American Landscapes at Gallery OTR, Evanston.
Midwest Biennial Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
Walking the Landscape, solo exhibition at the Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle WA
Dialogue Full Force, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Anne Hayden Stevens is a painter and printmaker living outside Chicago, IL. I have an MA in Visual Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from California College of the Arts.
My work ranges across painting, drawing, printmaking and public art. My work has been exhibited in Chicago at the Evanston Art Center, Governor's State University Art Gallery, The Koehnline Museum of Art, and at the Harold Washington Library Center during Chicago Artists Month. Public art pieces are located on Rainier Avenue South in Seattle, the Seattle Municipal Tower, and the University of Washington. I shows paintings & drawings with The Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle. I sell prints online. The selection changes every month or so, so email me if you don't see a piece you are interested in.
I have exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including 911 Media Arts, The Bellevue Art Museum, and The Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle and the Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA.
I am a narrative landscape painter and my conceptual focus is women walking in the landscape. I am currently working on two parallel bodies of work: a set of oil paintings and a set of digital prints that reflect on our current political climate. The series is titled Women & Mountains. In these pieces women move through canyons, densely wooded valleys, and between mountains, which represent some of the challenges women currently face around reproductive freedom, displacement as refugees, and economic inequalities.
I site my work in public open space. My paintings begin with walks through protected-but-accessible sites like national parks, regional preserves, and city parks. I am interested in the protected designation of these places. The protections we afford the visible and invisible elements in an urban open space align, for me, with the delicate protections of women’s rights. I do study drawings onsite, and then work from memory in the studio.
My oil paintings are oil and alkyd medium on gessoed panel. I protect my paintings with a cold wax varnish. My archival prints are large scale digital collages that remix fragments of my completed paintings with 3D models, photographs and drawing. I build the digital images as vector-based artwork so the collages can be scaled and applied to walls and building surfaces.
March 2013: Video Ways of Making: Digital Governor's State University Art Gallery, University Park, IL
2010: 'Special Collections' about Open & Free at the Chicago Public Library in Newcity Art, Chicago
ARTS ADVOCACY &TEACHING
In my day job, I work as Senior Designer at Northwestern University with FUSE, an interest-driven STEAM program for students in and out of school. In my prior job, I was a Lecturer at the University of Washington, Seattle in the College of the Built Environment and the School of Art. I has also worked for the Seattle Department of Transportation as an Artist in Residence. I am interested in art, architecture, design and preservation.