River Campus Art Gallery Hosts Summer Art Workshops Exhibition

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 19, 2009 — Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Art Gallery is delighted to present the first exhibit of the fall semester, a display showcasing the diverse artworks created during the Department of Art’s summer art workshops.

The exhibit opens on Monday, Aug. 24, with a reception on Friday, Sept. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. and will be on display until Friday, Sept. 11.

This exhibit includes new, dynamic artworks employing a variety of media and studio processes. In these intensive, exciting workshops, student artists honed their conceptual development, artistic expression and creative problem solving skills.  In the Fibers workshop, student artists created surface dye designs on a variety of natural fabrics. Through a series of samples and dye recipes, student artists explored material relationships, design elements and thematic content, culminating in two-panel pieces that showcase each student’s unique ideas.  In the Sculpture workshop, student artists developed the creative and technical skills necessary to create welded metal sculptures. Through a variety of traditional and exploratory methods, students advanced their ability to further investigate their own artistic language.  The Ceramics workshop addressed the use of several techniques, including hand building and wheel throwing, in the creation of sculptural clay pieces. Through specific process and criteria assignment, student artists developed unique vessels that saw their hard work, attention to detail and excellent craftsmanship reach satisfying fruition.  In the Computer Art workshop, students were introduced to new media possibilities in digital format. Using Macintosh computers, student artists used drawing, painting and scanning software to create and manipulate images, finding new ways to incorporate cutting edge technology into their artistic visions.  Please join us to view and experience this wonderful collection of work. The River Campus Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Seminary Building, Room 106. Normal Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 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.