Blanche Nettles Powers
January 07 - February 11, 2017
Artists Website: https://blanchenettlespowers.com/
Winterfell is an exhibition inspired by the cold blustery season, politics and the medieval fantasy Game of Thrones…
Blanche Nettles Powers’ inspiration is nature. The ethereal surface appears to be an even translucent layer, but in reality is comprised of hundreds of different sized strokes and markings. Powers has long associated her artwork with nature. This connection stems from her childhood spent navigating the rivers of Savannah.
Tillandsia Usneoides (Spanish moss) is a defining element of the landscape of coastal Georgia, where the artist resides. The plant’s propensity to flourish in humid climates makes Spanish moss unique to the Southeastern states. Spanish moss proliferates primarily on Live Oak trees. However, winds and birds carry clumps of moss to unexpected places. Patio furniture, outdoor grills, cars, fences, telephone wires, side walks, and swimming pools, all become home to Spanish moss, at least for a while.
Fascinated by this profuse flowering plant and its relation to Southern folklore, Powers began to collect moss to study in her studio. Tillandsia Usneoides, a previous exhibition of abstract drawings, was a culmination of numerous months of experimenting. The resulting body of work had an eerie, supernatural quality which was vaguely reminiscent of Southern Gothic literature.
Born in Rochester, Minnesota, Blanche Nettles Powers earned an MFA and BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. For the past ten years, Nettles Powers has maintained her studio practice in Savannah, Georgia, at 1704 Lincoln. She has been awarded several artist residencies which have taken her various parts of the United States, including New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Wyoming, and Colorado. Recently, Blanche began a project to restore a vacant Victorian home c.1888, in Savannah’s Historic Landmark District, and plans to relocate her studio to the restored building upon completion.
2018 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Presidential Scholarship, Summer Workshop, Snowmass Village, Colorado
2017 Jentel Foundation, Artist Residency, full award, Banner, Wyoming
2017 Studios at MASS MoCA, Artist Residency, merit-based artist grant, North Adams, Massachusetts
2016 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Presidential Scholarship, Summer Workshop, Snowmass Village, Colorado
2016 Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency, merit-based artist grant, Johnson, Vermont
2015 Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency, Johnson, Vermont
2010 Ossabaw Foundation Visiting Artist Program, Ossabaw Island, Georgia
2007 SCAD NYC Studio Workspace Residency, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts building, New York, NY
2005-08 Academic Fellowship, SCAD MFA Program, Savannah, Georgia
Select Solo Exhibitions
2013 Ghost Within, Savannah College of Art and Design, Arnold Hall Gallery, Savannah, GA
2012 Tillandsia Usneoides, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
Select Two/Three Artists Exhibitions
2014 Mushrooms, Moss, and a Movie: Jim Toia, Blanche Nettles Powers, and Peter O’Kennedy, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Cain, Powers, Sandoz, 1704Lincoln, Savannah, GA
2010 Kevin Archer/Blanche Nettles Powers, Astolfi Art, Atlanta, GA
Select Group Exhibitions
2018 Art Papers, 19th Annual Art Auction, Atlanta, GA
2017 Summer Renewal, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
2017 Spring Forward, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
2017 Winterfell, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
2017 ArtFields, Lake City, SC
2017 Art Papers, 18th Annual Art Auction, Atlanta, GA
2016 Back to the Future, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
2016 Come in From the Cold, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
2016 Art Papers 17th Annual Art Auction, Bo Bo Intriguing Objects, Atlanta, GA
2015 Art Papers 16th Annual Art Auction, Bo BoIntriguing Objects, Atlanta, GA
2015 Fresh: A Group Studio Show, 1704Lincoln, Savannah, GA
2014 Sequential Abstraction, Kim Foster Gallery, New York NY
2014 Southern Discomfort 2: Art Inspired by Flannery O’Connor, ThincSav, Savannah, GA
2013 Particle Physical, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
2013 SECAC 2013 Members’ Exhibition, Juror Nancy Doll, Gatewood Gallery, UNC at Greensboro, NC
2013 Historic Savannah Foundation Art Auction, Ships of the Sea Museum, Savannah, GA
2013 SlideLuck Savannah, Oglethorpe Gallery, Savannah, GA
2012 Selections Summer 2012, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
2012 SCAD Scholarship Gala, Savannah, GA
2012 State of Man, Art Hound, Cohen Retreat, Savannah, GA
2012 Southern Discomfort: Art Inspired by Flannery O’Connor, 1704Lincoln, Savannah, GA
2011 Night, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
2011 SCAD Scholarship Gala, Savannah, GA
2011 9 at 1704, 1704Lincoln, Savannah, GA
2011 Art Sounds, Indigo Sky Gallery, Savannah, GA
2010 SCAD Scholarship Gala, Savannah and Atlanta, GA
2010 Small Works-CFAC and Friends, Indigo Sky Gallery, Savannah, GA
2010 CAS Fine Art Fall Group Exhibition, Savannah, GA
2010 Ossabaw Foundation Art Auction, Ossabaw Island, GA
2010 Planet Home, Gutstein Gallery SCAD, Savannah, GA
2009 Gallery Wrap, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
2009 The 24th Tallahassee International, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
2009 Smooth Finish, Pei Ling Chan Gallery, SCAD, Juror Melissa Messina, Savannah, GA
2008 Gallery Goulash, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
Other Related Professional Experience
2014 Guest Juror, SCAD Undergraduate Drawing Exhibition, Alexander Hall Gallery
2014 Guest Speaker: “Drawing the Endgame,” SCAD-Alexander Hall Auditorium, Savannah
2014 Mentor, SCAD Foundation Studies Department
2009-12 “Wilmington Plantation” on loan to Miller Union courtesy of Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2006 SCAD Commission, Sixteen landscapes
2004 SCAD Commission, Forty paintings for G-8 Summit Press Center, Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Sav, GA
Memorial Health University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Paula Wallace, SCAD President and Founder
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Abney, ODelle. “Kim Foster – Show of Gallery Artists.” NYC Gallery Openings. You Tube, 11 July 2012. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.
Abney, ODelle. “Kim Foster Gallery – Paul Glabicki: Order; Blanche Nettles Powers: Tillandsia Usneoides.” NYC Gallery Openings. You Tube, 17 Mar. 2012. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.
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MFA Savannah College of Art and Design
MEd Georgia Southern University
BFA Savannah College of Art and Design, Cum Laude