Dear Friends,

Welcome to the blog for the Marcia Wood Gallery. This new blog is our way of staying in touch with you in a more personal manner than we can do on our website (though we hope you’ll visit it, too). Since the blog is new, it will surely evolve. For now, we’ve got updates on what our artists have been doing—we’re posting new information weekly—and what we’re doing as a gallery in terms of fairs and travel. Eventually we hope to include interviews with our artists, and some first-person pieces, maybe even special projects, by our artists and gallery friends.


If you’re going to be in New York at the end of the month, come by and say Hey. We’ll be at the Pulse Fair, booth #I-12.



Thursday, March 13, 2008

kate javens

Solo Exhibition: March 6 - April 12, 2008
Kate Javens' paintings in oil on wood, linen, and muslin, are stunning both for the breathtaking beauty of her brushstroke as well as for their passionate moral intensity. In a painting style that synthesizes an Old Masters clarity of light with a basis in American naturalism and realism, Javens connects with the viewer by an empathy to her subjects - paintings of animals which are named for, and in fact stand as metaphorical portraits of, figures in American history; persons who represent, to Javens, an altogether admirable altruism and social activism that deserve to be commemorated.    

Father Ram, 2006, oil on theater muslin, 66 x 106 inches

Javens' exquisite paintings of animals are about much more than what is immediately apparent to the eye.  As the scholar Alan Burdick writes in his essay for the catalog of Javens exhibition at the Blanden Art Museum, "It is tempting to view her paintings as depictions of animals.  In fact, and far more remarkably, what she exposes are the brief moments of time through which the creatures are passing."  

Kate Javens was born in Missouri and spent her childhood in Japan, Mexico, and the bicoastal United States.  She attended Pennsylvania State University and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Javens is a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Painting Fellow, A per Fellowship in the Arts Disciplinary Winner in Painting, and a three-time MacDowell fellow.  Her works are held in private and public collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania State University, the Telfair Muesum of Art and The Blanden Museum of Art.  She lives and works in New York City.  

Kate Javens
American Beasts

This beautifully produced hard-bound publication from the Blanden Art Museum has a foil embossed linen cover and a full color dust jacket.  It includes images from Javens' recent works, as well as earlier series and her rarely seen studio photography.  Kate Javens' Named For... series is a collection of creatures -- moths, horses, birds, fish -- that are named for historical Americans.  About Andrew Furuseth, a seaman from the early 1900s who was threatened with a jail sentence for labor injunction, Javens has written, "When I saw a Dorothea Lange portrait of this beautiful man, I was struck by the crow-ness of his visage.  A year-and-a-half after, I found a dead crow on the ground, still warm.  I bent over him and said, "Hello Andrew."  

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Jan Von Holleben

The Tarzan and Jan, 2006, c-print, 15.7 x 23.6 inches or 27.5 x 41.3 inches, edition of 5
We are thrilled to announce that Jan has received two awards:

* The Bronze Photography Award of The Florence Biennale

* and a special recognition for his offsite-installation


Other recent news

Sep 08 It'll happen here - Solo Exhibition at Marcia Wood Gallery / Atlanta

May 08 I am the strongest - Solo Exhibition at UNO Artspace/ Stuttgart

Apr 08 Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie - Groupexhibition -- Represented in Main- Exhibition

Jan 08 Jan von Holleben - moves from London to Berlin (the London studio in Shoreditch will remain as UK base)

Dec 07 Winner of Photography Award at Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea / Florence

Dreams of Flying -artist edition book is SOLD OUT - Hoffmann&Campe will republish a book in collaboration with 'Buechner'- awarded Writer Arnold Stadler in 2008

84,864 visitors at 'Dreams of Flying' Exhibition at V&A Museum of Childhood

Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea / Florence -- Representing Germany

Nov 07 ‘Wir werden immer grösser’ Soloshow, Galerie Robinson / Paris

Kongress des Kultusministeriums 'Kinderleicht lernen' Lecture/ Soloshow, Liederhalle / Stuttgart

‘Family Business’ Booklaunch , Internationale Buchmesse/ Frankfurt

The Terrace, 2006, c-print, 15.7 x 23.6 inches or 27.5 x 41.3 inches, edition of 5

Don Pollack

We are thrilled to announce that Don Pollock will open his solo show, "The Lincoln Project" at the "Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum" in Springfield Illinois.  The show opens on Lincoln's 200th anniversary birthday on Feb. 12, 2009, and will run for three months, coinciding with the national celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. The museum is by the state capital and just down the street from Lincoln's home.  Don received a grant to prepare (and extend) the exhibition.  The Museum director is planning other additional venues for the year to be announced, possibly Gettysburg, Washington, and NY.  

