Gettysburg National Military Park’s Artist-in-Residence for the month of September will be up and coming painter Ted Walsh, of Vineland, NJ. This is the last of three artists’ summer residency programs available at Gettysburg National Military Park this year. Walsh is a realist painter whose work has a touch of strange desolation and melancholy that cuts against any sort of easy nostalgia or breezy Americana.
The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF), a 501(c)3 non-profit, is excited to be working with the National Park Service at Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation to provide the inaugural Gettysburg National Military Park Artist-in-Residence program. The artist will spend the month of September, 2015 at the park, working and chatting with the public as he paints in plein air. Afterward, he’ll provide a public program with his works as lecture and reflection on the varied meanings and transformations over time in the laboratory of American public memory that Gettysburg represents. He is energized by the opportunity to teach and learn from the Park’s visitors, says Walsh: “I plan to create an interactive lecture through which I’ll study the history of painters that have been drawn to Gettysburg, and the implications of making art related to the site.”
Walsh, like many artists from the northeast, has been drawn to the Gettysburg Battlefield since he first went there as a child. He vividly remembers the Phillipoteaux’s Cyclorama exhibit at the Park. “I have been interested in these historical images of the battle and the history surrounding the battle of Gettysburg since I was a child, and, as an artist, I have walked the battlefields, with paints in hand, until I found the exact spots where these artists stood to take in the depth of the place and start their work. He’s always been curious about working the spirit of place of the battlefield into his own painstaking realist work.“I have spent years studying the technical practices of past artists, and infusing my own work with a comprehension of the way painting systems evolve over time. I believe that this method of working with art and history gives me a unique perspective to study culture of painting that surrounds the national historic site at Gettysburg.”
The artist, who is originally from New Jersey, holds an MFA in painting from from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He has had numerous Solo Shows, among them Beacon Art, Stone Harbor NJ, Featured Artist; Beacon Artist Union, Beacon NY, Ted Walsh/New Paintings; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA, Spaces Passed Through: New Paintings by Ted Walsh; Beacon Art, Stone Harbor NJ, Featured Artist; Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ, Solo Exhibit; Beacon Art, Stone Harbor NJ, Featured Artist; Artists’ House Gallery, Philadelphia PA, Featured Artist; Artists’ House Gallery, Philadelphia PA, Featured Artist. He is also the recipient of of a grant from Canada’s Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation in Montreal.
The program is offered thanks to the input and support of the National Park Service and the Gettysburg Foundation whose joint efforts make the park the foremost visitor destination for those interested in the epic history of the American Civil War.
“Gettysburg’s monuments and memorials, and the battlefield landscapes inspire so much passion in our visitors today and for the last 150 years. We’re excited to have an artist who translates that passion into art,” said Ed W. Clark, superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park. “We want to engage new audiences through the power and the passion of art, and the Artist-in-Residence program at Gettysburg is an important first step.”
Gettysburg Foundation President Joanne Hanley said, Gettysburg Foundation President Joanne M. Hanley stated, “We are always looking for innovative ways to tell the Gettysburg story. The Artist-In-Residence program encourages visitors to think creatively and perceive the battlefield in a different way. We look forward to welcoming Ted Walsh and seeing Gettysburg National Military Park through his unique vision.” The work of these artists will be a great addition to the crucial Park Service missions of interpretation and visitor outreach.
NPAF: Tanya Ortega (email) email@example.com
ARTIST: Ted Walsh
Contact @ www.tedwalsh.com