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Courthouse Gallery October Show

October 1 – October 29, 2016
Philip Koch & Ed Nadeau: The Residency Experience
…and the best works by our GALLERY ARTISTS
Susan Amons, Jeffery Becton, Lise Becu, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Philip Frey, June Grey,
Paul Hannon, William Irvine, Jessica Lee ives, Joseph Keiffer, Rosie Moore, John Neville, Linda
Packard, Colin Page, Alison Rector, Cynthia Stroud, Lilian Day Thorpe, David Vickery
Opening Reception
Saturday, October 1, 5–6pm
ARTIST’S TALK at 6pm with Ed Nadeau and Philip Koch
immediately following the reception
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth is pleased to present Philip Koch & Ed Nadeau:
The Residency Experience, which includes works by both artists from recent residencies. Ed
Nadeau attended the Atelier Four Winds Residency in the south of France in June. Philip Koch
was awarded the 2015–2016 Artist in Residence at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo,
NY. There will be an Artist’s Reception on Saturday, October 1 from 5–6, and an artist’s talk
immediately following the reception. Koch and Nadeau will talk about their work and their
experiences during their residencies. The event is free and open to the public.
Philip Koch is widely known for his vividly colored paintings of the natural world. Maine
became a favorite subject when he discovered the state’s rocky coast on his honeymoon three
decades ago. Koch’s paintings have been the subject of fourteen solo museum exhibitions, and his
work is held in the permanent collections of fifteen museums, including the Butler Institute of
American Art in Ohio, the Swope Art Museum in Indiana, and the Memorial Art Gallery in
Rochester, NY. Koch has enjoyed fifteen residencies at Edward Hopper’s studio, and was named
the 2015–2016 Artist in Residence at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY. Koch is
the great grandson of John Wallace, the Scottish landscape painter, and grandson of John
Capstaff, the inventor of Kodachrome, the world’s first commercially available color film. Koch
is a senior professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Ed Nadeau is best known for his narrative paintings of a life lived “near the edge.” Nadeau, who
was born in Waterville, Maine, and raised in a large blue-collar French-Canadian Catholic family,
grew up listening to the tall tales exchanged almost daily by his grandfather, parents, aunts,
uncles, and neighbors. Carolyn Chute’s book, The Beans of Egypt, Maine, about the “white-trash”
working class of Maine was akin to the stories of Nadeau’s youth. The absurd plight of Chute’s
characters became the catalyst that allowed Nadeau to draw upon his own history, and to convey
his narrative ideas on canvas. Nadeau studied anatomy and painting with American expressionist
Jerome Witkin, whom he also cites as a major influence. In 2016, Nadeau attended the Atelier
Four Winds Residency in the south of France, saying “The power and romanticism of the region as
a whole was breathtaking and has changed my work forever.” Nadeau has been a recipient of the
Maryland State Arts Council, and his work is included in the collection of The Warhol
Foundation among others. Nadeau holds a BFA from Syracuse University, and an MFA in
Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art. He teaches at the University of Maine, Orono.

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