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Naives, Seers, Lone Wolves and World Savers XVII

Casting Bread: Wafaa Bilal

Teacher of Us All: Laurence Rathsack and a Few of His Students

Discardedly Yours: Art Made from New York City Junk

Likely Stories

Bruce Nauman on Paper

The 2006 Outsider Art Fair in Soho

Joan Backes: Murmurs in the Trees

Murmurs in the Trees

exhibition information

Exhibition Dates: April 15 - May 28, 2011
Artist Reception: Friday, April 15, 6-9 p.m.
Review by Mary Louise Schumacher

exhibition essay

about the artist

Joan Backes lives and works in Massachusetts | http://joanbackes.com/home.php

• MFA Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
• BA University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Selected Honors and Awards
• Invitational International Biennial, Internationalen Waldkunstpfad, Germany (2010)
• Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship, National Academy Museum, New York (2009)
• American-Scandinavian Foundation Project Grant (2009)
• Brown University Creative Arts Council Faculty Grant (2008)
• Embassy of the US Iceland (2006)
• Fulbright Hays Grant (2003)
• Ragdale Foundation (2000, 1999, 1998)
• Senior Fulbright Scholar Award (1994-95)
• National Endowment for the Arts/KS Art Com. (1992)
• Yellowstone Association for Natural Science, History, and Education Grant, Yellowstone National Park (1992)
• American-Scandinavian Foundation Award (1991)

Selected One Person Exhibitions
• sleeper Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. Brochure (2010)
• Uppsala University Linnaeus Garden, Uppsala, Sweden. Brochure (2009)
• Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Catalog (2008)
• LA Contemporary Gallery, Los Angeles, California. Catalog (2008)
• Gallery of the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Brochure (2008)
• Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, Illinois (2007)
• Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax, NS, Canada (2007)
• SAFN Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland. Brochure (2006)
• Rauma Art Museum, Rauma, Finland. Catalogue (2005)

Selected Group Exhibitions
• Big Bangs/Small Bucks III, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI (2011)
• Four Forest Artists, Merck, Darmstadt, Germany (2011)
• International Biennial and Symposium: Internationaler Waldkunstpfad, Darmstadt, Germany (2010)
• Baltimore Museum of Art Contemporary Prints & New Editions, Baltimore, Maryland (2010)
• Botanica, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey (2010)
• Gallery Benoit, Boston, Massachusetts (2010)
• Arbores Venerabiles, Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill, Bronx, New York (2009)
• Art Chicago/NEXT, Chicago, Illinois (2009)
• The Intimate Page, Portrait Society, Milwaukee, WI (2009)
• Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship Exhibition, National Academy, NY, NY (2009)
• The Decorata Project: Three Artists, Three Installations, Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, Rhode Island (2009)
• Nature Interrupted, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, New York. Brochure (2008)
• Big Bangs/Small Bucks, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2008)
• Faculty Exhibition, Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (2007)
• Nature Interrupted, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts. Brochure (2006)
• drawing _ drawing 2, The Foundry, London Biennial, London, England (2006)
• Ragdale Anniversary, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois (2006)
• Summarize, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri (2005)
• Magnificent Extravagance, Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin (2005)
• Scapes, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, Rhode Island (2005)
• A Forest Somewhere, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2004)
• From Nature, BCC Gallery, Fall River, Massachusetts (2004)
• Contemporary Drawing, U. of Nebraska Galleries, Lincoln, Nebraska (2004)
• Hands to Work, Mind to God, Borusan Art Museum/Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey (2004)