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Lived/Active: Virginia/District Of Columbia / South Africa      Known for: printmaking, murals

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Rosemary Feit Covey "Nkonde"
14"x10" wood engraving

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Biography from Morton Fine Art:
Rosemary Feit Covey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. In a career spanning three decades she has exhibited internationally and received countless awards.  Ms. Covey is the recipient of both a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship and Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation National Fine Art Award. Ms. Covey’s work is in many major museum and library collections, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the New York Public Library Print Collection, the National Museum of American History, Harvard University and the Papyrus Institute in Cairo, Egypt.  In 2007 a large retrospective of Ms. Covey's science-related work was displayed at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago.

Ms. Covey was the recent recipient of a fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center, as the 2007-2008 Artist-in-Residence.  She has also held residencies in Bellagio, Italy; and in Santa Ana, California; and has had solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including Toronto, New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Buenos Aires, Zurich and Geneva. Solo museum exhibitions include the Butler Museum of American Art and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts.

Her work has been exhibited in countless group exhibitions including major exhibitions at the National Collection of Fine Arts and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  Most recently two pieces were shown at the Danforth Museum. Eric Denker, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Henry T. Hopkins, Director of the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center in Los Angeles have written comprehensive articles on Ms. Covey’s work.

Ms. Covey has been commissioned by General Electric Astro Space, the National Institute of Science, Georgetown University, the New York Times, the Washington Post as well as many other institutions and organizations.  The International Federation of Metalworkers commissioned a large scale mural and print for their 90th anniversary convention in Zurich, Switzerland.  Trade union leaders representing some fourteen million metalworkers worldwide received a signed, boxed print.

Ms. Covey’s book illustrations have been commissioned and published by Simon & Schuster and William Morrow.  Her work has been featured in many books on engraving including An Engraver’s Globe - Wood Engraving Worldwide in the Twenty-First Century, printed in London and Endgrain - Contemporary Wood Engraving in North America published in Canada.  Articles on her work have been featured in magazines including Art in America, Juxtapoz, American Artist Magazine and Piedmont Airlines Magazine.

Ms. Covey has lectured on her work in China at Guangzhu Art Academy and Xiamen University and at the International Monetary Fund, Interlochen Center for the Arts and the National Museum of Women in the Arts as well as at many other institutions in the United States and abroad.

Ms. Covey received her education at Cornell University and the Maryland Institute.

Selected Collections: Institutions
National Museum of American History, Washington, DC
University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
National Library of Australia, Canberra
Harvard University, Houghton Library, Cambridge
State Library of South Australia, Adelaide
Huntington Library, San Marino, California
Print Club of Albany, Albany, New York
University of Illinois, Chicago
Boston Athenaeum, Boston, Massachusetts
International Federation of Metal Workers, Zurich
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
University of Iowa, Iowa City
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
University of Kentucky, Lexington
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
James Michener Museum of Art, Pennsylvania
California Polytechnic State University
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Rivera Library, University of California, Riverside
The New York Public Library Print Collection
People’s Republic of China, Embassy Library, Washington
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Cincinnati Public Library, Cincinnati, Ohio
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Columbia University, New York City
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Free Library of Philadelphia, Logan Square, Philadelphia
Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
Papyrus Institute, Cairo, Egypt
University of Delaware, Newark
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
Denver Print Club, Denver, Colorado
San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, California
Denver Public Library, Denver, Colorado
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Detroit Public Library, Detroit, Michigan
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
University of Vermont, Burlington
Georgetown University Library Print Collection
University of Washington, Seattle

Selected Fellowships, Grants and Residencies
2010 Residency, Skopelos Foundation ,Skopelos, Greece (scheduled)
2007-2008 Artist Fellowship, Georgetown University Medical Center, Center for Clinical Bioethics, Washington, DC
2004 International Artist’s Residency, Grand Central Arts Center/Cal State Fullerton, Santa Ana, California
1998 Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Bellagio Conference and Study Center, Bellagio, Italy
1993 Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation, National Fine Art Grant Award, Printmaking

