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 Rita Deanin Abbey  (1930 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/Nevada/New Jersey      Known for: abstract expressionism, figure, landscape, and non-objective subject matter

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Abbey, who works in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, porcelain enamel fired on steel, stained-glass, and computer art, has had 50 individual exhibitions and has participated in over 100 national and international group exhibitions. She is represented in private and public collections in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe.

Education / Teachers:
Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Naum Michael Los School of Art, French Institute, New York, NY
Art Students League of New York, with Sigmund Menkes
Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art, with Hans Hofmann
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California, with Frank Lobdell

She was an artist in residence in the studios of:
Toshi Yoshida, Tokyo, Japan
John Killmaster, Boise, ID
Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Savoy Studios, Portland, OR
Methow Iron Works, Twisp, WA
Shidoni Foundry, Tesuque, NM
Bill Weaver Studio, Chupadero, NM
Carlson & Co., San Fernando, CA

Selected Exhibitions
1995: Enamel Today, at Villa am Aabach, Uster, Switzerland
1989-1991: Association of New York State traveling exhibition, Color and Image: Recent American Enamels.
1988: Rita Deanin Abbey 35 Year Retrospective / Marjorie Barrick Museum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California
1982: Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
1978: Church Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, Nevada
1973: Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
1972: Silver Image Gallery, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
1972: University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
1972: Nahamani’s Art Gallery, Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Israel
1960: La Galeria Escondida, Taos, New Mexico
1957: James Gallery, New York, New York
1955: Jonson Art Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1954: 149th Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1953: Harwood Foundation, Taos, New Mexico

Book Publications
Rivertrip. Flagstaff, AZ: Northland Press, 1977
Art and Geology: Expressive Aspects of the Desert. Layton, UT: Peregrine Smith Books, Inc., 1986, co-authored with G. William Fiero
Rita Deanin Abbey  Rio Grande Series, Las Vegas, NV: Gan Or, 1996
In Praise of Bristlecone Pines, by Rita Deanin Abbey: The Artists’ Press, Johannesburg, (presently located in White River)  South Africa: a hand-printed artist’s book of twenty-four Engravings and A Narrative Poem, 2000
Isaiah Stained-Glass Windows, by Rita Deanin Abbey, Las Vegas, NV: Gan Or, 2002

Selected Commissions:
Bicentennial Commission for the State of Nevada, 1976
Palm Springs Desert Museum, (presently Palm Springs Art Museum) Commissioned Lithograph to Commemorate the Museum’s 50th Anniversary, 1987
Commissioned sculpture, Spirit Tower, a 20 ft, 11 ton, cor-ten steel sculpture for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District/Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center, Las Vegas, NV, 1993
Commissioned by Temple Beth Sholom, Isaiah Stained-Glass Windows, 16 windows, (10 x 2 feet each), Las Vegas, NV, 2000
Commissioned by Temple Adat Ami, Ner Tamid, (Eternal Light/Bronze), Las Vegas, NV, 2003

Selected Awards:
Visual Arts Award, Seventh Annual Governor’s Arts Awards for the State of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, February 1986
Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 1987 International Exhibition of Enamelling Art in Japan prize award, 1987
Citizen Alert: Environmental Artist of the Year Award 1993 Las Vegas, NV, May 7
Certificate of Appreciation, The 36th International Enamelling Art Exhibition in Japan, Twentieth Anniversary of Government Recognition, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Women’s History Month: Abbey was recognized for her contributions to the Arts by the Mayor and Members of the Las Vegas City Council, Las Vegas, NV, March 2008

Submitted by Lynn Berzins

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