Contemporary artist Michiko Itatani Exhibit on Display Beginning Oct. 25

October 17 2006

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - An exhibition of works by Michiko Itatani, a noted contemporary artist, will be on display in the University Art Gallery at Indiana State University Oct. 25 - Nov. 17.

The public is invited to attend a reception honoring this distinguished artist on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. Itatani, 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 reception and lecture are free and open to the public.

The exhibit, "Cosmic Theater: Michiko Itatani 1988 to Present," focuses on the past fifteen years of her 30-year career. Her new, large-scale shaped canvases often have interlocking figures pitted against one another, twisting, struggling, pushing and pulling as they both float separately and together. While pursuing a career as an artist, she began teaching and joined the School of Art Institute in Chicago as a professor in 1979.

Itatani was born and raised in Japan. In her youth, she studied literature and philosophy and planned to become a fiction writer. After traveling throughout the United States for three months, she settled in Chicago and began to study visual art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her M.F.A. in 1976.

She began to show her paintings and installation work in 1973 and since that time her work has been seen in more than 100 one-person and group exhibitions locally, nationally, and internationally. A professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1979, she has also taught as a guest artist at many other institutions including: the Maine College of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, California State University, San Francisco Art Institute, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Bonn, Royal College of Art, China National Academy of Fine Arts, and Shizuoka University of Art and Culture.

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 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 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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Contact: Mary Kramer, interim gallery director, (812) 237-3720 or mkramer@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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An exhibition of works by Michiko Itatani, a noted contemporary artist, will be on display in the University Art Gallery at Indiana State University Oct. 25 - Nov. 17.

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