Val Rossman

Val Rossman

    Contact Information

    valrossman@gmail.com

    Phone: 610-506-7770

    http://www.valrossman.com/

    Studio & Gallery

    4355 Orchard Street Philadelphia, PA 19124

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    Drawing/Painting

    Archived Work

     

     

     

    Artist's Biography

    Val Rossman has been working as a professional artist for over 30 years. During her career she has had more than 21 one-person shows and been in numerous group shows in Philadelphia, Delaware, Vermont, New Jersey, Florida and New York. She has won several prizes, including the Award for Excellence at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and at the Cheltenhan Art Center Annual Painting Show. In addition, she has been on the faculty of Main Line Art Center for the past 20 years as a teacher of abstract art. She has lectured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and done a workshop at the River Arts Center in Vermont. Her work has also been seen on Bravo Cable Television.

    Rossman’s work has been collected by both individual and corporate clients in the
    U.S. and abroad. Some of these include Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia, AT&T, United Pacific Life Insurance, MasterCard International, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Bank, Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and Hebrew University.

    Val Rossman has been creating drawings and paintings in her studio in Philadelphia for the last 25 years. Her work has gone through various stages, however, her wonderful sense of color combined with a lyrical and often whimsical mentality have always infused her drawings with a lush and personal aura. The combination of rich and unexpected hues and gestures with sometimes questioning formats give the work an unforgettable presence.

    In addition to her career, Val is married to Louis Rossman, a renowned Endodontist. They have two children, Lexy, age 32, and Benjamin, age 26, and son-in–law, Patrick, age 33. The family enjoys many outdoor activities together such as skiing, rock climbing and traveling.

    Artist's Statement

    “Life is always uncertain. Out of a riot of lines, spaces and colors comes a titillating surface that beckons the viewer to relax and enjoy the journey. Simplicity and density are woven together in grafiti-esque drawings and paintings saturated with luminous and rich harmonies.”
    Julie Courtney, Independent Curator

    The quote above was written over 15 years ago and still holds true. After 30 years of continuously creating art I often wonder what new insights I bring to my work. I tell my students that we each have our own ”circle” in life. As we grow and have many experiences we venture out of our personal circle, but always return to make our circle deeper and more varied; there are additions, ruts, grooves, colors and marks that enhance one’s space.

    My art is a chaotic blend of chance and careful planning which is an apt metaphor for life. Each painting or pastel drawing is a map leading to an adventure of color, mark, and space. The making of the mark whether expressive, aggressive, lyrical or exuberant is crucial. There are references to nature but my primary interest is in capturing the feeling. I embrace the unpredictable interferences as interruptions to the luscious color and controlled lines. Taking risks as part of my creative process energizes my work and keeps it fresh and exciting.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2017
    Making A Mark, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2015
    Hues and Gestures, West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT

    Earth Air Color, Paintings and Drawings, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2013
    Paintings on Aluminum and Pastel Drawings, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2011
    Recent Paintings and Drawings, Windsor Whip Works, Binghampton, NY

    Extravagant Color, West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT

    2010
    Acrylic on Metal and Pastel Drawings, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2007
    Recent Work, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2005
    Recent Work, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2002
    New Pastel Abstractions, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2000
    Recent Drawings, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    1998
    Mixed Media Monoprints, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE

    Recent Work, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

    1997
    Mixed Media Monoprints, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    1995
    Pastel Drawings, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    1994
    Pavilion Gallery, Mount Holly, NJ

    Kirkbride Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    1992
    New Paintings, Gross-McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    1989
    New Work, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    1988
    Pastel Abstractions, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    1987
    New Work, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    1986
    Glassboro State College, Glassboro, NJ

    1982
    Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Temple University, Sugarloaf Conference Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1981
    New Paintings, Scherer Gallery, Marlboro, NJ

    1980
    Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

    Group
    2016
    On Paper, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2015
    Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY

    2014
    Outer Limits, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

    Jewels and Treasures, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

    Small Works Show, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2013
    Abstact Invitational Show, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

    Louisa Gould Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

    Art of the State: Pennsylvania ’13, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

    2011
    C3: Create. Connect. Collect, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

    2010
    Small Works Show, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2009
    Landscape Revisited, West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT

    Small Works Show, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2008
    Red Dot Art Fair, New York, NY

    2005
    Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ

    Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA

    2004
    West Branch Gallery, Stow, VT

    The Philadelphia Foundation

    1998
    Pastel Invitational, The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA

    1996
    Art of the State: Pennsylvania ’96, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

    1994
    Artists Equity Triennial, Philadelphia, PA
    Award for Excellence in Drawing

    Annual Awards Exhibition, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA

    1992
    Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY

    Bravo Television Competition, National Arts Club, New York, NY

    Members Gallery, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1988
    Philadelphia Drawing Competition

    Works on Paper, Beaver College, Philadelphia, PA

    Artist's Bibliography

    2017
    Lear, Len, Chestnut Hill Local, March 2017

    City Suburban News, February 2017

    2016
    Jenkins, Mark, "Holiday Group Show," The Washington Post, Longview Gallery, January 2016

    2011
    Donohoe, Victoria, "Project Shows How Art is Made," Philadelphia Inquirer, October 2011

    Guthrie, Margaret, "Main Line Art Center Connects," Flying Kite, January 2011

    Awodey, Marc, "Hue for Two," Seven Days, February 2011

    2010
    Donohoe, Victoria, "Color at Rosenfeld," The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 2010

    2007
    Dormont, Linda, "Steel Gardens," Art Matters, April 2007

    2005
    Sozanski, Edward J., "Memorable Encores," The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 2005

    Rovner, Ruth, "Exercising Her Artistic Imagination," Main Line Times, January 2005

    Walls, Wanda, "Inside the Spectrum of Color," Art Matters, January 2005

    2002
    Sozanski, Edward J., "Pastels at Rosenfeld," The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 2002

    1995
    Sadler, Robert H., "The Artist As Athlete," The Jewish Exponent, October 1995

    1992
    A Women's Personal Journal, Running Press, 1992

    "Artsbreak," Bravo National Television Network

    Professional Experience

    2016 - present
    Instructor, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

    2016 - present
    Instructor, Woodmere Art Museum, Chestnut Hill, PA

    1994 – 2016
    Instructor, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

    2003
    Visiting Instructor, River Arts, Morrisville, VT

    1992
    Visiting Lecturer, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1976 - 1982
    Art Therapist, Einstein Medical Center and Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

    Grants and Awards

    2015
    Art in the Wilderness, Aspen, CO

    2012
    Vermont Studio Center Residency

    2009
    Vermont Studio Center Residency

    1994
    Award for Excellence in Drawing, Artists Equity Triennial, Philadelphia, PA

    1992
    Bravo Television Competiton, National Arts Club, New York, NY

    Residencies

    2012
    Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT

    2009
    Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT

    Collections

    The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
    Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia, PA
    American Telephone and Telegraph
    United Pacific Life Insurance
    Schnader, Harrison, Segal and Lewis, Philadelphia, PA
    Yasuda Corporation, New York, NY
    Arco Chemical Corporation
    Community College of Philadelphia, PA
    Barrack, Rodos, and Bacine, Philadelphia, PA
    MasterCard International Headquarters, Purchase, NY
    The Vanguard Group World Headquarters, Valley Forge, PA
    Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Bank; Rockefeller Center, NY
    Zuckerman Honickman Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
    Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PA

    Education

    1976
    Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
    MCAT

    1974
    Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
    BFA