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School of Art announces Spring ’03 exhibitions at Harry Wood Gallery, Northlight Gallery and Step Gallery

January 02, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz.-The broad range of studio art disciplines taught at the School of Art in ASU's Herberger College of Fine Arts will be highlighted in exhibitions during the Spring 2003 semester at three on-campus galleries: the Harry Wood Gallery, the Step Gallery and the Northlight Gallery.

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

School of Art students, staff and faculty operate the galleries, which are open to the public.

The Harry Wood Gallery features solo exhibitions by graduate students completing master of fine arts (MFA) degrees, as well as group shows by undergraduate students.

The Step Gallery showcases works by School of Art undergraduates, both in solo and group shows.

Significant contemporary and historical photography and the work of School of Art photography students are featured at the Northlight Gallery.

(Exhibition schedules for each gallery follow.)

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

Harry Wood Gallery

Location: Art Building, ASU main campus, Tempe (near the intersection of Forest and Tyler malls)
Admission: Free
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jan 27-31, 2003
An 11-foot-high luminous red pomegranate pushes against the ceiling of the Harry Wood Gallery, driven by the energy of the seed within, in this exhibition by MFA candidate in intermedia, Andrea Hull.

Feb. 3-5, 2003
In her MFA thesis show, Yuriko Nishimura explores eroticism from unique perspectives. The exhibition features stone carvings and bronze sculptures that are both ambiguous and explicit in nature. The marble Nishimura carves is from Arizona, mined in the Haquahala mountains approximately 100 miles west of Phoenix.

Feb. 10- 21, 2003
Hind Sight
Hind Sight is a retrospective exhibition of photographs, mixed media installation and video work by Tamarra Kaida, retiring photography professor in the Herberger College School of Art.

Feb. 24-28, 2003
An exhibition by Jane Elizabeth Almirall
Free opening reception: 7-9 p.m., Feb. 24
Jane Elizabeth Almirall, MFA candidate in painting and drawing, presents her thesis exhibition. Almirall says her work stems largely from my inability to settle down in a particular place. She uses imagery of birds, eggs and nests to reference her own migratory tendencies as well as her desire to seek out a place that is secure. Almirall says she paints landscapes from memory and photos that she has taken on her cross-country expeditions. She also employs decorative patterns in her paintings to create a foundation that can be built up and layered upon. "I also enjoy the dual meaning of the word pattern - as in routine, repetition and habit - and how it pertains to my interest in seeking stability without becoming stagnant," Almirall says.

March 3-7, 2003
Construction of Intimate
Jennifer Kiraly presents her MFA thesis exhibition in painting. Kiraly works from a composite of imagery to create and maintain interesting and thought-provoking dialogue and discovery. She says she has adapted her sensibilities to recognize the feminine as it pertains to her daily life, letting it become her guide to judge images and interpret her own. Modes of inspiration include fabric, music, memory and pattern. She describes her works as reflections of fantasy, with themes of attraction and femininity, but not perfection. Opening reception March 3, 7-9 p.m.

March 10-14, 2003
Don Kauss presents his MFA thesis exhibition, comprised of sculptural work made mostly from found object assemblage. The exhibition explores the energy of living things and the chaos of the world.

March 17-28, 2003
Nathan Cummings Travel Fellowship Award Exhibition
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."

March 31 - April 4, 2003
An exhibition by Eric Burris
Eric Burris, an MFA candidate in jewelry/metals, presents his thesis exhibition.

April 7-11, 2003
Miniature Camera Obscuras
Nissa Kubly, an MFA candidate in jewelry/metals, presents her thesis exhibition. Kubly's work consists of small-scale, fully functional pinhole cameras. Historically, the pinhole camera or camera obscura has been used by scientists as a tool to explore the mechanics of such things as optics, movement and measurement, and by artists to explore a two dimensional depiction of the three dimensional world. Kubly's creative work attempts to incorporate aspects of both the scientific and artistic historical use of the pinhole camera.

April 14-18, 2003
Using architectural structures as symbols of permanence, Andrew Behrle creates situations in which water erodes these symbols to illustrate the temporality of physicality in all forms. While dealing with physical impermanence through the cycles of nature, Behrle explores ideas of spiritual permanence.

April 21-25, 2003
The Scattered Furniture of Nature and History 
Mathew Coon, an MFA candidate in sculpture, presents his thesis exhibition, which he says will tell a story in the form of vignettes and installations. These vignettes will take the form of Victorian architecture and furniture, incorporated with modern gadgetry. "The story is of our evolution with information technologies and the difference between knowledge and wisdom," Coon says.

April 28 - May 2, 2003
Beauty, Terror and Time
Michael Lundgren, photography major, presents his thesis exhibition: a group of photographs dealing with a direct experience of land. Lundgren describes the works as "An attempt to photograph the meeting of my own awareness with a larger entity, the desert. In this, they are an exploration into the sublime and a search for the relationship between photography, time and consciousness."

May 5 - Sept. 5, 2003
Annual MFA Summer Exhibition
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.

Step Gallery

Location: Tempe Center, ASU main campus, Tempe (southeast corner of Mill and University)
Admission: Free
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday from noon to 3 p.m.

