Sculpture exhibit spans career of ISU Alumnus

March 9 2007

Terre Haute, Ind. - Eyeball QSO: Sculpture from three decades of studio work, an exhibit spanning the career of an Indiana State University art alumnus, will be on display in the University Art Gallery March 14-April 6.

David Vertacnik, an Indianapolis native, received an M.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, NY, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University, where he majored in illustration and minored in ceramics. He is currently a resident of Lawrence, KS, where he serves as associate professor of ceramics at the University of Kansas.

His work is about humanity and about the land and our responsibility towards it: about primitive symbols that relate to his Slovenian heritage and the natural world. He employs a wide range of materials in his pieces, including ceramics, cast bronze, industrial and agricultural objects. Many of his sculptures are designed for outdoor sites, created with elements that move freely in space.

Vertacnik will speak about his work in the Recital Hall of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts at 5:30 p.m. March 22. The public is also invited to attend an opening reception on Thursday, March 22 from 5-7 p.m. Both the lecture and the reception are free and open to the public.

The University Art Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from 11a.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery is located in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts on Chestnut Street at North 7th Street. All gallery events are 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 go to www.indstate.edu/artgallery or call (812) 237-3720.

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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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Eyeball QSO: Sculpture from three decades of studio work, an exhibit spanning the career of an Indiana State University art alumnus, will be on display in the University Art Gallery March 14-April 6.

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