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FEBRUARY 2018

Florida School of the Arts presents artist Christina Foard

Christina Foard
Basket,   painting
Firepit in the woods, painting
Transformation, painting

As part of the visiting artist series, Florida School of the Arts will present a gallery exhibition for Jacksonville artist Christina Foard. The exhibit, titled Tangential Ruminations, will open with a reception on Thursday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery located on St. Johns River State College’s Palatka campus. The exhibit will be on display through April 5. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and during Main Stage performances.  Gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.

According to the artist, her art is process-driven, originating in linear and gestural marks, with form and spaces then shifting to form imagery as obtuse references to memories. Her recent works have shifted towards imagined still life's as well as stages and personification of objects. 

With her father in the Navy, Foard had an ever-changing childhood, living in 13 different homes by the age of 12.  Drawing became her primary means of entertainment.  “Since childhood, I have entertained myself,” said Foard.  “And when my mental chatter becomes rapid, I turn to painting to find personal clarity. A centering. This is a necessary routine daily.”

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Cincinnati in 1991, Foard pursued a corporate career in Washington, D.C. until 2003, when she relocated to Jacksonville and returned to painting. She began exhibiting publicly within her first five years, increasing to 25 shows over the next five years.   

Foard balances her artistic pursuits with full-time employment as an arts administrator.  She served as the Cummer Museum of Art’s public programs manager and later as the University of Florida Health Medical Center’s director of arts in medicine, where she facilitated projects in the interdisciplinary healing arts and community engagement. 

Foard said she sees art as “a vehicle for collaboration, conversation and expression, particularly to ward off depression and isolation.”  This inspired her to initiate Imagination Squared, a public art exhibition including works from nearly a thousand community artists, at Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 2010.    
 
Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards the two-year associate degree in the following areas of study:  acting, dance performance, musical theater, stage management, theater technology, graphic design/new media and studio art. The School serves the entire state of Florida. Admission is based on an audition or portfolio review, an interview with the faculty and admission to SJR State.

Students produce and perform in approximately four visual arts exhibitions and 10 performances each year. For more information about Florida School of the Arts call (386) 312-4300 or visit online at floarts.org. 




PHOTO CAPTIONS:
The paintings of Jacksonville artist Christina Foard will be displayed in an exhibit titled Tangential Ruminations at the Florida School of the Arts Main Gallery located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College.   An opening reception will be held Thursday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m.  The exhibit will be on display through April 5. 

“Basket of Deplorables,” an oil painting on canvas by Christina Foard.  The artist finds painting to be not only a means for entertainment, but also a daily routine for personal mental clarity.  

“Firepit in the Woods,” an oil painting on panel by Christina Foard

“The Start of the Transformation,” an oil painting on canvas by Christina Foard

 

 

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