Eleni Papageorge: Artist's Biography
Eleni Papageorge began her arts studies at The Fashion Institute of Technology programs for NYC high school students. She opted for studying Fashion Illustration with Karen [nee Pritchett] Neumann since it incorporated study of human anatomy, figure drawing, color and design. Although raised in the Greek Orthodox Church with its rich visual imagery, it was a chance opportunity to travel to Greece at sixteen that awakened her interest in ecclesiastic iconography in the Byzantine tradition. In her freshman year of college she embarked on formal training in Byzantine Ecclesiastic Iconography with Vladislav Andreyev at The School of Sacred Arts from 1986 through 1992 when the school closed. In that time she executed three icons. While in her second year at Queens College as an English major, she continued her artistic studies with Rosemary Beck and Jenny Snyder.
In 1990 Eleni won a seat in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at CUNY / Queens College. Among the many teachers she studied with include Rosemary Beck, Robert Birmelin, Harold Bruder, Gabriel Laderman, Jenny Snyder, and Harry Kramer. At the Art Students League, Eleni studied drawing with Hilda D’Alessio in that same year. In 1994, she received her Masters in Science in Secondary Education with a concentration in English Literature from the graduate program of Secondary Education from CUNY / Queens College.
In 2003 Eleni returned to the Art Students League and began intensive studies in anatomy and sculpture with Barney Hodes and methods and techniques of bas and outré relief with Anthony Antonios. Presently, Eleni continues her studies at the Art Students League exploring the limits of relief sculpture with Barney Hodes.
Eleni’s relationship with Spring Studio began in 1994 shortly after the Studio’s move to its present location. She has participated in many annual Anniversary exhibitions and has also painted at the Crosby painting studio as well as one solo painting exhibition.
“Drawings and Collages” is Eleni’s first solo exhibition at Spring Studio.