Ann Young has been selected as the first Vermont Supreme Court Gallery artist for 2019. Her solo exhibition, titled Fellow Travelers, is on view through March 28. This talented multidisciplinary Northeast Kingdom artist has a strong background in ceramic sculpture, illustration, site-specific installation, and painting.
Fellow Travelers showcases powerful large-scale oil paintings with narratives that reach deep into the human condition and their environments. Young is a great observer of relationships between people, places, and spaces. The artist, through observation, and social integration puts forth allegorical imagery that makes you think and question what really is going on.
Mostly self-taught, in 2001 Young began her journey into oil painting, influenced by her extraordinary teachers Max Ginsburg and Dominique Medici and inspired by the works of Dutch masters and impressionist artists. Truly, you can see how she discovered her creative direction.
“We are fellow travelers. We move about in space. We journey through a lifetime of emotion, only to find in the end, that it is not the goal that matters, it is the striving.”
Ann Young was born in Chicago and raised in Illinois and Nebraska but has lived all of her adult life in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. She dabbled in the “back to the land” movement and raised a family and has always been interested in representational art.
From her first paying job illustrating the varmints of the Nebraska plains through her stint as an illustrator for The Center for Northern Studies in Wolcott, Vermont, to her pseudo-abstract closeups of pond vegetation and of sea life found on beaches, she has looked to nature for inspiration.
She received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, which sidetracked her into ceramics and sculpture. She spent years in a fruitful career making miniature porcelain animal and human figures for the wholesale craft market. She taught ceramics at Lyndon State College and in the public schools. An interest in large wooden sculpture occupied several years culminating in large-scale gallery installations.
In 2001 she began to devote herself to the exquisite hues and textures that oil painting on canvas allows. It was with studies of people in portraiture and in social interaction that she chose to explore these possibilities and has since devoted almost all of her efforts to painting her fellow travelers.
This event is free and open to the public.