Edna Dapo is an international artist who resides in Scottsdale, AZ. She has been painting for twenty years and has won numerous awards. Her work has been selected for NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS, Volume 70, and is on the cover of American Art Collector (CA, V4 B2).

Dapo holds an MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design, BFA in Painting from ASU, and a diploma from Art School Luka Sorkocevic in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Currently, she is a Department Head of Painting & Drawing at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, where she has been a Resident Artist for the past 5 years. Dapo also teaches at Mesa Community College (Drawing and Life Drawing).

A common theme for Edna Dapo’s paintings has always been the human figure and observing the human condition. She has lived in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina through turbulent ex-Yugoslavian war. This experience influences her work to this day.

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ARTIST STATEMENTS

Muse and Cygnus

Pictures resist interpretation because they resist words. The paint smears, bleeds, and splashes like a force of nature… or lazily drips and drags. A formalist in me thinks that paintings are not comprised of words, but of non-semiotic marks, of blobs and uninterpretable brush-marks. There is, however, hints of a hidden narrative in this series. There is a feeling of a story, a playful game of a narrative and its avoidance.

I searched for a degree of ambiguity and found it in the old story of Leda and Swan – overrepresented many times in the history of art. Books have been written, paintings painted, and poems created about this famous Greek Myth, in which Zeus transforms into a swan, and seduces and rapes Leda. These paintings attempt to decline the famous story with the stubbornly mute, incomprehensible paint blobs. They are as much about the inaccessibility of old fashioned stories, the impossibility of them, as well as the beauty of them, and the beauty of paint. The paint drips with a pulse, with sensation, with purpose, competing for the stage over figures.

The dichotomy of things has always interested me and it carries through all works in this series, within subjects and in the process, and they converge: non-descriptive against the narrative, mess of paintwork against the linearity of a white stripe, abstract smears over representational faces, faces of figures with depiction of swans, human versus animal, traditional painting style against contemporary, purposeful versus accidental, narrative versus disruptive…

Each painting hints at a narrative, but in the end, no verbal description can match the sensuality of brushstrokes and meditative qualities of paint.

 

Ballet and Rubble, Aftermath, and Expressive Works are series of different iterations of the same concept – to bring together tragic and compassionate images to achieve harmony. The imagery articulates a vision of my observations of the world as I chronicle ways in which people assimilate within tragic events. Violence leaves us alienated and disturbed, and yet, paradoxically brings us closer together.

Depictions of violence are formed with sensuousness of the painterly process.  Formal techniques allow detachment from the dismal content to achieve the state of impartiality and artistic objectivity. The process and the final message of the images strive to unify in the end.

 

RESUME             

Current Position

Department Head of Painting and Drawing, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Phoenix, AZ
Teach courses in all levels of Painting and Drawing. Assume leadership of the Painting and Drawing Department by overseeing the Painting and Drawing curriculum. Curate and jury gallery shows and organize Open Studios during First Fridays. Administer the Painting and Drawing facilities including ordering supplies and running a painting studio. Hire models and coordinate with the other instructors, the Director and the Board, and participate in activities, meetings, and in the governance of the Phoenix Center for the Arts.

Education:

2007, M. F. A., Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Summa Cum Laude

2003, B. F. A., Painting, Arizona State University (ASU), Summa Cum Laude

2001, A. G. S., Painting, Scottsdale Community College (SCC), High Honors; the President’s List

1997, Art Gymnasium Diploma, Luka Sorkocevic, Dubrovnik, Croatia, High Honors

Solo Exhibitions:

2012, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Edna Dapo, Phoenix, AZ (10/5 – 10/26)

2007, Phase 4 Studios, EDNA DAPO, Blackout Exhibition Series, Tempe, AZ

2006, Alexander Annex Gallery, AFTERMATH – paintings, drawings and prints, MFA Painting Thesis Exhibition, Savannah, GA

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2012, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Who are we? – Artists Who Teach, Phoenix, AZ

