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Kenneth Schnall, 2013
Kenneth Schnall has a BA in Fine Arts education, and received a graduate MA degree with a major in art history at Kean University, Union New Jersey while teaching artistically and intellectually gifted students at a New Jersey secondary school. He took advanced courses and residencies in printmaking, and advanced painting at the School of Visual Arts, New York City.
In 1986 he participated in a School of Visual Arts, MFA residency painting program in Urbino, Italy, where he was in close contact with artists working in the program who were involved in the Trans Vangardia art movement.
In 1995, Ken received a Geraldine R Dodge Fellowship for study in Venice, Italy, where he painted in the Palazzo Fortuny and participated in the Pratt Institute Venice Study Program.
His first New York City solo exhibition was in 1972 at the Washington Irving Gallery in New York City and his second major solo exhibition in 1976 was at the Jordan Volpe Gallery in New York City.
An NEA grant in 1995 at the Center For Innovative Printmaking, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, allowed him to produce a limited edition of mono print, wall books on hand made paper some of which were distributed to New Jersey state museum collections. In 1998 Ken received a Geraldine R. Dodge painting fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, Vermont and another Dodge fellowship for painting in 1999 at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts residency in Sweet Brier, Virginia where he worked on paintings in a book form and produced a artist book based on the Orpheus legend.
His hand made artist books have been exhibited at the Center for Book Arts, Harpers Collins Publishing Company in New York City and at the Long Island, Islet Museum, 1991 Rozzoli, book exhibition.
His solo exhibition in 2002 at the Synagogue Visual Arts Gallery, in New York City included wall mounted, Arcadian Views- book paintings. In 2005 a major exhibition of his paintings and artists books was mounted at Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana where he also lectured on artists books and contemporary painting. A major exhibition in 2006 of object paintings was at the Pierro Art Gallery in South Orange/ Maplewood, New Jersey. In 2008 his sculptured works on paper where exhibited at the Morris Art Museum, Timeless, The Art of Drawing in Morristown New Jersey. In 2010 his shaped painting work was exhibited at Artifice, Reality exhibition, at The New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, New Jersey. He has exhibited a number of times at The Center for Book Arts in New York City and The Printmaking Center of New Jersey. In 2004 he took part in a major exhibition and seminar program, Food for Thought, at the Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey and also was a featured artist at the centers exhibition, The Future of Art-Part 1 Technology, Economics and the Creative Urge. His work was in traveling exhibitions at the City Without Walls gallery in Newark New Jersey and a collection of his artist books and prints is in the Special Exhibition Collection at the Newark Public Library while some books were featured at the Newark, New Jersey Rutgers University Dana Library book seminars.
His most recent drawing and painting work was exhibited in 2013 in the, Working it Out, show at the Painting Center in New York City.
Ken has exhibited at New Jersey State, national and international venues and his work is in private and corporate collections. Reviews of his work have appeared in Art in America, The New York Times and The Newark Star Ledger.