Dan Gottsegen

Dan Gottsegen

Hartland, VT, United States

About Dan Gottsegen

Dan Gottsegen is a painter who lives and works in rural Vermont. His work, praised by reviewers as "poignant", "meditative", "emotionally powerful", and "haunting". His work has long been based on his active engagement with the natural environment. It is influenced by week or longer, completely solitary hikes in the high Sierra and other wild places, where he traveled miles off marked trails, camping and painting alone, often above ten-thousand feet, and his ongoing wilderness wanderings and meditations.

His recent work is influenced by his return to the natural landscape of the Northeast after over twenty years in San Francisco Bay Area. In this work, he often derives images by "capturing" bits from video that he shoots. This allows him to find compositions and qualities that might not be seen readily pre-visualizing, the accidental composition. In the "Die Wanderungen" series he combines and overlaps images, often improvisatorially. Said one prominent curator, "Gottsegen develops a composition that allows for combining and compressing different moments, in the way that the mind wanders when walking in the woods."

The act of painting is for Gottsegen much like the wandering and seeking he has done in the natural world. Bit of imagery, often rising from deep within memory, circulate in the paintings, as he finds harmonies and relationship. He is interested in painting that is luminous, that explores the ways in which we see and experience the world, and paint itself, playing often in the nexus between digital and painterly visual language.

An earlier raptor series reflects his experience for over a decade trapping, banding, measuring, and releasing hawks in California's Marin Headlands to study their migration patterns. His involvement in this study was born out of many powerful encounters with owls and hawks that I had been having for years.

Gottsegen's work has been exhibited nationally including one-person shows at the Feick Gallery at Green Mountain College (2007); the Karpeles Museum in Santa Barbara; Sylvia White Gallery in Santa Monica; Perkins Gallery in Stoughton, MA; the Prince Street Gallery in New York City; the Whistler House Museum in Lowell, MA; Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco; Soprafina Gallery in Boston; Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco, and the Charleston Heights Gallery in Las Vegas. He has been in numerous (more than sixty) group exhibitions. His work is in numerous important collections. Westbranch Gallery in Stowe, VT and Furchgott/Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne, VT represent him.

Gottsegen has also collaborated on large-scale public art projects with Landscape Architect Terry Boyle including the South Burlington, VT City Center Gateway; Inside and Out, A Public Art Plan for Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center; and the new Vermont State Forensics Lab, a piece which combines Gottsegen's painting, a public garden and outside glass installation.

Gottsegen has won many awards and fellowships including a Vermont Arts Council Individual Artist Creation Grant. He is an "official juried" artist of the Vermont Arts Council; won the University Teaching Excellence Award at UMASS/Lowell; was an Affiliate (resident) artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA; and was a Nevada Artist-in- Residence, as well as an artist-in- residence at the Ucross Foundation.

Until recently Gottsegen was an Associate Professor of painting at University of Massachusetts/ Lowell, and taught for many years at California College of the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, achieving the rank of Full Professor. He has a BA from Brown University, and an MFA in Painting from California College of the Arts.

Education

California College of the Arts, Oakland & San Francisco, CA. MFA, 1983
Brown University, BA in Art, 1980

Events

OTHER MEDIA
2011 Print Portfolio, Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction, VT
2008 Print Portfolio, Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction, VT
Work in Television Program, ER, 2008, 2009
Work in Television Program: Dirty, Sexy, Money, 2008
Work in Television Program “Big Bang”, 2008
Work in NBC Television Program, Heroes, 2007
Work in CBS Television Program, Without A Trace, 2007
Work in Touchstone Television Program, What About Brian, 2007
Work in Remote Broadcast Television Program Manchild, 2007
Work featured on KTVU Television, Sunday Morning Program, Oakland, CA 1895
The Life and Work of Dan Gottsegen, Vermont Community Access TV, 2007

