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UW-Eau Claire Art Professor Exhibits Work from Summer Residency
MAILED: Sept. 27, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire art faculty show will display drawings created by Sandra Starck, associate professor of art, during her National Parks Artist-In Residency Program on Isle Royale, Mich.
The Isle Royale National Park Artist-in-Residence program, which began in 1993, provides an opportunity for professional artists to become part of the tradition of artists in the national parks, which fosters an appreciation of our natural world and the need for preservation.
Starck said, “Isle Royale is the ideal place for solitude, serenity and creative endeavors.” She spent three weeks in what she described as a comfortable cozy place, with a wood fireplace for heat and an outhouse located near by. There was no electricity or running water, so she hauled water up from the lake. Starck brought all her food, art supplies and daily necessities with her, and used a canoe to transport herself around the archipelago where she discovered signs of birth, life and death, and experienced sensuous beauty in it all.
“This wilderness residency provided me with a uniquely beautiful spiritual retreat and the cherished time for artistic immersion,” Starck said. “I reveled in every moment of being there.”
Starck will continue to translate her Isle Royale experiences into lithographs, etchings, woodcuts and oil pastel drawings, with the hope and desire of conveying “the holy” of Isle Royale.
Three of Starck’s Isle Royale drawings, and the past year’s research of other UW-Eau Claire studio faculty will be on display in the Foster Art Gallery until Oct. 3. The art faculty show is free and open to the public, and runs 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: February 4, 2003