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    Lenka Konopasek

    UAC Teaching Artist - Visual Artist


    Salt Lake City, UT

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    I was born in the Czech Republic where I attended the School of Applied Arts in Prague. After immigrating to the United States, I completed BFA degree in painting at the University of Utah and received MFA degree from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. I attended artist residencies in Vermont Studio Center, Chicago Art Institute and Little Falls, Minnesota. My primary interest is in oil painting but I also like to work in mixed media, printmaking and sculpture. My sculpture, Reflection Tree, has been commissioned as part of Flying Objects public sculpture...

    I was born in the Czech Republic where I attended the School of Applied Arts in Prague. After immigrating to the United States, I completed BFA degree in painting at the University of Utah and received MFA degree from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. I attended artist residencies in Vermont Studio Center, Chicago Art Institute and Little Falls, Minnesota. My primary interest is in oil painting but I also like to work in mixed media, printmaking and sculpture. My sculpture, Reflection Tree, has been commissioned as part of Flying Objects public sculpture series for downtown Salt Lake City. I also completed multiple relief and sculpture pieces for the Old Greek Town Trax Station public art commission. My work has been exhibited widely throughout United States and Europe and is represented in galleries in SLC, Denver, Seattle, Tulsa and Sedona, AZ. I have also been teaching for over ten years at U of U, Westminster College, Visual Art Institute, Salt Lake Art Center, Rowland Hall School and other places. ARTIST STATEMENT My paintings represent a collision between nature and people. Nature is shown in its extreme stage during manmade disasters and enormous sandstorms. It is a struggle of wills where human structures are being reclaimed and handicapped by nature’s might. It shows our advanced technology being fractured and swallowed by natural elements. These paintings are also political. They question the idea of what belongs and what is being artificially implanted on the environment. They bring up questions of longevity, consequences of human behavior, differences in cultures and national attitudes. The foreign shapes of manmade objects in my paintings contradict the landscape creating a twisted reality. The menacing presence of the enormous landslide indicates indifference to the human activity and creates atmosphere of impending doom. Whether people engage in wars with nature or with each other the results are equally disturbing and damaging. Human imagination for cruelty is boundless and any war or disaster brings it on like nothing else can. I am interested in the conflict of conscience during these edgy situations and its consequences. I like to emphasize the contrast between a first glance appearance of the strangely beautiful image and my fascination with them and the harsh consequences of the disasters depicted in them. EDUCATION 2001 Master of Fine Arts, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine 1994 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing, University of Utah 1981-1985 School of Applied Arts, Painting, Architectural and Stage Design, Prague, Czech Republic AWARDS 2006-Central Utah Art Center, Utah Artist Show, Ephraim Utah, best of show 2005-New American Painting # 60 – featured on back cover 2005 Utah Art Council Statewide Annual Exhibition, Juror's Award, Travel Award 2002 Utah 2002, Painting ad Sculpture, Juror's Award 2002 The Lieutenant Governor's Invitational Art Exhibition, State Capitol, UT 2001, 1996, 1995 Individual Artist Grant, Utah Arts Council and NEA 1998 Merit Scholarship Residency, School of the Chicago Art Institute 1996 Prize of the Masaryk Academy of Arts for Artistic Achievements, Prague, CR ARTIST RESIDENCIES 2002 - Great River Arts Association, Little Falls, MN - art instructor 1998 Advanced Painting Institute - School of the Chicago Art Institute, scholarship 1997 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont - scholarship PUBLIC COMMISSIONS 2009 Finalist for City Creek Development, downtown SLC 2007/8 TRAXX commission, Old Greek Town Station, downtown SLC, UT 2006 Flying Objects sculpture– downtown Salt Lake City, UT 2006 Wasatch Elementary, Four Murals for their new school building, 2005 Finalist - Salt Lake County Commission, Draper Library GALLERIES/REPRESENTATIVES A Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT Terzian Galleries, Park City, UT Joseph Gierek Fine Arts, Tulsa, OK Plus Gallery, Denver, CO Gallery Gallery U Prstenu, Prague, Czech Republic LECTURES 2010, 2005 Utah Valley State College, Visiting Artist Lecture BYU University, Provo 2004 University of Utah, Guest Lecturer, Graduate Seminar Utah Valley State College, Public Lecture Series


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        Kristi received her BFA from the University of Utah (drawing & painting emphasis) & is a signature member of the Utah Watercolor Society, the Wyoming Watercolor Society, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies & the National Watercolor Society.
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