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Studio Art Faculty Exhibitions

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The following studio art faculty members are exhibiting their work during fall 2008/winter 2009. For information, contact the Department of Studio Art at 646-2285.

Colleen Randall, professor of studio art
New Paintings and Works on Paper
SUNY Binghamton
Nov. 10-29, 2008

Livia's Walls 7 (acrylic on paper, 23" X 30 1/2", 2008) by Colleen Randall. (Photo by Jeff Nintzel)

Inspiration: Randall says, "I was awarded a Whiting Foundation Fellowship Grant to travel to Italy to study ancient Roman wall painting during spring 2008. Of special interest to me are the garden wall paintings from the House of Livia at Prima Porta, dating from the first century B.C. The structural elements and ideas of these ancient wall paintings-their overall poetic unity-have influenced the body of new paintings and works on paper that I am exhibiting at Binghamton University."

In the classroom: "When I teach 'Painting II/III' in spring 2009, I will use examples of ancient Roman wall painting in conjunction with assignments to expand students' knowledge of various approaches to pictorial composition, color, and the handling of painting media. These ancient works will help students to understand the evolution of contemporary painting ideas and to explore their own personal visions."

A collage by Esmé Thompson, which will be displayed in New York's Bowery Gallery.

Esmé Thompson, professor of studio art
New Paintings and Collages (solo show)
Bowery Gallery
530 W 25th St. 4th Floor
New York, N.Y.
Dec. 30, 2008-Jan. 24, 2009
Opening Reception Jan. 3

Patterns: "In nature and in art, the repetition of simple pattern often organizes complex structures," says Thompson. "My paintings focus on the correspondence between man-made decoration and design found in nature. Cross-referencing patterns I depict similarity between, for example, the microcosm of a cell and the macrocosm of an organic architectural detail. Through the organization of the space of the painting I emphasize connection, integration, and relationship of the parts to the whole, revealing the links that connect ornamental iconography to the structures of the natural world."

New course: Thompson's interest in collage led her to design and teach a new studio art course, "Collage: Bridging the Gap." The class addresses collage in both two and three dimensions.

Virginia Beahan, senior lecturer in studio art
Featured in The Allure of Italy: Photography, Fashion and Design since 1945
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Mass.
Oct. 5, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009

Cuba Singing with Bright Tears
Hood Museum of Art
Through Dec. 7

Brenda Garand, associate professor and chair of studio art
Sculpture and Drawings
Dibden Center For the Arts, Julian Scott Memorial Gallery
Johnson State College, Johnson, Vt.
Oct. 13-Nov. 8, 2008

Brian D. Miller, senior lecturer in studio art
A Gathering of NH Visual Arts Fellows 1999-2009
Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, N.H.
Oct. 3-Nov. 29, 2008

Smithsonian Institution's Heye Center
June-September 2008

Ben Frank Moss, the George Frederick Jewett Professor of Studio Art
Immanence and Revelation: The Art of Ben Frank Moss
Hood Museum of Art
Through Jan. 4, 2009

Soo Sunny Park, assistant professor of studio art
Hopkins Center for the Arts, Strauss Gallery
Jan. 13-March 15, 2009

New Media Invitational Show
Colby-Sawyer College
Jan. 29-Feb. 26, 2009

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Last Updated: 12/17/08