Gary Chapman is an artist and professor of painting and drawing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Chapman has had more than seventy solo exhibitions with institutions such as the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Arts Center of St. Petersburg in Florida, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Georgia, and the Indianapolis Art Center. He has also participated in numerous group and invitational exhibitions with regional, national, and international venues. Chapman was awarded and named a Joan Mitchell CALL Legacy Artist in 2013 and has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a 1996 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting from the Southern Arts Federation. His work has been reviewed extensively and is published in more than twenty catalogs and books, including the four editions of New American Paintings.
In this session, participants will explore charcoal as the perfect drawing medium for expressive mark making. They will be encouraged to develop a personal approach through loose and aggressive mark making and a combination of additive and subtractive techniques that use charcoal and erasers for mark making and developing grounds. While charcoal will be the primary medium, the class will also be encouraged to add other media such as conté crayon and spray paint.