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Date: Aug 12, 2009
Professor of Fine Arts Laurie Fendrich Awarded a Brown Foundation Fellowship for Drawing
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY … Hofstra University Professor of Fine Arts Laurie Fendrich spent five weeks in April and May 2009 as a Brown Foundation Fellow, which allowed her to travel to France to live and work in the historic Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, a small village located in the Luberon mountains.
The fellowship program, coordinated by the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, Texas, provides writers, artists and others in the arts and humanities with an opportunity to step away from their daily obligations to concentrate on their fields of expertise.
A friend of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, purchased the former residence of Dora Maar in 1997. The home had originally been Picasso’s gift to Dora Maar, who lived and worked in it for 50 years. The new owner renovated and updated the spacious 18th-century, four-story stone residence. The goal was to make the home a retreat for scholars, artists, or writers, where they could work undisturbed on their research, art, or writing for one to three months.
Under the auspices of the fellowship, Professor Fendrich was given a studio in the Dora Maar House where she lived with two other fellowship recipients. The retreat allowed her to complete a portfolio of drawings that will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Gary Snyder Project Space in New York City, opening November 5, 2009.
Since her return to New York this summer, Professor Fendrich has been working on her retrospective, scheduled to open in the fall of 2010 at the Williamson Art Gallery at Scripps College, in Claremont, California. The exhibition will include 30 paintings and 30 drawings going back to 1992, and will be accompanied by a full-color catalog with an essay by Mark Stevens.
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