Helen DeRamus

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Interview: with Helen DeRamus 
 Corlia Koch, web specialist, the Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia

1. Who are you, what do you do, and what is your background?
Atlanta is my hometown. I graduated from Emory at Oxford in the extended program and then from Emory University in history and art history. My art history concentration in Asian art set the tone for my career in art. I taught in Savannah, Georgia after graduating, then moved to Englewood, New Jersey, where I taught high school and began studio courses. Returning to Atlanta in 1979, my interest in photography (my dad’s influence) took me to the SE Center for the Photographic Arts studying with Buck Miller, Larry White and Neil Chaput de Saintonge. In 1981, I started a commercial photography business that I ran for the next ten years. When I began critique sessions with Joseph Perrin, he encouraged me to use paint and  photographs, so here I am. I continue to paint and use my photographs for inspiration.
2. What's integral to your art and or art career?
Experimentation is integral to my art and I think of my style as eclectic.
3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?
I am on a journey through the landscape using the idea of the “moving focus” in Asian art to inform my work. For me to be successful means combining three important elements: hand, eye and heart. The odd shapes in nature always call to me, knowing that in nature, there is always the infinite and the infinitesimal. I used encaustic medium for twenty years and now paint with oil and wax, lithographic crayon and India ink working on wooden panels, canvas, and paper.
4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy?
Intolerance makes me angry and working in the studio makes me happy...many things make me happy..too many to list.
5. Who and what inspires you in your work and or in your life in general?
The natural world inspires me. I experience intense pleasure through my eyes and sense of touch. There is something new to see every day.
6. What superpower would you want?
X-ray vision, no doubt.
7. Who are your favorite artists and writers?
I admire and get inspiration from so many artists and writers many of whom I know well. But I can point to Giacometti who inspires me to value the process above all else. The writer, Annie Dilliard, for her capacity to see the whole landscape and appreciate the tiniest creatures. Robert MacFarlane, another writer who describes the landscape in a way that helps me appreciate the history and “feel” of the landscape and Julie Mehretu whose large complex works inspire me to imagine the possibilities of a new way of seeing the landscape.
8. What advice would you give to other artists?
Value your work. Make connections with artists you trust to keep you honest. Work as much as you can because your inspiration comes from working. Be open to learning from other artists you admire.


2018 Resume/CV
Helen DeRamus 
585 Cobb Parkway SE, Ste. L-1, Marietta, GA 30060
770/378-9003 (cell, home, studio)
deramusstudio@gmail.com
http://www.helenderamus.com

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015 Textures of Memory, Diana Brehm Williams Gallery, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Marietta, GA
2013 The Deep Song, Jacksonville State University, Hammond Hall Gallery, Jacksonville AL
2012 Passages, dk Gallery, Marietta GA
2011 Shifting Landscapes, Georgia Perimeter College/Georgia State University, Fine Art Gallery, Clarkston, GA
2009 Waxing Poetic, The Walker School, Marietta, GA
2003 Abstract Contemplation, Lynne Farris Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2002 Living Spaces, Urban Thoughts, Lynne Farris Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2001 Living Spaces, The Art Station, Stone Mountain, GA
1997 Figurative Works, Bennett Street Gallery (Susie Pryor Gallery), Atlanta, GA
1996 Saints and Sirens, Gallery 621, Tallahassee, FL
1986 An Intimate View, The Arts Connection, Atlanta, GA, curator, Joseph Perrin

