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Carol Prusa

“….Prusa’s horrors are all sublime, tinged with melancholy and charged with an extreme attention to detail that makes them seem, somehow, to probe the heart of life’s mysteries and illuminate the essential fact of life: that it is abundant, simple, unpredictable and very beautiful….” – Laura Stewart, Fine Arts Writer, The News-Journal, Sept. 3, 2006

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On the sandblasted convex of the acrylic hemispheres, layers of smoothly sanded gesso created the ground for depositing strokes of sliver from a thin wire. When the silverpoint drawing is complete, I obliterate it with a wash of powdered graphite. Forms emerge between the wash and the under-drawing that I heighten with white acrylic paint, causing them to coalesce. I use this “heavenly canopy” of my collected, unified and illuminated world mapped on the exterior of the dome to cradle other possibilities within. Desiring to express flux and shifting scales within the geometry of the fixed hemisphere, I have turned to employing light, video and mirrors. Intricate patterns of flickering lights play on the surface from tiny holes drilled through the dome, sometimes as many as five hundred, each connected to a fiber optic cable bundled to a programmed sequence of light-emitting diodes. Videos play on the ipods inside the dome, viewed through optics opening up the vision of the artist Kaleidoscopic mirror effects utilized to create fractal patterns.

Building on the metaphor of the “dome of heaven” as a visual container holding what we know, I am creating a body of work consisting of acrylic hemispheres ranging from bowl sized to six feet in diameter. Initiated in silverpoint drawing on the on convex surface and the completed with fiber optics, programmed LED’s and videos housed within, these domes are a visual embodiment – a download of sorts – of what it feels like to be alive while in conversation with a contested cosmologies. As a “conceptual voyager” I visually play with the frothy flux created when the scientists and artists imagine,and each work posits, as George Johnson suggests science does,”…a glorious human construction, an artful fitting of the data into a carefully crafted mental framework, a construction of towers that just possibly might have been built another way.”

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Carol Prusa received her B.S. in Bio-communication Arts from the University of Illinois Medical Campus at Champaign-Urbana. She went on to study painting and was awarded a M.F.A. in painting and drawing from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. She currently teaches painting as an Associate Professor of Art at Florida Atlantic University. Prusa’s unique works have been exhibited in numerous curated group and solo exhibitions and continues to be offered grants and fellowships. Recent International Solo Exhibtions include La Salon Vert, Geneva, Switzerland, 2017 and Bluerider-Ary Taipei, Taiwan, 2016. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Fort Lauderdale Art Museum, the Arkansas Arts Center, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art collection and the Telfair Art Museum. Prusa’s work traveled in the Triennial Exhibition of German and American Artists curated by the American Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, exhibited at the Museum for Angewandte Kunst - Frankfurt and at the Museum of Arts and Design. She recently received the Howard Foundation Fellowship from Brown University to produce a new body of work. The Sun-Sentinel said of her work: “Carol Prusa has turned to the Renaissance technique of silverpoint to create work that is daring and fresh...(her) silverpoints are works of compelling originality, possessing a quiet, magnetic strength.”

Carol Prusa received her B.S. in Bio-communication Arts from the University of Illinois Medical Campus at Champaign-Urbana. She went on to study painting and was awarded a M.F.A. in painting and drawing from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. She currently teaches painting as an Associate Professor of Art at Florida Atlantic University. Prusa’s unique works have been exhibited in numerous curated group and solo exhibitions and continues to be offered grants and fellowships. Recent International Solo Exhibtions include La Salon Vert, Geneva, Switzerland, 2017 and Bluerider-Ary Taipei, Taiwan, 2016. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Fort Lauderdale Art Museum, the Arkansas Arts Center, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art collection and the Telfair Art Museum. Prusa’s work traveled in the Triennial Exhibition of German and American Artists curated by the American Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, exhibited at the Museum for Angewandte Kunst - Frankfurt and at the Museum of Arts and Design. She recently received the Howard Foundation Fellowship from Brown University to produce a new body of work. The Sun-Sentinel said of her work: “Carol Prusa has turned to the Renaissance technique of silverpoint to create work that is daring and fresh...(her) silverpoints are works of compelling originality, possessing a quiet, magnetic strength.”

Selected Exhibitions

2017       solo show, Le Salon Vert, Geneva, Switzerland
2017       solo show, Sarasota Art Center, Sarasota, Florida
2016       several person show, Lisa Brintz Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
2016       solo show, Bluerider Art, Taipei, Taiwan
2016       LIT, Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach, Florida
2015       University of North Carolina, Asheville
2015       Unfathomable, Alan Avery Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
2015     Overflow, Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2014     Entanglement, Sarasota Art Center, Sarasota, Florida
2014     Mixed Matrix, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, Tennessee (two-person)
2014     Silver Universe, BlueRider Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2014   Fearful Symmetry, Zadok Gallery, Miami
2013   Emergent Worlds, University of Wyoming Art Museum
2013   Liminal Worlds, York College, Pennsylvania
2012    Emergent Worlds, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2012    Optic Nerve, Kohler Art Center, Kohler, Wisconsin
2012    Non-equilibrium, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
2011    Domus, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida
2010    Emergence, Coleman Burke Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
2010    Cosmic Fabric, EO Art Lab, Connecticut
2009    Successive Approximations, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, Maine
2009    Entanglement, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida
2009    Silver Linings, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida
2008    Spooky Action, Finestra Artspace, Michigan Ave- Chicago
2007    Threshold,  Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami
2007    Coherent Structures – Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida
2006    Eyebiters, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami
2006    New Work, Carol Prusa,  Stetson University, Florida
2006    To Be Us – New Work, Carol Prusa, Lakatamia Municipalia, Nicosia Cyprus
2005    Silverpoint Painting, Carol Prusa, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock Arkansas
2005    Recent Work, Carol Prusa, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida

