Wendy Chidester

Biography:

Wendy Chidester currently works out of her two studios in Salt Lake City and in Helper, Utah. She studied drawing and painting at the University of Utah, graduating with her BFA in 1988, and at the Helper Art Workshops in 2007. She has won several local and national awards. She continues to paint daily and seeks to improve and grow as an artist.

 

Painting is Chidester’s passion and through her artwork, she shares a part of herself with the world.

 

I’m a bit of a sentimentalist and it shows in my work. I find myself drawn to the abandoned and neglected objects of yesterday. In today’s fast paced, high tech world an incredible array of well worn tools, gadgets, and mechanical gems have been overshadowed and left behind. These are the subjects for my paintings, and I enjoy the challenge they present.”

 

To capture the beauty and soul of old inanimate objects, scratches, dents, and worn edges are important. In order to add depth and the perception of age, Chidester incorporates several application processes, including scratching the surface, flicking of paint, and the old master’s technique of glazing until the desired effect is achieved.

 

With each completed piece Chidester contributes to recorded history. Although memories fade with time Chidester immortalizes the vintage subject matter she paints on canvas.

 

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Awards

2011 - International Artist Magazine Still Life Competition SECOND PLACE

2011 - 87th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art AWARD OF MERIT

2010 - Artist’s Magazine 29th Annual Art Competition SECOND PLACE

2010 - 86th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art AWARD OF MERIT

2009 - Southwest Art Magazine 21 over 31 FEATURED ARTIST WINNER

2009 - 85th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art FIRST PLACE

2008 - Utah Arts Council Statewide Annual Exhibition JUROR’S AWARD

2008 - 84th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art AWARD OF MERIT

2007 - Annual “Inspired by Carbon County” Helper Arts Festival Show FIRST PLACE

2004 - Utah Watercolor Society Miniature Show AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Deseret News 17th Annual Art Show BEST OF SHOW PURCHASE AWARD WINNER

2007 - Fall Membership Show AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

2001 - Utah Watercolor Society

 

67th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art ACCEPTED

69th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art ACCEPTED

2001/2002 - Utah Arts Council’s Traveling Exhibition

University of Utah Annual Student Art Show BEST OF SHOW

 

Exhibits

2011 - Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico Solo Show

2010 - Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico Solo Show

2009 - Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico Group Show “Get Real”

2009 - Coda Gallery, Park City, Utah Two-Man Show

2008 - Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, California Two-Man Show

2007 - Art & Soup, Salt Lake City, Utah Juried Exhibit

 

 

Periodicals

2009 - Southwest Art Magazine 21 over 31 Article

2009 - American Art Collector Magazine Featured Article

 

Corporate and Private Collections

Dreamworks Studios

Access Hollywood

John Cleese, actor

Charlie Gibson, ABC

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme

Bill & Sally Neukom, owner San Francisco Giants

Zions Bank Corporation

Deseret Newspaper Corporation

Utah Arts Council

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