Artspeak Radio talks with Jane Booth and Dr. Adrienne Hoard

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Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes painter Jane Booth and artist/professor Dr. Adrienne Hoard.

JANE BOOTH lives and works on a ranch overlooking broad, open vistas of native prairie, water, and sky, and uses this environment as a foundation for her work.
Schooled in ceramics, Booth pursued her love of sculpture and working with her hands by becoming a steel cutter and welder before she turned to fine art. This background continues to inform her paintings, which create a visceral sense of space and depth.

Often creating monumentally scaled, color saturated canvases, her process is tactile and physical. Booth begins with large swaths of raw canvas on the floor. Engaging all of her senses, she accesses a nonverbal internal landscape, translating into a felt sense of color and mark. Paint is poured and pushed by hand into the canvas; the degrees of separation between feeling and fulfillment are narrow.
Jane Booth is based in the Kansas City area. Her work is in 600+ private collections and numerous corporate collections.

DR. ADRIENNE HOARD, Professor of Fine Art and Black Studies at UMKC-Beyond her life as a professor at UMKC, Adrienne Walker Hoard, M.F.A., Ed.D., is an accomplished painter, photographer, and jewelry maker. A New York State Arts Council CAPS grantee (Creative Artists for Public Service), former Fulbright Scholar, and Ford Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, Hoard’s paintings and photography have been exhibited in over 900 national and international solo and group exhibitions.

From 2009-2016 three of her paintings were featured in “IndiVisible,” a seven-year traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian. Hoard received an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant to attend the 4th Annual Berlin Biennale for Fine Art and Documentary Photography in Berlin, Germany. Her photograph, “Maria as a Mother of Sons,” was a 2015 Julia Margaret Cameron Award finalist and was featured in the Biennale.

Hoard has had the pleasure of teaching at various universities around the country as well as multiple universities in South Korea and South Africa. Much of her photography portrays the Ndzundza Ndebele women of South Africa, who initiated her into their jewelry making techniques–a high honor to have bestowed upon someone outside of the culture.

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