Over the last half of the 20th century and continuing into the 21st, Winston-Salem artist Anne Kesler Shields (b.1932) has steadily applied her considerable talent, rigorous visual-art training and incisive critical intellect toward developing a masterful body of work in two and three-dimensional media. In the year of her 80th birthday, Shields can truly celebrate on a career that has yielded remarkable results. This exhibition will bring together work from all stages of her continually evolving practice, along with a catalog that reflects upon her life and accomplishments.
Much has changed, and much has stayed the same over the 50+ years spanned in Anne Kesler Shields’ legendary career retrospective at SECCA. On September 27, 2012, SECCA Curator Steven Matijcio and guest curator Tom Patterson facilitated a colorful, anecdotal discussion about the evolution of the visual arts in Winston-Salem. Joined by Marjorie Northup, Mitzi Shewmake and Leigh Somerville, the group looked back across time, techniques, and the many people, places and events that informed one of the city’s most important and enduring artists, Anne Kesler Shields.