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2011 Death of the Fine Art Print, Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC
2010 The ArtLeague Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
2009 Perspective Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
2009 Joan Hisoaka Healing Arts Gallery. Washington DC.
2007 International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, Illinois
2007 Brayham Contemporary Art, Toronto,Canada
2007 Arlington Arts Center, Sculpture on the Grounds, Arlington, Virginia
2005 Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, California
2003 The Arts Club of Washington
Curator; Dr. Eric Denker, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Corcoran Gallery of Art
2003 Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, Delaware
2003 Wm. Floyd, 16 East 77 St., New York, New York
2002 Art Space, Raleigh, North Carolina
1999 American Pop Culture Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
1997 The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio (cat.)
1997 Saginaw Valley State University Art Gallery, University Center, Michigan
1995 Time Gallery, 1407 N. Wells Street, Chicago, Illinois
1995 Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia
1995 Martin Sumers Graphics, 57th Street at 5th Avenue, New York
1992 Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, Michigan
1992 Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC
1987 University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
1985 National Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC
1983 Encounter Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland l Hotel Nova Park, Zurich, Switzerland
1982 The London Gallery, Washington, DC
1980 Arte Multiple, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1979 Martin Sumers Graphics, 57th Street at 5th Avenue, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions
2010 Small Works on Paper, Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC
2010 I Dream Awake, MFA – Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC *a pop-up project*
2010 The American Association for the History of Medicine, Five Centuries of Medicine and Art, MayoClinic, Rochester,Minnesota

2010 Mind Body and Spirit, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland

2009 Field Report:Works by members of The Boston Printmakers, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

2008 eMotion Pictures An Exhibition of Orthapaedics in Art, Juror - John R. Killacky, The San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, California

Field Report: Works by members of The Boston Printmakers
Gordon College,Wenham,Massachusetts

2006 2006 National Juried Competition, Works of Art on Paper
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences,
Juror - Carter E. Foster, Curator of Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art

Members’ Exhibition, Society of American Graphic Artists
Hollar Society Gallery, Prague, Czechoslovakia

The New Landscape
Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham Massachusetts, Curator - Katherine French, Museum Director.

The Society of Wood Engravers 68th Annual Exhibition, Oxford England;
Awarded the SWE prize for Outstanding Engraving From Overseas

2005 The Bird Show: Artist Invitational
Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, California; Juror: Julie Perlin-Lee

90th Anniversary Show, Society of American Graphic Artists, New York, New York

Invitational Relief Print Show, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

2004 100 Artists See Satan
Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, California

2002 Hand-pulled: The Contemporary Print
Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA
Juror - Joann Moser, Senior Curator of Graphic Arts, Smithsonian Museum of American Art

2001 Fetish, Elegant Objects of Seductive Obsession
Gallery Flux, San Francisco, CA

Prints USA, Springfield Art Museum, (cat.)
Juror - Daniel Piersol, Curator of Prints and Drawings, New Orleans Museum of Art

2000 Curator’s Choice, The Arts Club of Washington, DC
Works by seven Washington printmakers
Selected by Dr. Eric Denker, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Corcoran Gallery of Arts

Society of American Graphic Artists 68th Members Show
Stephen Gang Gallery, NYC

Printwork 2K - National Juried Printmaking Exhibition, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Juror - Marilyn Symmes, Curator of Drawings and Prints,
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, NYC

2000 23rd National Print Biennial 2000
Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
Juror - Antonio Fransconi; Juror’s Commendation

Mid-Atlantic Small Print Exhibition
Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, DC
Juror - Stephen B. Phillips, Associate Curator, The Phillips Collection; Juror’s Commendation

Prints Washington 2000
Numark Gallery, Washington, DC
Juror - Katherine Blood, Curator for Fine Prints, Library of Congress

1999 Springfield Art Museum, Prints USA (cat.)
Juror - David W. Kiehl, Curator of Prints, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Hunterdon Museum of Art, 43rd National Print Exhibition (cat.)
Juror - Starr Figura, Curator, Museum of Modern Art, Department of Prints

American Print Alliance, National Juried Traveling Exhibition
Mid-Atlantic Small Print Exhibition
Juror - Eric Denker, Curator of Prints and Drawings, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1997 Arts Council of Fairfax; First Prize
Juror - Susan Fisher Sterling, Curator of Modern Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts

The Boston Printmakers Members’ Show
Duxbury Art Museum, Duxbury, Massachusetts

Prints Washington ’97 (cat.)
The Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC
Juror - Jan Howard, Associate Curator of Prints, Baltimore Museum of Art

Boston Printmakers 50th Anniversary North American Print Exhibition (cat.)
Juror - Trudy Hansen, Curator of Prints, Zimmerli Museum of Rutgers University Juror’s Commendation

1996 Contemporary North American Wood Engravers
Davidson Galleries, Seattle, Washington

1995 The Print Club of Albany’s 19th National Print Exhibition
Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, New York

American Self Portraits in Prints, Traveling Show, Courtesy Jane Haslem Gallery
Indiana Art Museum, Carlton College Art Museum, Calvin College Art Museum

