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Ann Purcell

Statement/Biography

A nationally known artist whose work is represented in museums across the United States, Ann Purcell creates abstract paintings, collages, and works on paper in which she explores tensions of paradox, ambiguity, duality, and contradiction.  Using an active process related to dance—an important form to her when she was growing up—Purcell brings feeling and movement into her work, drawing the viewer into an emotional engagement with it.  In her art, dense shapes can lose solidity, openings can seem to close and then open again, gestures can waver between decisiveness and acquiescence, and space and form change roles. Observing Purcell’s art is like listening to music, in which the meaning is fully present in our minds, but hard to put into words.

Born in 1941 in Washington, D.C. and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Purcell studied independently in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and received her B.A. from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 1973. She received her M.A. in Liberal Studies from New York University in 1995.  Purcell first exhibited her work in 1971, when she had a solo exhibition at Villa Roma Gallery, San Miguel de Allende.  She has subsequently had numerous solo shows at prominent venues including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York.  She also took part in several notable museum group exhibitions, including shows at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Corcoran Gallery of Art; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Purcell taught painting, drawing, and art history for many years at the Corcoran College of Art and Design; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and Parsons School of Art and Design in New York. She has also been a guest lecturer and artist-in-residence at many universities.

Purcell received grants from the Lester Hereward Cooke Foundation, National Gallery of Art (1988, for mid-career achievement), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1989), the New York Foundation for the Arts (2013), the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2014), and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation (2014).

Purcell’s work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Santa Barbara Museum; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.

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1971, Independent Study, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
1973, BA, Corcoran School of Art and George Washington University, Washington, DC
1995, MA in Liberal Studies, New York University

AWARDS
1988, Lester Hereward Cooke Foundation Grant, National Gallery of Art
1989, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2013, New York Foundation for the Arts Grant
2014, Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant
2014, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Villa Roma Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 1971.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 1976.
Pyramid Galleries, Washington, DC, 1978.
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, 1978.
Dart Gallery, Chicago, 1979.
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, 1980.
Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC, 1981.
Hokin Gallery, Chicago, 1982.
Group Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1983.
Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC, 1983.
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, 1983.
Massimo Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1984.
Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC, 1985.
Jack Shainman Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1985.
Reynold C. Kerr Gallery, New York, 1985.
Jack Shainman Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1986.
Philip Dash Gallery, New York, 1986.
Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC, 1987.
Philip Dash Gallery, New York, 1989.
Philip Dash Gallery, New York, 1993.
Philip Dash Gallery, New York, 1997.
Philip Dash Gallery, New York, 1998.
Philip Dash Gallery, New York, 1999.
Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, 2001.
Hokin Gallery Bay Harbor Island, Miami, 2002.
Middendorf & Co. Gallery, London, 2002.
Tilghman Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida, 2002.
Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, 2007.
Osuna Art, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Maryland, 2008.
Miwa, New York, 2008 – 09.
Berry Campbell, New York, 2015.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Misrachi Gallery, Mexico City, 1971.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Nineteenth Area Exhibition, 1974.
State Department, US Information Agency, Washington, DC, American Embassies in the Middle East, 1974 – 76.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Corcoran Faculty, 1976.
Gallery #641, Washington, DC, New York/Washington, 1976.
Inland-Foundry Exhibition, Washington, DC, 1976.
Pyramid Galleries, Washington, DC, Two-Person Drawing Exhibit, 1976.
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Washington Painters, 1976.
Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC, Drawings from the Studios of Washington Artists, 1976.
Miami Dade Community College, Miami, 1978.
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, Selected Works from Tibor de Nagy Gallery, 1978.
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1978.
Pyramid Galleries, Washington, DC, Summer at Pyramid, 1978.
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pennsylvania, 1978.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, New York Collection, 1978 – 79.
Dart Gallery, Chicago, 1979.
Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, Washington Artists at H.E.W., 1979.
Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC, 15 Artists, 1979.
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, Shape and Field, 1979.
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina, Works on Paper, 1980.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Acquisitions, 1975 to Present, 1982.
Group Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1982.
Hokin Gallery, Chicago, 1982.
Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Massachusetts, 1982.
Virginia Technical University, Blacksburg, Virginia (traveled to James Madison University, Virginia), 1982.
Group Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1983.
Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, 1983.
Hokin/Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, 1983.
Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC, 1983.
Whitewind Gallery, Mendham, New Jersey, 1983.
Hokin Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida, 1984.
Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, 1984.
Hokin/Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, 1984.
Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC, 1984.
Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC, 1985.
Philip Dash Gallery, New York, 1986.
American Embassy in Havana, Art in the Embassies, 1988.
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, New York, 1988.
Cooper Union School of Art, New York, Center for Book Arts Exhibit, 1989.
Tilghman Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida, 1989.
Zack/Shuster Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida, 1989.
Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC, Collage, 1990.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts-in-Embassies Program, Washington, DC (traveled to Katmandu, Nepal), 1992.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, Book Exhibition, 1993 – 94.
US Department of State, Art-in-Embassies Program, Stockholm, Sweden, American Painters, 1994 – 95.
The Rotunda Gallery, Reading Between the Lines, Brooklyn, 1998.
Osuna Art, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Maryland, Art from Past to the Present, A Selection, 2004.
Center for Book Arts, New York, 2007.
Osuna Art, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Maryland, Recent Acquisitions, 2007.
Osuna Art, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Maryland, Works on Paper, 2008.
Osuna Art, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Maryland, Artists’ Works Group Show, 2009.
Katzen Art Center, American University, Washington, DC, 2015.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Albright-Knox Members Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Alusuisse Corporation, Richmond, Virginia
American Telephone and Telegraph, New York
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Capitol Holding Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky
Continental Bank of Chicago
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington
Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
Embassy of Italy, Washington, DC
Italian-American Foundation, Washington, DC
Katzen Art Center, American University, Washington, DC
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana
PepsiCo Collection, New York
Philadelphia Life Insurance, Pennsylvania
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Salt Lake City Museum, Utah
Santa Barbara Museum, California
Sydney Lewis Foundation, Richmond, Virginia
Vesti Industries, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond