The Burren

Recent Works By
Terrence Coffman

July 31 - October 11

Opening Reception
Friday, July 31, 2015
6:00-8:00 PM |  5:30-6:00 PM Members Preview

July 31 – October 11, 2015

Following a tradition of exhibiting among the best in Wisconsin art, the Charles Allis Art Museum presents an exhibition of recent works by Terrence James Coffman, whose submission Angel 1 was awarded grand prize at the museum’s 2014 Forward: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now.  That painting returns to the Allis, alongside two additional canvases that complete an artist’s “triptych”.

Coffman’s Angels and Landscapes series, so-called because of the figure-like formations that emerged, unplanned, out of his material- and process-driven approach, and other large-scale paintings will be on view in the Great Hall, with a selection of other recent works on display in the second-floor galleries.  Coffman’s memory and experiences of places and landscapes inspire and inform his paintings of them.  His experience of the Burren of Ireland, where Coffman was in residency at its College of Art in 2011, has proved a fount of inspiration for his work.  The colors, textures and brushstrokes of these paintings evoke, but also invent, nostalgia and memory of the Burren, Galway Bay and the small fishing village of Ballyvaughan.

Image Credit: Terrence Coffman, The Burren #17, 2013, Oil on canvas, 44 x 44 inches, Courtesy of Tory Folliard Gallery

Painting workshop with Terrence Coffman

Date: Saturday, September 5 / 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Workshop fee: $150 + Materials

This one-day workshop at the Charles Allis Art Museum focuses on clearing the mind to tap into the unconscious creative flow. Coupled with experimentation and learning to trust the process creates a conduit for creativity. Students explore textural manipulations using traditional and unconventional painting tools. The methodology and techniques employed by major American abstractionists will serve as inspiration. Critique sessions provide students with feedback and increased opportunities to develop exciting works of art.

Van Gogh Live

Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 7 – 9 pm

Admission: $25 in advance/$30 at the door

Terrence Coffman brings his play, Van Gogh Live to the Charles Allis Art Museum. This one-night performance, based on Coffman’s fictional book of missing Van Gogh journals, is a riveting and emotional glimpse into the torment and ecstasy of Vincent’s life. The audience experiences the complicated life of this lonely man as Coffman examines his obsessions, madness, and love of art and humanity. Questions for the artist will follow the performance.

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Past Exhibitions