Artist Ann Craven joins art historian and Rail guest critic Jessamine Batario for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from Jessica E. Pierce.
Known for her lush, serial portraits of the moon, birds, and flowers, as well as her painted bands of color. Craven’s predilection for the copy is both an homage tothe exploration of remembrance and the passing of time. Craven presented her first retrospective, titled TIME and curated by Yann Chevalier, at Le Confort Moderne in Poitiers, France in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include Karma (2021), The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), Rockland, Maine (2019); Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago (2019); Karma, New York (2018); Southard Reid, London (2017); Maccarone, New York (2016); among others. Her paintings are in the public collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum, among others.
An art historian of modern and contemporary art. She received her PhD in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin. Batario currently lives in Waterville, Maine, where she is the Linde Family Foundation Curator of Academic Engagement at the Colby College Museum of Art.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and
we’re fortunate to have
Jessica E. Pierce
Jessica E. Pierce
A Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominee, Jessica Pierce has poems in magazines including Bellingham Review, Tar River Poetry, Euphony, and Painted Bride Quarterly. Nimrod International Journal selected her as a finalist for the 2020 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. She was a finalist in the 2020 Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize from CALYX Journal, a finalist in New Ohio Review’s 2019 NORward Prize for Poetry, a finalist in the 2019 MVICW Poetry Contest, and the recipient of a 2019 MVICW Poet Fellowship. Her debut collection will be released this year by First Matter Press.