River Campus Art Gallery Presents Work of Juror for Annual Juried Student Exhibit

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 15, 2011 – The River Campus Art Gallery at Southeast Missouri State University will host an exhibit opening Feb. 28 which will spotlight the artwork of Alex Lopez, the juror for this year’s annual juried student art exhibit.

This collection of diverse pieces will be on display through March 22, with a Gallery reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 4. An Artist’s Lecture will be held on March 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center at the River Campus. .

The Art Department’s annual juried student show is an exciting event anticipated greatly by the campus and Cape Girardeau communities. Each year, a professional artist of excellent talent and achievement is invited to select works to be included and to hold a solo exhibit of their own work. Lopez is assistant professor of foundations/sculpture at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Lopez earned his master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Alfred University in New York. He taught at Trinity University and The University of Texas, both located in San Antonio before joining Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Lopez’s work is diverse, ranging from objects and videos to installations. His approach is that of scientist and anthropologist, observing, evaluating, experimenting and mapping spectacular moments and events. His work has been exhibited in 35 shows including several solo exhibitions. Such spaces include, Hudson Show Room at Artpace; San Antonio Museum of Art; McNay Art Museum, Texas; University of North Texas, Denton; Blanton Museum of Art; Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, Texas; Robert Turner Gallery, Alfred, New York; and Christie’s, New York. He has been included in several catalogs and has also been reviewed in “Art In America,” “Artlies,” and “Art Papers.” He has had collaborative projects published in “Perla” magazine.

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 1-7 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.