Roberta Condon

Artist Biography 2018

 

 

Pastel Paintings

Pastel, pure pigment... painting with hands with nothing between me and the medium which is directly transferred to paper.
French makers of the finest pastels go into works of art that abstract nature, or express pure abstraction.  The brilliance, and the buttery quality of the pastel stick allow the works to blaze like the sun in bright shades, or form murky pools of grayed down shades of subtlety.

Hard Edges...soft edges...trees...branches...color.  Painting from memory, images of shores, and sand or skies fractured by bright sunshine, or bouncing light off water.

Look to the natural view, and take it to it's purest form while using the purest form of pigment available is a creation of joy for me.  A place where time itself is lost.

Pine Needle Basketry and Vessel Forms

When I engage in fiber arts I am creating something, but I'm also participating in historic traditions thousands of years old.  I'm not only making art for my own and future generations, I am embodying the work of my ancestors.

Folklore is passed mouth to mouth.  Folk  Art is passed hand to hand.  Pine needle and grass coiling into baskets has been in existence since the time of man. My extensive study with the Gullah Geechee in the barrier islands off the Georgia Coast, and a master coiler North in the barrier islands of Virginia imbue the work with a deep tradition yet the forms move outside tradition to embrace a new definition of basketry and vessels, stretching the traditional forms and materials to embrace contemporary meanings.

Found Items... pieces from the forest and desert floor, and the flowing current and eddies of the rivers influence the work as they have influenced my life...past, present, and future evidenced in all.
 

Solo Shows:

Con Amici, Baraboo, WI 2016

Alexander House, Port Washington, WI, 2016

University of Wisconsin Unions, Madison, WI 2015
University of Wisconsin Hospitals, Madison, Wi, 2014 
Reedsburg Area Medical Center, Reedsburg, WI, 2013 
Trails Lounge, Portage, WI 2013

Tivoli, Portage, WI 2013

St. Clare Hospital, Baraboo, WI 2013

Trails Lounge, Portage, WI 2011

Angora Coffee, Madison, WI 2010

Blue Spoon, Sauk City, WI 2009

Seippel White Homestead, Beaver Dam Arts Assoc, Beaver Dam, WI September, August 2008

Kaleidoscope Marketplace, Mt. Horeb, WI, June, July, August 2008

St. Clare Hospital, Baraboo, WI January 2008, www.stclare.com

Portage Center for the Arts, Portage, WI, January 2007, www.portagecenterforthearts.com

Al Ringling Gallery, Baraboo, WI, June 2007, www.alrlingling.com

Trails Lounge, Portage, WI, July-August 2007

Absolutely Art, Madison, WI, September 2007, wwwabsolutelyartllc.com

Fast Frame Artist Series, Middleton, WI, October 2007, www.fastframe.com

 

 

Juried Shows:
Pastel Society of America Enduring Brilliance Show 2016, New York, N.Y.

Pastel Society of America Enduring Brilliance Show 2015, New York City, N.Y.

Barnett Institute, Youngstown Ohio, Pastel 2015

 

Teaching:
John Michael Kohler Institute, Kohler, WI 2017

Whispering Woodlands, Madison, WI 2016-

Driftless Folk School, Pine Needle Basketry 2015-

Ardyth’s Sew and Vac, Baraboo, WI 2015-

 

Representation:
River Arts on Water, Sauk Prairie, WI
Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum, Cederburg, WI

A.R.T. Gallery, Baraboo, WI

The Mercantile, Portage, WI

 

Public Collections:

Lakeland Hospital, 5 Pieces, 2012

St. Clare Hospital, Doctor’s Lounge, 3 pieces, Baraboo, WI March 2008, www.stclare.com

 

Affiliations:

Handweavers Guild of America 2015-

Wisconsin Pastel Artists, Milwaukee, WI Member 2015-

Pastel Society of America Signature Member 2015-

Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association 2015

National Basketry Organization, Member 2015-

Madison Museum of Modern Art, Member, Madison, WI 2013-

Wisconsin Regional Artists Association,

Portage Center of the Arts, Past Board Member, Portage, WI

Wisconsin Art Museum, West Bend, WI 2013- www.des.wisc.edu/lsa/art/wrap/about.htm 2011-2014

Sauk County Artist Association Member, www.scaa.org    2011-2016

 

Judge:
WRAP Show, Portage, WI 2017

Youth Art Month Show, UW Baraboo 2015

Trailways Show, Montello High School 2015

 

 

Awards:

Honorable Mention Uart National Show 2015

Winning Artist, Encore Art, 2013, UW Baraboo, Baraboo, WI

Winning Artist, Encore Art, 2012, UW Baraboo, Baraboo, WI

Winning Artist, Encore Art, 2011, UW Baraboo, Baraboo, WI

Winning Artist, Encore Art 2010, UW Baraboo, Baraboo, WI

State Award, Wisconsin Regional Art Association, “In the Presence of Trees I and II”

Winning Artist: Contour Notes Centerfold Drawing Award 2007

Winning Artist: Portage Center for the Arts Triptych Design 2007

 

Gallery Owner, R. Condon Gallery and Studio 2015 through present

 

 

Group Shows: 
Art Inspires Us, 2017, Portage Center for the Arts, 2017

Exquisite Uterus Project, 2012, UW Madison, Madison WI 2012

 

Education: 

Rockford College, IL 1973-1975

University of WI, Madison, WI, 1980-1984