Julie Bowland Solo Art Show Opening May 26th At The Buchanan Museum Of Fine Art

Top Quote "Buchanan Museum opens Solo Plein Air Expressionist Art Exhibit by artist Julie Bowland, of Valdosta University." End Quote
  • Niles-Benton Harbor, MI (1888PressRelease) May 24, 2012 - The Buchanan Museum of Fine Art is pleased to announce its May 26th, 2012 exhibition opening featuring Plein Air Expressionist works by Julie Bowland, who also holds positions of Gallery Director and Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Valdosta State University. Before moving to Valdosta, Ms. Bowland lived in North Florida for almost 20 years, teaching Art at Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College, and for almost seven years was the Arts in Public Places Director for the Cultural Resources Commission (now Council On Culture & Arts), the local arts agency for Tallahassee and Leon County, where she directed the City Hall and Airport Art Galleries. Previously, Bowland was director of the 621 Gallery, an independent contemporary non-profit art space in Tallahassee. Ms. Bowland She received her BFA, Magna Cum Laude, from Florida State University, and continuing with expressionist plein air paintings, earned an MFA, Magna Cum Laude, from Arizona State University in Tempe.

    Jeffrey Antisdel, Managing Director of the Buchanan Museum of Fine Art, commented "…Julie grew up in the Midwest, staying in nearby Bertrand township for a number of years making frequent trips to the Chicago Art Institute. These trip trips fed her appetite for the works of Monet and Van Gogh, where nature itself was as a dominant form of inspiration, and as influential as the art itself..." Antisdel added, "In that Julie was born in Florida, her expressionist works have always gravitated to lush, watery wooded landscapes which are incredibly striking and memorable, rich with color and dense textures. I personally viewed Julie's early works in the early 1970's and remember them to this day…."

    Ms. Bowland's work is included in private, public and corporate collections including the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, the City of Tallahassee Permanent Collection, Barnett Bank in Jacksonville, First South Bank in Tallahassee and Florida Community College at Jacksonville. Her work has been shown extensively throughout the Southeastern United States, where it has won numerous awards in juried exhibitions. In May, 2012 her expressionist plein air paintings will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Buchanan Museum of Fine Arts in Buchanan, Michigan.

    Ms. Bowland will also be featuring educational workshops at The Buchanan Art Center entitled Expressionistic Plein Air Drawings and paintings. This workshop is Scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. With three galleries, gift center and expansive art education programs, The Buchanan Art Center is please to exhibit and train artists and students throughout the Midwest.

    About the Buchanan Museum of Fine Art

    Recognized as Southwestern Michigan's largest public art museum, the Buchanan Museum of Fine Art is focused exclusively on the conservation, preservation and exhibition of historic works of American and European art. Underwritten by private investment and the volunteer efforts of prominent citizens Southwestern Michigan, the Buchanan Museum Collection is housed in the nationally recognized Collins & Weaver Opera House (circa 1867).

    Historically, the Buchanan "Opera House" served as a cultural center to Southwestern Michigan, with music, theatre, lectures, political caucuses, socials and graduations held on premises. Notably, this historic site also served some of the first motion picture showings held in the early 20th Century. The Buchanan Museum of Fine Art is proud to continue with its heritage, with ongoing contributions to art education through the exhibition historic works of fine art.

    The Buchanan Museum is a proud member of the Michigan Museums Association and is open to the General Public.

    Admission is free of charge.

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