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Emma Stevenson Cowan: A Shift In Focus
August 5, 2022 - September 5, 2022Free
The Park View Gallery presents A Shift in Focus, a solo show of work by artist Emma Stevenson Cowan. The exhibition features a collection of landscape paintings – a departure from the artist’s text-based work. Opening Reception: Friday, August 5, 2022, 6 – 8 pm.
My current body of work is an exercise in discovering if I am a landscape painter. Each painting examines why I enjoy being outside. I use images from places I have visited once or visit frequently. They are either painted from life or from photographs I have taken. A few personal photographs originally meant for social media have instead become subject matter and have figures that act as a context for the landscapes behind them. Each painting is about something different: preserving a memory, attempting to capture a mood, or cloud formation, but each one is an experiment. My recent body of work could be seen as one collective sketch for a shift in focus for my paintings.
Emma Stevenson Cowan received her BFA and MS in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, with a concentration in painting and art history. After graduation, she moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to become a full time art teacher in an alternative charter school specializing in at-risk youth. There, she also began a successful after-school art program with help from the non-profit organization Congreso. Stevenson Cowan has recently returned to work in her hometown of Bethesda, Maryland. She currently works at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart – an all girls, Catholic, K-12 school – as a high school studio art teacher. At Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Stevenson Cowan takes on many additional roles including Chair of the Visual Arts Curriculum Review Process, and the advisor to the literary magazine, and yearbook. She also volunteers at Mary House and DC Central Kitchen.
August 5 – September 5, 2022
Park View Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Park View Gallery
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812
Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture