Painter and alumna Dara Engler (’18) will be exhibiting at the Arnot Art Museum this fall. Her solo exhibit ” A Pirate’s Guide to Survival” will include many works that were created during her Saltonstall residency this summer.
Opening reception: Thursday, September 13 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. The Arnot Art Museum is located at 235 Lake Street, Elmira, NY.
The exhibition will be on view September 4 – December 1.
“Inspired by my four years in Louisiana and by Karen Russell’s book “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves,” my pirate-y anti-hero adopted the curiosity of Russell’s characters. I was struck by her character’s combative reverence for their natural environment. My pirate is spearfishing, skinning squirrels, and learning to tie nets. She is an explorer, running into new creatures in new lands.” – Dara Engler, 2016
Dara Engler received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of New Hampshire and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. She was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, followed by a recipient group show at the Cue Art Foundation in New York, NY.
She has been included in New American Paintings and Manifest’s International Drawing Annual, received a fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center residency, was recently included in a pop-up show at First Street Gallery in Chelsea, NY, and has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Gatewood Gallery at the University of North Carolina, in Greensboro. She teaches painting and drawing at Ithaca College.