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Mind Mapping Artist Reception

Thursday, October 22 2020, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM , Arts Center Gallery

The paintings of Joseph Cipro and Susan Durfee document the process of interacting with change.

Mind Mapping Art Exhibit
September 26-October 22
Central Wyoming College Art Center Gallery
Mask use is required on the CWC campus.
Maps give evidence to both the value of exploration and to the history of change, whether the compass is pointed inward or out. How do we accept, interact, and adapt to a new concept or point of view? What if that comes in the form of a new relationship? Or when the world abruptly changes with a pandemic? Can this be communicated through art to establish where we have been or to provide guidance to those on a similar journey?
The paintings of Joseph Cipro and Susan Durfee document the process of interacting with change. The artworks become our personal maps chronicling the interaction of investigation and conflict, and the construction of a new vision.
Both Durfee and Cipro express their ideas in many media. Some of Cipro’s explorations are developed on multiple layers of translucent or transparent Dura-lar, a synthetic material that allows the paint, ink, or any other marking material to be applied on either side developing rich,layered textures and colors allowing the viewer to be involved in the process of encountering a new perspective. Selected works of Durfee’s have stitched or woven papers which synthesize herself into the landscape as she seeks a new connection. Other pieces explore person to person relationships weaving a new identity.
Susan Durfee studied art through concentrated studies at California College of Arts and Crafts and University of Washington in Seattle, and received a Bachelors of Arts in Studio Art and Art History from Connecticut College. Throughout over 30 years living in Western Wyoming, She has been awarded art residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Ucross Foundation. In 2013 she received the Wyoming Arts Fellowship award, with an honorable mention in 2004.
Born in Subic Bay, Phillpiine Islands, Durfee was primarily raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she attended the Carnegie Mellon Institute’s Tam O’Shanter art education program every Saturday morning 4th grade through graduating high school. The excellent educational art exposure continues to inspire her to be involved in education through teaching art and in her position as the Director of the Central Wyoming College Jackson Center. She has exhibited throughout the Mountain State region; her work is in collections of St. John’s Health and many private collections.
Joseph Cipro graduated from Rhode Island School of Design as a European Honors Student in 1971 after a year of study in Rome and travel throughout Europe. He has hiked and painted in over ten countries on three continents, and his work resides in collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. He has exhibited in competitions, juried shows, galleries, private homes, and commercial venues.
Cipro was born In Worcester, Massachusetts, and settled in the American west after relocating from Italy to Jackson, Wyoming in 1974. He lived and painted in New Mexico and Utah before returning to Wyoming, currently residing in Alpine with his wife Susan Durfee.