WSU art, design faculty showcased at Ulrich Museum

12:31:58 PM CDT - Friday, January 21, 2005

By Shannon Littlejohn

Every other year, the School of Art and Design at Wichita State University showcases outstanding work by faculty and graduate teaching assistants during the faculty biennial at the Ulrich Museum of Art. It's a great chance for art lovers to see what WSU's artists have been up to lately.

"It's an opportunity for the faculty to show the campus community and the Wichita community examples of their ongoing creative research," said Don Byrum, chair of the School of Art and Design.

This year's faculty biennial, in its 15th appearance on the WSU campus, will kick off with a preview party from 6-8 p.m. this Saturday (Jan. 22) at the Ulrich Museum. Four artist talks, featuring three of the faculty artists each time, are scheduled during the month-long exhibit,

"It's important for the students, the faculty, us at the museum and the patrons to see what great work is coming out of the school," said Katie Geha, curator at the Ulrich Museum. "And to be able to see all of the work together is exciting."

Geha said that, although this will be her first biennial since arriving on campus, everyone she has talked to has said it's a wonderful show that draws a lot of Wichitans out to campus.

The exhibit, said Byrum, holds interest for almost everyone. It presents a wide range of media reflecting the diversity of instruction offered in ceramics, graphic design installation, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture.

"One of the things which we hope the visitor to the show will see is the variety of perspectives in the work installation work, electrical work, technical work, as well as traditional work," he said.

The exhibit also gives the school a chance to showcase new artists on the faculty to the campus, Byrum said. "It might take four or five years to meet everyone otherwise, and the exhibition provides a platform for the faculty to show the campus immediately what they're doing."

Artist talks are valuable forums, too, for both the public and the artists.
"They'll talk about their work," said Byrum, "but they also want exchange from the audience, what they get from the art."

Finally, Byrum likes the fact that the biennial often holds surprises for viewers who are familiar with the work of one or more of the exhibiting artists.

"They are always evolving," he said. "You get to see how the work is changing from the last biennial."

Participating in this year's biennial are Stephen Atwood, Barry Badgett, John Boyd, James Brewer, Robert Bubp, Donald Byrum, James Caldwell, Ronald Christ, Dominik D'Angelo, Deborah Dimmick, Paul Flippen, Mary Sue Foster, Charles Frisco, Arlen Hansen, James Hellman, Judy Higdon, David Hiltner, Kathy Hull, Kirsten Johnson, Deborah Kaufman, Ruth Keefer, Stephanie Lanter, Annette LeZotte, Diane Thomas Lincoln, Dylan McCanlies, Wyatt McCrea, Michael Minster, Scott Murray, Jamie O'Leary, Mervi Pakaste, Morgan Price, Jeff Pulaski, Linda Robinson, Victor Rose, Lisa Rundstrom, Teresa Shannon, Dagan Sherman, Jeff Stokes, Dale Strattman, Shoko Teruyama, Paul Wingo and Ann Zerger.

Schedule of talks:
2-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30: Mary Sue Foster, professor of art education and textiles; David Hiltner, assistant professor of ceramics; Annette LeZotte, assistant professor of Renaissance and Baroque art history

Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3: Barry Badgett, associate professor of sculpture; Don Byrum, chair of the School of Art and Design and professor of printmaking; Diane Thomas Lincoln, director of the decorative and ornamental painting certificate program

2-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6: Robert Bubp, assistant professor of painting and drawing; Ronald Christ, professor of painting and drawing; Paul Flippen, assistant professor of painting and drawing

Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10: John Boyd, professor of printmaking; Kirsten Johnson, associate professor of graphic design; Linda Robinson, assistant professor of photography

The 15th Faculty Biennial of the School of Art and Design will be on exhibit from Sunday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Admission is free for all events. For more information, call the Ulrich Museum at (316) 978-3664 or e-mail ulrich@wichita.edu. For more information about the WSU School of Art and Design, a division of the College of Fine Arts, visit http://finearts.wichita.edu/artdesign/.

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