Acclaimed Artists Chosen for the A&H’s 2013-2014 Artist-in-Action Program
A fixture at the institution for many years, the A&H’s acclaimed Artist-in-Action program takes place at the A&H’s historic Maitland Art Center (originally André Smith’s Research Studio). In Smith’s day, famous artists were invited to live and work at the Research Studio in the winter months, including luminaries Milton Avery and Ralston Crawford. In the recent past, a number of very well-known artists occupied the studios in a non-resident capacity, including the late Anita Wooten, Barbara Tiffany, and Ellie Diez-Massaro.
Our Artists-In-Action 2013-2014 are:
Dawn Rosendahl, Robert Ross, Trent Tomengo, Camilo Velásquez and Chris Ware
At a young age, Dawn Rosendahl began to draw in California where she was born and raised. She enrolled in private oil painting classes in middle school and throughout high school she attended a commercial arts high school. Dawn continued to study art in Chicago at the American Academy of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. After art school, she moved to Orlando where she became a Walt Disney World sculptor. In 1987, she opened a Scenic Design company with her life partner. For the last twelve years, Dawn has concentrated on her fine art full time. Dawn’s art is collected throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
The paintings of Robert Ross have been exhibited in a growing number of venues in Central Florida, including the Anita Wooten Gallery at Valencia Community College, Orange County Commission Chambers, Orlando Museum of Art, Gallery at Avalon Island in Orlando, City Arts Factory in Orlando, Casselberry Art House, and Florida Hospital Women’s Cancer Center. “Under Roof and Sky,” a solo exhibition of his paintings, is held at Winter Park City Hall, June 12-Sept. 12, 2013. He has been honored with a First Prize in Painting at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park (2010), a four-page cover story in Winter Park Magazine (Oct. 2011), and selection as a participating artist in the 2012 Winter Park Paint Out sponsored by Albin Polasek Museum. He was a Studio Artist in Painting at Crealde (2010 and 2011), where he studied with Rima Jabbur, Don Sondag, Marie Orban, Tom Sadler and David Hunter. He also completed two master classes in landscape painting taught by Stuart Shils. He has an M.A. from the University of Michigan. He maintains a studio at McRae Art Studios in Winter Park.
Trent Tomengo is Professor of the Humanities at Seminole State College of Florida in Sanford. He holds a Masters of Fine Art degree in painting and a graduate certificate in museum studies from the University of South Florida. Tomengo’s intelligent, provocative, and finely crafted paintings are already well known in Central Florida, where he has been featured in selected solo and group exhibitions. His work is primarily concerned with exploring ways of conveying the universality of all human beings. Keenly aware of the divides human beings create among themselves, oftentimes with disastrous consequences, Tomengo uses his work to preach tolerance, acceptance, and mutual understanding. His most recent work is a compelling series of paintings entitled Experience Portraits in which he explores the personal experiences of those depicted on canvas and the experiences of viewers as they encounter these works. Portraiture has been a constant interest for Tomengo throughout his career and this series explores psychological and emotional features of sitters as well as physiognomy.
Camilo Velásquez is an outstanding visual artist/educator, whose work combines imagery, text, and assemblage in a sophisticated network of juxtapositions. Both poetic and sublime, Velasquez’ art is a series of monologues and dialogues on life and death, love and loss.
Chris Ware has spent most of his life in the Central Florida area. In 1997, he attended Liberty University in Virginia where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in communications with a focus on media design. He returned to Florida, where he began his career as a graphic designer and has spent over a decade in the business working for national and local accounts. In 2010, he decided to focus more on fine art. In 2013, Ware received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Central Florida specializing in printmaking and drawing.
For more information about each artist and their individual artist statements, please click on their respective names.