It’s been a very good year for Mille Guldbeck, art. Connections she made during her extended stays in Denmark in 2006 and 2007 have yielded new outlets and audiences for her paintings.
One of Guldbeck’s paintings hangs in a historic Danish manor house.
Born in Illinois, the painter spent a good part of her life in Denmark before returning to the United States and coming to teach at BGSU in 1999. A recent series of fellowships enabled her to revisit Denmark to paint and meet with other artists. She is finding a natural artistic rapport with her fellow Danes.
Six of her works appeared in a show north of Copenhagen at Rungstedgaard, the historic manor house and former home of Laura Dinesen, sister of writer Isak Dinesen. Two of the large paintings were purchased for permanent display in the building, which is now a conference center.
In addition, Guldbeck will have a show in Denmark in August curated by the same gallery director, whom she met during her earlier stays there.
“It’s been very gratifying to me to have my art back in Denmark,” she said. “People there understand what I’m doing, and it’s appealing in a different way.”
After the usual end-of-semester activity at BGSU, where she is also graduate coordinator for the School of Art, and the toil of preparing her artworks to ship to Denmark, Guldbeck will be able to refocus on her painting this summer.
She has received a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (http://www.vcca.com/about.html), and will spend the season painting in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Artists in residence there are provided living and studio space, the companionship of about 20 other visual artists, writers and composers, and—most importantly, the center says—“the time and space to do their work.”
Meanwhile, more than 2,000 galleries and curators nationwide will be seeing Guldbeck’s work in Studio Visit Magazine. Published by Open Studios Press, the magazine showcases work chosen by a panel of professional curators.