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11th Annual Art of Painting in the 21st Century Conference



Friday, 8 March 2019 to Saturday, 9 March 2019
Saturday, 9 March 2019 - 7:00pm





The Art of Painting in the 21st Century is an annual conference geared towards nurturing dialog on contemporary painting and the shared ideas that define current trends in the field. 

This conference provides a unique opportunity and an intimate setting to interact with top artists. UC Davis, home to artist Roy de Forest, Roland Peterson, Wayne Thiebaud, and Robert Arneson, was instrumental in defining a new direction for a uniquely West Coast style. Nowhere else in the country will the participant be able to interact and discuss the purity of painting in one place. Meet face-to-face with distinguished artists you might only otherwise read about. This year, a collegiate exhibition of the top 20 young college student painters will be on display. Many cash awards will be given to these young artists that represent the future of painting.

In an intimate setting, enjoy the incredible Transmedia Art Walk in Downtown Davis which will take you by the newly opened Manetti Shrem Museum of Art among other uniquely Davis art experiences.


1pm-4pm Hands on Demonstration by Dean Fisher
4pm-7pm BREAK
7pm-9pm Awards Ceremony Collegiate Reception at John Natsoulas Gallery.


10am-12pm Gamblin Workshop featuring Glenn Brill and Tom Colcord
1pm-2pm Lecture by Amer Kobaslija
2pm-3pm Lecture by Dean Fisher
3pm-3:30pm BREAK
3:30pm-5pm Lecture by Dorian Allworthy

all events at the John Natsoulas Gallery unless otherwise stated


Curator :

Artist ( Description ): 

Dean Fisher

Dean Fisher studied at the America Academy of Art in Chicago, and since, has been exhibiting nationally and internationally in prominent galleries for more than twenty five years.

He has shown in galleries such as; Hirschl & Adler modern NYC, The Tatistcheff Gallery NYC, J. Cacciola Gallery NYC, Prographica Drawings Gallery in Seattle, WA and Susan Calloway Fine Art in Washington, DC.

After living in Spain, France and England for eight years and making master copies as a form of study at The Prado museum, The Louvre and the National Gallery of Art. Dean returned to the US and has been living in Connecticut with his wife, the artist Josephine Robinson.

His paintings hang in many private and corporate art collection in the US and Europe.

Dean has been teaching painting at Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan, Connecticut and privately for the past fourteen years.

Amer Kobaslija

Originally from Banjaluka in Bosnia, Amer Kobaslija (b. 1975) fled his war-ravaged homeland in 1993, and arrived in refugee camps in Nuremberg, Germany. Later, he traveled to Düsseldorf, where he attended the Kunst Akademie. In 1997, Kobaslija was offered asylum by the United States and immigrated to Jacksonville, Florida. He earned his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2003 and his MFA from Montclair State University in 2005. He was a member of the studio arts faculty at Bowdoin College from 2009 to 2011, and has been a professor of painting at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania since 2011. He divides his time between New York City, Gettysburg, Jacksonville, and Switzerland.

Kobaslija has had numerous solo exhibitions in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New Orleans. He is represented by George Adams Gallery in New York, where he has had seven solo shows over the preceding decade, including the 2015 survey exhibition. The exhibition is scheduled to travel to other venues in the United States in 2016.

In 2005, he was awarded a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation; the following year, he received a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. In 2013, Kobaslija was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. Kobaslija’s works have been reviewed and printed in publications such as The New York Times, Art in America, ARTNews, Art & Antiques, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, New York Time Out, The New York Sun, The Florida Times-Union, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Dorian Allworthy

Dorian Allworthy is an American representational, tonal-realist painter working in Chicago. She is also known for her drypoint engravings. She specializes in large figure paintings as well as still life compositions and landscapes. Much like the French painter Chardin, Dorian is noted for her genre paintings which depict domestic activities and children.

Dorian Allworthy was born in Pennsylvania. She attended an alternative high school in Pennsylvania on the main line of Philadelphia until the age of 16. She then began three years’ study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Arthur DeCosta, where she was awarded the prestigious ‘Thomas Eakins Award’. At age 19, she moved to Chicago to become a medical illustrator but soon realized that was not her calling. A year later she permanently moved in with her great uncle and adopted father, mid twentieth century painter, Joseph Allworthy, who referred to her as a “born painter”, with the deal that ‘she use his studio, and develop her career as an artist, under his watchful eye’.

Tom Colcord

Tom Colcord was born on May 15, 1990 in Indianapolis Indiana. After completing his BFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington he studied abroad in Florence Italy. Inspired by works from the old masters he set out to become a full time artist and moved to San Francisco where he is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. Tom considers his art practice primarily related to painting but heavily reliant on drawing, collage, sculpture, and digital art as well.


Other Info: 


Proof of status must be given for student rate. On-site registration will be at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First street, Davis, room permitting. Sorry, no refunds. Credit will be granted for next year’s conference only.


Free shuttles will be provided for Art of Painting events and to/from Sacramento International Airport if you contact the gallery by March 1st with detailed itineraries to arrange pickup times. Itineraries must be sent to with your confirmation number(s).


Venue ( Address ): 

521 First Street 
Davis, CA 95616 


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18th Annual California Landscape Exhibition
07/03/2019 to 08/17/2019
31st Annual CCACA Ceramic Conference
05/03/2019 to 05/05/2019
11th Annual Art of Painting in the 21st Century Conference
03/08/2019 to 03/09/2019
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