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Mary Jane Rowe "Jane"
Phone: 301-994-9499

Born: 1950 (Baltimore)

Lived/Active: Maryland

Profession(s): Painter

Known for: Still Life, Genre, Landscape

Style(s): Realist, Classical, Contemporary

Medium(s): Oil, Encaustic

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Beauty and the Beast (Vertebrae On-End
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Out of Darkness

Artist Biography:
M. Jane Rowe earned a BFA from St. Mary's College of Maryland.
She was awarded a residency fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts 2008/2009. Individual exhibits include the Tony Hungerford Gallery at the College of Southern MD and North End Gallery. National juried group exhibits include: "Wild Things", Anne Marie Gardens/Solomons, MD, and "Layers", Fredericksberg Center for the Creative Arts/Fredericksberg, VA. Group exhibits include: North End Gallery, Leonardtown, MD; Boyden Gallery, St. Mary's College of Maryland; Ico Gallery, Tribeca NY; The Art Forum, Lexington Park, MD
Thomas Rowe
St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD, 1968-72
Earl Hofmann
St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD, 1969-72
Ann Schuler
Schuler School of Art, Baltimore, MD, 1972
Sue Johnson
St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD, 1994

Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
2004, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 4-person exhibition
2006, North End Gallery, 3-person exhibition
2007, Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery, Solo Exhibition
2008, North End gallery, Solo Exhibition
2008, Ico Gallery, Group Exhibition
2009, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts
2009, Annmarie Gardens, Wild Things, Proximities, Group Exhibition

North End Gallery, 2001-06, Member
Arts Alliance Steering Committee, 1998-2006, Vice-chair 2004-2008
Maryland Art Place, 2004-2006, Member
Oil Painters of America, Associate
VCCA Fellow, 2008/09

Artist Statement:

The art spirit is a living, growing entity that while it doesn't begin with the exterior world, it requires sustenance from it. The process of making art is a fusion of the concrete and the abstract, the real and the imagined. The product of art is a synthesis of internal and external forces. It attempts to create order out of chaos. Art is a way to express universal ideas about life and the complexity of the human experience [life, death, happiness] or something as simple as the way sunlight falls on a wooden floor.  
I am challenged by the problems of turning reality into painterly effects, light and shadow, creating illusions, and what makes art function as message in an external world.
Review of Artist's Work:
M. Jane Rowe, studied with realist painters, Thomas Rowe, Earl Hofmann, and Surrealist painter/printmaker  Sue Johnson at St. Mary's College of Maryland.  Following a career in the graphic arts field and working for several Maryland history museums, Rowe now dedicates her time to painting full time in her studio located in Drayden, MD. She brings to the easel, a refined sensitivity for form, light, shadow, and color which can be traced to working for many years and using those elements in educational institutes as a graphic designer. Her paintings are both iconic and surreal in origin and remain timeless in content. In recent years  M. Jane Rowe has exhibited her work in Boyden Gallery/ St. Mary's College of Maryland/ Alumni Show; 2004/St. Mary's City, MD,  The Tony Hungerford Gallery at the College of Southern Maryland/2007; a solo exhibition " Just Bones"/LaPlata, MD, and North End Gallery, Leonardtown MD, solo exhibition "Just Bones" 2008. Rowe's next exhibit installation at North End Gallery is scheduled for November of '09. M. Jane Rowe's work was recently published in the Weekend Section of the Enterprise Newspaper, can be seen in the Southern Maryland Guide Book, and viewed on-line at In 2008 Rowe was accepted for a Residency Fellowship at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). During a residency period of 5 weeks, she explored the medium of encaustic paint. These small encaustic paintings are a radical change in approach for Rowe. While the content remains faithful to Rowe's ideas of beauty, the new work is an intuitive response to process rather than an intentional response to object in space.

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