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Opening: 2019 Alexander Rutsch Award Winner Sarah McKenzie Solo Exhibition

May 3, 2019

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Landscape 1 (Danese Corey with Dozier Bell, 2014), 2015, oil and acrylic on canvas, 48” x 48”


Pelham Art Center is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the work of Sarah McKenzie, 2019 Alexander Rutsch Award in Painting winner. Sarah McKenzie’s artwork explores the architecture of exhibition space: art fair tents, minimalist gallery interiors, and video-screening rooms. “I am interested in the notion of spectacle and the role that architecture plays in orienting the viewer’s experience of a work of art,” says the artist. Her visceral depictions of spaces in a state of flux emphasize geometry, pattern, and surface, walking the line between realism and abstraction.

The biennial Alexander Rutsch Award and Exhibition for Painting is a juried competition open to U.S.-based artists age 19 and older. Pelham Art Center proudly sponsors this competition and award honoring the memory and artistic achievement of artist Alexander Rutsch (1916 – 1997). Rutsch actively supported Pelham Art Center for more than 25 years. After his death, friends, family and supporters established a generous fund to support a biennial, open, juried competition in painting. Now in its 10th year, Sarah McKenzie was selected from among ten finalists and 467 total applicants from across the country to receive this prestigious award.

McKenzie’s solo show will be on view May 3rd through June 22, 2019.

This event is free and open to the public. More information about the Biennial Rutsch Award here.