UW-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery kicks off senior exhibition with April 8 reception

The Lawton Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host an opening reception for the first of two student Senior Art Exhibitions from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, April 8 in the lobby of UW-Green Bay’s Theatre Hall.

Featuring four graduating senior artists, this first Senior Art Exhibition runs from April 8-19 at the Lawton Gallery in Theatre Hall on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The Gallery is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and all of its events are free and open to the public.

“This exhibition is a vivid showcase of some of the talented artists who are graduating this year from the UW-Green Bay Art department,” said Lawton Gallery Curator Stephen Perkins. “It presents work in four quite distinct areas: printmaking, photography, ceramics and a textile installation.”

The four artists are as follows. Each is listed by name, work and an excerpt from the artist’s statement about his or her work:

Alicia DeBlaey: An installation involving three crocheted hanging panels. “In my opinion, there are certain things that should be mixed together more often. Traditional and contemporary, soft and bold, violence and cuteness. The result is this, something that is soft and can provide comfort, yet can also bring up dark images of cruelty against innocent things.”

Andrea Frederick: A series of photographic portraits investigating aspects of human sexuality. “Sexuality is one of the most complex aspects of American society. We simultaneously worship and shun it. We glorify men that indulge their sexuality, and vilify women that do the same. We are constantly caught in a tug-of-war between modesty and promiscuity, and its consequences are not difficult to see.”

Nadia Juhnke: Layered screen prints exploring vase forms and shapes. “For me, vases are like people. The vase body is a life form. The vase mouth is to speak. The handle is the palm. The foot is there to stand and remain. A vase contains personality and collective memories and to transport their spirit. The vase also has a decorative and functional purpose. The colors and forms of vases imitate gender, personality and emotion.”

Joshua Woof: At least three series of ceramic works inspired by celadon wares from the Song Dynasty, China and the Chinese philosophy of “Qi” (energy). “As a potter, I appreciate traditional forms from the history of ceramics. I use them as a basis for my work. I’m greatly inspired by the celadon wares from the Song Dynasty in China, and the aesthetics and teachings of English potter Bernard Leach, expressing higher culture in utilitarian ceramics.”

For more information about the Lawton Gallery, visit www.uwgb.edu/lawton/, or call (920) 465-2916.


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