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Kenneth Schnall

Kenneth  Schnall   is an Artist Member of The Center for Book Arts.

Kenneth Schnall completed graduate studies and received a degree in art history while teaching artistically and intellectually gifted students at a secondary school. He took additional graduate studies in painting and printmaking at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City, and painted in a studio he maintained in the City. Currently he works in a studio in Newark, NJ. In 1986 he participated in intensive study and painting at the School of Visual Arts, MFA program in Urbino, Italy. At that time he was able to travel throughout Italy and came in contact with and was influenced by a group of international artists associated with the Italian Transvanguardi Art Movement. His interaction with these artists and others in the MFA program directed his attention toward an examination of major issues at that time in contemporary painting. Engaging in an ongoing in-depth critique with these artists helped to gain new insights into meanings and objectives in his work. In 1995, Ken received a painting fellowship for study in Venice, Italy, from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, which allowed him time to paint in the Palazzo Fortuny. In Venice he absorbed that institutions and cities cultural heritage and meaning. The tempo of the ancient cityís life and its rich culture had a profound influence on the way he perceived and approached his own work. He began to set clear artistic goals, look for broad meanings in this work and clearly felt he was becoming a painter, and not just painting. An NEA grant in 1995 at the Center For Innovative Printmaking, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, allowed him to produce a limited edition of mono print, wall books. Some of these books were distributed to major New Jersey arts and museum collections. In 1998 Ken was a recipient of another Geraldine R. Dodge painting fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, Vermont, where he was able to paint, work and meet with other artists and writers in a communal art setting. At the Vermont Center residency he engaged in critique with visiting artists placing special emphasis on the intellectual backbone of his work. Ken had an additional Dodge fellowship for painting and study in 1999 at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts residency at Sweet Brier, Virginia. There he exchanged ideas with artists, writers and musicians and used the opportunity to create a large book project on the Orpheus legend. In 2006 he attended a painting residency and exhibited at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2003, Ken was a participant in the Food for Thought Program at the Sumei Multidisciplinary Art Center in Newark, New Jersey, using the studio visits for sharp critiques of his work to examine in form and content in his work. Ken Schnall has been exhibiting his artwork since 1962. He had his first New York City solo exhibition in 1972. His hand made books, which play a major role in his work, have been exhibited at the Center for Book Arts and Harpers Collins Publishing Company in New York City. His solo exhibition in 2002 at the Synagogue Visual Arts Gallery, in New York City included new wall mounted, Arcadian Views, book paintings. In 2005 a major exhibition of his paintings and artists books was mounted at Ball State University, in Muncie Indiana, where he was invited to lecture and participate in a colloquium on contemporary painting. His last major exhibition in 2006 of object paintings was at the Pierro Art Gallery in South Orange/Maplewood, New Jersey. He has exhibited in both national and international venues. Ken Schnallís work can be found in private and corporate collections as well as New Jersey state art institutions and museums. Reviews of his work appeared in various publications such as Art in America, The New York Times and The Newark Star Ledger


Kenneth  Schnall's work was exhibited in
I will cut thrU: Pochoirs, Carvings, and Other Cuttings
 Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director and Amber McMillan, Artist and Instructor
Prudential Book
(2010) Painted drawing, altered insurance letter

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