The "Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum" also wants to do a book and poster.  The "Lincoln after Stuart" portrait will also be part of the Museum's permanent collection after the show finishes at the end of 2009.  

Don will also be in a group exhibition, "Curator's Choice" at the Contemporary Art Institute of detroit, opening on April 5, 2008.  

other 07 updates


2007 Newzones Gallery, the sheltering sky, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Illinois Wesleyan University, American inheritance,

[retrospective], Bloomington, Illinois

Marcia Wood Gallery, night, Atlanta, Georgia

2006 Margaret Thatcher Projects, American gothic, past imperfect, New York, New York

Perimeter Gallery, improvisation, Chicago, Illinois



2007 artwork 5, Gallery 2, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

out of the garden, Rena Sternberg Gallery, Glencoe, Illinois

art chicago, The Merchandise Mart, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2006 states of seige, Fine Arts Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

landscape x10, Newzones Gallery, Calgary,Alberta, Canada

pulse, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, New York


Cross Cultural Perspective of Visual Communication, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, presentation topic: “native america: truth and imagery”, April 20-21, 2007

The conference hosted national and international researchers, faculty, and students presenting scholarly research, historical studies, creative experiences, and pedagogies that addressed cross-cultural perspectives of visual communication.

His presentation –“Native America: Truth and Imagery”, was a presentation of a project I did with students focusing on popular cultural and how current and historical Native Americans are perceived as well as addressing the needs of Native American design clients.  Researched topics included films, photography, package design, fashion, logotypes, and food products, lectures by Native Americans, and attending the 51st Annual Chicago American Indian Center Powwow.

A critical analysis of these items preceded package design proposals for “Smoke Signals”, (a Native American written and directed film), a cover and double page spread for the Chicago Tribune Magazine (highlighting the Chicago American Indian Center Powwow),and a music CD package design for the Mark Cleveland Band (Eastern Cherokee) where two student’s proposals were printed by the client.


Bill Rodriguez, “being there”, The Providence Phoenix, February 24, 2006

Bill Van Siclan, “art scene”, The Providence Journal, February 23, 2006

Doug Norris, “for some artists, historical re-enactment is a way of life”, South County Independant, RI February 9, 2006

Local Scene, “states of seige at uri focuses on the current contemporary condition”, The Standard Times, RI February 9, 2006

Jason Mojica, “don pollack: improvisation”, Time Out Chicago, February 2-9, 2006

Arts and Living, “kingston”, The South County Independant, January 26, 2006

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Timothy McDowell

Eastern Codex, 2007,  72 x 144 inches, beeswax, pigment and hide glue on panel
Solo Exhibitions 2007
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho
Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Group Exhibitions 2007
Luxe, Calme et Volupte, Group Exhibition, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Waxing Eloquent, Group Exhibition, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John's Newfoundland
The Eclectic Eye, the Dan Leach Collection, The Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
The Divas and Iron Chefs of Encaustics, Traveling Group Exhibition, UTSA Art Gallery, University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Group Exhibitions 2008 (opens Feb. 1, 2008)
It’s My Nature, Group Exhibition with Gabe Brown, Sandy Litchfield, Jackie Tileston and Laura Sharp Wilson. Curated by Lisa Hatchadoorian, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY
Museum Collections
Public Installation and Commissions
Conrad Hotel, Hong Kong
The Muse Hotel, New York, NY
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, San Francisco, CA 
Benziger Family Winery, Imagery Winery Collection, Glen Ellen, CA
Imagery Art for Wine by Bob Nugent with Donald Kusbit, 280 pgs, 2006 Wine Appreciation Guild Publishers, San Francisco, CA.
Speaking Engagements
Panelist for “Encaustic: State of the Art," along with: Joanne Mattera, Conference Director, Barbara O'Brien, critic for Art New England, Katherine French, chief curator of the Danforth Museum, Hope Turner, owner of the Arden Gallery, Boston, and Richard Frumess, paintmaker, R&F Paints, Kingston, NY
The panel talk took place at the National Conference of Encaustic Painting at Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