January 27-31, 2003 
At Home in America
This body of work by photography student Lindsey Palmer consists of approximately twenty 11 x 14 black-and-white, silver gelatin prints. At Home in America documents Palmer's inquiry into what an "American family" is today. Palmer photographed a large range of people, (groups, couples and individuals) who cohabitate and consider themselves to be a "family." Each portrait is taken in the family's home. She describes the portraits as formal in nature, yet taken in a relaxed environment.

February 3-7, 2003 
Awkward Symmetry
Alexander Duffy presents an exhibition in various painting media, including acrylic, spray and pigment powder, that reveals abstraction through the use of almost, but not quite, symmetrical designs.

February 10-14, 2003 
Copy Right
The task of this undergraduate painting class was to faithfully duplicate the work of old and modern masters, with the added twist of incorporating the student's self portraits into their reproductions. Through direct experience with the paint, each student had to reckon with the tools and techniques of their chosen masters far more deeply than would be possible by simple observation of the masterworks. The students chose pieces that allowed them to explore techniques and subject matter that amplified, challenged, or violently opposed those in their own personal work. The class found this exercise so beneficial that they decided to extend the concept - to create a completely personal painting using the techniques of the chosen master. This exhibition consists of each student's master reproduction; photographs of the original masterpiece, the personal painting done using the master's techniques and an artist statement.

February 17-21, 2003 
An exhibition by Nathan Redwood
Nathan Redwood, a painting major who also works in other media, including ceramics, presents an exhibition that explores the issues of deterioration and dematerialization.

March 10-14, 2003
Journeying: "Land and Space"
Danielle Antebi presents works created in oil and mixed media that explore energy movements in space and present vibrational shapes of the earth's surface.

March 24-28, 2003
Desiring Machines
Desiring Machines is an exhibition of kinetic sculptures produced in the context of the Spring 2003 Experimental Systems in Sculpture class.

March 31 - April 4, 2003
An exhibition by Amy Werner
An exhibition consisting primarily of sculptural works, including large cast bronze and iron pieces, as well as several wood pieces. The wooden works will include both turned and assembled pieces.

April 7-11, 2003
Senior BFA show by Jill Holland
In her senior exhibition, sculpture major Jill Holland juxtaposes her figurative work with her geometric work. The exhibition will also contain a number of welded relief cubist "paintings" of musicians.

April 14-18, 2003
Juried Undergraduate Photography Exhibition
This juried undergraduate photography exhibition includes digital, non-silver, color and traditional black-and-white photographic work produced by ASU photo majors.

April 21-25, 2003
Common Denominator
This exhibition examines the fragility of the human body as its common theme and portrays two separate aspects of this human condition through two different media. The loss of mental acuity and physical agility serve as the Common Denominator in the work of Bill Wetherill, a senior painting major, and Susan Davis George, a senior fibers major. Wetherill's oversized paintings depict the body's physical frailty with such images as leg braces, oxygen tanks, and wheelchairs. Preservation of childhood memory coupled with memory loss that comes with aging form the foundation of George's work through various fibers techniques such as weaving, printing and knitting. In addition to the common theme in their work, George and Wetherill have something else in common: they are not the typical young art majors, but rather older students. Wetherill is a first-time college student while George returned as a post-baccalaureate student.

April 28 - May 2, 2003
Faces, New Paintings by Laura Spaulding
This exhibit will be the artist's Undergraduate Honors Thesis Show, a culmination of the past four years of work in the School of Art. This exhibition will examine the portrait in art, the influence of the old and modern master, and the artist's own interpretation of color, space and line.

May 5-9, 2003 
David E. Lukens
BFA candidate in photography David E. Lukens presents work two independent studies in photography, in addition to some personal projects. Lukens' first independent study is a portrait series of the homeless in central Phoenix, completed in spring 2002. The second study, undertaken in fall 2002, is a documentary-style project of the Van Buren corridor. His personal work presents agrarian landscapes and religious themes. The exhibition includes both black-and-white and color photographs.

Northlight Gallery

Location: Matthews Hall, ASU main campus, Tempe (southeast corner of Tyler and Forest malls)
Admission: Free
Gallery Hours: Sunday from 12:30-4:30 p.m., Monday from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday -Thursday from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 10 - March 13, 2003
Crossing Borders II 
Reception: 7 p.m., Feb. 17, 
Reception and Gallery talk: 7 p.m., March 13
This exhibition is the second in a cultural exchange between graduate students in photography from ASU and artists sponsored by Galerie im Traklhaus in Salzburg Austria.

March 24 - April 1, 2003
BA/BFA Exhibition
Reception: 7 p.m., March 31
This exhibition is juried by the ASU photo faculty and features photographs by graduating seniors earning a BA or BFA in photography.

April 7-17, 2003
Monica Hurtado, MFA Exhibition
Reception: 7 p.m., April 7

April 21 - May 5, 2003
Aaron Rothman, MFA Exhibition 
Reception: 7 p.m., April 21
Aaron Rothman, an MFA candidate in photography, uses various photographic media to explore ideas of landscape and perception in this, his thesis exhibition.

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