhibited at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, The Blackbox Gallery in Portland, OR, The Lightbox Gallery in Astoria, OR, and Artspace in New Haven, CT. Hillary earned her MFA from the Yale University School of Drama.

Rebecca Murtaugh (Brooklyn, NY) holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions in New York City, Philadelphia, District of Columbia, New Haven, Cleveland, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Nashville, Seattle and San Francisco. Murtaugh’s work has been written about in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Criterion, The Seattle Post Intelligencer, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Artweek, and Stone Canoe. She is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Hamilton College and maintains a studio in Brooklyn and upstate New York.

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