Janine Wong: Fragments Featured At University Of Richmond Marsh Art Gallery

DARTMOUTH, MA. - The artistic creations of Associate Professor Janine Wong of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouths College of Visual & Performing Arts will be featured in a major exhibition at the Marsh Art Gallery on the campus of the University of Richmond. The exhibition entitled Janine Wong: Fragments will continue through July 24 and presents four large-scale, multi-panel contemporary paintings created as a site-specific project for the University of Richmond Museum.

DARTMOUTH, MA. - The artistic creations of Associate Professor Janine Wong of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s College of Visual & Performing Arts will be featured in a major exhibition at the Marsh Art Gallery on the campus of the University of Richmond. The exhibition entitled Janine Wong: Fragments will continue through July 24 and presents four large-scale, multi-panel contemporary paintings created as a site-specific project for the University of Richmond Museum. 

Professor Janine Mei Chiao Wong works in the various media of artist’s books, printmaking, painting, architecture, and design. Inspired by her recent artist residency at the American Academy in Rome, Wong has created this series of paintings and several books that explore relationships that emerge through layering and juxtaposing found objects and images. Fascinated by the graffiti she saw on city walls, trash from the streets and other forms of debris she found, the artist states “ the things we throw away can tell us as much as what we keep and hold precious.” 

For the exhibition at the University of Richmond, Wong created a group of four paintings consisting of twelve wood panels each. They are made of a combination of collage, transfer, oil paint, drawing, encaustic and digital prints on paper. Each painting began with an under-painting collage of either photographs of fragments found in the environment or a collage constructed from trash and ephemera. Subsequent layers of collage and paint were applied to the surface. These paintings transform existing fragments into new images that Wong states “alludes to the fractured nature of memory and sensory experience of the passage of time.” 

Janine Wong received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Cornell University in 1980 and her Masters in Fine Arts from Yale University in 1984. Her awards include a Visiting Artist/Scholar Residency at the American Academy in Rome during 2002-2003 and a Regional Fellowship in the Visual Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994. 

Her artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions and her work is displayed in several public collections including the University of Richmond Museums. A registered architect, Professor Wong’s architecture experience includes work at Bortell/Stroud Associates in Cambridge and Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill Inc. in Boston.


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