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Brenda GarandBrenda Garand, sculptor, Enfield

A New Hampshire native, Brenda Garand is currently Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where she has been teaching since 1995. Since graduating from the University of New Hampshire and Queens College of the City University of New York, she has arranged an energetic schedule of more than 48 solo and group exhibitions of her work in galleries from Brooklyn to Tucson, New Haven to Austin, from Quebec to New Hampshire. Her sculpture has been chosen for exhibitions by the curator of contemporary art of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Hood Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum.

garand sculptureSince 1987, she has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright to France and Berlin, Germany; an Andrew W. Mellow Foundation Research Grant; the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Grant that enabled her to study "The Visual and Spatial Constructs of the Bayeux Tapestry and Bayeux Cathedral" in France. She has been a Fellow at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, and a Ragdale Foundation Fellow in Lake Forest, Illinois. In 1997, she received a Dartmouth College Junior Faculty Fellowship to explore "The French Medieval Influences Along the St. Lawrence River."

sculptureThe Fellowship would allow her to continue visual research of French influences along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada, coupled with studio work done in Enfield, NH. The study includes architecture, art, and hybrid designs created by Native Americans. In her application, Brenda Garand wrote: "Recently a trip along the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec has allowed the incorporation of the agrarian and fluvial, combining ideas of a sense of place, my heritage, and the pressure of time. This is not only the physical pressure of water teeming along narrow banks but also the cultural pressure of merging peoples: French, English and Native American. The work reflects upon the past and present, and of lives that are hard, full and moving."

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