Burlington City Arts

JULY 23, 2014

Three Vermont Artists Featured in Summer Contemporary Exhibition At Vermont Metro Gallery


Three Vermont Artists Featured in Summer Contemporary Exhibition At Vermont Metro Gallery

Burlington, VT:  (July 23, 2014): Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce the new contemporary exhibition, Solé , opening Thursday, July 31st at Vermont Metro Gallery on Church Street, with a reception from 5:30-7:30pm. Exhibited in the Vermont Metro Gallery, the new commercial gallery space at The BCA Center on Church Street in Burlington, Solé features work by Susan Osgood (oil and gouache paintings), Alisa Dworsky (prints and sculpture) and Douglas Biklen (photography). This exhibition runs through September 28th, 2014. 

Solé is a chromatic celebration of light and equilibrium. The intentional layering and gentle balance of hues tangled throughout the various mediums convey a sense of buoyancy and warmth, resulting in elegant abstractions.  Atmospheric in tone, each artist provides an uplifting yet profoundly sensitive exploration of color.  

The Vermont Metro Gallery showcases Vermont-based artists or those with strong ties to Vermont, drawing from more than 150 artists who participate in BCA's existing leasing program, as well as artists who have a history of sales through BCA, a strong exhibition resume, and who regularly produce work. A critical component of the Metro Gallery is creating a reciprocal relationship between sales potential of an artist and building a community of collectors. Events in the gallery encourage collecting Vermont artists as a rewarding personal and social experience for a broad demographic.


Susan Osgood
Susan Osgood is a painter, who also makes monotype prints and draws.
The source of her inspiration is an innate curiosity, which allows her to experience the acts of painting and drawing as if they are travels, giving the sense of being in unfamiliar territory and the wonder of discovery. Her love of traveling, both literally and figuratively, takes her within as well as out into the world to faraway places – something she yearned to do ever since she was young. Growing up in the woods of New Hampshire, she spent time in nature, indelibly marking the way she experiences through the senses.

Upon completing her degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, her goal was to be able to make a living by traveling and making art. Touring Egypt in 1979, she acquired a taste for a foreign culture rich with layers of history and art. In 1985 she began working as an artist for the University of Chicago’s archaeological project in Luxor and has spent the last 25 winters there drawing the carved and painted reliefs of ancient tombs and temples. 

Leaving the dusty yellow winds blowing in from the desert, Susan returns home each spring. In her Vermont studio she translates these divergent worlds full of contrasts and similarities into abstract contemporary artwork.

Osgood’s work has been exhibited widely, including major cities in Germany, with a solo show most recently at the Museum August Kestner in Hannover and is in private and corporate collections around the world.

Alisa Dworsky creates sculpture, installations, buildings, drawings and prints; her work in one discipline influences her work in another. She is interested in how structure and force give shape to form and in the way human beings use geometric systems to order their environments. Her work is inspired by textiles, agricultural patterns, computer drawings, topographical maps, architecture and the principle of quantum physics that in all matter there is movement.

Dworsky has created commissioned installations for contemporary arts spaces around the country. She has exhibited at the LAL in Lexington Kentucky, 516 Arts in Albuquerque New Mexico, and in Vermont at the Bennington Museum, Burlington City Arts, the Burlington waterfront, the Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont, the Brattleboro Museum and she created a mile long highway installation with the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Her installation “Drawn Out” and her drawings were recently at Artspace in New Haven Connecticut. Her work, “Motion - Line - Form”, opens May 2015 at the Brattleboro Museum.

Dworsky has received six grants from the Vermont Arts Council, four grants from the Vermont Community Foundation, and grants from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation and the Sustainable Arts Fund. She earned a Masters in Architecture from Yale and a BA from Stanford in both Studio Art and International Relations. She is cofounder of the architectural design firm, Terra Firma Inc., with her husband Danny Sagan. Dworsky has taught architecture and art at Norwich University, Stanford University, The Yale Graduate School of Architecture, Ball State University and the Yestermorrow Design-Build School. Dworsky lives in Montpelier Vermont with her husband and two daughters.

Douglas Biklen is a fine art photographer who specializes in abstract images. His photography has been exhibited at the Nancy Price Gallery (Jamaica, Vermont), the Delavan Art Center (Syracuse, New York), and the Brandon Artists Guild (Brandon, Vermont) where he is a member.
Biklen first developed an interest in photography as a child, using a Kodak Brownie camera, and later progressed to 35 mm single lens reflex cameras. He was an avid photographer while a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa during the 1960s. In the 1970s and ’80s he pursued his interest in visual arts by becoming involved in film. In 1988 he was executive producer of an award-winning documentary Regular Lives that aired nationally on PBS. Subsequently he was Educational Advisor to the HBO documentaries Educating Peter (Academy Award winner for best short documentary, 1992) and Graduating Peter (2003).
It was not until the 1990s that he returned to Medium Format photography, using a Hasselblad. He studied color photo techniques with Alison Shaw at the Maine Photographic Workshops and digital scanning and image preparation for printing at Light Work/Community Darkrooms at Syracuse University.  Biklen’s work can regularly be seen at the Brandon Artists Guild in Brandon, Vermont.
Besides his photography, Biklen is internationally known for his research on autism-Biklen co-produced the Academy Award nominated CNN/State of the Art film Autism Is A World (2004), is producer and director (with Rossetti) of the award winning film My Classic Life as an Artist: A Portrait of Larry Bissonnette (2004) and is producer (with Wurzburg) of the road trip film Wretches and Jabberers (2010).   He is author of more than a dozen books, including Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone (NYU Press, 2005).
News accounts of his work in the field of autism have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post Magazine, People Magazine, and on the CBS Evening News, CNN News and ABC’s Primetime Live.
Douglas Biklen formerly served as Dean of the School of Education at Syracuse University and now resides in Orwell, Vermont.

Vermont Metro Gallery events are sponsored by: Bluebird Tavern, Fluid Bar Service and Farrell Distributing. Solé is an important part of Burlington City Arts, celebrating over 30 years of supporting the arts, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, special events, classes and workshops, please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG.