Piece description from the artist
Outside my San Antonio studio door the earth is very dry and cracked. I think the lines are beautiful and map like. We don't get enough rain but when it comes…well it surely pours down. I love to watch the rain move into the gaps of the cracks and the earth below me changes and becomes animated. When the sun comes out all new colors come out along with flowers and plants….as well as this painting.
Joan Fabian is an artist who was born in Chicago and currently lives and works in San Antonio. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for her BFA and received her MFA at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Fabian has worked for over 30 years as a professional contemporary artist.
On a "Fulbright Scholar Grant":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulbright_Program to Pakistan, she taught painting and graduate studies at the National College of Art. During this time she investigated the contrast between abstract contemporary art and "Mughal miniature":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mughal_painting painting styles and textile designs. Upon returning to the United States she formed a collective of Pakistani artists to promote discussion about contemporary art issues. This international collaboration was one of several that collectively earned her a "Puffin Foundation Award":http://www.puffinfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23&Itemid=37 in 2002.
Fabian’s long list of accomplishments stretches on from there. She received a "Pollock Krasner Grant":http://www.pkf.org/grant.html in 2005 and created an animated music video with San Antonio Jazz musician Bett Butler that sold to the "McNay Art Museum":http://www.mcnayart.org/ in 2008. In 2010, her work, featured in, Revealing Culture, an exhibition curated by "Leanne Mell":http://www.cifo.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=142&tmpl=biographies&TB_iframe=true&height=400&width=650 and "Brandon Brame Fortune":http://www.si.edu/ofg/Staffhp/fortuneb.htm at the Smithsonian International in Washington D.C.
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