Rick Shaefer

Rick Shaefer featured in Touchstones, Totems, Talismans: Animals in Contemporary Art

October 13, 2017 - Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

Touchstones, Totems, Talismans: Animals in Contemporary Art

October 13, 2017 - February 11, 2018

Ask the beasts and they will teach you the beauty of this earth. — Francis of Assisi

The inspiration for this exhibit dates back to the 2004 BMAC exhibit Andy Warhol: The Jon Gould Collection. The most commented-on works in that show were the large prints from Warhol’s 1983 “Endangered Species” portfolio. Observing visitors’ reactions to those powerful images, I sensed that their aesthetic experiences were enriched by the deep connections humans have with animals, both domestic and wild.

Depicting animals—as symbols, teachers, muses, companions—connects human cultures across time. Pictures of animals serve as proxies for happiness, distress, or fear. They speak of love, remembrance, and condolence. Whether literal or abstract, animal images call into play both our experiences with the creatures themselves and the often deep-seated characteristics, traits, and qualities we assign to them.

Featuring the work of Walton Ford, Bharti Kher, Colleen Kiely, Stephen Petegorsky, Shelley Reed, Jane Rosen, Michal Rovner, Rick Shaefer, and Andy Warhol, this exhibit offers a mere glimpse into the complexity of human-animal relationships in contemporary art. The selected works are diverse in intention and execution. Some are humorous; others are unsettling. All invite contemplation of the various ways in which animals inhabit our personal experiences, our cultural history, and our common world.

— Mara Williams, Chief Curator

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Rick Shaefer wins Art of the Northeast Best in Show

July 5, 2017

Silvermine Arts Center announced today its award winners and finalists in the 67th annual Art of the Northeast Exhibition, Silvermine's signature show, which is open to artists from Maine to D.C.  David Kiehl, Nancy and Fred Poses Curator at the Whitney Museum, served as the 2017 curator.

Kiehl's Best in Show was Fairfield resident Rick Shaefer's large-scale drawing, "Sugar Maple," done on charcoal on vellum on aluminum.

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RICK SHAEFER, Rendering Nature, the Bellarmine Museum of Art

September 18, 2014 - at Fairfield University

September 18, 2014 - February 7, 2015: Rick Shaefer: Rendering Nature

 Connecticut-based artist Rick Shaefer, best known for his remarkable works in charcoal on vellum, will have his artworks featured in the newest exhibition at Fairfield University's Bellarmine Museum of Art. Entitled Rick Shaefer: Rendering Nature, the exhibition is on view September 18, 2014 through December 19, 2014. An opening reception, free and open to the public, takes place on Thursday, September 18, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. Shaefer's charcoal drawings will be complemented by more than a dozen of his cloud paintings, many of which have never been exhibited publicly before and several of which were painted specifically for the Bellarmine's main gallery.

more info: http://www.fairfield.edu/lifeatfairfield/artsminds/thebellarminemuseum/exhibitions/