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Neighborhood for Painters

Narrative Painting by Four Georgia Artists: Art Rosenbaum, Michelle Fontaine, Jennifer Hartley and Terry Rowlett
Haley Gallery
June 28, 2018
- September 29, 2018

Reflecting on the unique urban and rural communities of the Southland and the personalities who inhabit our landscape, these painters capture stories, moments and local cultural histories.

Art Rosenbaum

Art Rosenbaum, is a painter, muralist and illustrator, as well as a collector and performer of traditional American folk music. He earned his AB in Art History and his MFA in Painting at Columbia University. The octogenarian has worked in France on a Fulbright in Painting. He also held a Fulbright Senior Professorship in Germany.

Among his exhibitions were the New Orleans Triennial and the Corcoran’s 41st Biennial of American Painting. His works are in many collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Columbus (Georgia) Museum, the Georgia Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art. A major retrospective Weaving His Art on Golden Looms: Paintings and Drawings by Art Rosenbaum was mounted at the Georgia Museum of Art in 2006.

He has executed mural commissions at the UCLA School of Law, and at the University of Georgia at the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Russell Special Collections Library. He has taught studio art at the University of Iowa and the Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA, where he was named the first Wheatley Professor in Fine Arts.

Rosenbaum also has a Grammy, winning in 2008 in the category of Best Documentary Recording for his boxed set Art of Field Recording Vol. I: Fifty Years of American Traditional Music Documented by Art Rosenbaum.

Two black kids sit in a cityscape with dogs as the younger child holds up a puppy he has selected
Jennifer Hartley, “Pick of the Litter,” 2008, acrylic on canvas, 70" x 90"

Michelle Fontaine

Michelle Fontaine explores paint as a language to communicate themes of public gathering spaces. Playing with the look of mid-century American popular culture, lush with patterns and perspective, she investigates places and people as they share the painted landscape. Large-scale, expressive, and colorful, her collage narrative storylines are layered to build dynamic compositions.

After attending schools in Chicago, Atlanta and New York City, Michelle has completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Concentration in Painting at the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art. She has shown around the state of Georgia in a variety of venues.

Jennifer Hartley

Jennifer Hartley draws her inspiration from the people, vegetation and idiosyncrasies that surround her, particularly those from Newtown, her funky, turn-of-the-century Athens neighborhood. Her paintings, which have been exhibited throughout the Southeast and nationally, have been featured in art and literature journals, including Oxford American and Marco Polo Quarterly.

Since receiving her MFA from UGA in 2009, Hartley has been on the faculty of the Savannah College of Art and Design–Atlanta, where she teaches courses in drawing and painting.

Terry Rowlett

Terry Rowlett uses magical realism to create scenes of ordinary people and places that seem extraordinary. Contemporary subjects combined with mythological narratives and compositions create otherworldly feelings. Rowlett received his MFA from the UGA and is involved in the art, music and writing scenes that spring from Athens.

Busy images of people in daily life in the cty
Michelle Fontaine, "To Make A Little Sense Of My Time Here," 2013, oil on wood, 96" x 65"

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