ARTIST STATEMENT

 

As an author recounts his life, the artist narrates an autobiographic journey of images both intimate and universal.

 

“Everything inspires and influences my vision; a film unravels, negatives unspool.  I call upon memories to reinvent life into art.  Perception becomes rearranged while always striving for honesty and truth.”

 

Subtle line, markings, and collage-like elements are presented with a fundamental respect for a primitive vision.  This naivety becomes charged with vivid, painterly strokes that come together to form its poetic and playful vision.

 

“The German school of DADA is loosely translated into “crazy narrative.”  Although I try to avoid both trend and critic, this strikes me as an apt way of describing my work.”

 

As Michael Brenson of the New York Times writes: “Ms. Lenard defines herself as both provincial outsider and hip insider, and it is this, as much as anything that gives her work its knowing smile”

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

         

2014       50 Works  Studio 297, Madison NJ

2013       Paquette Gallery, Boonton, NJ

2007      Tomasulo Gallery, Union County College, Cranford, NJ

2006      John Allan, New York, NY

2002      Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

1999      Gallery Alexie, New York, NY

1998      SOHO 20 Gallery, New York, NY

1997       Rapier, Stead & Bowden, New York, NY

1995       El-Baz Gallery, New York, NY

1995       Shoe-String Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

1994       Frank Martin Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

1993       SOHO 20 Gallery, New York, NY

1991       SOHO 20 Gallery, New York, NY

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

           

2014       Index Gallery, Newark, NJ

2013       Visual art Center of NJ. Lasting Impressions

2011        Nexus, Rahway Arts Guild,  Rahway, NJ

2010       Hatched – crossing the line, Guerilla Girls Gallery, Newark, NJ

2010       Distillery Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

2010       Contemporary Art Network, New York, NY
2010        Work for the Creative Center, Johnson and Johnson, New York, NY

2010        Works on Paper, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ        

2008       The Art of Democracy, Loyola University Museum, Chicago                    

2008       Pressing Matters in Printmaking, Folk Art Center, Asheville,NC

2008       The Art of Democracy, National Arts Club, Grammercy Park, New York, NY

2008       City Sky, CANCO Lofts, Jersey City, NJ

2007       People without Clothes, CANCO  Lofts, Jersey City, NJ

2006       The Art of Persuasion, National Arts Club, Grammercy Park, New York, NY

2006       Faculty Exhibition, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

2006       Etched in Imagination, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print & Paper, NJ

2006       Salon Show, NY Society of Etchers, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY  

2005        Hand Pulled, Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ

2005        Skyway Show, Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ

2004       Current Printmaking, Old Church Cultural Center, Demarest, NJ

2004       1st Impressions, Maplewood Art Center, Maplewood NJ

2003        Forrest Scott Gallery, Millburn, NJ

2003        Backroads and Highways, Printmaking Council of NJ

2002        Urban Crossings, Somerset Art Center, Somerset, NJ

2001        Hunterdon Art Center, Group Show, Clinton, NJ

2000       Faculty Exhibition, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

2000       Kharkov Art Museum, Group Show, Russia

2000       Crimean Republic Museum of Local Lore, Group Show, Russia

2000       Odessa Literature Museum, Group Show, Russia

2000       All-Russia Decorative Applied and Folk Art Museum, Moscow, Russia

1999       Palmer Museum, Two-person Print Show, Springfield, NJ

1999       Millennium Show, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

1999       Ten x Ten, The Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerville, NJ

1998       Faculty Show, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

1998       Memory Into Art, Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill, NY

1998       Group Show, Charles Chamot Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

1998       Women of Action, Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Jersey City, NJ

1998       Multi-Solo, De Zaaijer Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1998       Faces of America, Nabisco Gallery, East Hanover, NJ

1997        The Good Life, Longwood Arts Gallery, Bronx, NY

1996        National Print Exhibition, Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, NJ

1995        Selected Printmakers, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

1995        Musée de Napoleon, Int’l Juried Show, Paris, France

1994       The Salon Show, Soho 20, New York, NY

1993        Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Group Show, Summit, NJ

1993        Castle Gallery, Group Show, College of New Rochelle, NY

1993        The Drawing Center, Group Show, New York, NY

1993        Art Initiatives, Group Show, New York, NY

1991         Triplex Gallery, Manhattan Borough College, NY

1991         El-Baz Gallery, New York, NY

1988        Esta Robinson Contemporary Art, New York, NY

1988        New Images '88, New York, NY

1986        Civilization Gallery, Group Show, New York, NY

1986        Stokker-Stikker Gallery, Group Show, New York, NY

1986        Emerging Collector, New York, NY

1986        Muhlenberg Art Center, Allentown, PA

 

 

 

 

 

Awards

                  

Grant recipient for Rutgers Center for Innovative Paper & Printmaking

Painting chosen by the NYNEX Corp. for poster in honor of Women's History Month

Best In Show, Celebration 80, Allentown Art Museum, PA

Best In Show by jurors Bob Littman, Grey Gallery, NYU, & Lowry Simms, Metropolitan Museum, NYC

 

 

 

Publications and Reviews

              

 

2007        Summit Independent Press, 5/1

2006        Star Ledger, Dan Bischoff, "Etched in imagination" 1/6

2002         Independent Press, Beth Wade, “Lenard Presses Pulaski 

                 Panoramas”, p. B1, 8/21

2002         Summit Independent Press, Feature Story, Aug 28th

2002         Independent Press, “Printer’s Monotypes Make Jigsaw

                 Puzzles…”, Jan. 2

2000         Summit Observer, Review

1999         Summit Observer, Feature Story

1999         Star Ledger, Sept. 5, Art Section

1998         Featured Guest, ARTBEAT, PBS Philadelphia

1997         New York Times, 6/15/97

1994         Call Chronicle Newspaper, Art Section Feature Story 9/94

1991          New York Times

1991          Hampton's Magazine (August)

1987          Encyclopedia