Drawn to the Figure
August 6 - September 12
Originally from Canada, Grace Benedict recently returned to the Gulf Coast where she earned her Master in Fine Arts degree. For eleven years this 1979 graduate of Tulane University was the Foundations Drawing Coordinator at the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. Her formal training includes anatomy and figure drawing. For thirty-five years Benedict has participated in national and international contemporary figural exhibitions, earning numerous awards.
The focus of the exhibition is on the figure: the life drawing is the starting point upon which she elaborates by including elements of nature. Her use of color and design in addition to a solid approach to the figure create a combination that often surprises the viewer. Her work ranges from spontaneous studies and sketches to intricately detailed and realistic drawings in colored pencil.
“My fascination with the figure began when I was looking at the Renaissance masters as a teenager. Throughout history, and today, the artist has continued to explore the theme of the human body with energy, honesty and creativity.”
There will be a reception, free and open to the public, for the artist on Friday September 5th in the gallery from 6pm to 8pm. Grace Benedict will give a brief talk and be available to answer questions about her work.