Spring Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

April 4 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Works by Sarah Edwardson, Karen Harvey, Amy MacLennan, and Jennifer Spears will be on display in the University Art Gallery April 16-21 as part of the Spring Master of Fine Arts Exhibition. This exhibit is the culmination and celebration of several years of artistic work and research at Indiana State University, marking the beginning of their professional creative lives.

An artists' reception is scheduled for Friday, April 20, from 5-7 p.m. in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Sarah Edwardson, Terre Haute, received a bachelor's degree in interior design from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She will receive a M.F.A. in graphic design. During graduate studies at ISU, Edwardson’s research has focused on environmental graphic design and the development of effective way finding systems for commercial spaces. For her final exhibition she has designed the environmental graphics for the new Terre Haute Children's Museum. This allowed her to use a real, rather than conceptual space, and to work on a project that would have relevance as a community engagement project. Her design aims to follow the Terre Haute Children's Museum mission, and to foster a space that promotes active learning through play and hands-on experimentation.

Karen Harvey, Washington D.C., received a bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography and print graphics from Frostburg State University in Maryland. She will receive a M.F.A. in photography. Harvey's current body of work stems from the idea that individuals with lighter skin are somehow superior to those with darker skin, a stigma that began with the institution of slavery in the United States. She gathers her information by speaking with other African Americans and individuals from other cultures about how their life experiences have affected the way they view their physical selves in a society that has a secret stigma concerning the complexion of their skin. Her goal has been to internalize the emotions that are evoked while exploring these experiences, and then recreate them visually through abstract photography in works that will convey emotion, simplicity and beauty.

Amy McLennan, West Terre Haute, received a bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography and printmaking from Indiana State. She will receive a M.F.A. in painting. McLennan’s current body of work deals with the fragility of our physical, emotional, and historical place within this world. She creates metaphors for the delicate nature of relationships by exploring the dynamics between objects traditionally handed down as family heirlooms, and the people who use them and/or revere them. The figure in her work is a vehicle for communicating transitions of time and space. By placing it in an evocative space of a remembered environment she hopes to engage the viewer from a distance, seducing them first with broad, sweeping rhythms, then holding their attention in painterly passages that allow the viewer to pause and consider specificities within the narrative.

Jennifer Spears, Birmingham, Ala., received a bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She will receive a M.F.A. in Photography. In her works she is exploring the traditional idea of Grotesque, using a combination of human and non-human elements in traditional darkroom techniques, including double exposure to achieve the combination of imagery she seeks. Many of her photographic images are printed on a large scale with layers of texture applied on top of the image in the darkroom, to distort the subject's face. Spears wants each image to convey a wide range of emotions while allowing each work to have a personality of its own.

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.

For this exhibit the gallery will also be open on Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The gallery is located in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, located at the corner of Chestnut Street and Seventh streets. All gallery events are free and open to the public and the facility is wheelchair accessible. For additional information, call (812) 237-3720 or log onto www.indstate.edu/artgallery .

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Contact: Mary Kramer, Interim Gallery Director, (812) 237-3787 / 3720 or mkramer1@isugw.indstate.edu

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

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Works by Sarah Edwardson, Karen Harvey, Amy MacLennan, and Jennifer Spears will be on display in the University Art Gallery April 16-21 as part of the Spring Master of Fine Arts Exhibition. This exhibit is the culmination and celebration of several years of artistic work and research at Indiana State University, marking the beginning of their professional creative lives.

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