West Gallery – September 1 – October 7, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, September 1, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
In-person Artist Talk: Friday, September 29, 6:30 PM
More work will be available soon…
- Power Boothe
Making a painting opens up a space (‘space’ in the sense of freedom) where I, (and hopefully the viewer), can play with abandon. My paintings are not made to say something, to convey a message, or to express my feelings. I never know what my paintings will mean or how they will make ‘felt’ sense until I make them. Although I rely on my habits and my ability to improvise to arrive at a physical painting, a painting can be meaningful only in collaboration with the viewer’s rich experiences. Looking takes time; painting is an adventure. The imaginative space of painting is where something unexpected can happen. Painting ‘comes to life’ in the realm of what is unsayable.
Power Boothe has exhibited his paintings for over four decades. His work is represented in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work is also represented in the collections of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the British Museum in the UK, as well as many private collections nationally and internationally.
Boothe has received numerous individual grants, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Pollock/Krasner Foundation Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for painting. He has received awards for his designs for experimental theater, dance, and video productions, including a Bessie Award for set design, a Film/Video Arts Foundation Award for film, and several Art Matters Grants for theater. He has been the co-recipient of numerous collaborative grants including several NEA Inter-Arts Grants and NY State Council Grants, as well as a Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Grant. In addition, he has been awarded a Yaddo Artists Colony residency, a McDowell Colony residency, and an Asian Cultural Council Grant for travel and study in Japan.
Boothe is currently a Professor of Painting at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford. He served as Dean of the Hartford Art School from 2001 to 2010, where he led a successful campaign to build the Renée Samuels Center, a studio facility focused on teaching art and technology. As Director of the School of Art at Ohio University from 1998 to 2001, he produced a symposium on cognitive theory and the arts: Art/Body/Mind. As Co-director of the Mount Royal Graduate School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art from 1993 to 1998, he curated the exhibition, Art + Necessity. The Maryland Institute awarded him the Trustees Award for Teaching Excellence in 1998. Boothe served as Lecturer in the Humanities at Princeton University from 1988 to 1994 and served on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts from 1979 to 1988.
Boothe grew up in Lafayette, CA. He studied painting at the California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute, then received a BA in Painting from Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. He came to New York as a student in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 1967, He continued to live and work as an artist for three decades in New York City. He studied classical archeology at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, and linguistics and philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1989 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts degree from Colorado College for his mid-career accomplishments and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts.