Feature Articles

February Issue 2001

Somerhill Gallery in Chapel Hill, SC, Features 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 paintings on canvas and paper will be on exhibit in the South Gallery through Feb. 16.

Gatewood's work for this exhibit continues her exploration of the geographic locales to which she has 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-Greensboro and Harvard University. Gatewood is a recipient of a Fulbright Grant through which she studied art history and painting in Salzburg, Austria. In 1972, Gatewood was 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. She 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.

A large scale retrospective exhibit of her life's work, curated by Robert Hobbs opened at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro's Weatherspoon Gallery in Apr. of 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.

Gatewood, through Somerhill Gallery, has created three 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 Glaxo Pharmaceuticals executive suite in Research Triangle Park, NC, and a three-panel, 2 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.

Her work has been exhibited in several juried shows including 13 North Carolina Artist Annuals at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, and two Miller exhibits at the Green Hill Center for NC Art in Greensboro, NC. She has also been included in many group shows 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, and traveling. She was one of the nine artists who participated in the NC Women Artists exhibition at the National Museum of Women in Washington, DC.

Articles about Gatewood have been published in Piedmont Airline's Pace Magazine in 1987, in the Summer 1988 issue of Southern Accents, and in the October 1990 "North Carolina Homes and Gardens".

Available for the first time at the Gatewood exhibition will be a full color poster of her new painting entitled Jungle Camp. Proceeds from the sale of this poster will support the production of a one-hour television documentary about the life and work of Maud Gatewood, to be produced by the Empowerment Project.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings or call the gallery at 919/968-8868.

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