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For years now, in clubs, I have been sketching performing jazz musicians, filling sketchbooks with gesture drawings of these artists making jazz. Using these drawings as a starting place I abstract from them often employing a multipoint perspective and perspectives from different moments to give visual expression to the movement and connectedness of the music. Jazz is America__™s most important contribution to international culture and it is my hope that my work contributes in some way to the appreciation of jazz. I am interested in music of all cultures and in the human figure moving through music in dance. It is my intention in my artwork to create a figurative, sensual and visual art form. My baseball work derives from summer nights of the New York Penn League watching short season rookie league baseball in upstate New York and western Massachusetts. Sketching these apprentice ballplayers in congenial settings such as Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and Demashkie field in Oneonta, New York, I have developed a growing fascination with the visual beauty, the swift motion and complexity of this game. Add Comment

Biography

WREN PANZELLA

6 Allendorph Way

Castleton, NY 12033

(518) 732-2077 wrenpanzella.com

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS_______________________________________________

1998 The 2nd International Jazz Art Competition, The Jazz Gallery New York, NY

1997 Antibes Jazz Festival, Jazz Themes, Musee Navel et Napoleonien, Antibes France.

1991 Fourth Biennial Exhibition of Prints, Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS _____________________________________________________

2008 Missing Pieces: Works on Jazz, The Arts Center, Troy, NY

Point of Departure, Orazio Salati Gallery, Binghimton , NY

2008 It Ain__™t Nothn__™ But the Blues, Capital Repertory Theater, Albany, NY

2007 Take Me Out, Baseball Works Capital Repertory Theater, Albany, NY

2006 Small Works, Group Exhibition, Gallery 100, Saratoga Springs, NY

2002-2006 Latin Jazz: La Combinaci_³n Perfecta, Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC

Exhibition to travel to twelve Museums,

2005 Works on Baseball, Root for the Home Team: Baseball in Rensselaer County

Rensselaer Historical Society, Rensselaer, NY

Rude and Bold Women Group exhibit, The Garland Gallery Binghamton, NY

24 at 75 (Willie Mays) Group exhibit, Louisville Slugger Museum, KY (Traveling exhibition)

Works by Wren Panzella, North Pointe, a Center for the Arts, Kinderhook, NY

2004 12___ x 12___ Exhibition, The Spencertown Academy Art Gallery, Spencertown, NY

Jazz Exhibition in Connection to the 2004 Saratoga Jazz Festival, Saratoga, Gallery 100, Saratoga, NY

Recent paintings by Willie Marlowe, Wendy Ide Williams and Wren Panzella, Firlefanz Gallery,

Albany, NY

Three Artists, CJ Gallery, Troy, NY

2003 Down the Rabbit Hole, Group Exhibition, The Spencertown Academy Art Gallery, Spencertown, NY

Interpretative: Self Portrait, Group Exhibition, Fulton Street Gallery, Troy, NY

2002 Chords and Progressions: Works on Jazz,

University Art Museum, State University at Albany, Albany, NY

2001 Crosscurrents, One-person exhibition, Carabaux Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2000 Black and White, Carabaux Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1999 Jungle Dreams of New Orleans, One Person Exhibition, Lulu Gallery, Albany, NY

1997 One Person National Juried Exhibition, Berkshire Artisans and Lichtenstein Center For The Arts,

Pittsfield, MA

1996 Works on Jazz and Dance, Gail Johnson Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA

Works on Jazz and Dance: One Person Exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY

Jazz Exhibition, Galerie Royale, Ltd., 312 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA

1995 1995 Mohawk-Hudson Regional Art Exhibition, Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, NY

1994 One Person Exhibit, Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, NY

A Whole New Ball Game Invitational, Group Exhibition, National Baseball Library &

Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

1994 - 1995 One Person Exhibition on Jazz Themes, St. Peter's Church, Citicorp Building,

Lexington Avenue & 54th St., NYC

1993 ARTEXPO Chicago, Merchandise Mart, Expo Center, Chicago, Illinois.

The Mohawk-Hudson Regional Invitational, Albany Center Galleries, Albany, NY

1993 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region, Albany Institute of History

and Art, Albany, NY

1992 1992 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region, Schenectady Museum,

Schenectady, NY

1991 Views from the Cheap Seats: Works on Jazz and Baseball, Shelnutt Gallery, Rensselaer

Polytechnic Institute.

PUBLICATIONS/COLLECTIONS ____________________________________________

Willie Mays Art in the Outfield, Mike Shannon The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa 2007

Peg Delaney Hotline, CD cover art and design Daisyland Music 2007

Business Review Book of Lists: Cover art and Article, 2006 edition

Jazz Times: an exhibition of jazz inspired work, May 1999, volume 29/Number 4

Cover Art of ___The Latin Tinge___ By John Storm Roberts Published by Oxford University Press

Collection of the Phoenix Home Life, 2 Paintings Greenbush Commerce Park E. Greenbush, NY

Nick Brignola in Concert, Drawings used in video and video cover. WMHT (Public Television 1996)

Nick Brignola and the Endangered Species, CD cover art and design, Hang Records, 1994

Mike Shannon, SPITBALL, The Literary Baseball Magazine, Fall 1993, No. 43

Baseball: A Treasury of Art and Literature, Michael Ruscoe, editor, Published by Hugh Lauter Levin

Associates Inc. and distributed by F. Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, 1993

Montreal Expos, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

National Little League of Albany - Permanent Mural for Little League Club House, 1995

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Tim Cahill, Times Union Albany, NY ___Kid Rock picks up works by local artist Wren Panzella___ September 15, 2004

Kris Worrell, Times Union, Albany, NY ___An Improvised Career___ May 7th 2000

Karine Henry ___Quelques Touches de Jazz___ Nice-Matin, July 1997

Antibes-Juan-Les-Pin Magazines July 1997

Kerry Lynch, Metroland Magazine, ___All That Jazz___ March 1997 #907

Clark Bell, The Saratogian, October 1996

Peg Churchill Wright, The Daily Gazette, ___Jazz And Baseball Favorite Subjects For Painter Wren Panzella___ April 94

Mikhail Horowitz, Woodstock Times and Huguenot Herald (New Paltz), "Hues on First: Night Game in Tunisia,"

September 30, 1993.

Kurp, Patrick, Times Union, Albany, NY "Artist Speaks her mind on canvas" December 6,1992.

Feil, Lisa, The Source, "Inside the motion: The Art of Wren Panzella", March 3 1993.

CAREER RELATED OCCUPATION____________________________________________________________

1996 - Present Collections Manager of Permanent Collection University Art Museum,

State University at Albany, New York

2007 Received from State University at Albany an Excellence Award for the work I have with the

University__™s Art collection

2005 __" Guest Lecturer at Russell Sage College on the subject of my work

2001 - 2004 My artwork has been represented on t-shirts and sweat shirts for the annual Saratoga Performing

Arts Center Jazz Festival

1996 __" 2002 Director of Lulu Gallery, 288 Lark Street, Albany, NY

1998 __" 1999 Registrar for the Marcia Brown Puppet Theater, State University Library, Albany, NY

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6 Allendorph Way
City:
Casleton
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NY
Postal Code:
12033
Phone Number:
518 732-2077

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