Summer Wheat is an adventurer in the realm of contemporary paint. Her works are heroic in size, but even more intrepid in their fearless psychological exploration and manipulation of the medium. rnrn”I rarely pick up a brush anymore,” confesses the Savannah, Ga., painter, who uses tools from other walks of life to ice her canvases like cakes and weave strands of paint together like yarn. “I want to push the paint to its limits and myself along with it.”rnrnWheat’s life matches the boldness of her art. She has traveled, lived and worked throughout the United States and abroad, collecting stories, curiosities and eccentric encounters. She received her M.F.A. in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she was awarded the Lacoste Graduate Residency in Lacoste, France. Her paintings are part of numerous private collections worldwide. They are on permanent, public display in such prominent locales as the Des Plaines Children’s Library in Chicago, and the Turner and Associates Architectural firm in Atlanta. In addition, she regularly participates in juried exhibitions across the country and abroad. Wheat is now an adjunct professor of painting at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Ga.
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