Prichard Art Gallery Showcases Graduate Artwork in Exhibit

Friday, April 8 2011


MOSCOW, Idaho – Before walking down the aisle to receive their master’s degrees, six graduate students will showcase their artwork at the Prichard Art Gallery during the annual Graduate Art Exhibit.

The exhibit will run Friday, April 15, through Saturday, May 14, with an opening reception held on Friday, April 15, from 5-8 p.m. at the Prichard Art Gallery.

”After years of dedicating themselves to their artistic vision, the exhibit at the Prichard is the graduate student’s chance to shine,” said Roger Rowley, director of the Prichard Art Gallery. “They get to bring together their ideas in a venue that can best showcase their work. It is a wonderful celebration for the students, college and university, and one of the only programs to do so in such a public fashion.”

The six graduates to exhibit their work are Rachel Smith, Nathan Myatt, Aaron Johnson, Angelique Abare, Abigail Tjaden and David Herbold. The thesis exhibition is a culmination of artwork, research and writing that spans three years of exploration surrounding each artist's conceptual and technical development.

Smith’s installation and collage work explores the idea of hierarchical memory. She aims to create an experience for the viewer through the use of paper ephemera, projection and collage as a means to disrupt preconceived notions of nostalgic memory.

“Using found objects and imagery, I examine the status of nostalgic memory as it relates to individual and collective memories,” said Smith.

Myatt's photographs explore the visual essence of the urban environment through the interaction between individuals and the landscape.

“With the use of movement and high contrast black and white photographs, my work investigates the personalities and behaviors that are developed in relation to the characteristics of the urban environment,” said Myatt.

Johnson works primarily "en Plein-Air," which means on location. He feels painting from life embodies the painting with the experience of a particular place or object.

“Painting from life motivates the imagination and helps create feeling in a piece,” said Johnson.

Abare’s work sets out to capture and support the metaphor between the construction of space and the construction of memories. Through the use of texture, color and a break with traditional means of perspective, she hopes to enlighten a path for the viewer to experience space differently.

“It is my wish to show the viewer a means of representing both the structure and the emotion of lived space, the essence of what is seen and what is not,” said Abare.

Tjaden uses printstallations to portray structural forms found within the city and organic forms found within nature. Printstallations are created from silkscreened images that are hand printed onto various paper types and installed into a space.

“I want to engage the viewer into a dialogue of the lived life, where one has the ability to see things differently and take on different perspectives,” said Tjaden.

Herbold steps into a cooperative discussion with his audience in the context of a constructed space, full of inherent contradictions and objects, as well as a shared tactile experience outside the gallery.

“Recently, I have been less drawn to the solitary grappling that once fueled my art,” said Herbold. “My thesis work attempts to bridge the gap between my making and my sense of social engagement.”

This exhibit is free and open to the public. The Prichard Art Gallery hours are: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; it is closed on Monday. The gallery, an outreach facility of the University of Idaho, is located at 414/416 S. Main St. on the corner of Fifth and Main streets in downtown Moscow. Additional information is available at www.uidaho.edu/galleries.
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