March/April Lobby Gallery Art Exhibit

Mar 1, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019

*Free Admission

Exhibitions & Films Auditorium Lobby Gallery | Art Galleries

The Lobby Gallery will showcase work by Tatjana van Beckhoven Blakeslee, a talented Monroe County artist, who was born in Tilburg, the Netherlands, in 1941. She remembers the German occupation and when she was three, realized her love for painting when she drew a portrait of Beethoven with her older sister’s pencils, which she was supposed to leave alone.

In her adult life, she lived in Germany and France and traveled throughout Europe, eventually studying sculpture under Professor Vlad at the American University of Art in Paris.

After immigrating to the United States, she studied painting and sculpture at the Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia, under Professor John Bannon. He taught by having the student copy an old master of the student’s choice, using the original oil medium. Tatjana chose Vermeer.

She graduated magna cum laude in 1984 and continues to copy Vermeer, along with doing her own original paintings of contemporary themes, mostly portraits. In 1985, she studied art restoration at the University of Delaware.

In 1986, she attended the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia majoring in sculpture and minoring in painting and anthropology. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1988.