blackbird online journal spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1


PIVOT POINTS  |  Painter Biographies

Victor Kord was born in Romania and is Professor of Painting at Cornell University. His teaching career spans over forty years. He has shown his work extensively throughout the country and internationally since 1967, at such venues as the Kathryn Sermas Gallery; Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY; and the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT. He has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work is in numerous collections including the Whitney Museum, Aldrich Museum, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. He has been a mentor to Reni Gower, both when she was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin and as a colleague at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Sally Bowring, during her graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Richard Lazzaro is Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after having taught for more than forty years. His work is in more than 200 public and private collections in the United States, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, Ukraine, and Taiwan, and has appeared in numerous exhibitions including those at the Taichung Culture Center of Taiwan; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Seattle Museum of Art; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; the Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL; the Kathryn Sermas Gallery, Knoedler Galleries, New York, NY; the Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Jack Pollack Gallery, Toronto; and Galleria Tournaboni, Florence, Italy. He resides in Stoughton, Wisconsin, where he and his wife Giovanna operate The Lazzaro Signature Gallery of Fine Art, a contemporary gallery founded in 1985. He has been a mentor to Reni Gower when she was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and currently, when he represents her artwork through his gallery.
Reni Gower is an associate professor of painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and has taught over twenty years. She has exhibited her artwork extensively throughout the country since 1974, including the Erie Art Museum, PA; the Villa Terrace Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI; the South Carolina State Museum; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC; the Virginia Museum of Fine Art; the Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; A.I.R. Gallery, New York; and the Anton Gallery, Washington, D.C. Her work has been showcased internationally as well, in Korea, Israel, Belgium, Peru, England, Moldova, and Moscow. She has received numerous awards including an NEA/SECCA Southeastern Artist Fellowship and several university faculty grants for teaching excellence. Her work is represented in various collections, including the Library of Congress Print Collection; Pleasant Company/Mattel, Inc; the American embassies in Peru and Japan; Media General, Inc; and the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond. She studied with Victor Kord and Richard Lazzaro and has been a teacher to Sally Bowring and Beth Weisgerber (as graduate students at Virginia Commonwealth University), and Valerie Bogdan (as an undergraduate there).
Sally Bowring, a native New Yorker, is an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University and the public art coordinator for the City of Richmond. She is represented by the Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA and the Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta. Her work is in many corporate and private collections, including Media General, Inc; the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond; Wheat First Foundation; and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Since 1971, she has exhibited extensively throughout the country, including the Bronx River Art Center; the Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D.C; ARC Gallery, Chicago; The Painting Center, New York; and The Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art, Miami, as well as in Korea, Peru, Italy, and Canada. Bowring has received numerous awards, including the 2003 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and the 2003 Teresa Pollak Award in Visual Arts. Both Victor Kord and Reni Gower served as advisors during her graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in the early eighties. She continues to support the artistic development of Valerie Bogdan and Beth Weisgerber, both alumni of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Beth Weisgerber is a 2001 MFA graduate of the Painting and Printmaking Department, Virginia Commonwealth University. She has relocated to Chicago, Illinois, where she is pursuing a teaching career and working as a gallery assistant. She has exhibited her work nationally at The Painting Center, New York; the Malovat Gallery, Chicago; 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA; the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore; and the Machine Shop Gallery, Cincinnati, OH. Most recently she has exhibited at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Unit B Gallery in Chicago. She has received numerous awards and scholarships in support of her painting. She worked with Reni Gower as a teaching assistant in undergraduate painting.
Valerie Bogdan received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was named the Outstanding Senior of the Painting and Printmaking Department in 1997. She now lives in New York City. She has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. She has been exhibiting her work since 1997, at venues including Collaborative Concepts and the Van Brunt Gallery, both in Beacon, NY; the A.D.D. Gallery, Hudson, NY; the N3 Project Space, Brooklyn; the Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn; the Henry Street Settlement, New York City; the Artist's Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Coincidence Gallery, Richmond, VA. Her work can be seen in the Flat Files at Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY. While enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University she studied with Reni Gower and Sally Bowring.


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