Exhibitions

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2013 Westbranch Gallery, Stowe, VT
2012 Charleston Heights Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
2012 Great River Gallery, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids. MN
2011 Firehouse Gallery, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA
2010 Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA
2009 Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne, VT
2008 Burlington International Airport, Burlington, VT
2008 Circle 57: A One Day Salon Exhibit And Jazz Concert featuring Jazz Duo: Leslie Pintchik (piano) &Scott Hardy (bass), Eri Yamamoto Studio, New York, NY
2008 Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
2007 The Feick Art Center, Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT
2006 Karpeles Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
2006 Spotlight Gallery, Vermont Arts Council, Montpelier, VT
2006 Sylvia White Contemporary Artists, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Perkins Gallery, Striar Jewish Community Center, Stoughton, MA
2005 Parker Gallery, Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, MA
2002 Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY
1995 Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Napa, CA
1994 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993 California College of The Arts, Print Studio, Oakland, CA
1991 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1986 Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2013
Faculty Show, Two Rivers Print Studio, White River Junction, VT
Cyclical, Las Vegas City Hall, Las Vegas, NV
2012
The Observer, Westbranch Galley, Stowe, VT
Two Rivers Studio Museum Portfolio, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
Snow, Select Gallery Artists, Westbranch Gallery, Stowe, VT
2011
Long Conversations, Lapham Gallery, Lower Adirondack Art Council, Glens Falls, NY
Two Rivers Print Studio, Museum Portfolio Exhibition, White River Junction, VT
2010
Fresh Air, Landscape Reconsidered, Westbranch Gallery, Stowe, VT
Gallery Artist Summer Group Show, Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA
Gallery Artist Group Show, Westbranch Gallery, Stowe, VT
2009
Two Rivers Print Studio, 2008 Museum Portfolio, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
The Artist of Zyzzyva, Mina Dresden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Paintings of Lake Champlain, The Champlain Quadra-Centennial, Vergennes, VT
Westbranch Gallery and Sculpture Park, Summer Gallery Artist Exhibit, Stowe, VT
Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne, VT
2008
THOREAU Reconsidered. Concord Art Association, Concord, MA. Curated by Jennifer McGregor
Land On Paper, Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction, VT
Chandler Centennial Art Commission Project Show, Chandler Art Center, Randolph, VT
Be There, Be Square, Westbranch Gallery and Sculpture Park, Stowe, VT
Art Works Here, Firehouse Gallery, Burlington, VT
Faculty Exhibition, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
Gallery Artist Summer Show, Furchgott Souduffe Gallery, Shelburne, VT
Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, Faculty Exhibition, White River Junction, VT
Chafee Art Center, Featured Artist Exhibition, Rutland, VT
2007
THOREAU Reconsidered. Wave Hill, New York, NY. Curated by Jennifer McGregor
Land on Paper, Two Rivers Print Studio and Gallery, Whiter River Junction, VT
Surface Quest, Four Person Exhibition, Peck Gallery, Central Wyoming College, Riverton, WY
Pink Show, SohoMyriad Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Fletcher Allen Hospital, Burlington, VT
North Country Regional Exhibition, North Country Cultural Center, Plattsburgh, NY Best in show.
Summer Exhibition, Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne, VT
Katharine Butler Gallery, National Juried Exhibition, Sarasota, FL
Deirdre Donnelly Gallery, Bridgewater Mill, Bridgewater, VT
Burlington City Arts, Office Enterprises Exhibition, Burlington, VT
Burlington City Arts, Seventh Generation Exhibition, Burlington, VT
Polonaise Gallery, Woodstock, VT
Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne, VT
2006
Not To Scale, An Exhibition Investigating Scale and the Perceptions of Size, Target Gallery, The Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA Curator: David C. Levy, former director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Parsons School of Design in New York City
From The Landscape, Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA. Four-person show. Curator: by Kathleen Hancock
September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA. Juror: Bill Bryant, Retired Head of the Art Department, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Annual Juried Show, Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD, Curated by Gerald Ross, Director of Exhibitions at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
The Art of Painting, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA
Katherine Butler Gallery, National Juried Exhibition, Sarasota, FL
Alameda Art Center Juried National. Juror: Janet Bishop, Curator Painting and Sculpture, SFM