“Always Thinking of You:
Paintings and Recent Constructions”
by Gerald Nichols
January 23 - March 11, 2007
Tuesday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall
"This Frost is Permanent" presentation
by the artist.
Opening to follow immediately in the art gallery.
About the Show
Titled after a phrase from a Victorian carte de visit,
this project by Philadelphia-based artist Gerald Nichols provides a comprehensive
look at his reverence for a distressed American landscape. Filtered through
Nichols' idiosyncratic, associative systems—a sensibility that merges
a concern for formal abstraction and art history with the signification
and immediacy of vernacular art—this new project was conceived specifically
for the gallery and constitutes the artist's first solo exhibition in
Philadelphia in nearly a decade.
Gerald Nichols (born 1938) received his MFA in painting from the University
of Pennsylvania in 1965. A recipient of a fellowship from the Guggenheim
Memorial Foundation in 1970, he was awarded grants from the Carnegie
Mellon Foundation and the Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New
York. Included in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum
of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among others, Nichols has presented
his installations, public projects, paintings and constructions in group
and solo exhibitions across the country. His last solo exhibition, entitled "Birds,
Landscapes, Houses, and Insects," was presented at York College
of Art, Jamaica, New York, in 1999. Since 1967 he has taught painting
and drawing at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), has recently
served as Chair of Fine Arts, and has been a lead studio faculty in Painting
in the University's Summer MFA program since its inception in 1995.
Gerald Nichols, Pizarro's Moon, 2005, mixed-media
installation (Photo credit: Lisa Spera)