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Panel discussion on collecting art on 25 January 2016

January 17th, 2016

Art Collectors Panel Discussion

I am happy to be a part of this event. Park Towne Place has put together a distinguished collection of Contemporary art. This is an excellent opportunity to see how this landmark complex has been transformed.

News of the Print World

March 14th, 2015

Welcome news this week is the inclusion of one of my new works in Art in Print magazine’s, News of the Print World. Art in Print surveys recent print publications and I am honored to be among the artists whose works have been chosen for the March -April issue.

Ron Rumford Untitled #O1029A, 2014, linocut with chine colle,18 x 66"

Untitled #O1029A, 18 x 66″

Cerulean Arts To Impress Upon noted in Metro Philadelphia

March 14th, 2015

Several friends informed me that they’d spotted Metro Philadelphia’s notice for our exhibition at Cerulean Arts. Gallery talk is March 15 at 2pm. The image illustrated is Dan Miller’s beautiful woodcut. It’s unfortunate that Metro listed it is as my work.

To Impress Upon, Metro Philadelphia

March, 9 2015

A gathering of Philadelphia print makers

November 30th, 2014

This exhibition is a labor of love from Amze & Francine and very nicely done. Proud to be a part of it and showing with so many friends and respected artists. I’ll re-post an image. This one makes me want to do more work restricted to black and white.

Outstanding prints

If you haven’t been to the Cheltenham Center for the Arts recently, go now. Its ambitious “Visions in Prints,” curated by Amze Emmons and Francine K. Affourtit, gathers works by the Cheltenham Printmakers Guild and Invited Artists (a total of 35), among them Nancy Alter, Cindi Ettinger, Matt Neff, Alexis Nutini, Ron Rumford, Merle Spandorfer, Shelley Thorstensen, and Rochelle Toner.

Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Rd., Cheltenham, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 12 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 215-379-4660 or www.cheltenhamarts.org. Through Dec. 13.

No Title (P)  engraving, linocut & collagraph with chine colle, 21 x 44"

No Title (P) engraving, linocut & collagraph with chine colle, 21 x 44″

Rest in peace, Ed Sozanski

April 17th, 2014

It came as a shock to read that Ed Sozanski passed away suddenly. I’ve known Ed for about as long as I’ve worked with Dolan/Maxwell and feel gratified that he always had kind words when reviewing my work or exhibitions I’ve organized. I enjoyed running into Ed at exhibitions or when our cross passed in Philadelphia. From unfavorable reviews at Dolan/Maxwell I knew he could be a tough critic. And that made winning his praises all the more rewarding. The Post-Sozanski era has begun and I wonder how those big shoes might be filled. I’ll honor Ed by adding his review of my 2002 exhibition at Philadelphia’s Print Center, which appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Beauty from simplicity. Ron Rumford’s exhibition at the Print Center demonstrates how a relatively low-tech process can produce prints – in his case, monoprints – of serene beauty and clarity.
For plates, Rumford uses clay slabs that he incises with a sharp tool and then bakes in an oven. He prints his graceful loops and arcs on translucent colored papers.
He arranges the printed sheets into diptychs and triptychs, juxtaposing colors and linear patterns in a way that creates both harmony and dissonance.
The smaller monoprints are assembled on heavy white paper, while larger ones are fixed directly to the gallery wall. The effect in both cases is an oscillating, restless counterpoint.
Rumford’s prints can be big, but they’re never bold; they’re paragons of tasteful reticence. Yet they’re not so reserved that they fail to communicate an exquisite equipoise and a tantalizing rhythmic energy.

Thank you, Ed Sozanski

10th Cohen Award

March 13th, 2014

I was asked to attend the 10th and final presentation of the Councilman David Cohen Award at Philadelphia’s City Hall. The Cohen Award was created to honor and perpetuate the late Councilman David Cohen’s extraordinary legacy and is given annually to an arts and culture organization in the City of Philadelphia which has demonstrated by its programming, art related work product, or services offered, an outstanding commitment to social and economic justice. It is presented by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and presented on the day city grants are given to dozens of arts and arts education organizations. There I met some of David Cohen’s family: his wife Florence, daughter Sherrie, and son Denis. David Cohen was an extraordinary public servant, “He was a slender man, famously pugnacious, who did battle with a host of Philadelphia’s most powerful leaders over four decades and never compromised his political ideology.” (obit, Philly.com)

I was commissioned to make an edition of 10 prints to be presented to the award winners. They now reside with the Philadelphia Folklore Project, Settlement Music School, Scribe Video Center, Cosa Cosa Art at Large, Wagner Free Insitute, Art Reach, Philadelphia, Historic Germantown Preserved, Blackboard Labs, and Jazz Bridge. Wagner Free Institute is a favorite museum, pretty much a well-kept secret. Historic Germantown serves the many early to mid 18th Century sites that make Germantown a great city within a great city. It’s very satisfying to know all of these arts organizations have my print to mark their achievements in honor of David Cohen.

Cohen Award-- an Original Print by Ron Rumford

Councilman David Cohen Award– an Original Print by Ron Rumford

Diverse Approaches by Philadelphia’s print makers in the Ann & Don McPhail Collection with Ron Rumford

January 8th, 2014
Diverse Approaches by Philadelphia's print makers in the Ann & Don McPhail Collection with Ron Rumford

Diverse Approaches by Philadelphia’s print makers in the Ann & Don McPhail Collection with Ron Rumford

Featured art work @ Schoolhouse Gallery

December 24th, 2013

This description of my work is nicely done. Thank you Mike Carroll & Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown.

Noon Shadows by Ron Rumford is featured art work @ Schoolhouse Gallery

Noon Shadows is featured art work @ Schoolhouse Gallery

“…inside a Midtown Manhattan hotel’s windowless conference room”

September 6th, 2013

I’ve loved newspapers since childhood and I try to scan headlines each day. Yesterday I was rewarded when a photo on the sports page of the New York Times caught my eye. On the wall behind Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson and Major League Baseball’s Jose Conseco hung 2 prints I made eight years (?) back. I had no idea they were in New York let alone doomed to a windowless conference room. For the full story see http://nyti.ms/1cIi9I8

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Looking back

August 19th, 2013

I came across this image of a group of small engravings that date from about 1999. I like seeing them as a group. They remind me of an art school assignment of developing multiple responses to a set restrictions. The yellow one at center was reviewed in the March/April, 2000 issue of Art on Paper, an excellent publication that unfortunately no longer exists.

Gang of 13, engravings from polymer clay prints

Gang of 13, engravings from polymer clay prints