2. Look, 2014, oil, acrylic, and charcoal on paper, 22 1_2 x 30 1_8 inches

The University Art Gallery presents Encounters, an exhibition of recent figurative paintings by Christina Renfer Vogel. In this body of work Vogel concentrates on chance meetings, observing quiet moments within larger, more complex situations. Dense fields of color press against placeless figures, threatening to swallow them. With her depictions of ordinary encounters, Vogel both revels in her medium and investigates physical and psychological connections between viewers and subjects. The exhibition will be on view in the University Art Gallery from February 5 through April 10.

Please join us! The artist will speak about her work on Friday, February 5, at 4:30 p.m. in Convocation Hall. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public.

On Saturday, February 27, Vogel will lead a figure drawing workshop in the UAG from 1-3:30 p.m. Space is limited, so please reserve your place by emailing sjmaclar@sewanee.edu. Drawing supplies will be provided, but donations appreciated! Co-sponsored by Art Forum.

Christina Renfer Vogel lives and works in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013, after teaching at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and working in development at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She has exhibited nationally in solo and group shows, and has been an artist-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Christina is a recipient of awards including a 2015 Professional Development Support Grant from the Tennessee Arts Council, a 2014-15 UTC Research and Creativity Activity Grant, a Nebraska Arts Council Independent Artist Fellowship and a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. She earned a BFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, and an MFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston.

Sewanee’s University Art Gallery is located on Georgia Avenue on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The gallery is free, accessible, and open to the public. Hours are 10 – 5 Tuesday through Friday and 12 – 4 on Saturday and Sunday. Please call (931) 598-1223 for more information, or visit our website at http://www.sewanee.edu/gallery.