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Ann Conrad

b. 1963 , New York, NY

My work blurs the lines between painting and photography; digital “seeing” is the starting point as I zoom in to find vibrant pixelated patterns on my computer that originate in landscape, digital static and the physics of seeing. However, I do not use digital tools to “make” as I am a painter and a printmaker. Each work wrestles with that contrast between imperfect geometry inherent in the handmade and the predictable perfect pixel grid of the computer-made. Our current place and time appears to be one where human history is being revolutionized at breathtaking pace by advances in technology and science. I hope that the viewer is drawn in by the recursive, layered surfaces, that the cross-pollination of painting by photography calls attention to technology’s ability to alter and enhance our visual reality and that we consider, in this age of digital technology, what it means to still be made by hand. Ann Conrad Stewart has been working as an artist since she received her A.B. from Princeton University in 1985. Graduating magna cum laude, she was awarded The Francis Lemoyne Page Prize for excellence in visual arts and moved to NYC where she worked as a teacher and painter and continued her education at Teacher’s College, Columbia and at Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in both public and private collections including Princeton University, the Saudi Royal family, the Healing Center at the Shapiro Cardiac Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Aspen Insurance UK limited in London, Teitler & Teitler in NYC, Liberty Mutual in Plano, Texas and the University of Texas at Tyler. In recent years, her work has been shown at IPCNY, Cynthia Reeves Gallery and the Editions/ Artists Book Fair in New York, NY, the Print Center in Philadelphia, PA, the Katonah Museum in Katonah, NY, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking and the Mattatuck Museum in CT, the Tweed Museum in Duluth, MN the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, ME, Spheris Gallery in Hanover, NH, Lesley College in Boston, MA and the Harnett Museum of Art in Richmond, VA. In 2010, she was awarded an artist’s residency on Great Cranberry Island, ME by the Heliker-Lahotan Foundation and was selected by the Porter Foundation for a 2011 Art Week residency on Great Spruce Head Island. New work is available at Cynthia Byrnes Contemporary Art, Heather Gaudio Fine Art, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, the Silvermine Guild, The Carry All, Nelson Macker Fine Art, and Erdreich White Fine Art.

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