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Dennis Schmalstig
Senior Faculty, Painting and Drawing

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Dennis has been a popular Crealdé instructor since 1992. He teaches fundamental painting and drawing classes and figure painting. An active member of the Central Florida art community, he also serves on the Gallery Committee for the Alice and William Jenkins Gallery. His work has been exhibited at Orlando Museum of Art, Maitland Art Center, Valencia Community College, Union Street Gallery in Chicago and A.C.T. Gallery in Detroit. In addition to teaching at Crealdé, Dennis is an instructor at Valencia Community College and Rollins College.

Artist's Statement
“I began this series of paintings when I became curious about the Biblical roots of my Christian upbringing. I soon realized as I read through the New Testament that each passage could be a rich source of imagery. I decided to thoroughly explore this scripture by making a painting or drawing for each verse, beginning with Matthew and continuing through the Gospels. When doing this work, I try to respect the spirit of the text, try to capture its flavor, but frequently find myself exaggerating and throwing in autobiographical references. In short, the text is simply the starting point for the painting or drawing."



Hunger & Thirst, 30" x 24",
oil on canvas, 2000

Mead Gardens, 12" x 16",
oil on canvas, 1999

Selected Group Exhibitions

Visual Narratives,
The Gallery at Avalon Island, Orlando, 2004

Printopia, Leslie Boyd Gallery, Winter Park, 2003

Selected Faculty, Anita S. Wooten Gallery,
Valencia Community College, Orlando, 2003

Men In Art,
Leslie Boyd Gallery, Winter Park, 2003
The Monotonous Disorder of Daily Life,
Chiaroscuro Gallery, Mt. Dora, Florida, 2003

Animalia, Anita Wooten Gallery,
Valencia Community College, Orlando, 2002

Fourteenth Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha; Juried by Mark Pascale, Associate Curator, Prints and Drawings, Art Institute of Chicago

Awards & Honors

First Prize, Newark Community Day
Fine Arts Exhibition, Newark, Delaware, 1990

Curator for the exhibition Locations and Light, Landscape Paintings by Scott Noel, Jeffrey Reed and Spence Guerin, Alice and William Jenkins Gallery, Crealdé School of Art, 2002


Valencia Community College,
East Campus, Orlando

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