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Art department welcomes visiting artists, offers Family Art Nights

September 02, 2009 12:00AM

Art department welcomes visiting artists, offers Family Art Nights
This piece by mixed media artist Jennifer Anderson will be featured as part of the "Perspectives" exhibits this October in Porter Hall.

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It's a remarkable opportunity for an artist to have a long-term, meaningful impact. "
~ Portico Bowman, associate professor of art
hose in the Pittsburg State University community who love art, this fall's visiting artists are bringing a wave of multi-disciplinary creativity to Porter Hall.

This fall, the Department of Art will welcome four artists whose work can be applied to a variety of courses - most notably the artists who will visit in October, bringing with them exhibits that focus on the biological sciences.

Portico Bowman, associate professor of art and director of the University and Harry Krug Galleries on the PSU campus, said the lecture series "Perspectives" presented Oct. 13 by artists Mathew Burke and Jennifer Anderson focus on the bond between life, nature, and the human body. Burke, a sculptor from Lawrence, Kan., will present a lecture at 11 a.m. in 316 Hughes Hall. Anderson, a Los Angeles native whose works include mixed media, printmaking and photography, will speak at 4 p.m. in the same location. The two will be featured at a reception at noon in Porter Hall.

Bowman, who has worked to bring visiting artists to PSU for years, said she is pleased that despite little financial incentive, artists of both novice and famous proportions have continued to see a value in lecturing here.

"When I invite them and tell them about the impact they'll have, they begin to see their work as a telescope for students to enter the world of art," Bowman said. "It's a remarkable opportunity for an artist to have a long-term, meaningful impact. And for students, it gives them a chance to step into a professional voice, to communicate artist-to-artist."

Works by Burke and Anderson will be on display throughout October and November, as well as sculptures by John Richardson of Detroit. Richardson will speak at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 in 316 Hughes Hall. On Dec. 8, Matthew Leahy, a painter from Hiawatha, Kan., will present an interactive workshop on egg tempera paintings. The public is welcome to attend the 5:30 p.m. presentation.

In addition to the fall schedule, the department is revitalizing its Family Art Nights. On Oct. 5, Nov. 10, and Dec. 9, parents are invited to bring their children to view exhibits and create their own art based on that inspiration. The free art evening will begin at 7 p.m. in the gallery, with art activities held on the second floor.

For more information on this fall's schedule or Family Art Night, contact the department office at 620-235-4302 or visit the university calendar at

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