Artist Statement or what I think I'm doing
My imagery gets its significance from those efforts required to communicate and replicate, in the repeated image, and from those differences that emerge in the process. Often; for example, by simply transferring information. Sometimes those images become new and imaginary from their inception.
I find in this process of image transformation, a never ending source of inspiration. For me it's the movies.
In graduate school and afterwards in the 1960's, I was involved in developing the collagraph as a printmaking technique using found materials and acrylic medium.
I have a great fondness for the artist/printmaker's attempt to communicate, but since 1972, it has been to the landscape that I paid attention. My work in
painting, drawing, and printmaking has since been caught up with a fascination for the land, for context, the ground pon which we sand, with the genre of landscape, and so with the creation of imaginary vistas.
I make use of simple formal devices derived from the grid, and work with a traditional sense of pictorial composition, working with photographs and digital images, resolving their rightness.
In dealing with subject matter I called my methodology "two-part landscape" since often two or more registers are involved in the creation of an image. This gives, so I think, a certain classical detachment to my work; or perhaps, that is simply what I think I am doing.
My art has become this kind of dialogue, with images developing from time to time.
1953, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, B.F.A.in painting, magna cum laude.
1954, University of Chicago in philosophy, no degree.
1959, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, M.F.A. in printmaking.
Professor Emeritus of Art, Auburn University,1997. I taught drawing, printmaking and sometimes painting from 1963.
A Drawing Intensive, Summer 2006, Auburn University, 1968 .
Artist-in-residence - University of Georgia Summer Abroad Program,1984,
Drawing,Collage,Print - Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 1983.
Drawing, Printmaking -Kansas University, Lawrence,Kansas,1968.
Drawing,Design -Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, Ruston, Louisiana,1961-63.
Auburn City Fest, Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Kiesel Park, Auburn Alabama (Cash Award).
Society of American Graphic Artists 79th Members Exhibit,
The Old Print Shop , New York, May 19- June 29 (catalog).
Reconsidering Regionalism, Prints Inspired By The South, 1951-2011, curated by LynnBarstis Williams Katz, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art , Auburn University, Auburn Alabama, April 2 - July 23. (catalog).
Society of American Graphic Artists 78th Members Exhibit,
Prince Street Gallery, New York, June 21- July 9.
Li River Anthology and Related Works, Tennessee Valley Art Museum, Tuscumbia, Alabama - September 12 - October 22.
The Art of Janice Koenig Ross and Conrad Ross, Johnson Center for the Arts, Troy Alabama,November16 - January 2, 2010.
China On My Mind / Conrad Ross, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, Alabama, June 6 - September 17.
China On My Mind / Conrad Ross, Malone Gallery, Troy University, Troy, Alabama, January 12- February 19 .
Drawing on Alabama, Biggin Gallery, Department of Art Auburn University, Auburn Alabama.
Arts in Harmony '07, Elk River Area Arts Alliance National Juried Show, Minnesota (Best Out-of-State Artist Award)
9th Auburn Arts Accociation Annual Juried Art Exhibition (Special Merit Award)
2006 Madison National Annual Juried Show, Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison Georgia (Merit Award)
39th Annual Montgomery Art Guild Regions Bank Exhibition, Montgomery Alabama (Best of Show Award)
Exhibition South,Tennessee Valley Art Association, Tuscumbia, Alabama (Award of Merit)
8th Auburn Arts Accociation Annual Juried Art Exhibition (Merit Award)
Southern Grahics Council Traveling Print Exhibition, 2003-2006
Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, "Through the Years - drawings, paintings and prints by Conrad & Janice Koenig Ross" (catalogue available)
State University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia, "The Print"
Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, Alabama,"Landscape:nearby and faraway - works on paper"
Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center,Alexandria,Virginia "Hand-pulled: The Contemporary Print",(Honorable Mention; Cash Award)
Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, 28th Bradley National Print & Drawing exhibition
Printmakers Gallery, Arkansas state University, State University, Arkansas, "The China Collés #1"
Stephen Gang Gallery, New York, N.Y., Society of American Graphic Artists 68th National Members Exhibition
College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, Clemson
University, Clemson, South Carolina, Clemson National Print and Drawing Exhibition, "Ecco Homo"
Montgomery Museum of Fine arts, Weil Graphic Arts Study
Center, Montgomery, Alabama, "Conrad Ross: The China Collés"
PUBLICATIONS / Articles
"Drawings / Conrad Ross" with an introduction by Timothy Brown Curator at The Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Montgomery, Alabama, Wycross Press, Auburn Alabama, 2012.
"Perceptual Drawing, a Handbook for the Practitioner" by Conrad Ross, with a foreword by Andrew Rush, Director of The Drawing Studio of Tucson, Arizona, The Edwin Mellen Press, New York, 2011.
"Anima," The last folio in the Wycross series "WELBEING in The Twenty-First Century," Journal of the Print World, Vol. 32 No. 3 Summer 2009.
"Church Venue For The Artist/Printmaker" The Journal of the Mid America Print Council,Vol. 15 Number 1, Spring/Summer 2007. "Anima"
"The Art of Science", an essay on the Curtis Botanical Magazine Collection, Auburn University Libraries Highlights, Spring, 2000,Dale Foster,Jerome Ward,Conrad Ross.
"Mail Art and Printology", an essay written for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, November 1999.
"Graduate School: emerging into the New Millennium", The Journal of the Mid America Print Council,Vol. 6 number 1, Spring/Summer 1998.
"Mono Production: A New Mail Art Show Based on Artist Response", The Journal for the Mid America Print Council, Vol.4 issue 1, Summer Fall 1996.
"Visiting China, A Fulbright Experience," Society of American Graphic Artist' Newsletter, Spring/Summer 1995. issue #1, pp. 12-13.
"Administrating the Education of Printmakers," Impressions, The Florida Printmakers Society, Summer Quarterly 1994, pp. 8-11.
"The Needs of the Next Generation, " the Journal of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Winter 1992/Spring 1993, pp. 2.3-2.6.
"The Monoprint in the 1990's," Society of American Graphic Artists, SAGALETTER, Fall 1991; and Southern Graphics Council, SGC Newsletter, Winter 1992.
"Dirctor's Statement", for catalogues, Auburn Works On Paper Exhibition, Auburn University, 1982-1987.
"The Monoprint and the Monotype: A case of semantics," Art Voices/South, Vol.2, No.4, pp. 89-91, Florida, July/August 1979.
"Visual Art as Language: A Necessity for General Education," unpublished article for "Apelles" 1981 prepared from material presented in a seminar SY 522 "Knowledge or Not," Auburn University, Spring Quarter 1979.
"The Chalk Box - An Invention," Artists Proof the Annual of Prints and Printmaking, Vol. IX, Pratt Graphics Center, New York, January 1970.