Pamela Benson -'76
Charles Baxter -'74
Seymour Gitin -'56
Alan Zweibel -'72
Dave Dealney -'77
Jackie Felix -'81
James O. Horton -'64
Jackie Felix, M.F.A. '83 & B.F.A. '81
Jackie Felix, M.F.A. 1983 & B.F.A. 1981, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, a prestigious institution founded by Lee Krasner (1908-1984), a leading abstract expressionist painter and widow of Jackson Pollock.
The grants are awarded internationally and based on artistic excellence and financial need. Most importantly, they allow artists who have worked as professionals "for a significant period of time" to do their creative work relatively free from financial considerations. Past recipients have cited the grant's impact in allowing them concentrated time for their work, helping them to prepare for exhibits and other professional opportunities, and advancing their careers.
Felix plans to continue painting in her recently opened Buffalo studio. Thematically, she will continue to concentrate on issues of gender and power. Her Blue Mary series, for instance, recently exhibited at Buffalo's Big Orbit Gallery, introduces charged contemporary situations of sex and gender into a world of fifteenth-century Italian frescoes. Felix says the series, which has been termed "a modern take on the Annunciation," grew out of a recent visit to northern Italy.
With the Big Orbit Gallery, she is also doing a series of lithographs in cooperation with the UB printmaking program.
Her work is included in the collections of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers and the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo.