Realm(s), a new body of work by Pittsburgh artist Carolyn Wenning, includes drawings, paintings and mixed media pieces. The artwork emerges from sites, settings, and situations both real and imagined. Each painting or drawing occupies the space between abstraction and figuration. Wenning brings together and selectively removes layers of paint, charcoal, and wax to create works of art initially inspired by a place but that quickly depart to more poetic realms celebrating gesture, space, and color.
Wenning exhibits nationally and internationally; most recently at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and 707 Penn Gallery in Pittsburgh, and at Obras Residencies in Estremoz, Portugal. She has been included in exhibitions at The Andy Warhol Museum and The Mattress Factory. Her artwork has won numerous jurors and special recognition awards and is held in private and corporate collections. As well as producing her own work, Wenning is a dedicated art educator. She has taught in the public school system and at various universities including Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chatham University and the School of Education at Carlow University. Her academic training includes an MFA in painting and print media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.