2012, 515 Gallery, Five Fifteen to the Power of Five, Phoenix, AZ

2012, The Old Town Gallery and Studio, The Pin Up Show, Conyers, GA

2012, The Nash, Dapo and Johnson – Two Person Show, Phoenix, AZ

2011, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Re-Birth, Resident Artist Show, Phoenix, AZ

2011, Mesa Community College, Faculty Show, Mesa, AZ

2010, Columbia College Chicago Library, Standard Usage Project (installation), Columbia College, Chicago, IL (Curator: Cole Robertson)

2010, ASU Downtown Urban Gallery, For Our Eyes – Community Cohesion: Bonds, Bridges, and Barriers, ASU, Phoenix, AZ

2010, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Fall Resident Artist Show, Phoenix, AZ

2010, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Spring Resident Artist Show, Phoenix, AZ

2010, Mesa Community College, Faculty Show, Mesa, AZ

2009, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College Chicago, Re-Figure: A Contemporary Look at Figurative Representation in Art, Chicago, IL

2009, Mesa Community College, Faculty Show, Mesa, AZ

2009, Shemer Art Center and Museum, Faculty Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ

2009, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Resident Artists Show, Phoenix, AZ

2009, Hollingsworth Gallery, Change, Palm Coast, FL

2008, Shemer Art Center and Museum, Faculty Biennial, Phoenix, AZ

2008, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Resident Artist Show, Phoenix, AZ

2008, BRIO Fine Arts Center, Go Figure, Scottsdale, AZ (Juror: Josie Taglienti)

2008,  Shemer Art Center and Museum, Landscaped, Phoenix, AZ (Curator: Lindsay Palmer)

2007, NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS, Juried Exhibition-in-Print, Volume 70, 34-36 (Juror: Charlotta Kotik, Chairman of Painting and Sculpture and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, NY)

2007, Contemporary Art Ctr. of Peoria and Bradley Univ., 31st Bradley Intl. Print and Drawing Exhibition, Peoria, IL (Juror: Judith K. Brodsky)

2007, Studio 12N, Artworks for Youth Auction, Manhattan, NY (Curator: John V. Lombardo)

2007,  Vernissage Art and Archives Gallery, Arizona State University, Come Home to English, Tempe, AZ

2006, Marcella Geltman Gallery, 15th National Juried Show at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey, New Milford, NJ (Juror: Henriette Huldisch, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY)

2006, Telfair Museum of Art, 12th Annual Art Fair, Savannah, GA

2006, Savannah College of Art and Design – Atlanta, Atlanta Fall Open Studio Exhibition, Atlanta, GA

2006, Orleans Hall, Art Can Cure, Savannah, GA

2006, Red Gallery, Small Works, Savannah, GA

2006, Savannah College of Art and Design – Atlanta, Winter 2006 Invitational, Atlanta, GA

2006, Alexander Hall, Fall Open Studio Night Exhibitions, SCAD, Savannah, GA

2006, Alexander Hall, Spring Open Studio Night Exhibitions, SCAD, Savannah, GA

2006,  La Galerie Bleue, Do Not Be Afraid of the Floatsam with John Bjerklie and the Happy Flaneurs, Montgomery Hall, Savannah, GA

2006, First Friday Gallery Hop, Do Not Be Afraid to Dance – Traveling Performance and Video Installation, Savannah, GA (in collaboration with John Bjerklie  and the Happy Flaneurs)

2005, Alexander Hall, Fall Open Studio Night Exhibitions, SCAD, Savannah, GA

2005, Alexander Hall, Spring Open Studio Night Exhibitions, SCAD, Savannah, GA

2004, Alexander Hall, Fall Open Studio Night Exhibition, SCAD, Savannah, GA

2004, MonOrchid Gallery, 13th Annual Art Auction: AIGA Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

2004, Studio 711, 24th Art Detour including First Fridays, Phoenix, AZ

2004, Studio 711, Studio Art Tours, Guided Tour organized by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

2004,  3carpileup Gallery, Isn’t It Grand, Phoenix, AZ

2003, Studio 711, Dapo, Spalding & Lyon, Phoenix, AZ

2003,  Step Gallery, Copy Right, Tempe, AZ

2003, Harry Wood Gallery, Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, Tempe, AZ (Jurors: James Pile and Betsy Schneider)

