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Spring 2008

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Gallery closed holidays; Labor Day Weekend, September 2008,
President’s Day - February 18, 2008 and Spring Break - March 14-23, 2008

          January 18 - February 8, 2008  

Opening Reception

Friday, January 18,

Annual Faculty Exhibition

A diverse and contemporary            
exhibition in all media highlighting
energetic art by faculty from the
largest college art department in the    state

            February 14 - March 7

Opening Reception Friday, February 15, 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Monday, March 3, noon-1:30pm
Sara Paula Hoffman, artist,
and Michael Burke, Meramec English Professor,
discuss the Norwegian playwright
Henrik Ibsen’s work- especially
A Doll’s House and Ghosts –
in critical and biographical terms
and in relationship to Hoffman’s current exhibition.

Sara Paula Hoffman 
The Nora Project
For Women’s History Month

Hoffman’s psychologically-inspired oil paintings explore Midwestern girlhood and are influenced by the plays of the Norwegian Modernist, Henrik Ibsen.  She creates visual theater on a two-dimensional stage in these paintings, drawings and works in progress, which are based on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Ghosts.
Ibsen’s dramas investigate the roles of women caught in the web of Victorian expectations; Hoffman’s work follows these threads into contemporary society.  The play A Doll’s House traces the awakening of Nora from a life of unexamined domestic comfort and male domination to her abandonment of  marriage and three children, a choice which outraged audiences in 1879.  Ibsen’s Ghosts conversely portrays the tragedy of a woman who does not leave an oppressive domestic situation but  whose ‘security’ ultimately extracts a much higher price than leaving would have.

Hoffman’s artwork based on Ibsen was selected for the 11th International Ibsen Conference at the University of Oslo in 2006.  Paintings from the series are currently archived at The Center for Ibsen Studies in Oslo.   Joan Templeton, President of the Ibsen Society of America, has commented how the play A Doll’s House continues to inspire women around the world- especially in Asia, the Middle East and the sub-continent.  

With her search for themes of memory, truth, spiritual awakening and social structure, Hoffman’s art follows a similar journey of discovery as compelling and pertinent as Ibsen’s.

March 20 - April 11

Opening Reception Thursday, March 20, 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Artist Lecture:  Body of Water, Body of Land:  Recent Photographs by William Lesch
Thursday, March 27, noon-1pm
Faculty PresentationDealing with the Dark Side:  Digital Issues in
Fine Art Photography
Thursday, March 27, 5-7pm

Body of Water, Body of Land:  Recent Photographs by William Lesch

Well-known Tucson photographer William Lesch, recently featured in Black and White Magazine, exhibits his new series of aerial views where the land below becomes a dense, abstracted and painterly field of sensual colors. 

Often using a view camera or Polaroid 55 film and influenced by the historic works of Frederick Sommer, Lesch’s photographs have focused on related subjects including horizon-less desert landscapes, detailed images of desert animals and plants merging into the earth in deterioration and death, long-exposure ‘light paintings’ of desert plants at night surreally colored with the use of multiple filters and whitened cactus skeletons lying upon the black lava gravel of the remote and arid desert terrain of Pinacate in Northern Mexico. 
In the past year, in addition to shooting on film, he has begun to work with digital capture and to integrate digital processes into his work.
William Lesch studied photography at the University of Arizona, is represented by the Etherton Gallery in Tucson, the Larsen Gallery in Scottsdale and has his own photographic studio.


          April 1  

Writing Festival Performance – Rissover Award
                                                                        The inaugural performance of the award-winning student play selected for the annual Rissover Award.  2-4pm  

Sponsored by the Meramec English and Theater Departments.  Information: 314.984.7677, Richard Long

            April 25 - May 8

Opening Reception Friday,

Annual Student Exhibition

Outstanding Meramec student artwork
will be juried into this competitive exhibit from the programs and disciplines offered by the art department, including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, design, graphics, photography, digital media, printmaking, interior design and architecture.  

June 6 – July 11


Opening Reception Thursday,
June 6, 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Arthur Osver Drawings
Curated by Judy Thompson and
Peter Shank from the Arthur Osver Estate
                                                                        This selection of drawings from the estate of the nationally-known St. Louis-based painter, the late Arthur Osver, gives a rare and intimate insight into the development, thoughts and working processes of one of the most outstanding artists of the 20th century. 

Osver taught at the Brooklyn Museum, Columbia University and Cooper Union before arriving at Washington University’s art department in 1960, where he taught until 1981.  Recipient of Guggenheim Fellowships, the Prix de Rome, visiting critic at Yale University and winner of  a National Endowment for the Arts grant, Osver’s renown also included articles in LIFE magazine in 1951 and TIME magazine in 1962,

His work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, The St. Louis Art Museum, the Smithsonian Institute and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.  Osver’s career spanned  exhibitions all the major institutions above plus the Carnegie Institute,  the Corcoran Gallery, the Detroit Art Institute, the Gallery of Modern Art-Tokyo, the Museum of Art-Rio de Janeiro, the Venice Biennale and many others.  His estate is represented by the Phil Slein Gallery in St. Louis.



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