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Jeepers Creepers!: Christopher Ulivo opens February 1st at the Atkinson Gallery

Dates: February 1-22, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 1, 5:00-7:00pm
Artist Lecture: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 4:30pm

Location: Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College

From February 1-22, 2013, the Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College will present Jeepers Creepers: Christopher Ulivo. Christopher Ulivo joined the SBCC Art Department in September 2012 as Assistant Professor of Painting. With this exhibition, we are pleased to formally introduce this amazing artist and his unique work to the community.

In Jeepers Creepers!, Ulivo will present recent egg tempera paintings on panel along with a number of graphite sketches. In describing his work, Ulivo says, “In any particular painting one might find wolfmen, archeologists, ghosts, explorers, or cowboys commingling in a primal wood, a medieval cathedral, at sea, or on stage.” He continues, “My treatment of history, adventure and exploration has more empathetic humor and awe rather than drama or conquest.” In his work, he is “striving for vitality and believability in each painting no matter how improbable the narrative.”

Ulivo received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He has exhibited extensively with solo exhibitions at Susan Inglett Gallery (NY) and group exhibitions including First Contact at Field Projects (NY), Nature, Once Removed: The (Un)Natural World in Contemporary Drawing at Lehman College (NY), and Tales of Wonder and Woe: Fable and Fairy Tale in Contemporary Art at Castle Gallery (NY). Ulivo is also co-curator of the currently traveling exhibit, In Search Of…, which has been on view at Rhodes College (TN), Kansas University (KN) and North Branch Projects in Chicago, IL. He has received artist in residence fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, the Hall Farm Art Center and the Abrons Art Center. His work has also been reviewed in TimeOut New York, The Brooklyn Rail, Philadelphia Weekly, and Art New England.

For more information, please visit his website at: http://christopherulivo.com

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