Island Planet, 2007, 72 x 96 inches, besswax, pigment and hide glue on panel

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Chris Verene

"The Pregnancy Test", 2002, Type-C Archival print, ed. of 6, with handwritten caption in oil by the artist, 30 x 36 inches
Verene 2007 Data
Announced Representation in New York City with Deitch Projects. 
Official Entry Selection in the Deitch "Art Parade" in which we pulled our baby, Nicolas, in a specially-made wagon and raised money for Children with Rare Diseases. 
Promised Gift to the SF MoMA collection.
Accquired by the Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum Collection, Trustees of the Museum of Modern Art 
Editorial Advisory Board, Art Papers Magazine
Guest Lecturer, Yale University Masters Program
Major Exhibition Review, ArtForum Magazine
Cover Story: "Men and Depression," Newsweek Magazine, March 2007

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions from 2007:"Shoot the Family," traveling Museum Exhibition, Massachusetts College of Art, Curated by Ralph Rugoff director of The Hayward Gallery, London (with catalog).
“June Bride,” Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
“Gallery Artists,” Daniel Reich Gallery, New York
“Galesburg, Yes,” Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta
“Self-Esteem,” Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta
"Galesburg," Gescheidle, Chicago
“Self-Esteem,” Quality Pictures, Portland, Oregon
“Galesburg,” ADA Gallery, Richmond

Chris has also been included in various regional group Exhibitions and national and international Art Fair Exhibitions.

"Lexus", 2005, Type-C Archival print, ed. of 6, with handwritten caption in oil by the artist, 30 x 36 inches

Chris Scarborough

Untitled (Smoke), 2007, Digital C-Print, Edition of 5, 32 x 48 inches
Solo and two person shows
This Is Us: Chris Scarborough and Marcus Kenney, TAG Gallery , Nashville, TN

Ideal Species, ArtSpace, Raliegh, NC

Living on Cloud Nine, Rhodes College, Memphis TN

Group shows

Three Part Harmony: Definition, Delicacy, and Detail in Drawing, Curator’s Office, Washington, DC

Art Fairs

Aqua Wynwood Art Fair, Miami, Showing with Foley Gallery, New York, NY

Aqua Art Fair, Miami, Showing with Curator’s Office, Washington D.C.

Scope Hamptons, Wainscott, NY, Showing with Curator’s Office, Washington D.C.

Awards and Recognition

Recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship for the State of Tennessee


Tennessee State Museum

 Untitled (Subterfuge), 2007, Graphite on Paper, 18 x 22 inches


Alarm Magazine, Sept Issue 2007

NY Arts, May/June Issue 2007

Cover, Dart International, Spring Issue 2007

NY Arts, Jan/Feb. Issue 2007

Frances Barth

oragem, 2006, acrylic on panel, 18 x 96 inches

Frances was awarded the grant: ANONYMOUS WAS A WOMAN

From Art in America, Jan 2007:

The Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation has announced the recipients of its annual $25,000 grants, given to women artists over age 35.

The Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation has announced the recipients of its annual $25,000 grants, given to women artists over age 35. The winners, who are nominated and selected by anonymous jurors, are Xenobia Bailey, Frances Barth, Judy Bernstein, Ellen Bruno, Terry Evans, Mary Heilmann, An-My Le, Howardena Pindell, Martha Rosier and Marie Watt. 

Nuuanu, 2002, acrylic on canvas, 10" x 10'

2007 Shows

“Colors,” Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

“Luxe, calme and volupte,” Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta (curated by Joanne Mattera)

“Land Force,” Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, (curated by John L.Moore.)

“Agents of Change: Women, Art, and Intellect,” Ceres Gallery, New York, (curated by Dr. Leslie King-Hammond.)

pedestal, 2005, acrylic on panel, 14 x 15 inches

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Amanda Hughen

Here is what happened with Amanda Hughen in 2007:

She had solo shows at Galerie Immanence, in Paris, France; Johansson Projects in Oakland, CA; and at the Marcia Wood Gallery. A collaborative project with Jennifer Starkweather and commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission was featured in 24 large kiosk posters throughout downtown San Francisco for 4 months in 2007. Electric Works, in San Francisco, created limited edition prints of the collaborative works and exhibited them in July.

