Kristina Arnold Exhibit to Open in Art Gallery Sept. 19

by News Bureau on Tuesday, Sep. 06, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 6, 2011ᾰThe Southeast Missouri State University River Campus Art Gallery will feature its latest exhibition by Kristina Arnold opening Sept. 19.

An opening reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 7 in the gallery. At noon on Oct. 5 in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center, the artist will host a talk describing the art and its significance. The exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 14.

The River Campus Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Seminary Building in Room 106.

Most of Arnold’s current works focus on concepts from her former background and interest in health care. Primarily an installation artist, she typically illustrates her themes by filling the entire space of a room in works such as walk-in paintings that are fabricated environments that envelop the viewer in the biological microcosm of the body–suspending them within a matrix of cells, neurons and tissues.

Arnold received a community health degree from Brown University and then worked as a research associate in the department of Preventive Medicine, division of pharmacoepidemiology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. After five years, she went back to school to receive a master’s in fine arts from the University of Tennessee. She was hired by Western Kentucky University in 2005 where she now teaches and is gallery director.

River Campus Art Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-7 p.m. on First Fridays. All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gallery Coordinator Emily Booth at ebooth@semo.edu or (573) 651-2663.