‘Piezoelectricise’ Opening in Dobbins Center Gallery

Exhibit Connects Humanity with Energy of Natural World

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 23, 2016 — Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus and the Department of Art announce the opening of “Piezoelectricise,” a multifaceted exhibition on display in the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center Gallery.

The exhibition will feature the work of an intimate collection of faculty, alumni and current students representing the explorative and cross collaborative nature of an artistic environment. An exhibition reception is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. April 1. The exhibit will remain on display through May 1 in the Dobbins Gallery.

Discovered in the 1880s by Jacque and Pierre Curie, Piezoelectricity is the ability of a particular material to generate an electric charge when pressure is applied. Artists Emily Denlinger, Zack Tucker, LeeAnn Luebers, Chris Beaty and Joshua Newth explore this multilayered concept through diverse aesthetic and media platforms.

The connection between the elemental energy of a material and its relationship to humanity provides a mechanism for appreciation and understanding. Through the investigation of chakras, crystals and the natural world, the infinite possibilities of energy and its relationship to mankind are probed. Using photography, new media, and paint, the exhibition creates a dialog through “Piezoelectricise” that is reflective of human engagement with the energy of the natural and spiritual world.