SAN ANGELO, Texas — Angelo State University will present a public exhibit of paintings by New York-based artist Annie Varnot as part of ASU's 2021 Edwards Trust Artist in Residency Painting program.
The exhibit will begin Monday, Aug. 23, in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building at 2602 Dena Drive.
Titled "Nomadic Landscapes," the exhibit will be on display in the Carr EFA Building's Gallery 193 and will be open for free public viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 10.
Varnot will also present a lecture about her work on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m. in the Carr EFA Building, Room 101. The lecture is also free and open to the public. Varnot will also remain on campus for four weeks to instruct and interact with ASU art students.
A resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., Varnot describes her work as hovering between abstraction and representation as she engages with several environmental themes, including human interference with nature, spectacular natural phenomena and her own relationship to the landscape. Her landscape paintings are inspired by her hikes along the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail and the 3,000-mile Continental Divide Trail.
In addition to various galleries in New York, Varnot's work has been widely exhibited in galleries and cultural centers in Massachusetts and Illinois. She has also participated in multiple artist residencies at arts centers, foundations, art programs and national parks in Virginia, Oregon, Massachusetts, Nevada, Wyoming and California, as well as in France and Nova Scotia. She earned a bachelor's degree in studio art from Skidmore College and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Massachusetts.
More details on Varnot and examples of her art are available at annievarnot.com.
According to an ASU press release, the purpose of the Edwards Trust Artist in Residency program is to bring to ASU noted individuals in the visual arts to share their knowledge, expertise and creative research with students, faculty, staff and the community.