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Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University Spring 2004 Exhibition Calendar


December 01, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. – The broad range of high quality art created by graduate students completing master of fine arts (MFA) degrees at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art will be highlighted in exhibitions during the spring 2004 semester at Harry Wood Gallery.

Exhibitions will feature work spanning media and processes from the traditional to the high-tech, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, fibers, photography, printmaking, wood and intermedia. 

In addition to MFA thesis exhibitions, the Harry Wood Gallery also features group shows by undergraduate students. Admission to all Harry Wood exhibitions is free and open to the public.

Harry Wood Gallery is located in the Art Building just west of the intersection of Forest and Tyler malls on ASU’s main campus, in Tempe. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

2003 National Invitational Printmaking Professor Exhibition
Jan. 26 – Feb. 6, 2004
Harry Wood Gallery
Forty of the most visible American Printmaking professors currently working in the US were selected for this exhibition. Selection was based on the visual merit of their work and extensive exhibition record in juried national and international print exhibitions. This exhibition includes many of the 25 graduates of the Herberger College MFA program in printmaking who that are currently teaching at university level across the United States. Each artist produced a 15" x 18" edition of original art.

Construction Paper
Feb. 9-13, 2004
Reception: 7-9 p.m., Feb. 9
Harry Wood Gallery
Gretchen Schermerhorn, an MFA candidate in printmaking, presents her thesis exhibition. Schermerhorn’s work, comprising both prints and paper garments, is a commentary on societal issues. She is particularly interested in issues of assumed biological differences versus socialization. The garments in this exhibition, some wearable and some sculptural, are screen prints and relief prints on handmade paper.

An exhibition by Emily Stewart
Feb. 16-20, 2004
Reception: 7-9 p.m., Feb. 16
Harry Wood Gallery
In her work, Emily Stewart, an MFA candidate in fibers, uses maps as a subjective tool to record places she has called home. Memories are collaged together out of hand-dyed fabrics in a manner that brings to mind the intimacy and comfort of quilts. The fabric is printed with rubbings of actual surfaces, taken as a record of a fleeting moment in time. Hand stitching embellishes the maps, adding the route biked to school each day or the way the morning light comes through the window. The fabric is worked over and over as the artist grows as familiar with the surface of the cloth as she is with the places she has called "home."

Domestic Encounters
Feb. 23-27, 2004
Reception: 7-9 p.m., Feb. 26
Harry Wood Gallery
Kaori Fujitani’s recent work centers on the domestic landscape. Fujitani, a ceramics major, says she sometimes finds herself surprised by her encounters with the ordinary, such as household objects in her home. In grappling with this, Fujitani makes multiples and exaggerates their scale, trying to push these familiar objects out of their context. “I want them to elicit curiosity and a desire for a closer look at these mundane objects,” she says.

Nathan Cummings Travel Fellowship Award Exhibition
March 15-26, 2004
Harry Wood Gallery
The idea that travel is integral to artistic development is at the heart of this annual exhibition and competition. Graduate students from ASU’s Herberger College School of Art may enter a single work in this annual event, which is judged by faculty members. The grand prize is a significant cash award to be used by the student artist for summer travel. The exhibition and competition is based on the long-established educational and artistic tradition of “The Grand Tour.” The fellowship is awarded to the student whose work and written statement best exemplify the intent of “The Grand Tour.”

Having and Holding
March 29 – April 2, 2004
Reception: 7-9 p.m., March 29
Harry Wood Gallery
Shannon Duffy, an MFA candidate in jewelry/metals, presents her thesis exhibition.

An exhibition by Ephram Daniel Fogel
April 5-9, 2004
Harry Wood Gallery
Ephram Fogel, an MFA candidate in painting, presents his thesis exhibition.

An exhibition by Jeana Eve Klein
April 12-16, 2004
Harry Wood Gallery
Jeana Eve Klein, an MFA candidate in fibers, presents her thesis exhibition.

Landscape in the Round; 360 degrees of a city park
April 19-23, 2004 
Reception: 7-9 p.m., April 19
Harry Wood Gallery
“ The real voyage of discovery consists
not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust
Jane Mary Schmidt, an MFA candidate in painting, presents a landscape series comprising 12 canvases. The paintings reflect a comprehensive view of a city park, created when the artist stood at its center and documented a 360-degree vista. Although the canvases are married by a common horizon and by forms continuing from one to the next, each painting is handled with lighting and seasonal conditions reflecting various times of day and year.

An exhibition by Karen Fiorito
April 26-30, 2004
Reception: 7-9 p.m., April 26
Harry Wood Gallery
Karen Fiorito, an MFA candidate in printmaking, presents an exhibition of political art that incorporates propaganda, advertising and commercial processes of mass production such as silkscreen and multiples. Fiorito’s work questions the “rejection of meaning” (Pierre Bourdieu, “The Field of Cultural Production”) currently popular in the art market. She attempts to merge art with social, political and class issues.

Annual MFA Summer Exhibition
May 3 – Sept. 3, 2004 
Harry Wood Gallery
This juried exhibition features outstanding work by artists pursuing master of fine arts degrees at the School of Art in ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts.

The School of Art is part of The Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University. The college educates more than 2,500 students annually and encompasses the School of Art, the School of Music, the Department of Theatre and the Department of Dance, as well as the research-based Institute for Studies in the Arts and the ASU Art Museum. Visit the Herberger College School of Art on the Web at http://art.asu.edu.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Pringle
480-965-8795
jennifer.pringle@asu.edu