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Foster Gallery to showcase paintings by internationally known artists Jan. 26-Feb. 16

January 24, 2012
Yago Hortal - Acrylic on Canvas
Acrylic-on-canvas artwork by Yago Hortal.
EAU CLAIRE — An art exhibit, titled "Risk + Reward" at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will be featured Jan. 26-Feb.16 in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The opening reception will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 26.

The exhibition will foreground the physical activity of painting. The contemporary artists represented rigorously explore the materiality of paint to create dynamic images that exist in the space between abstraction and representation, and exploit the particularity of materials.

There are approximately 30 paintings by nine internationally renowned artists: Richard Aldrich, Jane Callister, Pia Fries, Quintin Gonzalez, Yago Hortal, Carrie Moyer, Monique Prieto, Lesley Vance and Terry Winters.

Scott Robertson, professor of art in painting and drawing, and Jill Olm, assistant professor of art in foundations, co-curated the exhibition. Robertson and Olm generated the thematic idea, selected and contacted the artists and chose the specific artworks to be displayed.

Carrie Moyer_Acrylic on canvas
Acrylic-on-canvas artwork by Yago Hortal.
"We had a senior graphic design student create all the promotional materials, and other art students will help with the installation of the exhibition," Olm said.

Olm said the title for the exhibition is important because it reinforces that idea of risk taking in the art making process. Both co-curators tried to showcase paintings that focus more on the activity of painting as a verb rather than showcase the final product of painting as a noun.

"Risk often results in failure, yet when taken often and looked at critically, risks can generate innovative investigations with fruitful results," Olm said. "The greater the risk, the greater the failure or the greater the success. The works in the exhibition are those great successes that can occur when painters commit themselves to the process of making and then use their critical idea to identify those rewards."

For more information, visit the Foster Gallery website or contact Tom Wagener at or Jill Olm a



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