UI Prichard Art Gallery Exhibit Takes a Closer Look at Miniatures

Wednesday, August 27 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – Aug. 26, 2014 – Focusing on small-scale creations, the University of Idaho’s Prichard Art Gallery features the exhibit “Miniatures; It’s Not All Small After All.” 

The exhibit opened Aug. 22 and will run through Sunday, Sept. 28. A reception will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug.29, at the Prichard Art Gallery. 

New York exhibiting artist Thomas Doyle will attend the reception and lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in the University Teaching and Learning Center Room 031.

“Miniatures; It’s Not All Small After All” brings together the work of five contemporary artists who work in miniature. The exhibit was curated by the Prichard’s assistant director, Nara Woodland, and educational coordinator, Lauren McCleary, drawing on their shared childhood delight with “the inherent ability of the miniature to draw a person in—regardless of age—and transport them to another place, ” said Woodland. 

Each artist has his or her own approach to creating surreal and fantastical worlds while masterfully uniting craft and concept. 

Thomas Doyle’s work mines the debris of memory through the creation of intricate worlds sculpted in 1:43 scale and smaller. Often sealed under glass, the works depict the remnants of things past — whether major transformational experiences or quieter moments that resonate loudly throughout a life. 

Ellen Driscoll spends time walking the sidewalks of her Brooklyn neighborhood collecting plastic used in her installations. She works hours transforming it into miniature scenes that call attention to large-scale environmental issues like global warming.

Gregory Euclide uses found natural and manmade objects in conjunction with drawing and painting in his work. He uses miniature to take an aerial viewpoint that traverses human impact on the natural world. 

Lilana Porter constructs "theatrical vignettes" as visual commentary of the human condition. She is interested in the simultaneity of humor and distress and banality and the possibilities of meaning.
Kurt Moses uses available light and existing conditions to capture evocative aesthetically pleasing images in the real-world environment. He arranges common and sometimes not-so-common situations as if they were co-existing worlds. 

The Prichard Art Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is closed Monday. The gallery, an outreach facility of the University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture, is located at 414/416 S. Main St. on the corner of Fifth Street and Main Street in downtown Moscow. Admission is free. Additional Information is available at www.uidaho.edu/caa/prichardartgallery.


Roger Rowley
Prichard Gallery
(208) 885-3586 

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