Glimpse of Trees

Maud Gatewood

Maud Gatewood (1/08/1934-11/08/2004) was born in Yanceyville, North Carolina.  Her father was sheriff of Caswell County.  Later, Gatewood continued his legacy of public service by serving as County Commissioner. Gatewood received her Master of Arts degree from Ohio State University, laterat the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Harvard University. Maud Gatewood is a recipient of a Fulbright Grant through which she studied art history and painting in Salzburg, Austria. In 1972, Gatewood was winner of the painting award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was a 1981 recipient of a Southeastern Seven Grant from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and in 1984 was presented the North Carolina Governor's Award in Fine Arts. She earned the North Carolina Poster Award for the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival, and in 1993 was honored by the University of North Carolina with one of four postal cachet commissions created to celebrate the bicentennial of the University of North Carolina. A large scale retrospective exhibit of her life's work, curated by Robert Hobbs opened at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro's Weatherspoon Gallery in April of 1994. Accompanied by a full color catalog the exhibit traveled to five museums throughout the South, including the Asheville Art Museum. Her work was exhibited in several juried shows including 13 North Carolina Artists Annuals at the N.C. Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC, and two Miller exhibits at the Green Hill Gallery in Greensboro, NC. Her work was included in many group shows including "Painting in the South" at the Richmond Museum in Richmond, VA and Southern Arts Foundation Touring Show "Three Approaches to the Figurative: Fleming, Gatewood, Koegel" (1986-87), and the Southeastern Seven-V Fellowship Winners Show at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC. Gatewood was one of the nine artists who participated in the NC Women's Artists exhibition at the National Museum of Women in Washington, DC. Gatewood’s paintings are often about familiar subjects presented in unfamiliar ways.  Critics have said of her painting that her imagery is clear and precise and depicts a very specific moment in time. During her career, her paintings moved from Abstract Expressionism in the late 50s and early 60s to more representational landscapes and pieces that often incorporated three-dimensional aspects in the 1970s.  Her late work included representational elements that were highly patterned and spatially compressed. Maud Gatewood was featured in both Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who in American Women. She has received numerous awards and participated in quite a few solo and group exhibitions.  In March of 1992 her work was featured exclusively in a show entitled 'Maud Gatewood:  In Celebration of UNCG's Centennial'.  Gatewood's work is part of many public and private collections.

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