Take in top 10 events of art, design faculty biennial

9:27:49 AM CDT - Thursday, January 18, 2007

By Shannon Littlejohn

With 10 breakout events scheduled around the 16th WSU School of Art & Design Faculty Biennial, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for both social and educational interaction with the 20 university artists who are participating.

The showcase of faculty and graduate assistant artwork, open for viewing from Sunday, Jan. 28, through Sunday, April 1, at the Ulrich Museum of Art begins with a Saturday night preview party and public welcome reception for the Ulrich Museum’s new director, Patricia McDonnell.

Two series of lectures — “How’d They Make That?” and the Faculty Biennial Artists Lecture Series — and two Senior Wednesday tours are running in conjunction with the exhibit.

The exhibit, according to School of Art & Design chair Don Byrum, holds interest for almost everyone with a wide range of media reflecting the diversity of instruction offered at WSU in ceramics, graphic design installation, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture.

It also introduces the art stylings of new faculty members while providing a look at how longtime faculty members’ work has evolved. Printmaker John Boyd is one example. At WSU since 1972, Boyd has exhibited his prints and drawings locally, regionally and nationally. They are in the permanent collections of more than 40 institutions and in the hands of private collectors in Wichita and beyond.

“My most recent artworks have focused on digital technology …,” he writes in the artist statement that describes his work. “Most prints have an autobiographical association, yet are filled with social commentary in which I try to reinforce common philosophical beliefs embraced if not followed by our society.”

Participants in this year's biennial are Ted Adler, Barry Badgett, Kristen Beal-Degrandmont, John Boyd, Jim Brewer, Robert Bubp, Don Byrum, Ron Christ, Mary Sue Foster, Pamela Harlan, Jim Hellman, Kirsten Johnson, Annette LeZotte, Diane Thomas Lincoln, Wyatt McCrea, Mervi Pakaste, Jeff Pulaski, Linda Robinson, Royce Smith and Annie Strader.

Here’s a look at biennial events, all of which are free and will take place at the Ulrich Museum. Lectures will be in the Polk-Wilson galleries on the second floor. For the lunchtime lectures, a complementary lunch will be provided to the first 25 students who arrive.

• 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. Start your artfest by chatting up the outstanding exhibiting art and design faculty members at the biennial preview party and take the opportunity to extend a welcome to McDonnell.
• 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Take in the first “How’d They Make That?” presentation with Robert Bubp.
• 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Spend your lunch hour at the first Faculty Biennial Artists Lecture, given by Kirsten Johnson and Kristen Beal-DeGrandmont.
• 10-11:30 a.m, Wednesday, Feb. 21. Senior Wednesday with Annette LeZotte. Refreshments and tour for art lovers 55 or older.
• 12:30-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21. Artists lecture by Barry Badgett and Ted Adler.
• 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. “How’d They Make That?” with Annette LeZotte.
• 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28. Artists lecture by Diane Lincoln.
• 2-3 p.m. Saturday, March 10. “How’d They Make That?” with Mary Sue Foster.
• 10- 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 21. Senior Wednesday with Barry Badgett. Refreshments and tour for art lovers 55 or older.
• 2-3 p.m. Saturday, March 24. “How’d They Make That?” with Annie Strader and Ted Adler.

The 16th Faculty Biennial of the School of Art and Design will be on exhibit from Sunday, Jan. 28, through Sunday, April 1, at the Ulrich Museum of Ar. 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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