4355 Orchard Street

Philadelphia, PA 19124

Email: valrossman@gmail.com

Tel.: 610-506-7770

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Artist's Statement

 

 MAKING A MARK

 

"Life is always uncertain.

Out of a riot of lines, spaces and colors

comes a titillating surface that beckons

the viewer to relax and enjoy the journey.

Simplicity and density are woven together

in grafiti-esque drawings and paintings

saturated with luminous and rich harmonies."

 

       Julie Courtney, Independent Curator

 

The quote above was written over 15 years ago and still holds true.  After 30 years of continuously creating art I often wonder what new insights I  bring to my work.  I tell my students that we each have our own ”circle”  in life.  As we grow and have many experiences we venture out of our personal circle, but always return to make our circle deeper and more varied; there are additions, ruts, grooves, colors and marks that enhance one’s space.

 

My art is a  chaotic blend of chance and careful planning which is an apt metaphor for life.  Each painting or pastel drawing is a map leading to an adventure of color, mark, and space.  The making of the mark whether expressive, aggressive, lyrical or exuberant is crucial.  There are references to nature but my primary interest is in capturing the feeling. I embrace the unpredictable interferences as interruptions to the luscious color and controlled lines.  Taking risks as part of my creative process energizes my work and keeps it fresh and exciting.

 

EDUCATION:

 

MCAT  1976  Hahnemann Medical College

BFA  1974  Tyler School of Art

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS:

 

2015  Art in the Wilderness, Aspe, CO

2012  Vermont Studio Center Residency

2009  Vermont Studio Center Residency

1994  Award for Excellence in Drawing, Artists Equity Triennial, Philadelphia

1992  Bravo Television Competiton, National Arts Club, New York, NY

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

 

2017  Making A Mark, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015  Hues and Gestures, West Branch Gallery, VT

2015  Earth, Air Color, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2014  Griesing Law, Philadelphia, PA

2013  Acrylic on Aluminum and Pastel Drawings, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011  Recent Paintings and Drawings, Windsor Whip Works, Binghampton, NY

2011  Extravagant Color, West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT

2010  Acrylic on Metal and Pastel Drawings, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007  Recent Work, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2005  Recent Work, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2002  New Pastel Abstractions, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2000  Recent Drawings, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1998  Mixed Media Monoprints, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington

1997  Mixed Media Monoprints, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1995  Pastel Drawings, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1994  Pavilion Gallery,  Mount Holly, NJ

1994  Kirkbride Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1992  New Paintings, Gross-McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1989  New Work, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1998  Recent Work, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

1988  Pastel Abstractions, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1987  New Work, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1986  Glassboro State College, Glassboro, NJ

1982  Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1982  Temple University, Sugarloaf Conference Center, Philadelphia, PA

1981  New Paintings Scherer Gallery, Marlboro, NJ

1980  Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

 

2016  On Paper, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015  Affordable Art Fair, NYC, NY

2014  Outer Limits, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia

2014  Jewels and Treasures, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2014  Small Works Show, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia

2013  Wayne Art Center Abstact Invitational Show

2013  Louisa Gould Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA

2013  Art of the State: Pennsylvania ’13, the State Museum of Pennsylvania

2011  C3: Create. Connect. Collect, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2010  Small Works Show, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia

2009  Landscape Revisited, West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT

2009  Small Works Show, Rosenfeld Gallery Small Works, Philadelphia

2008  Red Dot Art Fair, New York, NY

2005  Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ

2005  Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA

2004  West Branch Gallery, Stow, VT

2004  The Philadelphia Foundation

1998  Pastel Invitational, The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA

1996  Art of the State:  Pennsylvania ’96,  The State Museum of  Pennsylvania

1994  Award for Excellence in Drawing, Artists Equity Triennial, Philadelphia

1994  Cheltenham Art Center Annual Awards Exhibition

1992  Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery,  New York, NY

1992  Bravo Television Competition, National  Arts Club, New York, NY

1992  Members Gallery, Philadelphia Museum of Art

1988 Philadelphia Drawing Competition

1988  Works on Paper, Beaver College, Philadelphia

 

COLLECTIONS:

 

 • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

 • Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

 • Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia

 • American Telephone and Telegraph

 • United Pacific Life Insurance

 • Schnader, Harrison, Segal and Lewis, Philadelphia

 • Yasuda Corporation, New York

 • Arco Chemical Corporation

 • Community College of Philadelphia

 • Barrack, Rodos, and Bacine, Philadelphia

 • MasterCard International Headquarters; Purchase, NY

 • The Vanguard Group World Headquarters; Valley Forge, PA

 • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Bank; Rockefeller Center, NY

 • Zuckerman Honickman Corporation, Philadelphia, PA

 • Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PA

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

 

Victoria Donohoe, Project Shows How Art is Made,Philadelphia Inquirer, October 2011

Margaret Guthrie, Main Line Art Center Connects, Flying Kite, January, 2011

Marc Awodey, Hue for Two, Seven Days, February, 2011

Victoria Donohoe, Color at Rosenfeld, The Philadelphia Inquirer,  September, 2010

Linda Dormont, Steel Gardens, Art Matters, April, 2007

Edward J. Sozanski, Memorable Encores, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January, 2005

Ruth Rovner, Exercising Her Artistic Imagination, Main Line Times, January, 2005

Wanda Walls, Inside the Spectrum of Color, Art Matters, January, 2005

Edward J. Sozanski, Pastels at Rosenfeld, The Philadelphia Inquirer,  February, 2002

Robert H. Sadler, The Artist As Athlete, The Jewish Exponent, October, 1995

A Women's Personal Journal, Running Press 1992

Artsbreak, Bravo National Television Network1992

 

EMPLOYMENT:

 

2016 - Present, Instructor, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2016 - Present, Instructor, Woodmere Art Museum, Chestnut Hill, PA

1994 - 2016, Instructor, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2003 - Visiting Instructor, River Arts, Morrisville, VT

1992 - Visiting Lecturer, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

1976 - 1982, Art Therapist, Einstein Medical Center and Hospital, Philadelphia

 

CURRENT GALLERY REPRESENTATION:

 

Gross McCLeaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Longview Gallery, Washington DC

West Branch Gallery, Stowe VT

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