2002, Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, A Salon Style Exhibition, Mesa, AZ

2000, SCC College Gallery, Drawing from Within, Scottsdale, AZ

1997, University Center, Luka Sorkocevic Graduate Show, Dubrovnik, Croatia

1996,  University Center, Luka Sorkocevic Student Show, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Publications/Lectures:

2011, Panelist, Parting Shot: Depicting War Across Media Panel Discussion, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

2009, Show Off to Edna Dapo, Fine Artist – Painter Edna Dapo reviews fine art figurative work, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

2008, Color Issues in Painting, lecture and workshop during A.Buha’s class “Painting from Photographs,” Paradise Valley College, AZ

2007, Master of Fine Art Thesis Publication: Aftermath and Expressive Works; Two Iterations of the Same Concept, Jen Library, SCAD, Savannah, GA

2006, Fellowship Attendees Report from the 2006 College Art Association Conference in Boston, Alexander Forum, SCAD, Savannah, GA

Awards/Scholarships:

2006, Gulfstream Scholar Endowed Scholarship, SCAD, Savannah, GA (430 applicants)

2006, Travel Award to CAA, Painting Department, SCAD, Savannah, GA

2005, Thomas McCabe Memorial Scholarship for Painting, SCAD, Savannah, GA

2004-200, Graduate Fellowship Combining Artistic and Academic Merit, SCAD, Savannah, GA

2002-2003, J. Russell and Bonita Nelson Scholarship in Fine Art Painting, ASU, Tempe, AZ

2000-2003, The National Dean’s List Multiple Year Award for Outstanding Achievement

2001, Excellence in Art Vortex, Fine Art and Creative Writing Awards, SCC, Scottsdale, AZ

2000, The Helen Bychinsky Award for Artist of Promise, SCC, Scottsdale, AZ

2000,  Academic Excellence in Painting, SCC, Scottsdale, AZ

1999-2000, The National Dean’s List Honorary Award

Bibliography:

2010, Superstition Review, The Online Literary Magazine at Arizona State University, Spring 2010, Issue 5

2009, 944 magazine, December/January issue – Featured Artist, 12/31/09

2008, AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR, Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA, V4 B2, Front Cover & 48 (Jurors: Howard Eige, Jan Christensen Heller)

2008, Catherine King, Edna Dapo and The Art of Being Human, Interview, Hearsight Magazine – Desert Perspectives on Contemporary Art, Design & Performance, 5/26/08

2008, Chris Page, Urban landscape gets a hard look at Shemer Show, East Valley Tribune, 1/13/08, A16

2007, NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS, Juried Exhibition-in-Print, Volume 70, 34-36 (Juror: Charlotta Kotik, Chairman of Painting and Sculpture and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, NY)

2007, Amanda Tower, SCAD Painters make splash in magazine, The Chronicle, 09/06/07, 1&5

2007, 31st Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition Catalog, Bradley University, the Peoria Art Guild and the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, IL (Juror: Judith K. Brodsky)

2007,  Jennifer Long, Edna Dapo, SCAD Honor Roll of Donors Catalogue, 5

2006, Monique Bos, Dapo forges art from tragedy, The Chronicle, 10/06/06, 1&10

2006, Monique Bos, Thesis Exhibition examines ‘Aftermath,’ The Chronicle, 09/22/06, 6

2006, Monique Bos, Painting students prepare to welcome visitors to studios, 11/10/06, 5&8

2006, Jim Morekis, Aftermath, Connect Savannah – Art Patrol, 09/27/06, 21-22

2006, Bluffton Today, Art Exhibit, Blufftontoday.com

2006, District, A reality check in painting form, Issue 232, 09/22/06, 19

2001, Vortex, A Publication of Scottsdale Community College, 78 &159

1999-2000, The National Dean’s List, 23rd Annual Edition, Volume II, 147

Other:

2012, Poster Design, Phoenix Festival of the Arts, http://phoenixfestivalofthearts.org/