River Campus Art Gallery to Host ‘Pink: A Site-Specific Installation’ by William H. Thielen

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 9, 2009 – The River Campus Art Gallery at Southeast Missouri State University will to present a project from artist William H. Thielen, “Pink: A Site-Specific Installation.”

This fresh, provoking project will be on display from Sept. 21- Oct. 16, with a gallery reception on Friday, Oct. 2, from 5 – 7 p.m. Thielen will lecture about this installation and discuss his process in creating it, from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center.

While addressing the topic of identity, Thielen presents a seemingly simple work that, at its core, questions his – and his art’s – legitimacy.  Through the use of a simple childhood activity, an obsessive process, a decorative display, and most importantly the color pink, Thielen challenges the viewer to overcome preconceived notions.  In essence, will the sum total of the work transcend the simplicity of its elements?

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 the first Friday of the month. All gallery exhibitions, events and lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact gallery coordinator Emily Booth at ebooth@semo.edu.