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Polish Festival artistic director Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia. Photo by Joseph Fuqua II.

Polish Festival artistic director Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia. Photo by Joseph Fuqua II.

About the Polish Festival Artwork

Metamorphoses-Fire by Anna Socha VanMatre is a seven-panel work inspired by Krzysztof Penderecki’s Violin Concerto No. 2 (Metamorphosen), which will serve as an inspiring backdrop for the Polish Festival’s major orchestra concerts in Corbett Auditorium. It was previously installed in the Kraków Philharmonic Hall in honor of Maestro Penderecki’s 80th birthday.

The seven drawings are in sequential order, but with interchangeable starting points. Each segment is meant to be a stand-alone composition, but taken as a whole they represent constant movement and dramatic evolution.

Metamorphoses-Fire by Anna Socha VanMatre is a seven-panel work inspired by Krzysztof Penderecki’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

Metamorphoses-Fire by Anna Socha VanMatre is a seven-panel work inspired by Krzysztof Penderecki’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

About the Artist

Anna Socha VanMatre.

Anna Socha VanMatre.

Anna Socha VanMatre was born in Poland and educated at the Kraków Art High School and the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts where she received her Master’s Degree.

She has been credited with developing techniques utilizing graphite on three-dimensional paper and creating monumental graphite paintings, many 10 to 20 feet high. Critics have described her works as “symphonies of blackness, gray and light” and a significant step in “liberating” the drawing idiom.

At an exhibition at the Jerusalem Center for the Arts, her installation was praised as much more than a series of static drawings, but instead “a thing of theatrical character, an interaction between the stage and the audience.” Anna VanMatre’s works have been presented in exhibitions throughout Europe, Israel, Africa and the U.S. They are held in the Art Museum in Toruń, Poland, the Krasiński Library in Warsaw, and in private collections in Poland, India, Sweden, Denmark, Morocco, Israel and the U.S.

She is the recipient of several prizes including the prestigious S. Wyspiański Memorial Award. Since 1997, she has resided in Cincinnati, Ohio.