River Campus Art Gallery Presents ‘Sarah Riley: Sabbatical Work’

Photo of a piece of artwork to be displayed in the River Campus Art Gallery as part of the "Sarah Riley: Sabbatical Work" exhibit.

The sabbatical work of Southeast Art Professor and Printmaking Area Head Sarah Riley combine and layer imagery in painting, drawing and prints.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 14, 2010 — The River Campus Art Gallery at Southeast Missouri State University will present an exhibit of rich, colorful artworks by Southeast Art Professor and Printmaking Area Head Sarah Riley.

These pieces will be on display Jan. 19 to Feb. 19, with a Gallery reception on the First Friday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 7 pm. Riley will discuss these works and her process in creating them at a lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Seminary Building Room 257.

Riley’s lush, evocative pieces combine and layer imagery in painting, drawing and prints. In this body of work, Riley explores her keen interest in color, narrative, gesture, texture and discordant elements from diverse stylistic sources. 

“I started the work for this Sabbatical Exhibition during an Artist’s Residency in Costa Rica at The Julia and David White Artist’s Colony,” she said. “Working outside and from photos upon my return, I tried to explore and elucidate meaning through landscape, attempting to show the visual and psychological textures that interpret nature. Of course, there also are images from other trips, and even a tree from my side-yard, but, in all, I have tried to favor mystery over exacting knowledge, to allow the mood of the paint or the print textures to send me in the direction of my interpretation.”

Riley says her work involves careful attending to various media followed by two, three or more levels of interpretation which, “when layered or juxtaposed, I hope, produce a sense of reverie or dream-like coexistence. In a culture where so much of the visual stimuli direct us toward a specific blaring response, I see this type of imagery as a place to wander.”

Visitors are invited to view and experience this dynamic, thought-provoking collection of gorgeous artworks. The River Campus Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Seminary Building, Room 106. Normal Gallery hours are 1 to 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.