Pamela Wilson-Ryckman: Wendy Sussman Memorial Painting Lecture: 7:30PM 4/20

The UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice presents
The 2015 Wendy Sussman Memorial Painting Lecture

Pamela Wilson-Ryckman

7:30 – 9 pm, Monday, April 20th, 2015
160 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Free, Accessible, and Open to the Public

Pamela Wilson-Ryckman, "P.R.C.", 2012, oil on linen, 36 x 25 inches, courtesy Gallery Paule Anglim.

Pamela Wilson-Ryckman, “P.R.C.”, 2012, oil on linen, 36 x 25 inches, courtesy Gallery Paule Anglim.

The Department of Art Practice is honored to present this year’s Wendy Sussman Memorial Painting Lecture featuring Bay Area painter Pamela Wilson-Ryckman.

Pamela Wilson-Ryckman, "Japanese Counting Votes", 2010, watercolor on paper, 21.5 x 30 inches, courtesy Gallery Paule Anglim.

Pamela Wilson-Ryckman, “Japanese Counting Votes”, 2010, watercolor on paper, 21.5 x 30 inches, courtesy Gallery Paule Anglim.

Pamela Wilson-Ryckman’s work often draws inspiration from photographs, media images and the urban landscape. Typically employing thin layers of paint in both the mediums of watercolor and oil, her work employ a wide range of techniques shifting from graphic lines and loose color washes to thickly rendered strokes.

“Culled from newspaper photos, Pamela Wilson-Ryckman’s ink and watercolor drawings delicately re-image the compressed chaos and destruction of contemporary life as captured in print media. Natural disasters, acts of terror, and social upheavals of all sorts are pictured as washy ephemeral records that are laid down in watery pools of sepia, blue, red, and green pigment. These are beautiful drawings, if not simply by nature of their impregnate medium.. The luminosity of watercolor on white paper and the alluring atmospheric effects Wilson-Ryckman confidently achieves in this medium creates images that are neither photographic nor illustrational but seductively abstract and representational.”

—from “Detachable, Connectable” by Michelle Grabner, Home and Away, Watercolors 2004 – 2010, Catalogue (2013) pdf

Pamela Wilson-Ryckman, "Friedrichswerdersche Church", 2014, watercolor on paper, 20" x 26", courtesy Gallery Paule Anglim.

Pamela Wilson-Ryckman, “Friedrichswerdersche Church”, 2014, watercolor on paper, 20″ x 26″, courtesy Gallery Paule Anglim.

Pamela Wilson-Ryckman has exhibited her work internationally in both group and solo exhibitions, including at Gallery Paule Anglim in San Franciso and the Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Seville, Spain. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009 and Yaddo Fellowship in 2003. Her work has been acquired by numerous institutions, including the San Francisco Muesum of Modern Art. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Painting and Drawing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She received a BA in Fine Arts at UC Berkeley in 1976, and an MA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. She is represented by Gallery Paule Anglim, and currently lives and works in San Francisco.

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The Wendy Sussman Prize in Painting, in honor of figurative painter and inspirational professor Wendy Sussman who taught at Berkeley from 1989 until her untimely death in 2001, is made possible by a generous donor.

There are two main components to the Sussman Prize:

The Wendy Sussman Memorial Prize in Painting is awarded to two undergraduate students each year.  Students are selected in the spring.  Each student receives a generous honorarium and an exhibition in the Worth Ryder Art Gallery the following spring.

The 2015 Exhibition, featuring Pascal Guevara and Simon Tran (a.k.a. ghost ghost teeth), is currently on view at the Worth Ryder Art Gallery. This year’s winners are Sara Emsaki and Ozzie Juarez.

The Wendy Sussman Memorial Painting Lecture is presented each Spring. A visiting painter gives a public lecture, and visits the MFA studios.

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