Recent Curated, Exhibitions

2017        Glasstress 2017, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida
2016        All Florida Curated Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida
2016        Destinesia, Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2016        Worlds, Western North Carolina
2016        Friends, J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida
2015        Metalpoint, Morris Graves Museum
2015       Illuminations, Miami Biennale, Miami, Florida (Adriana Herrera, curator)
2015        Invitational Exhibition, American Academy, New York City
2015        Miscellaneous, Le Salon Vert, Geneva, Switzerland
2015        Crossing the Lines, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, New York
2015        Art in the Natural World and Cultured Settings, Miami (curated by Bernice Steinbaum)
2015     Encyclopedia of Fernal Affairs, originating in San Francisco and traveling to Asia, Vargas Contemporary Museum, Manila, Philippines
2015     Art of Magic, Museum of Contemporary Art – Jacksonville, Florida
2014     Collectors and their Collections, Jewish Museum, Miami
2014     Endangered Visions, Manila, Philippines
2014   Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Florida
2014   Kohler 40th Anniversary Artist in Industry Exhibition, Kohler Art Center, WI
2013   Curator Selections, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
2013   GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2012: Encore!, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan
2012   Empire of Things, Spencer Museum of Art, University Kansas
2012   Jepson Center’s Steward Gallery, Telfair Art Museum, Savannah, Georgia
2012   Winter Salon, Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco
2012   The Abstract Universe, Maloney Art Gallery, Morristown, New Jersey
2012   Woman to Woman, Bakehouse Art Center, Miami
2011    Seeing is Knowing: The Universe, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
2011    Believe it or Not, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Florida
2011    Full Fathom Five, Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, Chelsea, New York
2011    Green House, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, MIami
2011    Summer Selections, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York City (Chelsea)
2011    Silver Linings, Chautauqua Institution Galleries, Chautauqua, New York
2010   Permanent Collection, 
Miami Art Museum, Miami. Curated by Peter Boswell, Senior curator.
2010    Metaphysical Materiality, Tinney Contemporary Gallery, Nashville. Essay by Peter Frank
2010    Redefining Drawing, Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver – For Drawn
2010 Vancouver,
2010    Metaphysical Materiality, Georgia State University, Atlanta
2010    Luminous Lines, Scripts College, California. Curated by Margaret Mathews-Berenson
2010    Florida Contemporary Artists, Naples Museum of Art , Naples, Florida
2009    Starry Messenger, Louisiana Museum of Art and Science, Baton Rouge
2009    Whitespaces, Mordes Collection, West Palm Beach, Florida
2009    Set to Manuel, Girl’s Club Collection /Bishop-Good, Ft. Lauderdale
2009    Five-person exhibition, Kentler International Drawing Space, New York
2009    Silverpoint Artist Exhibition, Evansville Art Museum, Indiana
2009    With You I Want To Live, Museum of Art – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
2009    Painters not Painting, Rutgers Art Gallery, Camden, New Jersey
2008    Grey, Miller-Block Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
2008    Drawn to Detail, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Mass. (outside Boston)
2008    Shades of Grey (four-person exhibition)
Mark Scala, Curator, Frist Center for the Arts, Nashville, Tennessee

Recent Selected Honors

2016     Artist residency in glass at Berengo Foundation, Murano, Italy
2016     Bridge (60” dome) acquired by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City
2015     Nominated and selected for American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational
New York City, (received purchase award for museum collection)
2015     Vermont Studio Program, Invited Visiting Artist (upcoming
2015     Featured in catalog essay accompanying historic silverpoint exhibition at the National Gallery, Washington D.C. curated by Bruce Weber
2014     Featured artist, Summer 2014 issue, Elephant Magazine (international)
2014     Featured artist, Art Taipei; Bluerider Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, October
2014     Invited Speaker; Lecture and workshop, Draw2014, Symposium at Carnegie-Mellon University, Spring
2014    State of Florida Artist Fellowship
2014    Southeastern College Art Conference Artist Fellowship
2013    Art OMI Internation Artist Residency, NY
2013    Vermont Studio Program, Visiting Artist
2012    Ubertalli Award for Outstanding Artist, Palm Beach County
2012    Kohler Artist in Industry residency (Fall 2012)
2011    Scholar of the Year at the Professor rank, Florida Atlantic Univ.
2010    Nominated for American Artist Fellowship
2008    South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists
2008    State of Florida Artist Fellowship
2007    Howard Foundation Fellowship, Brown University, National project award ($25,000)


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