Humay Might Be the Sharpest Pencil in the Box

By: Ruth Mitchell

Humay Might Be the Sharpest Pencil in the Box

There is something especially captivating about Priscilla Humay's landscapes, and it's not just the medium, but the intrinsic quality of the colored pencil that builds on the strikingly controlled but emotionally charged images. Initially Humay used color pencils for studies of her paintings, but soon discovered that she wanted the medium to be an end to itself. "It is a wonderful drawing medium that has been used by the masters including Gustav Klimt, who did many drawings in color pencil," she says.

Her work is included in private and corporate collections including: Cole Taylor Bank Collection, International Travel, Harris Bank, Illinois Bell, College of Lake County, and Household International. Her art is in the Bauhaus Archive in Germany and Chicago Historical Society and University of Illinois Archives.

Humay's individual exhibitions in the Chicago area alone include Portals Gallery, Arc Gallery, Garrett Gallery Northwestern, Deerpath Gallery, University of Illinois Champaign, and Elgin Symphony. In Florida, she had one-person exhibitions at Catch 22 Gallery in St. Augustine and at the Frizzell Gallery in Fort Myers.

Ms. Humay shows in major juried and invitational exhibitions nationwide gaining numerous awards and purchase awards and most recently "1st Place" at Midwest Color held in Illinois. She earned her 5-year merit signature status with the Colored Pencil Society of America, CPSA.

Currently Humay teaches art at the Peninsula Art School in Door County WI and at The Art Center in Highland Park IL. September of 2007, she will be teaching classes at the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin and at the Morton Arboretum in Illinois. She taught drawing at a college in Illinois, was workshop instructor at the CPSA national convention in Memphis in 2004, and has lectured and taught at universities, museums, and art councils.

Ms. Humay received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and MS from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She did Post Graduate Study at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

About the Author:
Seasoned journalist Ruth Mitchell of http://www.buyoutsidethebox.com/ turns her hand to blogging to bring information to the public concerning art and other relevant cultural topics, sharing beautiful things for people to enjoy.


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