Pete Schulte and Yevgeniya Baras in the SMGA January 19

Yevgeniya Baras, “Untitled,” 2021, oil and wood on canvas, 20 x 16 inches.

(TUSCALOOSA, ALA.)  The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is proud to present the exhibition Yevgeniya Baras and Pete Schulte, January 19 through February 24, 2023. On Thursday, January 26, Pete Schulte will present a lecture in the Camellia Room of Gorgas Library at 3:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the gallery.

This exhibition brings together the work of artists Yevgeniya Baras and Pete Schulte for a dialogue on abstraction, line and color in contemporary painting and drawing. At first glance, their works seem diametrically opposed, Schulte’s subtly-hued graphite drawings contrast to Baras’ built-up, color-rich paintings. Before meeting in person, their ideas for the exhibition were developed through Zoom conversations between the two artists. As essayist Avila Edmonds-Doberenz writes, “the artists discovered the similarities that lie between their creative processes. They found that many foundational ideas central to their practice corresponded with each other.” While using specific rational criteria to select works for the show, “they also made decisions based on intuition and feel, even creating new works specifically for the exhibition.”

Pete Schulte, Untitled, 2022, graphite, pigment, and paper, 11 x 11 inches.

Yevgeniya Baras is an artist based in New York. She has exhibited her work at galleries including Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, Sargent’s Daughters, Sperone Westwater, Thomas Erben Gallery, and White Columns, in New York, NY; Inman Gallery, Houston; and Reyes Finn, Detroit; as well as internationally. She is represented by The Landing Gallery in Los Angeles. Baras was named a Senior Fulbright Scholar for 2022-2023. She has been a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Pollock-Krasner grant, a Chinati Foundation Residency, and the Yaddo Residency. She received the Artadia Prize, was selected for the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program and a MacDowell Colony residency. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, ArtForum and Art in America. Baras co-founded and co-curated Regina Rex Gallery on the Lower East Side of New York and has curated and co-curated over twenty exhibitions at Regina Rex and other galleries in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Baras holds a BA in psychology and fine arts and an MA in education from the University of Pennsylvania (2003) and an MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, and Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

Pete Schulte is an artist based in Birmingham, Alabama, and professor of art in the UA Department of Art and Art History. He has presented recent solo exhibitions and installations at McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY; Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia; Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas; Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY; Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta; and the Woskob Family Gallery at Penn State University. His work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Hyperallergic, Art in America, World Sculpture News, Burnaway, and New Art Examiner have reviewed his work, among other publications. Schulte was awarded the inaugural Southern Art Prize Fellowship for the state of Alabama (2017). He has been awarded residencies at the Chinati Foundation, Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, Yaddo, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Threewalls.

Schulte received an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa (2008). Schulte co-founded, with Amy Pleasant, The Fuel and Lumber Company curatorial initiative and he is represented by McKenzie Fine Art in New York.

This exhibition is organized by The Gallery at Heimbold Visual Arts Center, Sarah Lawrence College.

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