Photos Celebrating Quiet Moments on Display – Wendy Cooper: Transition Spaces 11.3 Exhibit

by News Bureau on Friday, Oct. 07, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 7, 2011 – “Wendy Cooper: Transitions Spaces Series 11.3,” opens Oct. 21 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 4, with a gallery talk by the artist at 5 p.m. Nov. 11. The exhibit will remain on display through Dec. 11. Admission is free.

The photographs in this exhibit celebrate quiet moments. The artist, Wendy Cooper, has captured them as a rebellion against and escape from the bombardment of media culture. The images are metaphors for the juncture, or the synapse, in between a mental, physical or real world and that of a virtual, imaginary or remembered and dream world. The representation of these opposites through the fleeting aspects of light and shadow and the fluid aspects of water express Cooper’s feeling of being in between the polarities of life.

Wendy Cooper has a master of fine arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design (2008), Savannah, Ga., and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.  She is currently assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast Missouri State University. 

Cooper maintains an active exhibition record of group, juried and invitational exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include “Shoot’n Southern: Women Photographers, Past and Present,” Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Ala.; “Ocean Blue: Paintings and Photographs by John Olenyik and Wendy Cooper,” 2CarGarage Contemporary Art Gallery; “In Between,” 2CarGarage Contemporary Art Gallery, Savannah, Ga.; “The Extended Moment”, DeSoto Row Gallery, Savannah, Ga.; “Breaking Glass: Contemporary Photography,” Town Center Fine Art, Watkinsville, Ga.; and the14th Annual Telfair Art Fair, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Ga.  She has received numerous awards and commissions for her work including the 2008 Competition Winner in “The Photo Review” and a third place, “Image08,” the annual photo contest hosted by the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Mo. Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends, 1-4 p.m. For more information, email museum@semo.edu or call (573) 651-2260.