The Prints and the Potter Gallery presents
Disegni da Roma
An Exhibition of Drawings and Watercolors
by Carrie Nixon
Friday, October 18th – Friday, November 16, 2019
Join us for an Artist's Reception – Fri. Oct. 18th, 5-8pm
An exhibition of drawings and watercolors by Carrie Nixon will open at the gallery on Friday October 18th with an artist’s reception from 5pm to 8pm. The artist will be present to greet the public and to talk about her work. All of the artworks in the exhibition are for sale and are ready for hanging.
Nixon, who has been teaching in Assumption College’s Fine Arts program for eight years, produced the drawings and paintings to be exhibited while in Rome, Italy during the college’s Study Abroad program in the fall of 2018. During this semester abroad, Nixon accompanied ten undergraduate students and joined colleague, Professor Patrick Corrigan, on Assumption College’s campus in Rome’s Aurelio neighborhood.
Nixon taught Drawing I and II (with many sketching field trips) and “Encounters with Rome”, a cultural history of the Eternal City. This experience, for students and faculty alike, was vastly different from being a tourist in Rome – Nixon, Corrigan and the 10 students had to shop and navigate public transport like local residents, all the while speaking Italian. Thanks to her own semester in Rome as an undergraduate (four decades earlier), Nixon was able to speak some Italian and quickly re-learned the geography of the city.
Nixon, who has been teaching in Assumption College’s Fine Arts program for eight years, produced
The paintings and drawings in “Disegni da Roma” are the fruit of Nixon’s embrace of Rome and its often lesser-known marvels. Despite trepidations about the language, in October, 2018 she took a local watercolor workshop taught entirely in Italian by Rome native Francesco Paparozzi, who brought his students to secret and amazing spots. Both “Via Giulia” and “Santa Barbara, one of the Smallest Churches in Rome ” were created during this workshop. Another memorable spot that Nixon frequently visited was the Jewish Ghetto (dating back to the 2nd century BC) and the adjacent Theatre of Marcellus – one of this exhibit ’s watercolors depicts afternoon light on the Theatre ’s soaring but broken columns. One of Nixon’s sentimental favorite images is “Roman Pizza”, drawn in pastel from life (and then eaten!) Every Sunday night the students and faculty enjoyed several pizzas, all rectangular and all exceptional, from the neighborhood pizzeria. In short, these watercolors and drawings offer an intimate, personal view of Rome, largely away from the teeming tourist spots.
Nixon brought 35 years of teaching and 40 years of art making to exploring Rome where she selected the subjects for both formal elements (light, color, texture, etc.) as well as for the emotional and historic stories embedded in the motifs. The clear, golden Mediterranean light figured prominently in many works, as well as a fascination with the layering of ancient and modern in a living city.
Carrie Nixon grew up in Detroit and later lived in Ohio. She graduated magna cum laude in Art from Yale University and achieved her MFA in Drawing from Wayne State University, where she also taught. She has served as a mural painter and a courtroom artist, and has taught Art at Raritan Valley Community College and the University of Cincinnati, as well as at Assumption.
Nixon’s artwork has been in many juried group exhibitions, and she has been honored with a number of solo shows. Her work focuses primarily on figurative drawings and paintings, but also includes plein air paintings that combine landscape and figurative work. She is an active member of Arts Worcester.