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Friday, September 30th, 2016
October in the Galleries

ELLEN HECK, FINE ART PRINTMAKER, COMMENCES RESIDENCY AT ROCKPORT CENTER FOR THE ARTS.

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, HECK, WILL EXHIBIT WORK IN THE MAIN GALLERY FROM OCTOBER 15 – NOVEMBER 19, 2016 AND WILL FACILITATE WORKSHOPS AT THE ART CENTER AND LOCAL AREA HIGH SCHOOL.


ROCKPORT, TX. Ellen Heck received degrees in printmaking and painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 and in philosophy from Brown University in 2006. From 2009 to 2014, Ellen was an artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, California).  She currently lives and works as a fine art printmaker in North Carolina.

“My work is a study of identity”, Heck says, “its creation, variability, persistence, and change." As a printmaker, she often uses multiple print processes to underscore this theme in physical ways.

 

Included in the exhibition will be Ellen Heck’s newest portfolio: Fascinators. Combining woodcut, dry-point on copper, and hand painting, Heck has crafted a series of portraits in which the sitters are wearing Möbius strips and other mathematical or paradoxical figures as hats.

Sharing the exhibit space with her portrait series will be a portion of The Carolina Color Wheels, an ongoing series of multi-panel compositions. This project is both a visual journal and systems-based color study in which Heck has used the color wheel as a foundation for creating large, sometimes serial, seemingly abstract works.

An artist-in-residence at the prestigious Kala Art Institute, she is currently represented by Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis, Davidson Galleries in Seattle, and Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California

Heck has numerous pieces in public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Stanford University, and Swope Art.

In conjunction with her residency, Heck is offering free workshops to active members of the Art Center.  

Participants can register by visiting or calling the Art Center at 361-729-5519.  Her course offerings at the Art Center are as follows:

 

Printmaking Workshop: Dry-point on Copper
2-Day Workshop,October 17 & 18 from 10 AM – 4 PM
FREE offering for members only, seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Pre-registration is required.  Supply list available.
 
Watercolor Workshop: Watercolor – The Not-So-Blank Slate
2-Day Workshop,October 19 & 20 from 10 AM – 4PM
FREE offering formembers only, seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Printmaking Workshop: Woodcut
2-Day Workshop,October 24 & 25 from 10 AM – 4PM
FREE offering for members only, seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pre-registration is required.  Supply list available.
 
Watercolor Workshop:Watercolor – Natural History and Showing Process
2-Day Workshop,October 26 & 27 from 10 AM – 4PM
FREE offering for members only, seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

High school students enrolled at Aransas County Independent School District will also benefit from her on-site workshops, to be conducted during her residency.


Heck’s exhibition will officially open with a gallery talk on Saturday, October 15th, at 4:30 PM. 

A reception with the artist will follow from 5 to 7 PM.  During her residency,she will transform the Garden Gallery into a printmaking studio, where visitors can observe and learn from her work process, to include the use of the Art Center’s printing press.  Her residency will continue through November 19th.

The Artist-in-Residence program is made possible through a generous individual contribution. The program exists to invite artists for time and space away from their usual environment and obligations. The program provides a time of reflection, research, presentation, production and a cultural benefit to the communities of Rockport-Fulton. Prior artists that have participated in the residency are Bob Lockhart (2015), Diane Pike (2014), and Ewoud de Groot (2012).

Admission to the Art Center is always free and open to the public.