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Outside Influences: Michael Noland and Fred Stonehouse
March 22- April 24, 2010

Reception, Friday, March 26, 6 – 8:30 PM with a brief gallery talk by the artists beginning at 6:30 PM

The Gallery at The University of Texas Arlington is pleased to present Outside Influences: Michael Noland & Fred Stonehouse: curated by Marilyn Jolly. The work of outsider or self -taught artists has long fascinated and influenced Michael Noland (Chicago, IL), and Fred Stonehouse (Madison, WI) -- the artists featured in this exhibition. The two have befriended outsider artists and collected their work for most of their artistic careers. Their collections include such artists as Martin Ramirez and Popeye Reed -- everything from tattoos to stone sculpture. According to curator Jolly, what their work has in common with the outsider artists they admire is a kind of obsessive, almost compulsive intention and a process of "crafting" the work. Their subject matter is the familiar and commonplace made eerie and intense by the process of repetition or stylization. This exhibition pairs the paintings of Noland and Stonehouse with pieces from their outsider art collections that have influenced and inspired these contemporary artists' work.

Robert Grame
Michael Noland

After The Flood, 2009
oil on canvas, 24" X 30"


Michael Noland, curator, writer and art collector. He started collecting folk and outsider art in 1980 and has become known as a passionate advocate for several outsider artists. Graduating with an MFA from the Ohio State University in 1982, he moved to the Chicago area in 1984 where he is an active member of the art community as both a painter and collector. His paintings, which have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, have been described by James Yood of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as “Intense. Obsessive. Determined. Dramatic.” He has also curated shows for the Chicago Cultural Center and Intuit: Center For Intuitive and Outsider Art and has loaned work from his collection to numerous exhibitions. He recently presented a lecture on the life of E. “Popeye” Reed at the American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY.


Robert Hower
Fred Stonehouse

Cruelty of Devotion , 2009
acrylic on canvas, 48" X 36"

Fred Stonehouse,a Milwaukee native, is a well-known figure in Wisconsin art who teaches painting and drawing at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His paintings, which reflect his diverse interests and influences such as folk and outsider art, religious iconography, cartoon figures and surreal imagery, have been exhibited nationally from Los Angeles to Chicago to New York, as well as internationally in over sixty solo exhibitions since 1984. His work has been acquired by several public collections including the San Jose Art Museum, CA, the Milwaukee Art Museum, WI, the University of Arizona Art Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum, WA among others. He has also been the recipient of several awards and honors including the Wisconsin Institute of Visual Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Individual Artist Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest Fellowship.

In association with the exhibition, the artists will discuss their work in hour-long presentations beginning at 12:30 PM in the Fine Arts Building Auditorium, Room 148.

The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10A.M. - 5 P.M., Saturday 12 - 5P.M.
Located on first floor in room 169 at the north end of the Fine Arts Building, UTA Campus, 502 S. Cooper St., Arlington, Texas.

For more information, contact Benito Huerta 817-272-3143, or Patricia Healy 817-272-5658

The 2009-2010 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, Hilton Arlington and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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