Amanda was in group shows at the Triton Museum of Art, ("Drawing: Visions, Surfaces and Beyond") in Santa Clara, CA; at the Oakland Museum of California at the Oakland Airport, ("Convergence") in Oakland, CA; and Electric Works ("Civil Twilight") in San Francisco.

Her work was featured in a catalogue published by the San Francisco Arts Commission: "Between above and below: Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather".

Amanda's work was reviewed in Art & Antiques, the Atlanta Journal ConstitutionRuby Mag (Buenos Aires), the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and was on the cover of Artweek

She was a guest lecturer at California College of the Arts.

Amanda's work has been acquired by individuals and corporate collections, including Genentech, Charles Schwab, and Barclays Global Investors.

Philip Carpenter

After Durer, 2007, Colored Pencils on Paper, 24 x 20

Recent New's on Philip Carpenter

Philip Carpenter’s artwork and biography are included in the online artist registry sponsored by Georgia Council for the Arts and the Southern Arts Federation.

He exhibited work in “Innovations: New Work by Contemporary Georgia Artists”, the inaugural exhibition at Gallery Walk at Terminus, October 24, 2007-January 19, 2008.

He exhibited drawings in “Manipulating the Ordinary” at Swan Coach House Gallery, August 9-September 22, 2007.

In her review in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (September 2, 2007) Debra Wolf wrote, “ On the lighter side, Philip Carpenter skillfully juxtaposes pop culture icons and classical paintings. Mickey Mouse takes on the Renaissance in “Art in America”, while “After Durer” stars Bugs Bunny pointing a know-it-all finger at Albrecht Durer’s famous hare.”

In her review in Creative Loafing (August 16-22, 2007) Felicia Feaster wrote, “Along with Philip Carpenter’s wonderfully wise-ass drawings of pop culture kiddie toys and cartoons juxtaposed with classical paintings, this quartet in particular shows how our banal surroundings can allow for both soul-destroying superficiality and spiritual striving.”

Philip gave a gallery talk for “Drawn in Georgia: Works on Paper from the Collection” at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia at Suntrust Plaza (November 2, 2006-January 20, 2007).

Joanne Mattera

Uttar 291, 2006, encaustic on panel, 48 x50 inches, in three panels
Joanne Mattera 2007 News 

Curated Luxe, Calme et Volupte: A Meditation on Visual Pleasure, at 14-artist exhibit for the gallery, which focused on beauty in contemporary art.

. You can see the catalog online at

. Read Joanne’s essay at

. Review: Debra Wolf in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 2007: "Order and beauty form the organizing principle in an engaging new exhibition at Marcia Wood Gallery....Using Baudelaire and Matisse as a springboard for contemporary expression, Mattera's premise is both clever and effective. Fastidious process (order) is essential to aesthetic outcome (beauty). Mattera's selections are smart and pleasing in a show that combines control and creativity, visual and tactile harmony, and individual refrains of luxe, calme et volupte....Verdict: Intelligent and pleasurable."


Uttar 290, 2005 encaustic on panel, 35 x 35 inches

20th Career solo at OK Harris Gallery, New York, in April

. Review: Maureen Mullarkey, The New York Sun, May 3, 2007:   “If Jasper Johns put encaustic back on the map in the 1950’s and ‘60s, Joanne Mattera has been a prime mover in making the technique accessible to a new generation of painters. . .The medium itself is very much the subject of Silk Road, Ms. Mattera’s series of small encaustic panels. Each panel is a simple expanse of what appears, at quick glance, to be a single color. But owing to the opalescent properties of pigmented beeswax applied in layers, these radiant fields are irreducible to monochrome. . .resonance from within lends depth to understated surface patterns. Viewed in ensemble, there is nothing minimal about them.”

. Review: Joseph Walentiny, Abstract Art Online, May 15, 2007: “Mattera combines conceptual order, as embodied in the structure of the grid, with beauty.”

Work appears in Geoform, an online curatorial project focused on geometric form and structure in contemporary abstract art. A 2005 interview with Joanne by the editor Julie Karabenick was expanded in 2007. You can read the revised interview at

Joanne Mattera Art Blog covers artists, exhibitions and art events around the country, including the recent fairs in Miami. You can read more at

Founded the National Conference of Encaustic Painting at Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Mass. The first and only event of its kind, this conference attracted participants from throughout North America, for three days of panels, lectures and demonstrations. Joanne continues for 2008 as conference director.