About the Artist :: Olena Babak

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BIOGRAPHY
Olena Babak is an award winning, classically trained artist, whose landscapes and figurative works can be found in numerous galleries and collections in the U.S. and abroad. Some of her selected awards from 2016 include: Best Representation of Rockies National Park, Artist’s Choice Plein Air Richmond, 1st place Quick Draw & People’s Choice Award Finger Lakes Plein Air, Honorable Mention Art Renewal Center Salon, 1st place in Maine Art Show and many others.

Olena was also a recipient of the Hudson River Fellowship, NY and her works appear in numerous publications including two versions of the “Strokes of Genius” series, the “Poet’s and Artist’s: 100 Great Drawings,” and the “Classicist.” Formerly teaching graduate students at the Academy of Classical Design, Olena now offers private workshops and classes in her private studio and residence on the peaceful Great Moose Lake in central Maine.

Education
Academy of Classical Design; Southern Pines, NC 2008-2011
Studio Art Classes, University of Maine; Orono, ME 1999-2000
Apprenticeship with G. Bereshnoi and A. Kylakov; Kharkiv, Ukraine, 1996-1997

Teaching
Workshop at Longboat Keys; Longboat Keys, FL 2015
Workshop at Avondale Gallery; Jacksonville, FL 2015
Teacher at Olena Babak Studios; Harland, ME 2012-present
Workshops at Diversified Ink; Bangor, ME 2013-present
Workshop at Oak Hollow Studios; Carthage, NC 2014
Assistant Teacher at Academy of Classical Design; Southern Pines, NC 2009-2011

Exhibitions
Solomons Plein Air Art Show & Festival; Solomons, MD 2016
Plein Air Rockies Art Show & Festival; Estes Park, CO 2016
Easton Plein Air Art Show & Festival; Easton, MD 2016
Richmond Plein Art Show & Festival; Richmond, VA 2016
Finger Lakes Plein Air Art Show & Festival; Canandaigua, NY 2016
Annapolis Plein Air Art Show & Festival; Annapolis, MD 2016
Castine Plein Air Art Show & Festival; Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME 2014-2016
Views of Vinalhaven; New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven, ME 2015
Inspired by Katahdin; Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, ME 2014
Exchanging Views: The Artists of Katahdin Paint Vinalhaven; New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven, ME 2014
Paul Brown & Friends; Campbell House Galleries, Southern Pines, NC 2014
Bangor Art Society Open Juried Show; Public Library, Bangor, ME 2014
Maine Open Juried Art Show; Public Library, Waterville, ME 2014
Solo Exhibition: “New England Landscapes”; Central Maine Artists Gallery, Skowhegan, ME 2013
Statewide Juried Exhibition: “Figured Revealed ”; University of Southern Maine, Lewiston, ME 2012
Juried Show: “Celebrating the Nude.”; Albin Polasek Museum, Winter Park, FL 2007
Juried Show: “Figure Show”; St. Augustine Art Association, St. Augustine, FL 2006
Juried Exhibition: “Maine Landscapes”; John Edwards Art Gallery, Ellsworth, ME 2004

Selected Awards
Charles Partridge Adams Award (Best Representation of Rockies Park), Rockies Plein Air; Estes Park, CO 2016
Artist’s Choice Award, Richmond Plein Air; Richmond, VA 2016
1st Place, Quick Draw, Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival; Canandaigua, NY 2016
People’s Choice Award, “Granger Homestead” Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival; Canandaigua, NY 2016
3rd Place, “Paint the Londontown Gardens” Pain Annapolis Plein Air Festival; Annapolis, MD 2016
Finalist in Jerry’s Artarama Self Portrait Competition; Raleigh, NC 2016
1st Place, Maine Open Juried Art Show; Waterville, ME 2016
1st and 2nd Place , Bangor Art Society Open Juried Show; Bangor, ME 2015
Guest Resident Artist and Lecturer, The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation; Cranberry Island, ME 2014
3rd Place , Bangor Art Society Open Juried Show; Bangor, ME 2014
People’s Choice Award & 2nd Place, Maine Open Juried Art Show; Waterville, ME 2014
Finalist, International ARC Salon; Port Reading, NJ 2014,2016
Invitational Artist, Epcot, Disney; Orlando, FL 2014-2016
Hudson River Fellowship, Grand Central Academy; New York, NY 2013
Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County Regional Artist Project Grant; Fayetteville, NC 2010
Zucarro Scholarship, Academy of Classical Design; Southern Pines, NC 2009
St. Augustine Gallery Scholarship, St Augustine Gallery; St. Augustine, FL 2008
1st Place, at the St. Augustine Art Association “Figure Show”; St. Augustine, FL 2006

Publications and Public Events
Wild Seed Project Magazine; 2016
The Classicist, NO10; 2014
Strokes Of Genius 6, 9: The Best of Drawing; 2014, 2016
Art Renewal Center Salon Catalogue; 2013-2014,2016
Lecture “Learning How to See”, Bangor Art Association, Bangor Library; Bangor, ME 2013
Lecture, “Atelier Approach to Drawing”, Art Studio; Pittsfield, ME 2013
Lecture “Meet the Artist”, The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation, Engine; Cranberry Island, Biddeford, ME 2014

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