Artist Alyse Rosner Visits Taft

Several paintings by artist Alyse RosnerThe Taft School welcomes Rockwell Visiting Artist Alyse Rosner to the Mark W. Potter Gallery. Her solo show, Time Release, runs January 10, 2019, through February 20, and will be celebrated with an opening reception Thursday, January 10, from 5 to 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Rosner’s work melds graphite rubbings with gestural painting, layers of obsessive mark making, and large areas of transparent and painterly color on synthetic Japanese paper, raw canvas, and wood. 

“I incorporate my surroundings, personal experience and environmental concerns into the work, combining organic forms, stringy and obsessive lines, pipes, bony protrusions, then viscous pours and slip trailing of paint on top of direct graphite rubbings of wood grain, enormous leaves, and chainsawed tree stump,” says Rosner. “I seek and recognize the qualities of various materials, question them, and experiment to find the unexpected and the obvious.” 

Rosner holds a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from The American University. She has exhibited her work for the past two decades. In 2018, her solo exhibition, A Little Bit of Time, featured a new series of large-scale paintings at Rick Wester Fine Art (New York, NY). In the Fall of 2017, Rosner was included in the exhibition Unfamiliar Again: Contemporary Women Abstractionists, curated by Monica Ramirez-Montagut at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, New Orleans. In December 2017 the three-person show Venus Fly opened at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, CT featuring Rosner’s works. Other recent group shows include Excessive Frugality at ODETTA Gallery (Brooklyn, NY); The Art of Nowat the Hearst Galleries (New York, NY); Surface Work at Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT); and Bigger Bolder Better, a Chashama exhibition inspired by the Women's March, which included site-specific work by 15 artists installed in a 7000 square foot space in Brooklyn. 

In 2004, Rosner was a Radius Emerging Artist at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. She has received two Artists Fellowships from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism/CT Office of the Arts (2008, 2015) as well as a 2016 grant from The Sustainable Arts Foundation in 2016. Rosner has exhibited at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT), Rick Wester Fine Art (New York), ODETTA Gallery (Bushwick, NY), Artspace (New Haven, CT) Kathryn Markel Fine Art (New York), Amy Simon Fine Art (Westport, CT) among many others. Her work was recently acquired by Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse and can be seen in the Connecticut Artist Collection, as well as numerous public and private collections. 

Rockwell Visiting Artists

Talented artists working in varied disciplines and mediums exhibit in the Mark W. Potter Gallery throughout each academic year. The Rockwell Visiting Artist program allows select artists to extend their reach beyond the gallery walls, offering a residency, of sorts, that creates broader opportunities for teaching, learning, and mentoring.

Rockwell Visiting Artists spend time working directly with art students in our classrooms, and connecting with the full school community through our Morning Meeting program. They interact with students and faculty across campus through a range of events and programs, which may include workshops, receptions, and small group instruction. Recent Rockwell Visiting Artists have included painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, and printmakers. The program is supported by the Rockwell Visiting Artist Fund, established in 1997 by Sherburne B. Rockwell Jr., Class of 1941, and H. P. Davis Rockwell, Class of 1944.