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“Living a full, conscious life, like painting, requires paying attention to and learning from the world around you and your experience in it. In the physical act of painting my immediate world, I discover clues and unfold truths about my life and the lives around me.”


Gail Vogels's work was recently selected for the fall 2008 edition of Studio Visit Magazine published by Open Studios Press. She currently teaches at the Ernest B. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University.

In 2005 she held a solo painting exhibition titled GREEN that opened at Eyedrum, Atlanta, Ga. Jerry Cullum wrote a review in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that states, “Gail Vogels’s paintings use a mother’s eye to stand art history on its head, as she shows her son and other young men half-hidden behind flowers and foliage . . . the show’s also a statement about the vulnerability of teenage manhood.”

In 2004 Vogels held a solo show at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center titled ABOVE and BELOW. These paintings recorded an ordinary summer’s day at the swimming pool. I observed what was close at hand and familiar: water, light and children. Again, Jerry Cullum wrote a review in the July 11, 2004 Atlanta Journal-Constitution which states, “Studying the paintings, we may see things about different types of light we never noticed before. And that is one of the classic functions of art.”

Gail Vogels was chosen as one of 20 national emerging painters for the New American Paintings 2002 MFA Annual competition juried by Chief Curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Lisa Dennison. In December, 2003, she received her MFA from the Georgia State University Ernest B. Welch School of Art and Design. Vogels’s work has also been shown in Georgia at The Artspot, Eyedrum, Twin House Gallery and D Miles Gallery. In addition to her time at GSU, Vogels studied and showed her work at the Australian National University School of Art in Canberra, Australia.

Gail Vogels was born in Pennsylvania and currently resides in Decatur, Georgia with her husband and two children.