Lillian Almeida

 

Artist’s Statement and Biography

Artist’s Statement:

Lillian’s work explores the complex experience of painting and its multifaceted springboards and results.

Her latex paint images, drawings, and mixed media projects hazard the notion that the painting convention still offers a profound avenue to substance and relevance in a contemporary world.

The paintings from her “Big Heads” and “Figures from an Opera” series take a look at our relationship to the figure as we encounter it in the two-dimensional framework of a painting, and ask us to consider our human responses as a part of the artwork.

Other pieces are focused contemplations of the meaning of the painting experience itself. The work often reaches out through other mediums and activities, looping eventually back to the beginning and folding those experiences and discoveries back into an enriched identity or further understanding of the painting experience.

 

Biography:

Lillian Almeida spent her early years on the plains of Northeastern Colorado in a family culture that emphasized the value of the arts, history and archeology. She recalls sitting together with her mother, voraciously reading the caption of each and every photo in the latest issue of National Geographic, and often hanging over her father’s shoulder, perusing with awe, reproductions of grand European paintings in his Time Life collections.

She reflects, “I went off to college well aware of Da Vinci’s drawings, Van Gogh’s sunflowers, and how to identify and handle pre-historic Native American tools, - but had zero awareness of Led Zeppelin, or what a bagel was.” 

She has a distinct memory, at five years old, of a family friend asking what she planned to do when she grew up. “I remember saying, without skipping a beat, that I wanted to be an artist by the ocean!” she laughs. “Suddenly, in my mind, I was standing on a cliff in front of an easel and an enormous canvas, - classic pallet hooked on my thumb, and waves crashing at my feet. Of course I had never even seen an ocean at that point!” … “I now see that vision as an expression of the huge power of paint and the visual image, that I had no other way to understand.”

Her vision of producing luminous seascapes was to change dramatically, but “There was this drive for the direct and dynamic individualism of the painting experience that has never wavered, and apparently demands to take its place.”

Lillian went on to graduate from the Kansas City Art Institute, with a split-major in painting and sculpture, - an educational foundation richly influenced by post-abstract figuration. She also completed independent studies in ceramics and other media at the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy, where her sensibilities for different materials and the underlying narrative in visual art expanded.

Lillian has worked and taught classes in her studios for 30 years, and has publicly exhibited her work in the past decade. Her work has won awards in regional exhibitions, and has been featured in Professional Artists Magazine and many other publications.

Along with her studio practice, she assists the Collections Department staff at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and works independently with private collectors in the handling and management of their artworks.

She is a founding member of the ArtCity Eugene, and a founder of C4 - a subterranean think-tank of arts professionals that spark and kindle mixed-discipline projects, and has been involved as an artist and presenter with numerous arts organizations and institutions.

Lillian is fearlessly interested and involved in fostering greater connection among local artists and the resources that will grow their practices. She is dedicated to the reality that every project can significantly benefit each participant, no matter how small their roll.

Recent exhibitions include:

2016

Works on View, 1200 Valley River Drive, Eugene, OR

2015

Small Pleasures Invitational, Jacobs Gallery, Eugene, OR

Winter Invitational, Gallery at the Watershed, Eugene, OR

Water, Umqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, OR

Artworks Northwest Exhibit 2015, Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, OR

Mortal Sphere, Soprano Laura Wayte in concert with 3D work by Lillian Almeida,
    Beall Concert Hall University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, November 13, 2015

Variations on Abstraction Invitational, Transmission Gallery, Oakland, CA

2014     

Real People, The Old Courthouse Art Center, Woodstock, IL

Unfinished Man, with Robert-Jean Ray & Joseph Mele, Gallery 621, Benicia, CA

Group exhibition, Freed Gallery, Lincoln City, OR

Around Oregon Annual, 2nd place award, The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR

Expressions West, Honorable Mention, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR

Best of Lane County, Gallery at the Airport, Eugene, OR

Transcendence, Gallery at the Watershed, Eugene, OR

In The Moment: Self-Portraits of 20 Women Artists, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR

Shelter Care Invitational Benefit, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR

Black History Month Invitational, Jazz Station Gallery, Eugene, OR

Anniversary Show, Gallery at the Watershed, Eugene, OR

Figure and Form: Nearer Close than Pollock with Randy Ortiz, Gallery at the Watershed,
    Eugene, OR 

2013

Gallery Opening Group Show, Gallery at the Watershed, Eugene, OR

Persona: Works by Lillian Almeida, Judith Sander, & Kathy Tiger, Maude Kerns Art Center,        
    Eugene, OR

2012

Mayor’s Art Show, Best of Show Award, Jacobs Gallery, Eugene, OR

Solo Preview Exhibition, Tate Apartments Entry Gallery, Eugene, OR

2007-9

Paintings, Opus6ix Gallery, Eugene, OR

2008

Solo Show of Works on Paper, Blue River Medical Center, Blue River, OR

Selected Press and Media Projects:

Register Guard: Oregon Life, Arts, “Much More than a Recital: Vocalist Laura Wayte and visual artist Lillian Almeida join forces for “Mortal Shpere,” November 12, 2015

KLCC Interview with Eric Alan, November 11, 2015

Oakland Art Murmur, Variations on Abstraction, November 6, 2015

YouTube video: Forgive Me: A Progression in Canvas and Paint, 2014
    Created in conjunction with In The Moment: Self-Portraits of 20 Women Artists project.

Professional Artist Magazine: Revamp Your Artist Statement Dec 2014 - Jan 2015

Eugene Weekly: Arts Hound, February 5, 2015, By Alex V. Cipolle

Lane Arts Council Poster: First Friday, Feb 6 2015

Lane Arts Council FB page: Post Tuesday, Jan 27 2015

Art Write Blog: Vicki Krohn Amorose with Lillian Almeida

Lane Arts Council: First Friday Sneak Peak

Related projects, activities, experience, teaching, and professional affiliations:

Integrated Arts PLATFORM Festival, Erb Memorial Union, Eugene, OR, May 6, 2017

Member, Lane Arts Council Community Arts Grant Panel - Spring 2017

Guest Presenter,  2017 American College Dance Association Regional Conference

University of Oregon, Department of Dance, Eugene, OR, March 29 - April 1, 2017


Producer, the Odyssey of these Days, on behalf of Art City Eugene, March 3 & 4, 2017
a multimedia exhibit of art & music that delves into grief and emerges with hope


Art City Eugene: Founding member & curatorial team

C4: Subterranean Think Tank, Arts professionals who spark and kindle mixed discipline projects

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.
Contract Collections Assistant to the Registrar and Chief Preparator

Guest Speaker, Lane Community College 2013

Guest Presenter, Watershed Arts Foundation’s Powers of Visual Art series 2015

Watershed Arts Foundation Advisory Board 2014 – present

Lane Arts Council, Eugene, OR

Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR

Independent consulting and instruction, visual arts portfolio development and private students, ongoing.

Workshops and Instruction in drawing and studio art, Vida, OR, 2002-2004

Art Instructor, Gifted and Talented Summer Program, Revere Public School, Ovid and Sedgwick Colorado, 1984

Art Instructor, Northeastern Junior College Community Education Program, Sterling, Colorado, 1984



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