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Eight Artists Coming to UW-Eau Claire
To Create Drawing Installations with Students

 MAILED:  Sept. 22, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Eight artists from around the country will come to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Oct. 1-7 to create unique site-specific drawing installations with the help of UW-Eau Claire art students. The resulting exhibit, "Proliferate: Drawing in Space, Accumulating in Time," will be on display in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center Oct. 7-28.

The artists — Nori Pao, Marion Wilson, Liz Miller, Charles Matson Lume, Delanie Jenkins, Renee van der Stelt, Valerie Jenkins, and Laura Vandenburgh — will present a panel discussion: "Proliferate: Expanded Notions of Drawing," at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7. An opening reception will follow at 7 p.m. in the Foster Gallery.

Assistant professor of painting Cara Tomlinson, curator of the show, believes this exhibit should be of interest to both the university community and the public.

All the artists chosen for this show work in sculpture, installation or drawing as their primary medium, have shown their work in various national venues, and teach in higher education. Although they come from different areas of the country, what ties them together, according to Tomlinson, is the way they construct their work. Each artist uses a repetitive strategy to build and accumulate elements within his or her work. The resulting form of the work is intrinsically tied to the repetitive process utilized.

Each artist also expands the accepted definition of drawing by extending the mark into actual space. In some cases drawing actually cannot be differentiated from the concerns of sculpture (Lume and Delanie Jenkins). In other responses, the wall becomes the surface, extending the boundaries of the traditional paper surface (Vandenburgh and Valerie Jenkins), and in still others, the surface of paper itself becomes an extendable object — moving out into space, accumulating, to an open form that can be extended again (van der Stelt and Pao).

The variety of work in this show is complementary and forms an interchange of ideas that help define the boundaries of drawing in current art dialogue.

"Drawing is a kind of paying attention," writes Vandenburgh. "The work is an attempt at re-location, at triangulating our whereabouts."

Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening and 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information about this exhibit, contact Tomlinson, (715) 836-3277 or tomlinck@uwec.edu, or Tom Wagener, director of the Foster Gallery, (715) 836-2328 or wagenetk@uwec.edu.

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Updated: September 21, 2004