Selected Curated Juried Exhibitions
2018 
Sign of the Times, Hambidge Fellows exhibit at the Weave Shed, Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, Georgia
Art as Sanctuary, Perimeter College, Georgia State University, WCAGA
2017
New Growth, Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Our Nature, Perimeter College Georgia State, Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia
12th Annual Encaustic Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, Arizona 
Callanwolde Fine Art Center Juried Art Exhibition, Atlanta Georgia
Georgia Artists 2017 Art Exhibition, Abernathy Arts Center
2016
Hidden Gems, Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Atlanta, Georgia
First Southeastern United States Exhibit, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, Georgia, Deanna Sirlin, juror
Armstrong National Juried Exhibit, Armstrong State University, Savannah, Georgia, catalogue
2015
Reflections, National League of Pen Women, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA
Mark, Exhibition of drawings, Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, GA
Breaking the Rules, dk Gallery, Marietta, GA
2014  
Draw 4-Days, Museum of Contemporary Art, GA, Atlanta, GA
Some Like It Hot, dk Gallery, encaustic paintings and photographs
Georgia Artists: A Juried Exhibit, Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, GA
Roots, Women’s Caucus of Art, Blue Mark Studio, Atlanta, GA
2013  
Decatur Fine Arts Juried Exhibition, The Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
Formations: Patterns in Nature, Spruill Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
MORE, Brenau University, curator, Susan Bridges, Whitespace Gallery
2011  
Metro Montage XI, Marietta Museum of Art, Marietta, GA, Jessica Pepe, juror
Brainstorm, Tryon Arts Center, Tryon, NC
2010  
Abstractions, dk Gallery, Marietta, GA
Alabama Symphony Decorators' Show house, Birmingham, AL
2009  
Occupation: Artist, SE US exhibition, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC, Lisa Alembik, curator
2008
Earth: A Microcosm, Georgia Tech University, Mara Adamitz Scrupe, juror, Atlanta, GA
Decatur Fine Arts Exhibition, Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia
From Nature, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2007  
Encaustic Works 2007, International Juried Exhibition, Kingston, NY, Muncie, IN, juror, Joan Snyder, catalogue
Stretch, ATHICA, Athens, GA
Helen DeRamus 2017 Resume/CV Page Two

2006 Some Restriction Apply, Shorter College, Rome, GA, Marianne Lambert, curator
Our Voices, Atlanta Women's Foundation, Atlanta, GA, Mary Stanley, curator
Art Papers Auction, Mason Murer Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY
2005  
Now and Not Yet, genema gallery, Atlanta, GA catalogue, national juried exhibition
Rome Art Coterie National Juried Exhibition, honorific award, Rome, GA

2004  
Abstractions, Taylor Kinzel Gallery, Roswell, GA 
Jubilee Cultural Arts Alliance, Marietta, GA
2003  
Shadows, Interrupted Light, genema gallery, Atlanta, GA, national juried exhibition
Three Person Exhibit "Interpretations of the Figure", The Art Place, Marietta, GA
2000 Annual Exhibition, The ART Station, Stone Mountain, GA, Anthony Herschel, curator
1999 Alabama Symphony Decorators' Showcase, Birmingham, AL
Eighth Annual Juried Exhibition, The ART Station, Stone Mountain, GA, Bruce Bobick, juror
1998
 Cirque L' Art, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
 Focus on the Future, Bennett Street Gallery (Susie Pryor Gallery), Atlanta, GA
1997  
Artistic Director's Choice, The Art Station, Stone Mountain, GA, catalogue
1995  
Please Touch, sculpture and installation, The Walker School, Marietta, GA
1994  
Magic on Magazine Street, Hilderbrand Galleries, New Orleans, LA
Art Exhibit and Auction, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
Across the Borders, Johnson & Montgomery, Atlanta, GA and Montreal, Canada
An Evening at the Quinlan, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA, Lamar Dodd, juror
Arts in the Heart of Augusta, Augusta, GA, invitation exhibition
1993  
Fine Art and Fine Furnishings, Bernhardt's sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles  
Art with a Southern Drawl, Mobile College, Mobile, AL regional juried exhibition
1991 An Evening at the Quinlan, Gainesville, Georgia, juror, Lamar Dodd

Awards/Residencies
2011 Hambidge Residency
2007 Fulton County Arts Council purchase award
2000 & 1999Art Station Honorific Award
1990 & 1989 Georgia Council for the Arts purchase award

Selected Public and Private Collections
Jacksonville State University Permanent Collection
Ventyx Corporation
Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
Dr. John Burd Estate, President Emeritus, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA
Dr. Judith Bennett Howard, Elon College, Elon, NC
North Georgia College and State University, Dahlonega, GA
Ben-Hill Fitzgerald County Library, Fitzgerald, GA
Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta, GA
Women’s Center, Kennestone Hospital (Wellstar), Kennesaw, GA
Livingston College, Piscataway, NJ
Atlanta Women's Foundation, Atlanta, GA
Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta, GA