1993 Boston Printmakers 44th North American Print Exhibition (cat.)
Juror - Roberta Waddell, Curator of Prints, New York Public Library

1994 Women Printmakers: 18th Century to Present Day (cat.)
The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

1993 Los Angeles Printmaking Society 12th National Exhibition
Juror - Henry T. Hopkins, Chairman, UCLA Dept. of Art,
(catalogue featuring analysis of Covey’s work)

1990 Women Artists ’90; Merit Award
Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, California

1989 Prints: Washington; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Juror - Alan Fern, Director, National Portrait Gallery

Thirty-Third National Print Exhibition (cat.)
Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, New Jersey

1984 Boston Printmakers 36th National Exhibition (cat.)
Brockton Art Museum/Fuller Memorial, Brockton, Massachusetts
Juror - Clifford S. Ackley, Associate Curator of Prints; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Manhattan National Juried Print Show (cat.)
Purchase Award
Juror - Antonio Frasconi

1981 Boston Printmakers 33rd National Exhibition (cat.)
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Juror - Jane Farmer, Curator, Smithsonian Institution

1980 Man and Beast: The Washington Print Club Eighth Biennial Members’ Exhibition (cat.)
National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Jurors - Alan Fern, Director for Special Collections at the Library of Congress Janet Flint,
Curator of Prints and Drawings of the National Collection

Eastern U.S. Fourth Annual Print Exhibition
Charlotte Printmakers Society, Charlotte, North Carolina
Juror - Richard Field, Curator, Yale University Art Gallery

Selected Commissions
The New York Times Book Review
The Washington Post Book World
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
National Institute of Science
International Federation of Metal Workers
Republican Senatorial Committee
The World and I
Georgetown University
General Electric Astro Space
Metro Richmond Convention & Visitors Bureau
Library Journal
Environment Magazine

Selected Books, Illustrated
Porte, Barbara Ann, Beauty and the Serpent: Thirteen Tales of Unnatural Animals
Simon & Schuster, New York, 2001 (14 illustrations)
Starred review - KIRKUS 9/15/01

Porte, Barbara Ann, Hearsay: Strange Tales from the Middle Kingdom
Greenwillow Books, A Division of William Morrow and Co., New York, 1997 (15 illustrations)

Constant, Samuel Victor, Peking Street Peddlers
Bird & Bull Press, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1993 (25 illustrations)

Selected Bibliography

Tammi Davis. Article , “Booster Shots”,Los Angeles Times, July 2008

Public Radio International ,Studio 360, Radio Interview “Patient and Portraitist”,June 2008

Mahoney,J.W., “To a Different Drum”, Art in America, May 2008,pp.95-97

Weinberg, Lauren, Review, “Internal Medicine”, Time Out Chicago, January 2008

Ramanathan, Lavanya. “Screaming for Attention”, The Washington Post, October 4, 2007

Prues, Angela. “Voicing Ideas: The 0 Project”, The Big Picture Magazine, January 2008, pp. 22-23

Ember,R.Lois. “A Massive Canvas”, Chemical and Engineering News, November 2007, pp. 32-35

Snosnoski,Karen.”Sense of Tumor”,Washington City Paper, October 6, 2006, pp. 54

Welch, David. “38 Lemon”, CR, Cancer Research Magazine, Spring 2007, pp. 64

Miller,Shauna. “Grave Concerns”, Washington City Paper, Febuary 2003, pp. 31-32

Brett, Simon, ed. An Engraver’s Globe: Wood Engravings World-wide in the Twenty-first Century,
84-86. London; Primrose Hill Press, 2000

Endgrain - Contemporary Wood Engraving in North America, Barbarian Press, Canada, 1994

Mackenzie, Eric L., Rosemary Feit Covey: The Prints 1970-1990, 1991
Reviewed: Choice Magazine 1992, The Washington Post, 1992

“Rosemary Covey’s Graphic Response to Emotions”, American Artist, July 1986, pp. 50-54, 91-93

Marriott, Michel. “White South African’s Art Reflects Conflict”, The Washington Post, March 1985

Blansfield, Karen Charmaine. “Rosemary Feit Covey: Portrait of a Modern Wood Engraver”
Iris, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1986, pp. 10 -14, Metrosphere, Denver, Colorado, 1986-1987, pp. 54-57

PACE, Piedmont Airlines, August 1985, pp. 7-10

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Department of Architecture/Fin

Selected Lectures
Guangzhu Art Academy, China
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Xiamen University, China
Interlochen Center for the Arts
International Monetary Fund
Susquehanna University
University of Wyoming
National Collection of Fine Arts

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