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Lived/Active: New York/Massachusetts      Known for: impressionist landscapes, architecture and working boats

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Carolyn Leslie Ross
Provincetown Boat
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

The following information was submitted in April of 2006 by the artist:

I am the daughter of A. L. Ross, illustrator and Pearl Elizabeth  Ross, mosaic artist.  We lived in Poughquag, New York where my Father had his studio.  I went to a one room school house,  but was exposed to museums and the theatre when I went to N.Y.C. with my Father on his rounds to deliver his illustration work.  I always remember being impressed ( we had no electricity until 1950) when I saw the lights at Broadway and 42nd street being turned on as we drove home to the country. 

At age 12 I was able to go and stay with an Aunt on Cape Cod during the summer and started to do volunteer work at Monomoy Theatre in Chatham, MA.   At Monomoy I met people
from all over the United States and Europe and was able to learn about their work and ideas.  I developed a desire to travel and to learn  more about the areas they came from.  At the same time my father had started a school in his studio, during the winter months, and I joined his painting classes. We were taught color and the use of light to show the spirit of the moment.  It became clear to me that I was interested in art, especially painting and set and costume design.

I worked at Monomoy for 15 summers and went on to Rhode Island School of Design in Interior Architecture  and then  to Yale Drama School, graduating in 1969.  I joined the United Scenic artists professional union 829 in N.Y.C.  When I was at R.I.S.D. I was granted a year ( 1968-69 ) on their European Honors program in Rome, Italy.  I worked at the Rome opera in the costume department. I became even more  interested  in travel and started to do travel paintings that concentrated on color and light in the areas I visited.
When I returned to the USA, I designed scenery and costumes  at the State University of New York at Geneseo and taught art and theatre.  I then went on to be the resident designer/ teacher at Hopkins center at Dartmouth College (1972-78) and taught at Carnegie Mellon  ( 1978-80) and  was a resident designer at the Repertory theatre of St., Louis on the campus of Webster University ( 1981-86).  During all this time I was painting and traveling as much as I could. In 1983 I represented the U.S.A. at the Prague Quadrennial in Czechoslovakia for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology  ( U. S. I. T. T.)

In 1989  I decided to go freelance, found a small apartment on Cape Cod, MA and worked across the United States in regional theatre.  The Denver Center, Cleveland Playhouse, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Festival to name a few.  In 1991-1994 I was voted to be a Director at large for the U.S.I.T.T. Freelance work allowed me to concentrate on travel off season and I was able to work longer at each location.

I was married to John R. C, Lee from England on August 19, 1991.  When not traveling,
I split my time between North Chatham, MA, U.S.A. and Petersfield, England.  In the U.S. I am a member of the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, MA and the Arts foundation of Cape Cod. In England I am a member of The Petersfield Arts ans Crafts Society and the Southern ceramic Group

My style is an impression based on a real subject that is influenced by its settings. My painting ideas are gathered from architectural research, nature and working boats and boat yards.   It is the   3  dimensional quality of these subjects that interests me and how  they are  visually changed, during the day by light , color and texture.  By painting on location, I am able to capture the spirit and stimulate the viewer. My paintings are a series of dynamic moments or visual sketches in vibrant color.  With the current trend of theme exhibits, I try to paint a series of the same subject within a specific time frame.  This allows me to capture the dynamic moments that tell the essence of the subject.  

1969  B.F.A.    Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI USA
1969  M.F.A    Yale Drama School, New Haven, CT USA
1968-1969       European Honors Program, Rome, Italy

Petersfield Arts and Crafts Society: Hester Wagstaffe Prize
Petersfield Arts and Crafts Society: Frank Westwood Award

Solo-- Painting Exhibitions:
Piene Concert Hall, Piene, Germany
Loretto Hilton Center, St. Louis, MO
Webster University , Leiden, Holland
Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Academy of Performing Arts, Orleans, MA
Century Galleries, Henley-on Thames, England
Artful Hand, Orleans, MA
Redgrave Theatre, Farnham, England
Hellenic Center in London -"Cloisonne Church Landscapes of the Southern Pelopennese"   2001

Group - Painting Exhibitions:
Piazza Cenci, Rome, Italy
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Wright-Hepburn and Webster Gallery, New York, NY
The Society of Women Artists, London, England, 1994-1996
The Bakehouse, Fishbourne, England
Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge,England
Petersfield Arts and Crafts Society, Petersfield, England
Chatham Creative Arts Center, Chatham, MA
Rhode Island School of Design Alumni Exhibition, Providence, Rhode Island
Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA
Southern Ceramic Group, England

