Ceramic Artist Pattie Chalmers to Exhibit Work March 7–28 at River Campus Art Gallery

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 3, 2008 – The Department of Art is pleased to present “Pattie Chalmers: Ceramic Artist” March 7-28 in the River Campus Art Gallery in the Seminary Building at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

An opening reception for the exhibition is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 7. Admission is free.

Chalmers creates narratives combining traditional fables like the Grimm Brothers’ stories with sources from popular culture.  This synthesis results in a landscape of objects where uncommon things share space with more familiar inhabitants of a curio cabinet.  Chalmers works primarily in clay, combining this material with fabric, wallpaper, flocking, Astroturf and wood.

Chalmers holds a master of fine arts degree in ceramics from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking from the University of Manitoba.  She is currently teaching ceramics courses as assistant professor of art at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Chalmers also is the juror for the 2008 Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition, which will be on display April 4-25 in the River Campus Art Gallery.  In conjunction with this exhibition, Chalmers will present an artist’s/juror’s lecture from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, in the River Campus Seminary Building, Room 257.  The reception and artist’s lecture are free and open to the public.

For more information on this event, please contact Dylan Collins, exhibition coordinator, at (573) 651-2663 or e-mail dcollins@semo.edu