MAILED: Oct. 27, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The fourth series of collaborative exhibits initiated by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library will feature the combined ideas of area visual and literary artists.
The exhibit, titled "The Vision and the Word: Faculty-Community Collaboration," paired visual working artists with writers from six area counties, said Bill Benson, professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The exhibit is housed at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Library and opened Sunday, Oct. 19. Other presentations will be made on Sundays Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 23. The public can meet the artists in the Library Gallery each Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m.; readings will follow at 2 p.m. in the Eau Claire Room on the lower level. The Wisconsin Arts Board also has invited the exhibit to Madison, where it may be displayed in the State Capitol Building.
"These collaborative ideas allow the creative potential of visual and literary artists to merge their ideas, resulting in great richness and diversity," Benson said.
Several artists selected a particular theme to be illustrated, while others studied works of other participants and responded to the qualities in each form. The concept for the show was developed by Laurie Bieze, owner of Biezes' City Center Gallery and Studio, 216 S. Barstow, Eau Claire, and Allan Servoss, art instructor with the Rice Lake School District. Visual artists include painters, sculptors, printmakers and potters. Literary artists include poets, fiction writers and essayists.
Participating UW-Eau Claire faculty members include: Bill Benson, Tiit Raid, and Jane Herrick from the department of art; and Max Garland, Erna Kelly, Christian Knoeller, Peg Lauber, Karen Loeb, Ralph Schneider, Nadine St. Louis and Bruce Taylor from the department of English. Also included are Cyndee Kaiser, Art and Sciences Outreach; Patti See, Academic Skills Center; and UW-Eau Claire alumni and former students including: Jacqueline Bailey, Beth Bretl, David Knowlton, Don Smith and Susan Uncapher.
Other featured visual and literary artists include: Sandra Cress, Yvette Flaten, Kevin Midthun, Alan Jenkins, Jeff Hile, Sandra Lindow, Norma Desprez, Kim Flak, Stephen Maddox, Susan O'Neill, Mike Perry, Kristie Campeau, Gail Wickman, John Orth, Jack Beaver, Dan Ingersoll, Gail Schellinger, Pete Ringheim, Bill Wiese, John Meyer, Rob Reid, Pat Hamm, Lil Savage, David Caradori, Laurie Bieze, Allan Servoss, Karen Winegarden, Catherine Sevek, Marie Sweeney, Bergine Haakenson, Mel Sundby and Houa Moua.
For more information about the exhibit and presentations, contact L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library at (715) 839-1648.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 27, 1997