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Kristy Deetz

Kristy Deetz

Fall 2015

"Revel/Conceal: Formal & Conceptual Strategies of Drapery in Still-Life Painting"

Grant in Aid of Research

Final Report: "I have completed the activities associated with the project Reveal/Conceal: Formal & Conceptual Strategies of Drapery in Still-Life Painting the title of my presentation for the Still Lifes—Secret Lives panel session that took place during the 2015 Southeastern College Arts Conference (SECAC) in Pittsburgh on Oct. 22-25, 2015 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. Still Lifes—Secret Lives went very well.  Surprisingly I was encouraged by one member of the audience to find a publisher for my paper and to possibly expand it into a book. I have given several conference papers on different aspects of the conceptual and formal history of drapery as a trope in art (particularly painting) so I can see the possibility of turning these papers into book chapters.  I dive deep into research when writing my presentations and find the process to uncover new insights and discoveries and to inform my artwork in some unanticipated way.  After writing my paper I developed ideas for still life paintings that will be a new addition to my Through the Veil series.  Four paintings with the following titles will begin my explorations into still life:  Floating…christmas; Exploding…thanksgiving; Sliding…halloween; and Falling…easter.  Floating…christmas is finished and will be posted soon on my website and Falling…easter is underway.  In addition, Dr. Edward Risden and I are starting a book that we intend to call Easy Chair on the Edge of the Great Abyss: essays on art making.  The book will contain a chapter entitled Tracing Antecedents and another that plays with ideas from Gilles Deleuze’s The Fold with the title Deleuze: Folding, Enfolding, Unfolding and will use research from my conference papers on drapery. Dr. Risden is professor of Medieval and Renaissance literature at St. Norbert College and my husband. In these times of declining funding for UWGB professors I sincerely thank you for this award.  I am sure there were many deserving proposals.  I want to bring to your attention that Art Professors particularly need support to continue their research.  Aside from the costs of attending a conference, artists in academia must also find money to pay for the materials to make work, crate work, and ship work to and from exhibitions, and pay fees for applying to residencies, fellowships, and juried exhibitions.  Grant sources outside of our institution are almost non-existent or have also dried up.  Professor Lee who is on the Research Council can confirm the many dollars that we spend in this regard and the limited financial resources, including our own money, available to support our scholarly/creative endeavors."

Spring 2014

"Heated Exchange/SECAC"

Grant in Aid of Research


Spring 2013

"FABRICation"

Grant in Aid of Research

Final Report: "I have completed the activities associated with the project FABRICation which was awarded $800 to cover the cost of materials to make paintings for an exhibition held in conjunction with the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in Greensboro, NC on Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2013. Events included the FABRICation exhibition at the Theatre Art Gallery (TAG) in Highpoint, NC and two corresponding SECAC panel sessions at the Koury Convention Center. FABRICation was organized as a pilot project in support of curatorial aspirations by SECAC members in conjunction with the annual conference. Curated by Reni Gower, Professor of Painting and Drawing at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUarts is one of the top ranked art programs in the county) and myself, FABRICation features nine contemporary North American artists, representing the Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast regions of the United States. At different career stages, many of the artists are internationally recognized and each has achieved a significant professional record. The inaugural show for FABRICation was at SECAC 2013 and is now a traveling show with venues in the process of being confirmed. After seeing the exhibition installed for SECAC I have decided to make new paintings for the traveling exhibition. These new paintings will be two-three times larger than the original work as my co-curator and I found that my twenty-inch paintings seemed inconsistent with the large scale of the other works that averaged five feet in diameter. Consequently, I am applying for a Research Scholar Award for a course release during spring semester of 2015 so that I can complete three new paintings (36”x64”) for FABRICation the traveling exhibition. FABRICation features the work of artists that incorporate a textile sensibility through elements of fabric and fabrication. Inspired by a rich array of historical textiles (drapery to quilt), these complex multi-part constructions are encoded by traditional handicraft to contrast our culture’s rampant media consumption with the redemptive nuance of slow work wrought by hand."


Fall 2011

"On the Trail of Piero della Francesca"

Grant in Aid of Research


Spring 2010

"Printing Digital Images of My Paintings on Fabric"

Grant in Aid of Research


Spring 2007

"The Divas and Iron Chefs of Encaustic, Contemporary Encaustic Painting"

Grant in Aid of Research


Fall 2002

"Purchase Electric Fusing Tools for Encaustic Painting"

Grant in Aid of Research


Fall 2000

"Attend 2001 College Art Association Conference"

Grant in Aid of Research