I met Lisa recently at the Frame Gallery in Bryan where Greta was giving the new Horlock House artists-in-residence a show on First Friday.  Lisa seems to be a courteous and cheerful young lady as well as a talented artist.  Welcome, Lisa, to oldartguy.com.

LISA URBAN

Lisa is not in Kansas anymore: she is presently an artist-in-residence at the Horlock House in Navasota, Texas.  She reently received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing from Kansas State University.


“Growing up I was always interested in the illustrative and surreal worlds of cartoons, children’s books and Disney movies. The idea of sitting down and magically being transported to another world was something that I always found comfort in. I find this same comfort when I sit down to knit.  No matter what is wrong, both of these experiences make me feel hopeful and magical. As an artist, I am combining these two journeys by recreating the spaces that have inhabited my imagination through the use of knitted forms in an environment.  By personally knitting each object and arranging them into various surrealistic still life scenes, I am creating a world that can only come from one’s imagination. The knitted forms begin to take on a role as the characters to my story and the use of other props as well as colored light helps to bring it all together.  By the time I am through, I feel as though I myself have been transported to these animated worlds, and can only hope the viewer feels the same.”

Lisa, who grew up in Salina, Kansas, is primarily a painter, but has a brief background in abstract drawing as well. When she is not painting, she can usually be found knitting, cooking, exercising or enjoying life.

Lisa Urban is currently an artist-in-residence in Navasota, Texas, and plans to stay in the region upon completion of her residency in February of 2015.

Lisa.Urban.24@gmail.com

http://www.lisaurbanart.com/


Education 

2009-2013 

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Painting and Drawing 

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

 

Solo Exhibitions 

2014

"Solo Exhibition," Strasser Village Nano Gallery - Manhattan, KS - May - July 

2013

"Solo Exhibition," Bluestem Bistro - Manhattan, KS - Nov.-Dec.

 

Group Exhibitions

2014  

"Bite, Scratch and Expose Juried Printmaking Exhibition", Morean Arts Center - St. Petersburg, FL - May-June (Christopher T. Creyts, juror)

2013  

"National Greeley Art Exhibition," FMS Bank - Greeley, CO - May (Desmond O'Hagan, juror) 

"BFA Group Exhibition - Painting," Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS - Dec

"BFA Group Exhibition - Drawing," Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS - April

2012  

"Scholarship Show," Group Exhibition, Willard Hall, Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS - April 

"Painting Society Group Show," Group Exhibition, Varsity Donuts - Manhattan, KS - Nov. 

"Scholarship Show," Group Exhibition, Willard Hall, Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS - April

2010  

"Painting Society Group Show," Group Exhibition, 5.4.7. Art Center - Greensburg, KS - Nov.

 

Residencies

2014

"Navasota Artist in Residence," The Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, Navasota, TX - Aug - Feb

 

Professional Experience 

2014 

Salina Art Center - Salina, KS - May - Aug. SummerART Assistant 

UFM Community Learning Center - Manhattan, KS - March-April

 Instructor - Introduction to Drawing

 

2013

 Salina Art Center - Salina, KS - May - Aug. 

SummerART Assistant

 

 Other Experience

2013-2014 

Kansas State University Painting and Drawing Collaborative - Manhattan, KS

 Founding President


2011-2013 

Kansas State University Painting Society - Manhattan, KS


2010-2014 

President Relay For Life of Kansas State - Manhattan, KS 

Committee member; Luminaria Sub-Commitee Chair

 

Awards

2013 

Art Department Scholarship, Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS

 John W. O’Shea Art Scholarship, Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS

 Varney’s Material Award Scholarship, Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS

 

2012 

Eugene McNall Art Scholarship, Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS

 

 Lectures, Workshops 

2014

Color Viscosity Prints, Demonstration, Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS

 


LISA’S GALLERIES


LISA’S UPDATES

  Go to Lisa’s new page, “The Poetry of Lisa Urban.”




Rusted Morning Shore (oil on canvas)

   

      Nightfall (oil on canvas 9x12)

  

   Evening Blossum Song (oil on canvas 30x15)

    


Still Spring Night 

oil on canvas  6x12


Flowering Mushroom Creek 

oil on canvas  40 x 32


Mystic Ocean Plumes 

oil on canvas  6x12



Dust: gouache on paper - 18 x 24 in - 2015


Traveling Violet Eye: oil on canvas - 11 x 14 in - 2015


Dropped Blossom Smiles: oil on wood - 16 x 14 in - 2015



<Live Summer Breath: oil on canvas - 11 x 14 in - 2015










^Crumble:
gouache on Paper - 24 x 18 in - 2015

<Flowing Insect Winter:

oil on wood - 16 x 14 in - 2015


Broken Amber Haze---oil on canvas - 50 x 40 in - 2015


Frozen Summer Harvest---oil on canvas - 40 x 50 in - 2015











Listening Owl Journey - Oil on found wood - 12 x 16 in - 2015


Whispering Dawn Thunder - Oil on wood - 16 x 12 in- 2015


Autumn Field Night - Oil on wood - 16 x 12 in - 2015


Cold Dandelion Trickle - Oil on found wood - 16 x 12 in - 2015


"Cultivate" oil on canvas 32 x 40---2014


“Carapace 1” oil on canvas 40x30---2014


“Proliferate” acrylic yarn knitted sculpture installation with colored light


Openwork  3.5 x 3.5 2014 Ink on paper


Morning Garden Stream 40x32 oil on canvas


Wild Window Weed  28x44 oil on canvas


Bend 9 x 12 gouache on paper


Clouds 1 12 in x 9 in drypoint etching


Investigate 3 12 in x 9 in Viscosity Monoprint with Intaglio Etching Overlay


6 x 8 x 7 in , 2014

Florescence - Acrylic yarn and polyfil  6.5 x 8 x 6.5 in, 2014

 

Cultivate - Acrylic yarn and polyfil       Bedlam - Acrylic yarn and polyfil 

7 x 8 x 6 in, 2014                                7 x 8 x 6 in, 2014


Drop Stitch 3.5 x 3.5 ink on paper

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