April 6 - RiverArts Salon: Exploring Race, Class, and Social Standing Through Painting with Kyle Hackett

RiverArts Salons

A RiverArts Salon is a (virtual) place to learn something new, share ideas, explore interesting topics, see and be seen, and have fun.

Tuesdays from 5 - 5:45, on Zoom

Exploring Race, Class, and Social Standing Through Painting with Kyle Hackett

In an exciting and fascinating Salon discussion, Kyle showed a selection of his paintings and shared how they came to be, exploring issues of race, class, and social standing through approaches to self-representation and the constructed image. Some highlights: the Flemish 7 layer method of painting; the portrait as a psychological space; working toward a body of work, not one painting that will change the world, the ability to make something out of nothing, 19th century visiting cards, and the question of "How do you know what you know?" Watch the discussion in the video below.

Hackett has received numerous honors and awards, including DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship and Grant, Civil Society Institute Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center Residency, The Ruth Katzman Scholarship at The League Residency, Best in Show at the 2014 Bethesda Painting Awards Exhibition, and Best in Show at the Regional Juried Biennial at Rehoboth Arts League. He was a semifinalist in the 2016 and 2019 BP Portrait Award (London), honorable mention in the 2019 Art Olympia International Open Art Competition (Tokyo) and finalist in the 2020 Prisma Art Prize 5th Edition (Rome) and finalist in the 2021 11th Biennial Alexander Rutsch Award for Painting.

Hackett’s work has been published in New American Paintings, the Washington Post, and distinguished as "Ten Memorable Paintings of 2014" in the Huffington Post. He received A Mayoral Salute for his solo exhibition and artist talk at Baltimore City Hall Gallery, "Rate of Contingency". Hackett’s work is represented by Goya Contemporary Gallery (Baltimore, MD) and notably collected by Ethan Cohen Gallery (New York), Wangechi Mutu Studio, University Museums at University of Delaware, University of Maryland, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Trawick Foundation.

Instagram: @kylehackettstudio


Banner Artwork: After Builder Series #5, 2020. Oil on aluminum, 20 x 16 in. by Kyle Hackett


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