Bio

Scott Ponemone

Born: 1949
Education: BA, Amherst College 1971; MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1979
Media: watercolor, wood engraving
Exhibitions: 20 one-person shows since 1980 including shows in New York, Washington, Baltimore, Miami, Richmond and Annapolis.
Museum, University and Public Collections: Baltimore Museum of Art, City of Baltimore, Museum of the City of New York, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, U.S. Naval Academy, Maryland Historical Society, and the Johns Hopkins University.
Fellowships and Residencies: PECAH (Programme of Exchange in Culture and Art of Himalayas), Uttarkhand, India; The Studios of Key West, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Colony, Chateau at Rochefort en Terre, France (MICA), Hungarian Multicultural Center, School 33 Art Center, and Maryland Art Place.
Blogger: The ART I SEE blog on this website (See recent posts on the Homepage) allows me to meet and present the work of contemporary printmakers, as well as discuss other artistic efforts that excite me.
Volunteer work: Editor of the Newsletter for the Print, Drawing & Photography Society of the Baltimore Museum of Art; member of accessions committee for the BMA; open my house and show my print collection to printmaking and history-of-print classes from several Baltimore colleges.

 


Artist Statement

 

Over a 35-year career, I have explored people in public spaces and events (from standing in line, playing at the beach, at museum openings, intermission at the opera, on the Mall in Washington, to marchers in parades), metamorphosed pieces of cultural heritage to create entirely new images (including architecture and decorative arts of historic Baltimore, the Walters Art Museum’s collection of ancient and medieval art, and architectural and arts of Brittany, Hungary, Greece, and Italy), and painted skies from memory (begun while in residency in France).

 

For the past few years I’ve concentrated on the human hand, first as the conveyor of language and ideas – for instance sign language – then as a symbol of daily human actions and interactions.

This work involving hands was inspired by an incident nearly 10 years ago when I visited a museum in Palermo, Sicily, and didn’t know what drawings to make while there. As I left, I literally said, “It’s the hands, stupid.” In medieval and Renaissance paintings oftentimes artists employed hands as directionals telling the viewer where to look or who was naughty and who was nice. So I went back the next day and just drew hands. Back in Baltimore I created a painting of assembled Palermo hands in an architectural framework. This was during the period when I was assembling fragments of historic artwork into new wholes.

 

 

The first hand paintings involved sign-language hands spelling out messages while positioned in a network of historic artifacts, for instance Roman mosaics. Then I added hands shaped as if creating shadow puppets, followed by hands forming Italian hand gestures. The latter were often placed within 18th-century New England tombstones.

 

 

In later hands paintings, I’ve often stripped away almost eveything save the hands and what the hands are holding. This created images that are intimate yet metaphorical, commonplace yet surreal. The wood engravings – a medium I begun in 2011 – further reduce the imagery to a few white lines. In the most recent hands painting, I’ve often stripped away almost eveything save the hands and what the hands are holding.This created images that are intimate yet metaphorical, commonplace yet surreal. The wood engravings – a medium I begun in 2011 – further reduce the imagery to a few white lines.

BioPiggies

Finally (and it may well be the last variation), I’ve expanded to include whole arms and call this group Up In Arms. By asking folks to hold something important to them above their heads, I let them celebrate something about themselves–whether it’s a fish they caught, pigs they raise or dogs they walk.

 

 

 


Resume in brief

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD
2013 “Divine Fantasy,” Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD
2012 Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD
2008 Heineman Myers Contemporary Art, Bethesda, MD
2005 Schiavone Contemporary Art, Baltimore
2001 Everygreen and Homewood house, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
1997 Gallery K, Washington, DC
1992 Cudahy’s Fine Arts Gallery, Richmond, VA
1992 Gallery K, Washington
1991 U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
1990 Gallery K, Washington, DC
1988 Litteljohn-Smith Gallery, New York, NY
1988 Gallery K, Washington
1987 OK South, South Miami, FL
1986 Litteljohn-Smith Gallery, New York
1986 G.H. Dalsheimer Gallery, Baltimore
1985 Gallery K, Washington
1985 Benjamin Mangel Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1984 Gallery K, Washington
1980 B.R. Kornblatt Gallery, Baltimore

 

Museum & Traveling Exhibitions

 

2013 81st Annual Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD
2013 2nd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition, University of Maryland University College, College Park, MD
2012-13 Wood Engravers’ Network traveling exhibition, starting in Asheville, NC
2001 Alumni Exhibit, Meade Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
1991 Watercolor USA, Watercolor USA Honor Society, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
1989 At the Water’s Edge: 19th and 20th Century American Beach Scene, Tampa Art Museum, Tampa, FL
1989 Art and the Law, 14th Annual West Publishing Co. traveling exhibition
1989 Watercolor USA, Watercolor USA Honor Society, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO

Recent Group Exhibitions

2015 H2O, Watercolor, the Transparent Medium at the Columbia [MD] Art Center
2014 For Whom It Stands, TOO at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House & Museum, Baltimore. Curated by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
2014 35-33-35, celebrating the 35th anniversary of School 33 Art Center, Baltimore
2014 Tropical Winter, Key West Pottery, Key West, KL


 

Public Collections

 

Baltimore Museum of Art
City of Baltimore
Smithsoniam Museum of American Art
U.S. Naval Academy, Beverly R. Robinson Collection
Museum of the City of New York
Maryland Historical Society


 

Fellowships, Residencies & Awards

 

2016 PECAH (Programme of Exchange in Culture and Art of Himalayas), Uttarkhand, India
2013 The Studios of Key West, Key West, FL
2010 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
2007 Chateau Rochefort en Terre, Morbihan, France, via Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore
2005 Hungarian Multicultural Center, Balatonfured, Hungary
1997 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
1990 Vermont Studio Colony, Johnson, VT
1989, 1990, 1991 School 33 Art Center, Baltimore
1989 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
1989 Individual Artist Award, Maryland State Arts Council