The Paintings of Charles McVicker and the Sculpture of Nora Chavooshian
February 27 – April 18, 2010
First Floor Main Galleries
Opening reception Saturday, March 6, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Members and artists only, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Charles McVicker received a BA from the Principia College and did graduate work at the Art Center College of Design. He recently retired from his position as an assistant professor of art at the College of New Jersey. He is a past-president of the Society of Illustrators and founder of the Princeton Artists Alliance.
An award-winning painter of landscapes, cityscapes, still lifes, and portraits, he works in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. His work has appeared in the juried exhibits of the American Watercolor Society, Audubon Artists, and the National Society of Painters in Acrylic and Casein, among others. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the White House, the U.S. Capitol, Princeton University, The Dupont Corporation, and Johnson and Johnson, as well as many private collections. In 2001 his work was included in the New Jersey Fine Arts Annual “Crossing Boundaries” at the Noyes Museum. His painting was included in the August 2003 Artists Magazine article “The Best of Watercolor.” The February-March 2003 issue of International Artist Magazine published “Pattern and Texture,” an article on his work.
Nora Chavooshian studied sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute. Early in her career, while pursuing her artistry as sculptor, Chavooshian worked as an award-winning stage designer. She also designed films for director John Sayles, sculptural set pieces for director Martin Scorsese, and videos for Bruce Springsteen and Madonna.
Chavooshian has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and is in private and public collections in the U.S. and Europe. Of her work, Chavooshian says, “Much of my sculpture juxtaposes raw texture against highly polished (sometimes anatomical) surfaces. The through-line in my work is the tension between that which is hidden and that which is revealed…Each of my pieces, whether it incorporates naturalistic elements or is purely abstract, employs images of truths or mysteries not fully unearthed.”