New York artist named this year's Williamson Memorial Artist -in-Residence

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
February 26, 2009

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - An exhibition of paintings, prints, and drawings by New York artist Sandy Winters will be on display in the Indiana State University Art Gallery March 5-April 9.

The public is invited to attend a reception honoring this distinguished artist on Thursday, March 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. Winters, who is this year\'s Williamson Memorial Artist-In-Residence, will also present a visiting artist lecture about her work and career on the same evening beginning at 5:30 pm. in the Music Recital Hall. The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.

The exhibition, titled "Not In My Backyard: Sandy Winters - Ten Years," covers a series of provocative mixed media paintings, drawings, and prints from the past decade. These fantastical "landscapes" are simultaneously organic and mechanical, fruitful and destructive, and witty and shocking. The push and pull of her creative process and between the abstract characters featured seem to tell a never ending story about the cycle of life and death.

"Not In My Backyard" will feature an installation titled "Metamorphosis," an ongoing project done in part while Winters is here in Terre Haute. The public is welcomed to get a sneak peak prior to the opening on Wednesday, March 4 from 3- 4:30pm. This is a great opportunity to see the artist in action and for an informal question and answer session.

"Pretexts and Subtexts," a survey of her recent work organized by the MIA Art Center, Miami, traveled to the Ringling Museum, in Sarasota and the Von Liebig in Naples in 2005 and 2006. Winters has exhibited and lectured extensively throughout the US since the early 1980's, and is currently represented by George Adams Gallery in New York.

This exhibition and lecture are made possible by funding from the Michael M. Williamson Memorial Fund and the Indiana Arts Commission. The Williamson Memorial Artist-In-Residence Series was initiated in 1989 through the generosity of Dr. Alyce Williamson and friends in memory of the late Michael M. Williamson. The purpose of the program is to present exhibitions, lectures, and other residency activities by prominent artists to Indiana State University students the Wabash Valley.

The University Art Gallery is located in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut streets. The gallery is open to the public Monday-Friday from 11am-4pm and Thursday from 11am-8pm. and is wheelchair accessible. For additional information please call (812) 237-3720 or visit www.indstate.edu/artgallery .

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Contact: Melissa Vandenberg, Director-University Art Gallery, 812.237.3787 or mvandenberg@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237.3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu