PMW GALLERY


SEELBACH, ANNE

 
Troubled Waters   26 x x26"  framed
oil on canvas
2010






Troubled Waters #8    36 x 40"   framed
oil on canvas
2010






Troubled Waters #13    26 x 26"   framed
oil on canvas
2011






Stress    22.25 x 26.25"    unframed
tempera on paper
2011





Cut-out #1    28.25 x 15.75"    unframed
tempera and plastic mesh on paper
2011






Cut-out #2    28.25 x 21"    unframed
tempera on paper
2011






Cut-out #3    28 x 21.25"    unframed
tempera on paper
2012






Cut-out #4    24.50 x 20.50"    unframed
tempera on paper
2012







Cut-out #5    25 x 17.50"    unframed
tempera, acrylic and plastic mesh on paper
2012







Cut-out #6    24.75 x 23.50    unframed
tempera and plastic mesh on paper
2012







Cut-out #7    26.75 x 16.25    unframed
tempera on paper
2012








Artist's Statement

My work addresses the pollution that is in many of our water systems. Toxic chemicals and
industrial waste contaminate streams, lakes, bays and oceans. The “Troubled Waters” paintings
reflect this conflict between the laws of nature and artificial attempts to control the
environment. Gaskets and other mechanical shapes are incorporated into the paintings,
representing human presence and industrial waste. Debris crowds the waters. Fish mutate into
imaginary forms. A change is taking place as nature reacts to this disruption.
Breaking away from the four edges of a painting, the cut-out paper pieces create shapes and
spaces that are immediate and expressisve of this new underwater world.
I am interested in the tension between representation and abstraction; perspective drawing
versus free-form washes and geometric shapes versus atmospheric color fields. I use these
oppositions to create a tension between three-dimensional illusion and a flattening of space.
Gestural brushwork and rich colors are dominant. Layered paint creates subtle colors and
textures.

Anne Seelbach
February 2012


Biography

Anne Seelbach received a BA from New York University and an MFA from Hunter College, City
University of New York. She was a Painting Fellow at the Radcliffe (Bunting) Institute, Harvard
University. She has developed her work at the MacDowell Colony, Triangle Artists’ Workshop,
the Griffis Art Center, New London, CT and I-Park, East Haddam, CT. International art
residencies include the Centrum Frans Masereel, Kasterlee, Belgium, Frauenmuseum, Bonn,
Germany, and the Griffis-Orpheus Foundations’ artist exchange program in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Her work is included in the permanent collections of The Newark Museum NJ, Lyman Allyn
Museum CT and the Frauenmuseum, Bonn, Germany. She is also represented in many corporate
collections including: Pfizer Inc., Prudential Insurance and XTO Energy as well as private
collections in the United States and Europe.

