artists>Isabel Chicquor

untitled diptych photograph (c) Isabel Chicquor
untitled diptych © Isabel Chicquor

A note about Isabel Chicquor:

Isabel passed away in 2011. Through This Lens continues to work with her family to offer her work for sale. The original diptychs, one of which is shown above, were framed in unfinished natural maple with wide white mats. We have a few of these works on hand. A portion of any sale will be donated to charity. Framed works measure approximately 58" wide.

Side by Side
an exhibition of new work by Isabel Chicquor

Preview days: January 8 - 15,2101
Opening reception with the photographer
Saturday, January 16, 7:00 -9:00 PM

On display through February 13, 2010
Extended through February 27, 2010

Isabel Chicquor was born and raised in New York City where she studied at the Art Students League and attended The High School of Music and Art. She earned both a BFA and an MFA at S.U.N.Y. College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1965 and 1967 respectively, and an MFA in Imaging Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1995. Within a year of moving to Chapel Hill, NC, Chicquor joined the faculty of North Carolina Central University in 1977. In 2002 she won the Excellence in Teaching Award from her university and in 2005 was awarded the UNC Board of Governors award for Excellence in Teaching, a once in a lifetime achievement award. Chicquor retired from teaching in 2007.

Chicquor has served on the boards and committees of a number of local arts organizations, including the Durham Arts Council, Durham Art Guild, and the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh. In 1977, she and twelve other women artists established Center/Gallery, the first women's art cooperative in North Carolina. Their ten-year history now resides in the archives of Douglas College Library at Rutgers University. From 1984 to 1991 Chicquor organized and curated local, regional and national exhibitions that brought the contributions of minorities into the public arena. In 1986 she received a grant from the N.C. Arts Council that helped support an exhibition and educational programming featuring the work of Romare Bearden. In 1989 she organized the exhibition entitled Till Earth and Heaven Ring, a showcase of contemporary work of Richard Mayhew and the historical ceramic work of "Dave," a black slave now recognized as the most accomplished African-American potter of the nineteenth century.

Chicquor has had numerous solo shows since 1985 and has exhibited regionally and nationally in invitational shows and more than 40 juried exhibitions. In 2001, her photo-installation Delirious Rhythm opened at the Museum of Art on the campus of North Carolina Central University. That spring it traveled to New York City where it was exhibited at the Jazz Gallery in the West Village. While there, it was featured in the September 2002 issue of Jazziz Magazine. Chicquor has received national and regional awards in photography, drawing, and sculpture, and in 2003-2004 she was awarded a North Carolina Visual Artists Fellowship in Photography. Her work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections.


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