‘Colleen Randall: Paintings and Works on Paper’ Exhibition at Trinity's Widener Gallery

Austin Arts Center Hosting Reception and Gallery Talk with Artist on Monday, March 7

Hartford, Connecticut, February 24, 2016

What: Colleen Randall: Paintings and Works on Paper is a month-long exhibition at Trinity College’s Widener Gallery that will feature recent paintings and works on paper by New Hampshire artist Colleen Randall.

When: A Reception and Gallery Talk with the Artist will be held on Monday, March 7.  The reception begins at 5:00 p.m. The gallery talk will begin at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Exhibition Period: Monday, February 8, through Friday, March 11, 2016

Gallery Hours: Sunday – Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Closed Saturdays)

Where: Widener Gallery at the Austin Arts Center, Trinity College, 300 Summit St., Hartford, CT 06106. For directions and a map of the Trinity College campus, please click here


Background: Rooted in the tradition of the sublime, Colleen Randall is an abstract painter whose work explores space and light through the materiality of paint.

In her current exhibition, Paintings and Works on Paper, her heavily impastoed surfaces erupt with light and color, revealing the radiance at the core of all matter and being. Imbued with mystery, a spiritual presence emanates from deep within the layers of paint. Through form and composition, she investigates elusive states of consciousness.

“Colleen Randall is an artist operating at the heights of her abilities, who has forged her own path out of the tradition abstract painting,” said Trinity College Professor of Studio Art Joseph Byrne. “Her painting takes on the large philosophical questions at the core of human existence for content. The paintings are physically demanding, formally challenging, extremely beautiful, and make us think. We are thrilled to have the work of this seasoned artist in the Widener Gallery.”

Colleen Randall received her MFA in Painting from Queens College, City University of New York.  A Professor in the Studio Art Department at Dartmouth College since 1989, she is the recipient of the National Academy of Design’s Edwin Palmer Memorial Award for Painting, a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship Grant and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Grant. She has been selected for artist residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony and Landfall Trust in Brigus, Newfoundland. She has had solo exhibitions at commercial galleries and alternative spaces throughout the country, including Spheris Gallery, Kenkelaba Gallery, and The Painting Center in New York; Ober Gallery in Kent, CT; Elliot Smith Gallery in St. Louis; and Susan Conway Gallery in Washington, D.C.  She has been a visiting artist at the Anderson Ranch, Vermont Studio Center, University of New Hampshire, Binghamton University, Haverford College, American University, Delaware College of Art & Design, Art Institute of Boston, Swarthmore College, and the Caumsett Summer Painting Program as well as numerous other universities, art institutions and colleges.

Colleen Randall: Paintings and Works on Paper is sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts at Trinity College. For more information about this exhibit, please contact the Department of Fine Arts at 860-297-5232. For directions and information about other upcoming events, please contact the Austin Arts Center at 860-297-2199.