Anita Fina Kiewra is an artist and teaching artist working primarily in printmaking. Her current work in printmaking and ceramics deals with the sport of rowing, mainly on the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie. The works explore the timelessness of the river landscape in conjunction with the transitory nature of the people on the river, sometimes resulting in an ephemeral quality.
Kiewra's works have been exhibited at Queen City 15 Gallery where she is a co-founding memebr, and at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, Barrett Art Center, Tivoli Artists Gallery, the Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn, Her work has been shown in Art on the Farm at Vassar College, Artists of the Mohawk/Hudson Regional at SUNY Albany, the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, the Picotte Gallery at the College of St. Rose, and the Rochester Institute of Technology Gallery. Her photographs of rowing are often posted on the Mid-Hudson Rowing Association website.
"My artistic work combines my undergraduate degree in fine arts and my master’s degree in art education with my two passions in life: printmaking and rowing. My interest in printmaking began in earnest when I was 15, in a summer program at Skidmore College; and I co-founded the Mid-Hudson Rowing Association Community Rowing program in 1991 to make rowing accessible to the public. I have been a printmaker for over 40 years, and a rower for over 30 years. My interest in past work has been to capture the timelessness of games and sport. Work has included screen prints of tug of war, freeze tag and rowing. I use the printmaking processes of photo screen print, etching and relief prints. The process starts with taking photographs of people and places, then manipulating the photos both digitally and as printed to create new images. For example, the Freeze Tag series began as digital photographs, which were then combined into a non-linear time and space series of photo screen prints that capture the events differently than they occurred."
Anita Kiewra - Printmaking and Ceramics
On View: Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, 8 North Cherry Street