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Artist Statement
My paintings reflect my continuing exploration of the relationship between representation and imagination, as well as my own personal transitions between representational art and abstract painting. For subject matter, I draw from the natural world. The tree and tree-like images in many of my paintings represent nature’s warriors –fighters and survivors against dire circumstances- -and our sometimes detached relationship with nature. The emotional impact of color and color relationships is as important as the subject matter itself. I am especially concerned with the balance between saturated and muted hues. Texture is also an important aspect of my most recent work –the inherent texture of the painting surface, the texture of the paint, and also the addition of various materials to create texture.

Artist Bio
Rebecca Birtel Madura, a native of New Orleans, studied studio art at Newcomb College and the University of Texas at Austin were she earned a BA in Fine Arts (Studio Art) and a BA in Liberal Arts (French). She has 25 years of experience as a visual art educator in local parochial, private and public schools in New Orleans, where she was also involved in art curriculum development. Rebecca is currently as the Director of the Visual Arts Program at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and the Art Teacher at the New Orleans Museum of Art. She serves on the Educational Advisory Board at NOMA and is a guest artist with YA/YA, Inc., working with YAYA member at the Studio and with YA/YA’s Urban Heroes Program. Rebecca is involved with many community art projects. In addition to being a visual arts educator, she has continued to pursue her own art and exhibits locally. She is currently affiliated with the Second Story Gallery at the New Orleans Healing Center.

Rebecca Birtel Madura


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muralpic SSt. Andrew’s Episcopal School – Playground Mural collaboration with YAYA, Inc. and Quinton Gilmore, 2012

JJCC Babysitting Room, 2006

One-Person Exhibitions:

January 2015-ending March 2015, Complementary Perspectives, Second

Story Gallery, New Orleans, LA

October 2013 –June 2015, The Skin Studio, New Orleans, LA

August-September 2013 Rooted, Second Story Gallery, New Orleans, LA

March 2007 -March 2008-4640 S. Carrollton Avenue, Professional Offices,

New Orleans, LA

March 2006 (on-going) The Global Business Center; New Orleans, LA

August 1998- The Parker Institute; New Orleans, LA

June- September 1996 – Bluebird Café; New Orleans ,LA

November 1998 – Amber Leilani Gallery; New Orleans, LA


Group Exhibitions:

June 2016 –Second Story Gallery, “Scopemania” Group Show

           January 2016 – Second Story Gallery, “Mixed Experiences” 3-person Show

           June –July 2015 – Second Story Gallery, “Papier Trails” Group Show,

                        New Orleans, LA                                                                                            October-November 2104 – Second Story Gallery, “Suspect 7” Group Show,

                        New Orleans, LA

June -July 2013 – Second Story Gallery, Summer Spectacular Group Show,

New Orleans, LA

March 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014- SWAN Day Exhibition, YAYA, Inc. Studios,

New Orleans, LA

January 2009, Du Mois Inaugural Group Exhibit, New Orleans, LA

October 2008-January 2009 –The Oyster Factory, Venus Rising during Prospect 1                                       Biennial; New Orleans, LA

May 2007-August 2008 Creole Connection Community Art Center, Algiers Point

New Orleans, LA

February-April 2007 -Daimen Art Center, Miami, FL

Contributing artist; Human Pixel Project by Peter Smuts

June- August 1998 – University of New Orleans, Fine Arts Gallery

April 1997- Austin Community College Juried Show; Austin, TX

1991;1993;1995;1997 – Academy of the Sacred Heart, Alumnae Art

Exhibit; New Orleans, LA


Gallery Exhibitions:

Second Story Gallery (New Orleans, LA) ; 2013 -present

Du Mois Gallery (New Orleans, LA), 2009

Amber Leilani Gallery (New Orleans, LA); May 1998-April 1999

The Third Eye Gallery (New Orleans, LA); 1997

Accent on Decor Gallery (Covington, LA); 1995-1998


Murals and Public Art:

May 2011- St. Andrew’s Playground Mural, Collaborative project with YAYA Artist                       Quinton Gilmore

July 2009- Danneel Park – mural in conjunction with Kaboom project and Friends of                                  Danneel Park, New Orleans

July 2008 – New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School

Mural, Main floor hallway

June 2008 – Laurel Elementary School Mural -Art Director in conjunction with

Kaboom program community service/ playground build project

October 2006- Jewish Community Center – commissioned mural project;

for the Baby Room; featured in NOLA Baby