Students to Display Their Summer Work at Exhibition Opening in August

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

July 6, 2010 – The lazy days of summer are inspiring art students at Southeast Missouri State University to create dynamic pieces of ceramic, sculpture, fiber and digital artwork.

The pieces are being created in four summer art workshops that will culminate with the Summer Art Workshops Exhibition Aug. 23-Sept. 10 in the River Campus Art Gallery.

Louise Bodenheimer, professor of art at Southeast, is teaching this summer’s computer art workshop now under way at the River Campus. She says she has introduced the students to computer software, including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and they are now working from photos, drawings and guided imagery.

“I let them create,” she said. “Lots of creative things are being done. Every year surprises me. I think they are doing very well.”

The Summer Art Workshops Exhibition also will feature the work of students who enrolled in a fibers workshop earlier this summer. Pat Reagan, chair of the Department of Art, taught the class in which students used a variety of dye techniques and painted on large fabric panels. Each student embellished a pair of 20-inch-by-60-inch fabric panels with paint, dye and other items. Twelve students’ works will be featured in the exhibit.

Also included in the exhibit will be the work of students enrolled in a summer ceramics workshop taught by Benjie Heu, associate professor of art. Heu says the exhibit will showcase Raku fired ceramics, including vases, sculptures and other functional items. He says students will build an experimental Raku kiln outside of Memorial Hall and will and use it at least once a week from July 13-Aug. 6. A Raku kiln is gas-fired and heats ceramic pieces to about 1,900 degrees in 45 minutes, Heu said. Raku is an ancient Japanese art form. Raku vessels were and continue to be used in the traditional tea ceremony. Heu says his workshop blends this ancient art form with modern technology.

In addition to the Raku fired ceramic pieces, the summer Art Workshops Exhibition also will include pieces of welded sculpture. Students created these pieces in a workshop taught by Chris Wubbena, assistant professor of art, May 17-June 11.

The Summer Art Workshops Exhibition will showcase a variety of media created by students in each of the workshops. The public is invited to an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 3 in the River Campus Art Gallery located in the Seminary Building at Southeast’s River Campus. Admission is free.

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.