Main Gallery | July 25 - August 31, 2019
Liminal Spaces highlights the work of two emerging South Carolina-based painters and art educators; Alyssa Reiser Prince and Jena Thomas. Through painting, each artist explores the fragmentary nature of their environment as it is often experienced or idealized while seeking to capture the transitional and unnatural oddities of space. On view in the main gallery through August 31, the exhibit features 26 oil and acrylic paintings which embody a vibrant and strikingly synergetic panorama.
Alyssa Reiser Prince - an artist currently residing in Hartsville, South Carolina where she is assistant professor of art at Coker University. She received an MFA from Clemson University and a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has exhibited her work nationally at venues such as High Point University's Darrell E. Sechrest Gallery, Lincoln Memorial University's Center for the Arts, Miami University's Young Painters Competition, the Zhou B. Art Center, Concordia College, and the South Carolina State Museum, among others. Her paintings explore the process of remembering and the sensory-based experience of space, place, and time.s
Jena Thomas - born in South Florida, Thomas currently resides in Spartanburg, South Carolina where she is assistant professor of art at Converse College. Her abstract landscape paintings explore the contemporary context of how mankind alters and views the natural world. Thomas has exhibited extensively in Florida and the Northeast, with exhibitions at the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Context New York, and Art Palm Beach. Her work has been featured in such publications as Studio Visit magazine, New American Painting and Creative Quarterly. Thomas is a recipient of the Ruth Katzman Scholarship from the Art Students League of New York, winner of the 701 Center for Contemporary Art Prize and finalist for Miami University’s Young Painters Competition. Thomas received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA and her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. Jena Thomas’s work is currently represented by the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford, CT.