Hanging out, drinking delicious coffee, talking about art… ahhhh, that’s the life! Well, that IS the life at least for an hour or so each month at the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Coffee and Conversation series. Enjoy coffee (Presented by the Sterling Society of DFAC) and insights as each month’s invited guest holds forth on their own area of expertise. Admission to these relaxed talks is $5 and is FREE to current DFAC members.
Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at 12 noon, the series welcomes artist Aneka Ingold. Aneka will cover the progression of her work starting as an undergraduate student getting a BFA in painting and then the mixed media practices that she developed in graduate school that helped her to form the approach to art making that she currently use in her studio. She will discuss the ways her personal life experiences have affected her art and continue to shape the way that she makes work about women. She’ll also discuss how winning The Bennett Prize has changed her career.
The narratives I construct always revolve around female figures. There is a calling within each of my pieces to explore and understand what it means to me to be a woman. Although the women I render do not represent any one person in particular, there is always a part of me described in each character I create. I invent women that I hope will teach me about what it means to be a woman. I intuitively tell the stories that are not just my own, but that of my mother, my grandmother and the women that have permeated my life. These women are my friends and family members, but they are also women I identify with from history. The stories I’ve encountered that investigate female experiences throughout different time periods, cultures and political and social milieus trickle into my narratives. When I draw women, what I am most interested in is confronting and dismantling a history of societal expectations that keep women from being the complicated, complex and ambiguous individuals that they are today and always have been.
Aneka Ingold’s artwork specializes in mixed media techniques, combining drawing and painting processes. In 2019, Ingold was named the inaugural winner of the $50,000 Bennett Prize. The award is designed to propel the careers of women artists working in the figurative realist style. It is the largest art award offered to women painters. She was also named one of ten finalists for The 9th Annual Manifest Prize-One award by Manifest Creative Research and Drawing Center, which aims to reward, showcase, celebrate, and document the most exceptional artwork being made today. In 2016, Ingold was awarded First Place by Juror Carrie Ann Baade, at the Valdosta National All-Media Juried Competition at Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery, Valdosta State University, Georgia. Her work was also selected by Juror Elizabeth McGrath for the Surreal Salon 8, at Baton Rouge Center for Contemporary Art, presented by Juxtapoz magazine. In 2015 Ingold was the Grand Prize Winner at the Vying show during Miami Art Basel, at Viophilia Gallery in Wynwood. Ingold is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa teaching Drawing.
So stop by for some Coffee & Conversation. Or call ahead to the Palm Cafe’ (298.DFAC ext 237) and have lunch waiting for you!
Coffee and Conversation with Aneka Ingold – Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at 12 Noon.
Dunedin Fine Art Center
1143 Michigan Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698
2019-2020 series sponsored by: