‘THEN AND NOW’ Bernal exhibit explores artists’ careers


The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery at Pima Community College’s West Campus is shining a spotlight on artists with unrecognized Tucson origins.

“Then and Now,” curated by Bernal director David Andres, dusts off the work of four artists to compare them to the creators’ latest and greatest.

“They’re important artists but they don’t seem to get recognized back here,” Andres said. “I’m trying to bring attention to them having a history here and then going off and making history.”

Jan Olsson, Ann Fessler, Tom Savage and Pam Marks all attended the University of Arizona during the late 1970s and early ‘80s before becoming internationally discovered.

The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 12.

A reception and gallery talk will be held Nov. 6 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., with two of the four artists attending.

From painting and drawing to photography, the artists studied a variety of mediums.

After graduation, the artists continued to expand their horizons.

“It’s good for students to be able to see artists that have been working for a long period of time instead of someone who’s just starting,” Andres said.

Olsson began teaching at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia before she moved to Paris, France, where she currently works in the historic artists’ residence La Ruche.

Fessler also took up the teaching reins. She began at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore before landing at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she became the director of the photography graduate program.

While keeping a full-time teaching position, Fessler makes documentaries. She is also the author of “The Girls Who Went Away,” which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award for general nonfiction.

Savage found himself in California, where he still works today. He received a prestigious grant from the International Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2010-2011. He has recovered from a 2012 liver transplant.

Marks worked as an artist-in-residence for the Arizona Commission on the Arts before leaving to take up a professorship at Connecticut College in New London.

Gallery admission is free and open to the public. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

“Pima Community College and Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery is honored to bring them back to Tucson for this exhibit,” Andres said.

For more information, call 206-6942 or visit pima.edu/cfa.

Photos courtesy of Bernal Gallery

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Ann Fessler: Along the Blue River, still from film, 2001-2013.
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Jan Olsson: Dessins sur Mesures, No. 10, ink, graphite and gesso on book plates, 2008.
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Pam Marks: Displacements #2, solar plate etching on Japanese paper, 2011.
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Tom Savage: Solitude 2, mixed media on wood panel, 2014.

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