Renee Traipoom
  • Pratt, KS
  • United States
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Contact Email
r.traipoom@gmail.com
Art Interests
Art Criticism, Art History, Painting, Photography
Artist / Personal Statement
Why Abstraction?

Abstract art suggests any number of questions without supplying definitive answers. What is it? What does it mean? What does it remind me of?

My intent is not to convey my own singular understanding of the work as its maker, but to entice the viewer into engaging in their own contemplative experience. In this way abstract work functions as an entryway to the nourishment of the inner life.

This prompting of the viewer to "complete" the work with a subjective response reminds me of the way traditional religious icons anticipate the worshiper's engagement. The purpose is to spark a meaningful, individual contemplation.

While I can give a definitive answer for what each work means to me on a formal and metaphorical level, I expect every viewer to have a very different idea. If the work is strong enough to keep people looking, it has served its function and taken on a life of its own.
Accomplishments / CV
M.F.A. Painting 2009 University of South Dakota
B.A. Studio Art 1993 Florida State University

2012-2016, Adjunct Instructor of Art History @ Minnesota State Community & Technical College eCampus
2009, Visiting Drawing Instructor @ Ranger Elementary School, Murphy, NC
2009-2011, Adjunct Instructor of Art History @ Young Harris College
2007-2009, Graduate Teaching Instructor of Record - Drawing @University of South Dakota
Fall 2006, Graduate Teaching Assistant of Painting @University of South Dakota


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2013 W.I.T. (Works in Transit)Charles Beck Gallery, MState Comm. & Tech. College, Fergus Falls, MN
2009 Personal Meditation Sites-Main Gallery, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
2008 Casual Hustle-Bede Gallery, Mt. Marty College, Yankton, SD
2008 Loss of Memory-Gallery 110, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
2007 Remnants of Risk-Washington Street Arts Center, Vermillion, SD
2007 Sioux Empire Arts Council Featured Artist-Horse Barn Arts Center, Sioux Falls, SD
2006 Tempus Fugit-Vermillion Public Library, Vermillion, SD

Group Exhibitions

2012 Jeff Freeman - Collaborations in Education, Washington Pavilion for the Arts, Sioux Falls, SD
2012 MacRostie Art Center 2012 Mail Art Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MN
2011 Drawing Connections-Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy
2009 Art Super Squad Presents: Attack the VAAC and Other Hard “K” Sounds
Washington Street Arts Center, Vermillion, SD
2009 Salon des Refusées-University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
2008 South Dakota College Art Association Student Show-
Ruddell Gallery at Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD
2008 University Invitational- Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center, Sioux Falls, SD
2008 Graduate Student & Faculty Exhibition-University Gallery, Sioux Falls, SD
2007 Graduate Student Exhibition-South Dakota State University Center, Brookings, SD
2006 Graduate Student & Faculty Exhibition-University Gallery, Sioux Falls, SD

Juried Shows

2009 22nd Annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition, University of South Dakota
2008 21st Annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition, University of South Dakota
2008 South Dakota Governor’s 3rd Biennial Art Exhibition Endless Imagination
2007 20th Annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition, University of South Dakota

Private Commissions, Community & Charity Events

2017 Arts & Music Walk, Pratt, KS (Winter)
2017 Arts & Music Walk, Pratt, KS (Summer)
2012 Rt. Rev. Lamido, 1st Bishop of Wusasa, Nigeria - Portrait
2011 Arts Night - Washington Pavilion of Arts & Sciences
2011 Rise Japan - ARC Studios & Gallery, San Francisco, VA
2010 Friends of Megan Benefit Show – Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD
2010 Jason Hudson - Private commission
2010 Judy Brown - Triptych: Whistling in the Night, Circumspection, Feeding Little Foxes
2009 St. Luke’s Anglican Church - Advent Auction, Blue Ridge, GA
2008 Arts Night - Washington Pavilion of Arts & Sciences
2008 St. Luke’s Anglican Church - Advent Auction, Blue Ridge, GA

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At 1:46am on April 28, 2012, Michael Theophan Lujan said…

Thank you for visiting and for the generous comment, Renee! I love the variety, the texture, and the otherworldliness of your own work. God willing I'll see it in a gallery first-hand someday.

At 4:12pm on April 13, 2012, Richard DeVeau said…

Thank you very much for your kinds words about my work, Renee!

 
 
 

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