REBECCA REED SENTGEORGE

VISUAL ARTIST

Rebecca Reed Sentgeorge is an artist and a teacher. Strangers would describe her as a woman who smiles a lot, with out of control hair. She is pretty good at listening, surprisingly good at teaching and giving art critiques, and very bad at recognizing faces. She and her husband moved to Redmond, Oregon, a year ago after spending the last 9 years living in Asia.

Her interest in art began in elementary school. “My mother would buy huge end rolls of paper from the newspaper publisher and the five of us siblings could roll it out the length of the patio to have a virtually unlimited space to create art”, she said.

At 21, she graduated with high honors from San Jose State University, majoring in Art with a ceramics concentration. After a year of graduate school, she earned her teaching certificate in art education, leading her to a 40-year career as an artist and an art educator. Rebecca has taught art at every level from elementary to technical college, with the majority of her time spent at the high school level. Rebecca’s teaching career has taken her to Australia, Oregon, China, and Japan. She has also taught artist workshops in Thailand, California, and China. For the past nine years, Asia has been the focus of her personal art.

Rebecca began her career as a professional artist in the medium of pottery but made an about face. For the last 30 years painting has been her passion, primarily working in watercolors. After a two-week residency at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rebecca expanded into using polymer-based papers and acrylics on canvas with mixed media. Always fascinated with printmaking she set up a press in her studio. Her pieces employ multi-layered monoprinting, dry point etching combined with chine colle, and solar plate printing. A few years ago, after a weeklong solar plate workshop in Santa Barbara she brought that technique to Japan, teaching her students and four other artists the technique.

Now that Rebecca has made Central Oregon her home, the subject matter of her artwork will reflect her new home while still retaining a fascination with light, cast shadows, reflected light and occasionally a hint of whimsy. She especially enjoys the challenge in portraying visual subjects that have a feeling of complexity or chaos due to their inherent pattern or texture requiring her to work to create harmony in the painting through layering and simplification of the subject.

Education

San Jose State University

BA Art, High honors, Grad School, Teaching Certificate Art

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Teacher Institute of Contemporary Art

National Consortium for Teaching About Asia
Various Workshops

Studied with Royal Nebeker, Zoltan Zabo, and Duane Light

Awards

2005

Fulbright Memorial Fund Participant, Fulbright Memorial Fund (A study trip to Japan with a proposal to keep a visual diary shared with the public in the show “Japan Diary” at the RiverSea Gallery)

Exhibitions

2009

2 Person Show, Japan, a Collaborative View, RiverSea Gallery - Astoria, OR (This was special; my first show with my daughter who is a fellow artist and fellow art educator.)

2008

Solo Exhbition, The Middle Kingdom: Off the Beaten Path in China, RiverSea Gallery - Astoria, OR

2007

Solo Exhibition, Sayonara Japan, RiverSea Gallery - Astoria, OR

2006

Solo Exhibition, Japan Diary, RiverSea Gallery - Astoria, OR (The result of my Fulbright Memorial Fund Trip to Japan)

2006

Juried Exhibition, Annual All Juried Exhibit, Cannon Beach Gallery - Cannon Beach, OR

2005

National Juried Exhibition, Journey’s End National Art Exhibition, Heritage Museum - Astoria, OR (Stanley Wanless, juror, Held in conjunction with the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial)

2003

Group Show, Looking Back at Lewis and Clark- a Regional Perspective, RiverSea Gallery - Astoria, OR

1977-2002

Various Juried, Unjuried Exhibitions and Group Shows, Various locations - Oregon Coast and Australia (Many small opportunities, the most unusual was the Warana Caltex Exhibition at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens in 1977)