Petersfield Arts and Crafts Society; Chatham Creative Arts Center; Southern Ceramic Group; United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)( Director at Large 1991 -1994); Arts Foundation of Cape Cod; Full class member of the United Scenic Artists Union 829 NYC
1975        Rhode Island School of Design,  Providence, RI
                Costume Design, Scene Design and Lighting Design
                Guest Lecture:  Greek and Roman Theatres
1976        Rhode Island School of Design, Rome, Italy
                Guest Lecture, Scene Design for the Theatre
1972- 78  Dartmouth College, Hopkins Center, Hanover, NH
1985         Scene Design I and II, Color Theory and Painting
1987         Guest Lecture: Scene Design for Intro to Theatre
1989         Guest Lecture:  Greek and Roman Theatres
1978-80   Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh,PA - Associate Professor
                 Design Foundations - Color and 2d and 3d Design
                 Fundamentals of Stage Design and Scene Painting
                 Period Style and Form - The History of Decorative Arts
                 Costume Design
                 Life Drawing
                 Guest Lecture:  Greek and Roman Theatres
1981-86   Webster University, St. Louis, MO -   Associate Professor
                 Scene Design I;   Scene Design 11, Perspective and Rendering
                 Scenography - Color Theory and 2 D and 3 D Design
                 Guest Lecture:  Greek and  Roman Theatres
1986         University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
                 Guest Lecture:  Greek and Roman Theatres
1987         The North Carolina School of the Arts
                 Guest workshop: Design
1988         University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
                 Scene Design and Costume Design
1989         Emerson College, Boston, MA
                 Costume Design
1989         Dartmouth College, Hopkins Center, Hanover, NH
                 Scene Design
1990         Penn State, State College, PA
                 Scene Design
1991         University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
                 Scene Design
1993         Webster University, St. Louis,MO
                 Rendering , Scene Design  I and II
1994         University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
                 Design1995-1996 Sabbatical          
1998         Webster University, St. Louis, MO
                 Costume Design
                 Visual History: Primitive to Byzantine
2000         Cape Museum of Fine Art   

Travel to do research in Art and Architecture for use in Design Work, Painting, Pottery and Teaching:
1968-69  September to May  R.I.S.D., Rome, Italy- traveled to Greece, Spain
and UK   
1970    April:  Rome, Italy; December: England, Amsterdam and Paris
1971    June:  British Isles
1972    September:  Austria and Italy
1973    March: France; September: Turkey , Greece and Sicily
1975    March:  Tunisia, Yugoslavia and Malta
1976    Spring:  Russia; Fall: Three months in Europe and Iran
1977    Summer: Greece
1978    May:  England ( Devon and Cornwall )
1979    August: Germany  ( Romantic Road )
1980    January: England
1980    October: England and France
1981    Scotland, France, Germany, Scandinavia, England, Italy ( Villa
1982    Summer: Greece ( Parga ), Germany and France
1983    March: Antigua; Summer: Czechoslovakia, Austria and England
1984    Spring:  Scotland and England; Fall:  Germany, Holland, England and Turkey (Bodrum)
1985    Spring: Sicily and England
1987    Fall:  England and Greece ( Symi )
1988    Fall:  England and Turkey  ( Side )
1989    Spring: England and Greece ( Kalymnos )
1990    February:  England; Spring: England ( Henley Painting  Exhibit ), Greece ( Tilos and Halki ) and Germany (Mannheim )
1991 Spring:  England and Greece ( Astypalaia )  Fall: Lake Como, Italy
1992    England and Greece (Nisiros )
1993 England and Spring:  Greece ( Mani ); Fall:  Lake Garda and Villa area of Italy
1994    April:   Samarkand, Bukhara and Delhi; September to October: Greece ( Lipsi )
1995 January: Petra, Jordan; March: North Cyprus; June: Giverney, France
1995    October: Greece ( Santorini ); December: Yemen
1996    February: Egypt; May: Greece ( Lesbos); October:  Syria
1997    April: Madeira; May: Apulia, Italy;October: Samos, Greece
1998    April:  Spain Andalusia and Madrid; June:  Bellagio, Italy; October:  Rhodes, Greece; 1998 December: Morocco
1999    April:  Crete, Greece; June:  Lake Garda and Ravenna, Italy; Sept: Paros, Greece
2000    March: North Cyprus; Sept:  Mani, Greece
2001 Spring: Madeira; May: Italy- Venice, Brenta, Ravenna, Sabbioneta,Parma and Bellagio; Sept. Mani, Greece

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