Featured Artist

Ed Ferszt

USA
Purchase Award Recipient
Grand Prize Award Recipient
Ed Ferszt
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Ed Ferszt Ed’s adult life (but for a brief hiatuses in the mid-west) has been spent on the eastern seaboard of the United States , generally within a 30 mile radius of the north/south Interstate (95.) Within this radius he was schooled in Philadelphia at the Tyler School of Art (BFA) and New York City’s Bank Street Teachers College, Parsons School of Design (MsED) and Columbia University’s Teachers College (EdD.) with an additional stint in Wisconsin at The University of Wisconsin( MA). He currently lives in New England (with family) and maintains a lovely studio in an old mill building. Travel (Europe and China) has been (and when possible will continue to be) very important. His paintings have been described as “particular, ambitious, complex and evocative,” terms that are applicable to the painter as well. He is particular about the choice of materials and methods for painting; primarily transparent watercolor on large stretched paper surfaces; ambitious about the size and complexity of the work; themes embedded in the work and the use of historical material in the articulation of contemporary issues.


Artist Statement

My work is abstract and has a formal visual vocabulary that uses rhythmic gradations of color and value to create contrast. How I feel about the relationship of these elements and the transitions that flow from them ultimately dictates the organization of the painting.

Because the work is abstract, and as humans we frequently look for meaning, viewers often say “I can see a face in there” or “that looks just like (whatever)”. At a certain point in time I decided to engage this human characteristic and began to literally insert faces and figures that were meaningful for me. This breadcrumb trail for viewers as a means of engagement evolved during an exploration of themes into the research and use of narratives.

The use of a narrative to drive imagery helps me avoid painting the same picture over and over. A narrative is always transformed in the process of painting and while themes or narratives are meaningful to me it’s not relevant if the viewer understands all of the personal meaning in my work. That meaning, however, informs how a piece evolves and in effect creates what is meaningful about it.

I work on large 56” square (and sometimes less large 40” or 28” square) paintings with water-based media (primarily transparent watercolor) on stretched paper. Watercolor is a peculiar genre that frequently emphasizes a specific skill set and presents somewhat bland and innocuous content in an intimate (small)) format. My current use of watercolor to explore complex and difficult ideas, in a large format is intended to exploit the potential of this underutilized and somewhat marginalized medium. Watercolor, like traditional printmaking, requires one to expose what is there by articulating what is not there. A complicated, sometimes painstaking and indirect way of working that sometimes seems a very radical idea in our current digitized world.


Collections

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Penn Federal Bank, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Numerous Private Collections in the Greater Philadelphia Area; Aspen, Colorado; Boca Raton, Fla.Providence, Rhode Island; San Diego, California


One Person Shows:

Janet Fleisher's Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ,1971

Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 1977

Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1985


Two Person Shows:

Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1970

Arcadia University, Glenside, Pennsylvania, 1973

Hera Gallery, Wakefield, Rhode Island 2018

Group Shows:

Wright Art Center, Beloit, Wisconsin,1969

Alma Perlis Gallery, Allentown, Pennsylvania,1971

Philadelphia Art Alliance Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,1971

Moravian College Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,1971

Exhibitions

International Art Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,1971

Langman Gallery, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania,1973,1974

Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, Pennsylvania,1970,72,74,75,76, 81

Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1975

Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1976

Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1979

Putney Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, 1979

Federal Courthouse, Philadelphia, “Current Abstract Painting”1981

Phoenix Gallery, New York, New York,1983

Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,1985

Tan Jin Exchange Exhibit, Tan Jin, China,1985

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,1986

Vera Redmond Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,1992

South County Art Association, Kingston, Rhode Island,2014,15

Warwick Center for the Arts, Warwick, Rhode Island, Annual Open,2017

Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island, Members Juried Open,2016,17,18,19

Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, Rhode Island,2018

Invitational “A Kaleidoscope: Harbor/ Bay/Ocean: A Focus on Conservancy”

Art League Rhode Island, Providence Rhode Island 2019

Art League Rhode Island, Providence Rhode Island, Open Juried Show 2019

“Present from The Past”

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Rhode Island, Open Juried Show, 2018, 2019

“Foundation Show”

Barrett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie N.Y, Open Juried show, 2019

“New Directions 2019”

Pence Gallery, Sacramento, California. Open Juried show, 2020

“Water + Color”

Art Space Connect Gallery, Toronto, Canada, Open Juried Show 2020

“Overzealous, Re Imagined"

Awards

Cheltenham Art Center Tobeleah Weschler Annual Awards Show, PA 1970

1st Prize, Juror, Robert M. Doty, curator, Whitney Museum ofAmerican Art, New York City


Cheltenham Art Center Tobeleah Weschler, Annual Awards Show, PA 1974

Purchase Prize selected by Anne d’Harnoncourt, curator of 20th centuryart, for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, permanent collection


South County Art Association Kingston, Rhode Island 2014 Open Juried

Honorable Mention


South County Art Association, Kingston, Rhode Island 2015 Open Juried

Second Prize

Newport Art Museum. Newport, Rhode Island, 2016 Members, Juried,

First prize Water Color

Newport Art Museum. Newport, Rhode Island, 2017 Members, Juried,

First prize Water Color

Warwick Center for the Arts, Warwick, Rhode Island, 2017 0pen Juried

First Prize

Art League Rhode Island, Providence, 2019 “Habits of the Heart for 2.4 Million Years” Best in Show

” Present from the Past” Juror, Mary Dondero, Curator for the Bristol ArtMuseum

Newport Art Museum, Juried Annual Members Show, 2019 “Habits of the Heart: The Odyssey “Best inShow

Jurors: Dr. Helen Burnham is the Pamela and Peter Voss Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Dr. Leora Maltz-Leca is Associate Professor of Global Contemporary Art and Chair of the Department of Theory & History of Art & Design at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Rhode Island, Open Juried Show,2019 “Habits of the Heart: The Odyssey”Best in Show

Juror :Dominic Molon, the Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the RISD Museum(Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design).

Barrett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie N.Y. “New Directions 2019”, “Habits of the Heart: The Odyssey “Best inShow

Juror: Akili Tommasino, Associate Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine ArtsBoston



Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1968Master of Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1970

Master of Science in Education, specialization in Art Administration and Supervision, BankStreet College of Education, and Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, 1980

Doctor of Education, Adult and Continuing Education, Teachers College, ColumbiaUniversity, New York, NY, 1995

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