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November Issue 2003

Somerhill Gallery in Chape Hill, NC, Presents Works by Maud Gatewood

Somerhill Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, announces a one-person exhibit of new works by noted North Carolina artist Maud Gatewood. New realist paintings on canvas will be on exhibit in the South Gallery through Nov. 22, 2003.

Gatewood's artwork for this exhibit continues her exploration of the geographic locales to which she has recently traveled and the environs of her home state, North Carolina. Each work possesses styles and techniques instantly attributable to the skilled hand of Maud Gatewood.

Upon receiving her Master of Arts Degree from Ohio State University, Gatewood continued her studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Harvard University. Gatewood has recently received an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a recipient of a Fulbright Grant through which she studied art history and painting in Salzburg Austria with Oskar Kokoschka. In 1972, Gatewood was a winner of the painting award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is a 1981 recipient of a Southeastern Seven Grant from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and in 1984 was presented the North Carolina Governor's Award in Fine Arts. Gatewood earned the North Carolina Poster Award for the 1987 US Olympic Festival, and in 1993 was honored by the University of North Carolina with one of four postal cachet commissions created to celebrate the bicentennial of the University of North Carolina. Gatewood was also selected to participate in the Absolut Vodka advertising campaign for USA Today.

A large scale retrospective of her life's work, curated by Robert Hobbs opened at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro's Weatherspoon Gallery in April 1994. Accompanied by a full color catalog the exhibit traveled to five museums throughout the South, including North Carolina State University's Visual Arts Center.

Through Somerhill Gallery Gatewood has created a number of important commissions. A four-painting landscape series was installed at the Admiral's Club in American Airlines/Midway airlines terminal at Raleigh Durham International Airport. A five-panel painting was installed at Smith Kline Glaxo's executive suite in Research Triangle Park, NC, and a three-panel, two story high commissioned painting has been installed in the main lobby of Carolina Sprint in Wake Forest, NC. She also created commissioned work for the University of North Carolina's Kenan Center in Chapel Hill.

Gatewood's work has been shown in a number of juried exhibitions including 13 North Carolina Artist Annuals at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, and two Miller exhibits at the Green Hill Gallery in Greensboro, NC. She has also been included in many group exhibitions including Painting in the South at the Richmond Museum in Richmond, VA and traveling (1983-85), the Southern Arts Foundation Touring Show Three Approaches to the figurative: Fleming, Gatewood, Koegel (1986-87), and the Southeastern Seven-V Fellowship Winners Show at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC. She was one of the nine artists who participated in the NC Women Artists exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC.

Special Announcement: Available for the first time. GATEWOOD, a new documentary on the life and work of Maud Gatewood that has been in production for two years, is nearing completion. Produced by the Chapel Hill based Empowerment Project, the documentary will have a local premiere and is planned to broadcast on the UNC-TV public TV network next year. It will also be distributed on cassette, and entered in a number of national and international film festivals. Those attending the Somerhill Gallery opening will have an opportunity to order advance video copies.

For more information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 919/968-8868 or email to (Somerhill@mindspring.com).

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