Painter and printmaker Alison Rector specializes in recreating interiors. She paints public establishments such as bowling alleys, laundromats, and post offices or the private spaces within a home, showing us passages into other rooms and glimpses of the outdoors. Occasionally her work focuses on a building within a landscape, a study of a place and a moment in time. Rector renders unconventional beauty and a special quality of light by way of a resonant realism.
In 2017, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art exhibited a solo show of 18 of Rector’s paintings of public libraries titled The Value of Thought. Her paintings were selected for the 2003 Portland Museum of Art Biennial and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 50th anniversary invitational in 2002. Her work has been included in 3 art books by Carl Little; Artist Conversations, Maine Arts Magazine, a Maine Arts Commission publication; The Gettysburg Review, featured artist in the Autumn 2008 issue. Rector earned an undergraduate degree from Brown University in Providence RI, including courses at the Rhode Island School of Design.