Thursday, May 24 – 7:00 PM
CRAFT & CULTURE LECTURE SERIES:
Artist Talk with Jack Larimore
The Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6168
It is with great pleasure that Snyderman-Works Galleries brings together the work of two artists with whom we have had a personal and professional relationship for more than 25 years. This exhibit offered us a very special opportunity to present the work of two mature and fully formed mid-career artists who have themselves been personal friends for many years.
Keith Ragone lives in and is influenced by the rich natural environments of his native Cumberland County; his sensibilities are attuned to the southern New Jersey salt marshes and estuaries that form the color palette of his paintings. Ragone’s abstractions capture the sense of those places rather than their specifics.
A 1976 graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he was awarded a prestigious Cresson Memorial Traveling Scholarship as an undergraduate, he later went on to obtain an MFA in 1985 at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he studied with Elizabeth Murray, Lucio Pizzi and Sandro Chia. He has been a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and was a ’98 Artist Fellow in Residence at the Ballingen Arts Foundation in Ireland. His work is in the permanent collections of the Woodmere Art Museum and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and the Chase Bank Collection in New York City.
Jack Larimore, who grew up in the cherry orchard region along Lake Michigan, began his career with a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan in 1973, and since 1983 has been primarily engaged in designing and building nationally and internationally exhibited furniture and installations. His work is included in major collections such as that of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, and the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ. He has taught furniture design at Drexel University, Moore College of Art and Design and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he also served as a Professor in the Crafts Department. He also serves as a Trustee of the Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, Pa His work has been extensively published, and will be featured in a soon to be released book, Furniture with A Soul, by David Savage, for Kodansha International.
Larimore recently completed a Fellowship Residency at the Wheaton Art Center, Millville, NJ, where the mixed media cast glass and salvaged wood sculptures presented in this exhibition were conceived.