Misha Penton

Artist's Statement:

My work resounds in expressionistic landscapes where elemental energies of wild places converge. The physicality of paint on canvas allows me a space to experience and share nature's dynamic, ever changing color worlds. I work with the poetics of movement, intuition, improvisation and play, and with a committed practice of awareness and a sensitivity to the unfolding creative process which, itself, crafts and reveals meaning.  

Abbreviated Biography:

Misha Penton is a painter, sound artist, contemporary classical singer, and writer. Her visual artwork has been shown throughout the Southeast, with her paintings in private collections in Houston, Austin, and New Orleans; and her large-scale work, untitled 2, included as a winner of Lawndale Art Center's The Big Show (2004).  Her experimental vocal sound art works have been featured in media, performance, and installation at DiverseWorks Arts Space (Houston); the University of Houston Center for Choreography; with New Orleans contemporary dance company, Happensdance; at ActLab Studios (Austin); for The Olimpias, an international artists’ collective and performance research series; and at Goddard College (WA). Misha's professional performance affiliations include Houston Grand Opera; The Foundation for Modern Music (Houston); The Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Dallas Museum of Art; The University of Houston Center for Creative Work; Sam Houston State University School of Music; and The Rothko Chapel Houston. Misha is one of Houston Press’ 100 Creatives of 2011, and is named a 2012 finalist for Best Artistic Director by the Houston Press Theater Awards for her work as founder and artistic director of Divergence Vocal Theater, a Houston theatrical new music ensemble. With Divergence, Misha has conceptualized, produced, and directed new chamber operas, reinventions of historic voice repertoire, music videos, and audio recording projects. Misha holds degrees in music (BA) and interdisciplinary arts (MFA) from Skidmore College and Goddard College, respectively; she is a contributing arts writer for Arts+Culture Texas and Dance Source Houston.

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Artworks by Misha Penton are included in the following CAMIBAart exhibits: