Rebecca Allan ’85

Rebecca Allan, Studio Art Major, Class of 1985 is the alumna artist featured in this fall’s “Faculty and Alumni Exhibition”, October 2-25, 2009 (Closed October 10-13 for Fall Break).

Allan is a New York-based painter whose work encompasses the landscape, the figure, and themes of music. Rivers and watershed landscapes of the Northeast, the Pacific Northwest, and the Lake District of England have been her primary sites of investigation for the past 20 years. Exhibiting both nationally and abroad since 1985, her most recent exhibition, “Cumbria: Recent Landscapes”, was held at Upfront Gallery in Penrith, England. Her work was also included in the exhibition “Arbores Venerabiles” at Wave Hill in the Bronx. Allan is also an accomplished botanical illustrator whose paintings of native plants collected during the Lewis and Clark expedition were exhibited at the Maryhill Museum of Art in Washington State.

After graduating from Allegheny, Allan attended the Allegheny Summer Program in France, where she continued to study painting with Richard Kleeman, as well as photography with Pol Corvez and Amara Geffen. She has been a fellow at Centrum Foundation in Washington, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Dorland Mountain Art Colony in California. Also, as a respected teacher, lecturer, and museum educator for over 20 years, Allan has taught painting, drawing, and art history at institutions including Purchase College (State University of New York), The New York Botanical Garden, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Art Museum, and Frye Art Museum. From 1998 to 2003 Allan was an artist-in-education and teacher- trainer with the Washington State Arts Commission. She is currently the Head of Education at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture in New York City.

She writes, “Attending Allegheny was the best decision I could ever have made as a young artist. It was there that I received my foundation in the humanities and sciences, while being immersed in the discipline and history of the visual arts. My teachers–Richard Kleeman, Carl Heeschen, George Roland, Amara Geffen, Sharon Dale, Janice Hyatt—all offered unique knowledge and lasting insights my profession. Their dedication and passion for their individual practices as artists and teachers was contagious, and rigorous. The balance of work and friendship at Allegheny also helped me to cultivate qualities of equanimity and endurance, both of which are needed in great measure when you are working in the world as an artist.”

For more information on Rebecca Allan, visit her Web site at this Link.