PRESS RELEASE: INTER_SECTION GALLERY AND ART SPACE
presents: TAYLOR/FOWLER opening September 5, 2014 7-10 pm.
The show runs through October 31, 2014.
Will Taylor and Clyde Fowler have been members of the UNC School of the Arts Faculty for many years and both have also served as Director of its Visual Arts Department during different periods of the school's history; Fowler from 1975 to 2004 and Taylor from 2011 to the present.
Since 1975 there has not been a single student enrolled in the Visual Arts program that did not study drawing with Will or Clyde. In addition to their dedication to arts education and the mission of UNCSA, they have explored and expanded their individual creative ideas and visual concepts as professional artists. Although their art may reflect a difference in approach and resolution, their imagery is based on a belief that the creative process should be continuously questioned and re-assessed, a philosophy which also serves as the foundation for their interaction with the young artists in their classes. The art shown at Inter_Section Gallery is the first time they have shared an exhibition space.
About Will Taylor:
Will Taylor received his BFA in Painting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MFA in Painting from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. His works have been included in the Drawing Center's Viewing Program (NYC), Artists Space's digital registry (NYC), and Pierogi 2000's Video File (Brooklyn, NY). Collaborative paintings with Brooklyn artist Jack Warren have been highlighted in numerous exhibitions, including the Trisha Brown Dance Company Benefit at Pace Wildenstein Gallery (NYC) and have been the subject of public symposia for such critics and curators as Donald Kuspit, Dan Cameron (New Museum of Contemporary Art), Laura Hoptman (Museum of Modern Art), Eugenie Tsai (Whitney Museum of American Art), and Dominic Molon (Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago). Mr. Taylor has paneled discussions for the Cultural Studies Association, the College Art Association, and the American Society of Media Photographers.
In 2001, Mr. Taylor founded the "Charred and Lacquered Revival", a multidisciplinary arts collective promoting innovative and challenging works through the adaptive reuse of alternative spaces and interdisciplinary collaborations. "Revival" projects have included "deconcealed" (a collaborative installation in a former textile mill in Mebane, NC), "elysiana" (a collaborative film created in part for the 48-Hour Film Project), and "caravan" (a collaborative film project generated throughout specific sites in Raleigh, NC, Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, and Brooklyn, NY). In 2008, Mr. Taylor and Julian Semilian (UNCSA School of Filmmaking) were recipients of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts' collaborative initiative entitled "BREATHE - The Creative Challenge Project". "BREATHE" allowed Taylor and Semilian to travel to London and Prague for artistic dialogues with world renown animators Jan Svankmajer and the Brothers Quay. Recent exhibitions have included solo and two person shows at Spectre Arts (Durham, NC), Greensboro College (Greensboro, NC), Elon University (Elon, NC), and Theatre Art Galleries (High Point, NC).
About Clyde Fowler:
Clyde Fowler received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Communication Arts and Design with additional study at The Arts Students League and the National Academy of Fine Arts in New York. He was a member of the University of NC School of the Arts faculty and Director of the Visual Arts Department from 1975-2004, awarded status of Emeritus Faculty in 2005. He also taught in the school's Summer International Arts Program which was held in Rome and Florence. For six years he assisted in the supervision and planning of a Visual Artist Rockefeller Grant which supported lectures, exhibits and workshops on the UNCSA campus. Participating artists included Judy Chicago, Philip Pearlstein, Laurie Anderson, William Wegman, Audrey Flack and film director David Lynch. Fowler was chosen as a participant in the AICA Institute for Art Educators which brought 24 instructors from across the country to New York for a month. Studio space was provided in addition to attending scheduled seminars and informal discussion sessions addressing issues relating to arts education.
Mr. Fowler was included in the 40th Annual NC Artists exhibition at the NC Museum of Art. Other exhibitions include the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Sawtooth Center, Wake Forest University, Weatherspoon Gallery, High Point Theater Gallery, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Lee Hansley Gallery and Longview Gallery in Washington, DC. He has also worked as a graphic designer for Cooper and Cockerham Agency in High Point, designed costumes for a production of "The Rite of Spring" choreographed by Richard Kuch and Richard Gain and "A Classic Tale" choreographed by Marcia Plevin and staged by the NC Dance Theater.
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As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.