Charleston Style & Design
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My works are about common people, emotions and ideas. I always try to use recognizable images, sometimes subtle allowing the viewers to slowly discover and interpret the work. Other images dominate, emerging from implied textural sometimes colorful environments. Some of my works are mixed media, combining dyes, pastels and pencils, but in the last years pastels have become dominant.
I explore emotion as well as social and spiritual concepts. Some of my works illustrate, low country Gullah life, and other works bring attention to social or political issues.
Seldom are images in fully recognizable environments. Elements are included or taken away allowing the viewer to complete the image. The use of bright colors are used to catch the eye and to engage the viewer.
A variety of media; pastels, pencils, dyes, inks and processes including collage and transfer, the application of which vary with the intent of the art work. I prefer to work in series, by subject or theme. The subject or theme of each series of work determines the materials and the processes used to create the work.
I prefer not telling a complete story, but instead allow the viewer to complete the story with the knowledge they bring to the piece. Thus being free to observe, analyze, and interpret the works in a personal way, discovering some idea, and emotion which might be new and surprising
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2010 Studio Art for Educators – FACETS, Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA
1989 Advanced Printmaking - South Carolina State College, Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA
1986 Advanced Ceramics – Winthrop College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
1981 Study of the Artistically Gifted – Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina
1979 Bachelor of Science Arts Education - South Carolina State College, Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA
2014 Man, Media, Message – Charleston Art Institute, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
2007 Man, Media, Message - Avery Research Center, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
1991 Art of Alvin B Glen – Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
2016 THE HOLY CITY: Art of Love, Unity and Resurrection – Passages Artists Collective, 414 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina
2015 The Slave Dwelling Project, Passages Artists Collective, North Charleston City Hall Gallery, North Charleston, South Carolina, USA
2015 ISMs, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
2013 Civil Rights Then and Now, I.P. Stanback Museum, Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA
1991 Statements of Heritage, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
2010 FACETS, Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA
1979 I.P. Stanback Museum, Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA
2016 Community Tribute Award
2014 MOJA Poster Artist Alvin B. Glen