Associate Professor of Art Pete Schulte, who was selected for a prestigious artist residency at the Chinati Foundation this summer, will present a solo exhibition of his work at the John Wesley Gallery on the main museum grounds, opening July 26, 2019.
Schulte will present an installation of his recent works on paper, including a suite of drawings developed in response to the gallery itself: the architecture, atmosphere, and the paintings that are normally housed there.
Schulte, who teaches drawing at UA, said that his work is “rooted in the daily practice of drawing.” Primarily with graphite, he builds layers of texture to create balanced, abstract, geometric compositions. He also includes the integration of sculpture, site-specific wall drawings, and installations. Schulte said: “Whatever form it takes, the work is an earnest attempt to provide a rare moment of pause within a culture that is relentlessly negating the quiet and contemplative.”
Now a mecca for artists, the town of Marfa is located in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas. As an artist in residence at the Chinati Foundation, Schulte is provided with a furnished apartment on the grounds of the Foundation’s museum, and a studio in Marfa, as well as a stipend of $1,000 is provided to assist with travel and art materials. Resident artists have unlimited access to Chinati’s art collection and archive, and the museum staff and interns are available to assist in securing materials and preparing exhibitions.
Pete Schulte received the MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa in 2008. He has presented recent solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, New York; Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta; Luise Ross Gallery, New York City; and the Woskob Family Gallery at Penn State University. He received the 2017 Southern Art Prize Fellowship for the state of Alabama. In 2013, with Amy Pleasant, he co-founded the Fuel and Lumber Company curatorial initiative to facilitate exhibitions and related programming.
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