Sue Spark Exhibition on Display at ISU Through Feb. 3

January 9 2006

A solo exhibition featuring the work of noted British artist Sue Spark will be on display in the University Art Gallery at Indiana State University Jan. 11 through Feb. 3.

The public is invited to attend a reception honoring this distinguished artist on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. Spark, who is this year's Williamson Memorial Artist-In-Residence, will also present a visiting artist lecture about her work and career on the same evening beginning at 5:30 pm. in the Recital Hall. The University Art Gallery and Recital Hall are located in ISU's Center for Performing and Fine Arts at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut streets. The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.

This solo exhibition, featuring contemporary paintings and prints that constantly cross boundaries between intellect and emotion, will represent the artist's first opportunity to exhibit her work in the United States. Spark's images, filled with rich colors and energized by textures, combine both the historical and the vernacular. References include contemporary pattern, the flat space of late modernism, Italian baroque drawings, and baroque and rococo ornament. This reflects a desire to access some of the forgotten or rejected motifs of art history, to re-connect with the past, but also to re-negotiate it.

Spark, who received an M.A. in Fine Art from Manchester Polytechnic and a B.A. Honors in Fine Art from West Surrey College of Art and Design, is Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University in New Castle, England.

This exhibition and lecture are made possible by funding from the Michael M. Williamson Memorial Fund and the Indiana Arts Commission. The Williamson Memorial Artist-In-Residence Series was initiated in 1989 through the generosity of Dr. Alyce Williamson and friends in memory of the late Michael M. Williamson. The purpose of the program is to present exhibitions, lectures, and other residency activities by prominent artists so Indiana State University students and Wabash Valley citizens can have a better understanding of art in American life.

The University Art Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. The gallery is located in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts on Chestnut Street at North 7th Street.

The exhibition is free and open to the public and the facility is wheelchair accessible. The University Art Gallery is host to an outstanding schedule of exhibitions featuring modern and contemporary art and is dedicated to educating and exposing the University and its surrounding community to the visual arts. For additional information call (812) 237-3720 or go to http://www.indstate.edu/artgallery

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A solo exhibition featuring the work of noted British artist Sue Spark will be on display in the University Art Gallery at Indiana State University Jan. 11 through Feb. 3.

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