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Silvana M. Foti

Artist's Statement

"Like Mondrian, I want to express in my work 'What every artist seeks to express: harmony through equivalence of relationships of lines, colours, and planes, but only in the clearest and strongest way.'

The images that emerge suggest my interpretation of a particular experience, emotion, or idea. Traditionally, my pieces are collaged prints, enhanced with metal and mixed media composition through the process of intaglio and relief with beginning experimentation in vitreography and encaustic.

The imagery involves my fascination with structure, surface textures, spatial relationships, pattern and atmosphere. Movement is created through strong diagonal, horizontal and vertical lines. Spatial depth and form occurs through careful placement of colors, values and textures. Some prints convey soft, fragile blending of colors, while others convey bold, more pronounced colors.

My artistic goal—traditionally and in these 'new experimental' works—is to create balance and harmony through the use of basic design elements. Although the works tend to be simplified (abstracted) in nature, they have been transposed from concrete images.
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Methodist University Art Department Chair
1983-2012

Education
1983
North Carolina Art Certification (K-12)
Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina
Graduate Certificate (renewable 2013)

1982
Advanced Studies in Art Education
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio

1980
M.F.A., Printmaking as the major area of study
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

1978-79
Studies toward the MFA degree in Printmaking
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1978
B.F.A. (Magna Cum Laude)
St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana

Professional Organizations
· CAA (College Arts Association of America), New York, New York
· NCAEA (North Carolina Art Education Association) (Past board member), Raleigh, North Carolina
· SGC (Southern Graphics Council), Chicago, Illinois
· Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, North Carolina
· Kappa Delta Pi, Honor Society in Education (Chartered membership 1993), Fayetteville, North Carolina

Professional Awards
· Professor of the Year, Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award,
Methodist University, Fayetteville, North Carolina (1998 and 2002)

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