Fine Art Gallery
Ruthellen Pollan: Thirty-Year Retrospective Exhibition
May 16 - June 20, 2004.
Sunday, June 6, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The San Juan College Art Gallery will present “Ruthellen Pollan: Thirty-Year Retrospective Exhibition” from May 16 through June 20. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held Sunday, June 6, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Pollan says that entering an age of increasing technology perhaps catalyzed her own need to view nature from a perspective of spirituality and oneness. From her remote home in Blanding, Utah, she creates works infused with a sense of rhythm and vitality. Her present work speaks of the vastness and mystery of far vistas. Her approach is that of a spectator from afar who is concerned primarily with movement. A liveliness of stroke, a richness of thick paint, simplified forms and dark contours are all evident in her painting.
In her vision Pollan incorporates influences derived from both study and experience. She has executed this approach to learning with intensity and fervor and a willingness to start anew. Her work speaks of this journey, informed by years of trial and growth. At this point, the work stands on its own.
Pollan attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and earned her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University in New York. She earned her master’s degree from C. W. Post College and her MFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore. Since 1972 she has taught art in New York, Florida, and Utah. Pollan also has experience as an art and museum curator.
Pollan’s work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and has won several awards for best of show. Her paintings are included in collections belonging to galleries, universities, and commercial establishments in New York, Florida, Texas and Louisiana. Her work also hangs in the American Consulate in Malaga, Spain, and at the Sturm Foundation in Ontario, Canada.
Art Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday. The Gallery is closed on weekends. For more information call (505) 566-3464.
Fine Art Gallery: located in the Henderson Fine Arts Building, across from the box office.Student Gallery: located at the top of the stairs in the new West Classroom Complex.