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Artist Josephine Halvorson will discuss her paintings and practice on March 2, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—On Tuesday, March 2, artist Josephine Halvorson will discuss her paintings and practice, specifically her interest in perception and objects, at Vassar College. The talk, presented by the Art Department, is free and open to the public and will begin at 6:00pm in Taylor Hall, room 203.
It was just announced this month that Halvorson is one of the 30 winners of the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation’s 16th biennial competition. Her most recent solo exhibition in New York City, Clockwise from Window at the Monya Rowe Gallery, was critically acclaimed. In the New York Times (31 December 2009) Roberta Smith wrote, “Ms. Halvorson’s art adds, as yet infinitesimally but credibly, to visions of late Manet, Morandi and William Nicholson, all of whom enlivened pure painting with reality.” While Jerry Saltz in New York magazine (12 December 2009) noted, “Halvorson’s quiet paintings of things like shelves conjured the mighty spirits of Chardin, Morandi, and William Nicolson.”
In addition to Clockwise From Window, Halvorson’s recent solo exhibitions include: The Volta Show (2009, Monya Rowe, New York, NY), Josephine Halvorson, west gallery (2008-09, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY), Peintures de Patience (2008, Fondation des États-Unis, Paris, France), Vienna Portraits (2005, Humanities Gallery, The Cooper Union, New York, NY), and Still Lifes (2005, RKL Gallery, Brooklyn, NY).

Halvorson, who lives in Brooklyn, NY, is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. She earned a BFA at The Cooper Union and an MFA at Columbia University. She spent two years painting abroad: first, on a Fulbright to Vienna, Austria (2003-4), and then as a fellow at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris (2007-8). 
She is currently the recipient of a yearlong studio residency at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Her website is http://www.josephinehalvorson.com/.

This lecture, sponsored by the Art Department, is presented under the auspices of the Agnes Rindge Claflin Lecture Series. Past speakers in the annual Claflin Lecture series include New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl; architect David Childs; art historians Thomas Crow, Stephen Murray, and Yoshiaki Shimizu; and artists Ellen Altfest, Marc Handleman, Joan Jonas, Ellen King, Karyn Olivier, Charles Simonds, Erica Svec, and Craig Taylor.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, February 22, 2010