Artist Roger Chavez Shows Work at Berman

Interstitial Spaces: Void and Object, Recent Works by Roger Chavez opens Oct. 6 and runs through Jan. 13 in the H.F. and Marguerite Lenfest Gallery in the Henry W. and June Pfeiffer Wing at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art. An opening reception is planned for Sunday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Roger Chavez, Untitled – Still Life #1

Roger Chavez, Untitled – Still Life #1, 2011, oil on canvas, 12 x 46 7/8 in. Collection of the artist.

Roger Chavez is a Philadelphia-based artist whose paintings push the boundaries between genres such as portraiture and still life, still life and landscape, and assert the permeability of such boundaries. According to Chavez, “For me, the subject matter serves as a point of departure, allowing me to find my own forms through exploring the subject. The immediate accessibility of the still life facilitates my focus on the objects themselves, their shadows, shapes and the space they occupy.”

Chavez’ painterly brushstrokes, indeed, delineate subtle shadings and spaces. His canvases range from the very intimate to more expansive essays in the layering of color and the adding, subtracting and merging of forms.

Chavez received his MFA from American University and his Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has taught in the studio art program at Ursinus College since 2004. He is a 2012-2013 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellow.

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, known for its diverse collection and innovative educational programming, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Museum is closed Mondays and college holidays. The Museum is accessible to the physically disabled, and admission is free. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Exhibitions and programs are funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and support from Epps Advertising.