Thorpe earned an M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design (1996) and a B.A. in art from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (1994). Her paintings grow from an interest in landscape, abstraction and imaginary views of nature. She likes to paint in places where colors, shapes and lines coalesce to form images of nature. Her work has been exhibited at The Phillips Collection, Hunter Museum of American Art, School 33 Art Center, Touchstone Gallery, Georgetown University Hospital and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Thorpe has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including several grants from the D.C. Commission on the Art and Humanities, Presidential Scholarship from the Rhode Island School of Design, and residency fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has taught courses in painting and drawing at Black Rock Center for the Arts, Montgomery College, Rockville Arts Place and Rhode Island School of Design. The Parish Gallery in Washington, D.C represents Thorpe’s work. During her residency Thorpe plans to create multiple-plate monoprints and paintings directly from the landscape as well as imaginative monoprints and drawings with landscape elements. This work will also combine digital imaging to layer photographic images based on landscape with her work in printmaking, painting and drawing. She will present a public lecture on her work on December 2 at 8:30pm (MH 151) and will also meet with art students during her residency. For more information on the artist: http://www.kimberlythorpe.com/.
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