Education
MFA Hunter College, New York, NY
BA New York University, New York, NY

Solo Exhibitions
2012 PMW Gallery, Stamford, CT
2010 Aegon Gallery, Jones Visual Arts Center, Centre College, Danville, KY
2009 Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, University of Connecticut, Groton, CT
2002 Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, University of Connecticut, Groton, CT
2001 Alva Gallery, New London, CT
1997 New London Art Society & Gallery, New London , CT
1996 Kouros Gallery, New York, NY
1994 The Painting Center, New York, NY
1991 Trustman Gallery, Simmons College, Boston, MA; Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME
1990 Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1989 The Connecticut Gallery, Marlborough, CT
1988 Eckhaus Gallery, Hennef, Germany
1985 Tower Gallery, New York, NY
1984 The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; Five Corners Library, Jersey City Cultural Arts Commission, NJ;
A. Graham Thompson Memorial Museum, Alexandria Bay, NY; Hunter College, New York, NY
1983 Burgundy Cafe/Gallery, New York, NY
1981 Tower Gallery, Southampton, NY
1979 Fifth Street Gallery, New York, NY
1978 Still Mountain Gallery, Roosevelt House, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions
2012 “New York Foundation for the Arts MARK ʻ11 Alumni” Kleinert/James Center for the Arts,
Woodstock, NY
2011 “Women” Juror: Pamela Williams, East End Arts Council, Riverhead, NY
2010 “Winnersʼ Show” East End Arts Council, Riverhead, NY
2009 “My Long Island” curated by Carole Jay Islip Art Museum, NY; “Water and Sky” Nabi Gallery, New
York, NY; “Driven to Abstraction” Juror: Nuala Clarke, East End Arts Council, Riverhead, NY; “Bulgaria /
Then & Now: The American & Bulgarian Exchange 1993-2009” Hygienic Art Galleries, New London, CT;
“Anne Seelbach and Laura Stroh” The Rosalie Dimon Gallery, Jamesport Inn, Jamesport, NY
2008 “The Creative Process” Juror: Peter Marcelle, East End Arts Council, Riverhead, NY; “Land-
Water-Land” Canioʼs Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2007 The Nature Conservancy Landscape Show, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY
2006 “Anne Seelbach and Gretchen Hatfield” Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria; “Anne Seelbach and
Gretchen Hatfield” Smolyan Art Gallery, Smolyan, Bulgaria; “Sea, Sky & Sculpture” Mabel and Victor
DʼAmico Studio and Archive, Amagansett, NY
2004 “Anne Seelbach: Sculpture, Collage, Drawings”, Beard Gallery, Wheaton College, Norton, MA
2003 “Reactions & Reflections: Continuing Responses to September 11”, Beard Gallery, Wheaton
College, Norton, MA
2002 “The Sound of the Land: The Connecticut Landscape” Norwalk Museum, Norwalk, CT; “What
Survives” Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
2001 “Hygienic Art XXII”, Hygienic Art Gallery, New London, CT
2000 “Vessels” Alva Gallery, New London, CT; “Bringing Art To The Research Environment”
Pfizer Inc., Groton, CT
1999 “Bringing Art To The Research Environment” Pfizer Inc., Groton, CT; “Monothon” Connecticut
Graphic Arts Center, Norwalk, CT
1998 “Bringing Art to the Research Environment” Pfizer Inc., Groton, CT
1996 “Fuel for Thought” Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA
1996 “Kouroi & Korai” Kouros Gallery, New York, NY; Blaine House, State Capitol, Augusta, ME
1995 “Season Preview” Kouros Gallery, New York, NY; “Four Women” Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME ; “The
Artist and the Artifact” Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, MA
1994 “Accrochage: Petit Format” Kouros Gallery, New York, NY; “Whitney Hansen & Anne Seelbach”
Goat Alley Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY; “Symphony” Stamford Performing Arts Center, Stamford, CT
1993 “Abstraction in the 90s”, organized by George Hofmann, Sound Shore Gallery, Stamford, CT;
“High” Blondieʼs Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1992 “Anne Seelbach: Urban Landscapes” Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME; Goldsmith Gallery, Madison, CT
1991 “Reclamation Park #2 : Central Artery/Tunnel Project Site” Reclamation Artists, Fort Point Channel
installation, Boston, MA; “15 Grant Winners” Massachusetts Arts Lottery Grant, Somerville, MA; “The First
Decade” curated by Mary Luxenberg-Udell Sound Shore Gallery, Stamford, CT; Art Loan Program,
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; “The First Decade of the MFA Program 1981-1991” Hunter College
Galleries, New York, NY
1990 The Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Faculty Exhibition,
Northeastern University, Boston, MA; “Maximum Diversity” City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ; PMW
Gallery, Stamford, CT
1989 The Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; “Summer Too” PMW
Gallery, Stamford, CT; Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME; “Monmouth County Arts Council -10th Annual Juried
Show” Juror: Alison Weld, Monmouth Museum, Monmouth, NJ
1988 “Skripturale” Frauenmuseum, Bonn, Germany; Richard Green Gallery, New York, NY;
“Fantasy Dwellings” The Connecticut Gallery, Marlborough, CT
1987 “Artchildren/Artselves” curated by S.K. Duff, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ; “On Line”
curated by Billy Biondi, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ; “Erotik” Kommunale Gallery, Berlin,
Germany ; PMW Gallery, Stamford, CT
1986 “Erotik” Frauenmuseum, Bonn, Germany; “5th Annual Metro Show” City Without Walls Gallery,
Newark, NJ; “50 Works: Selections from the E.F. Hutton Collection” Metropolitan Museum and Art Center,
Coral Gables, FL; “Architectural References” Shippee Gallery, New York, NY; “Real Property: A
Contemporary Landscape Show” curated by Leah Durner, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ
1985 Shippee Gallery, New York, NY; “Objects of Comfort” curated by Peggie Lowenberg, City Without
Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ; Tower Gallery, New York, NY
1984 “The 69th Annual Juried Show”, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; City Without Walls Gallery,
Newark, NJ; Tower Gallery, New York, NY
1983 “New From New York” Tower Gallery, New York, NY; “Fresh Paint” Juror: Robert Atkins, Pleiades
Gallery, New York, NY; Burgundy Cafe/Gallery, New York, NY; “One Meter Show” Hunter College Gallery,
New York, NY
1981 “Annual Juried Show” Juror: Dore Ashton, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY; “Bettina
Cato & Anne Seelbach” Tower Gallery, Southampton, NY; East End Arts and Humanities Council,
Riverhead, NY

Grants, Honors, Awards
1991 Arts Lottery Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Somerville Arts Council, MA
1990 Bunting Fellowship, Radcliffe Collage, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1988 Triangle Artistsʼ Workshop, Pine Plains, NY
1987 MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH

Artistsʼ Residencies
2006 Bulgarian-American Exchange Program, Griffis Foundation, New London CT / Orpheus
Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria
2003 Artistsʼ Enclave at I-Park, East Haddam, CT
1999 No Boundaries International Art Colony, Bald Head Island, NC
1992 Griffis Art Center, New London, CT, International Artist-in-Residence Program
1988 Frauenmuseum, Bonn, Germany
1986 Frauenmuseum, Bonn, Germany
1985 Centrum Frans Masereel Printmaking Workshop, Kasterlee, Belgium

Bibliography
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Television Interview
“Canioʼs Gallery exhibition: Anne Seelbach and Christine Chew Smith”, host Judy Sleed on “The Play Is
The Thing”, LTV Channel 20, East Hampton, NY, aired June 27, 30, July 1, 2008. www.ltveh.org

Collections
American Foods of New Jersey
Centrum Frans Masereel, Kasterlee, Belgium
Continental Grain Corporation, New York, NY
Frauenmuseum, Bonn, Germany
Griffis Art Center, New London, CT
The Hillier Group, Princeton, NJ
I-Park, East Haddam, CT
Lehman Brothers, New York, NY
Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT
Margaret D., New York, NY
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Orpheus Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria
Pfizer Inc., Groton, CT
PMW Gallery, Stamford, CT
Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance, Hartford, CT
Prudential Insurance, Newark, NJ
The Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Simmons College, Boston, MA
Smolyan Art Gallery and Museum, Smolyan, Bulgaria
State National Companies, Inc., Bedford, TX
University of Connecticut, Groton, CT
Vesti Corporation, Boston, MA
XTO Energy, Fort Worth, TX
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