Two Exhibits at University Art Gallery Put Focus on Ancient Medium of Encaustic (Hot Wax)

LAURA MORIARTY-Pigmented-Beeswax

LAURA MORIARTY, Causeway, 2013 40” x 19” x 9½” Pigmented Beeswax

The exhibition, Heated Exchange, featuring nine contemporary artists who work in the ancient medium of encaustic (hot wax), will be on display from Feb. 7 to March 14, 2017, at the University Art Gallery at California State University, Dominguez Hills. In conjunction with Heated Exchange, a solo exhibition, Ancient Histories: Encaustic Monoprints by David A. Clark, will also be presented.

An opening reception will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the University Art Gallery, featuring a special lecture and demonstration at 6 p.m. of actual encaustic painting techniques by the exhibiting artist David A. Clark.

Reni Gower-Encaustic-Collage

Reni Gower, Rhapsody, 2012, 15” x 18½”, Encaustic / Collage on panel

Heated Exchange, curated by artist Reni Gower, features the seductive surface, luminous color, and ethereal image layering unique to the encaustic medium. Each artist approaches the process from a distinct perspective that may incorporate scraping, burning, burnishing, incising, dipping, dyeing, or pouring, as well as painting, printmaking, drawing, collage, sculpture, or installation. Tactile surfaces reveal unique traces of the hand, while gleaming color fused with intricate markings orchestrate striking visual chords.

The artists Kim Bernard, Kristy Deetz, Peter Dykhuis, Lorraine Glessner, Cheryl Goldsleger, Reni Gower, Jeffrey Hirst, Laura Moriarty, and Jane Allen Nodine are among those who helped turn this legendary paint of the Fayum mummy portraits into a mainstream contemporary medium recognized both for its exquisite beauty and incredible versatility.

Ancient Histories: Encaustic Monoprints by David A. Clark is a solo exhibition featuring eight large-scale prints and paintings by Clark that incorporate arrows as a way of exploring universal themes of humanity. His prints have been exhibited in more than 40 solo and group shows across the United States. His work is in the Process and Hunterdon Art Museums as well as other private and public collections, and it has appeared in many publications including Surface Design Journal, Encaustic Art in the 21st Century, Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic, Encaustic Works 2010 and numerous issues of Art in Print.

Ancient Histories: Encaustic Monoprints by David A. Clark

Ancient Histories: Encaustic Monoprints by David A. Clark

Clark’s encaustic painting demonstration, held in conjunction with the opening on Feb 7 at 6 p.m., will introduce viewers to the working properties of encaustic. One of the most ancient and versatile mediums, encaustic can be used to paint, print, collage and sculpt, and viewers will get to experience the myriad ways encaustic can be utilized from paint composition, to fusing, layering color, collaging and more.

These exhibitions are sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities and the Instructionally Related Activities Committee of the Associated Students Inc. Funding for Heated Exchange was made possible in part by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU Arts, and the Painting and Printmaking Department.

Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, the University Art Gallery is on the first floor of LaCorte Hall, Room A-107. Admission is free.

CSU Dominguez Hills is located at 1000 E. Victoria St. in Carson, Calif. LaCorte Hall is on the west side of campus off Toro Center Drive/Tamcliff Street. Visitor parking in campus lots is permitted with a valid parking pass, which is sold for $6 at yellow dispensing machines at the front of each campus lot.

For more information, call the University Art Gallery at (310) 243-3334.

About the Artists:

Kim Bernard shows her sculpture, installations, and encaustic works nationally and has been featured in many exhibits, some of which include the Art Complex Museum, Saco Museum, Currier Museum of Art, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Kristy Deetz is a professor of Art & Design at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. During a recent sabbatical she traveled to Italy to study the paintings of Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca.

Peter Dykhuis is an internationally exhibiting visual artist and critical writer. He is currently the director and curator of the Dalhousie Art Gallery at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Lorraine Glessner received her MFA in fibers from Tyler School of Art where she is currently an assistant professor. Her work has been exhibited widely and she has been awarded a number of significant awards including two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships.

Cheryl Goldsleger exhibits internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery, the Krannert Museum, the Montclair Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the National Academy of Sciences, the New Orleans Museum, and the Virginia Museum.

Curator Reni Gower is a professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has exhibited her work extensively nationally and internationally for over 30 years. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Virginia for the Arts Project Grants.

Jeffrey Hirst has exhibited his work throughout the United States including the Minneapolis Institute of Art and McLean Project for the Arts in McLean, VA.

Laura Moriarty has participated in lectures and residencies worldwide. Her honors include two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants, grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Crafts Alliance of New York State.

Jane Allen Nodine is a professor and director of the Curtis Harley Gallery at University of South Carolina Upstate, where she serves as assistant chair of Fine Arts and Communication Studies.


  1. Elaine Brandt says:

    I’m looking forward to bringing my Art 100 class to view this exhibition. I love works in the medium of encaustic and am excited to see the various artists’ works.

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