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UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery
To Exhibit Work of Respected Illustrators
MAILED: Jan. 21, 2003
EAU CLAIRE — A group illustration exhibition, "Illustration: Personal Responses in a Public World," will run from Jan. 23 to Feb. 13 in the Foster Gallery of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts Center.
The exhibit will showcase original works of art, preliminary sketches and finished printed images of the work of 16 of the top nationally and internationally established contemporary illustrators working in the advertising, editorial, institutional and book publishing fields, and in film and animation.
UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provided a grant that will allow two of the exhibitors, Jordin Isip and Peter de Sève, to visit the campus in February and March to give presentations and view student portfolios.
Isip's mixed media images have appeared in numerous periodicals, including Adbusters, The Atlantic Monthly, Juxtapoz, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Time, as well as on posters, t-shirts and book, record and CD covers. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and is currently a faculty member of Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute and Rhode Island School of Design.
De Sève has worked on numerous animated films, including "Ice Age," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," The Emperor's New Groove," "Mulan," "Treasure Planet," "A Bug's Life," "Finding Nemo" and "The Prince of Egypt." His print work has included appearances on the cover of The New Yorker, and in Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, Premiere and Entertainment Weekly.
Sangram Majumdar, assistant professor of art at UW-Eau Claire and curator of the exhibit, said he invited illustrators who do all types of work, from hand-done to digital, and who produce a variety of finished products varying in scale, because he wanted his students to see that there isn't really a specific "look" to published illustration, but instead a wide range of possibilities for illustrators. He said he also had another purpose in mind as well.
"The students in my illustration classes normally see the work of professionals only in its final printed form," said Majumdar. "Part of my purpose in this show was to give them a chance to see the quality and high caliber of the original work, as well as the process of brainstorming and developing ideas shown in the artists' preliminary sketches."
Majumdar said he also hopes that high school students in the area who are interested in art will take advantage of this opportunity to view the work of so many talented and successful professional illustrators.
The sixteen illustrators exhibiting are Gary Baseman, Melinda Beck, Guy Billout, Brian Cronin, Peter de Sève, Jon Foster, Max Grafe, Mary GrandPré, Jordin Isip, Gary Kelley, Fred Lynch, Dave McKean, Barry Moser, Terese Nielsen, Andrea Ventura and Jonathon Weiner.
An opening reception will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Foster Gallery. A full color catalog of the exhibit will be available for purchase.
Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. For more information about gallery exhibits, call Tom Wagener, director of the Foster Gallery, at (715) 836-2328.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: January 22, 2003