A fascination with the beauty and complexity of the microscopic world fuels Kay Hartung’s paintings. Working in encaustic and mixed media, she contemplates the potential impact of cellular activity on the visible universe and the human species. The growth, multiplication, and movement of these biological forms is essential to her creative process, as they travel freely or are captured and tangled in sinuous webs. Tension is created by competing organisms struggling to coexist.
Hartung received a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art, and an MFA from Syracuse University. She has been awarded grants from the Somerville Arts Council, Malden Arts Council and the Ford Foundation. In 2017 she was the recipient of a Merit Award from Vermont Studio Center for a month long Artist’s Residency. Hartung has contributed to the art community through extensive administrative work often as a project coordinator or jury member and has taught at Endicott College, MA, and Bradford College, MA, among others. Recent exhibitions include The Art of Science at Worcester State University, MA, Mysterious and Unexpected at Spencertown Academy Arts Center, NY and BioVisions at Harvard Medical School, MA. Hartung maintains a studio at ArtSpace in Maynard, MA.
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