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Five Renowned Illustrators to Exhibit
at UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery

RELEASED: Jan. 19, 2006

Artwork by Natalie Ascencios
A portrait of David Bowie by Natalie Ascencios

EAU CLAIRE — "Figuratively Speaking: Illustrators Who Communicate with the Figure," an exhibit that features works of art, sketches, products and printed pieces by five nationally and internationally renowned illustrators, will open Jan. 26 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery in the Haas Fine Arts Center. The exhibit will be on display through Feb.16.

An opening reception will be held in the gallery from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26.

The work of John Collier, Etienne Delessert, Natalie Ascencios, Tim Bower and Nathan Fox will demonstrate the continuing influence of the human figure in the visual arts. The featured artists have experience in print and film media, institutional teaching, book publishing and more.

Artwork by Tim Bower
Piece entitled "Online Comedy" by Tim Bower

Ascencios and Bower will be on hand for the opening reception and will give presentations in Room 105 of the Haas Fine Arts Center from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 27. Anyone interested is invited to attend. The two artists will be available to view student work from noon to 1 p.m. Friday. UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provided the grant money that will allow Bower and Ascencios to visit campus.

Assistant professor of art and design Ned Gannon, curator of the exhibit, believes the illustration show will be of special interest to the journalism community as well as the art community. Many of the featured artists have had their work published in leading periodicals, both national and European, including the New York Times, Fortune, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic Monthly and more.

Collier has been featured in compendia such as "The Illustrator in America: 1880-1980," "Innovators in American Illustration," "Images of Labor," and "20+1 Best American Illustrators." His pastels and oils have won him an impressive fourteen gold medals and ten silver medals from the Society of Illustrators, who also chose his work for the cover of "Illustrators 20" and in 1994 awarded him the prestigious Hamilton King award. Additional awards include those from Communication Arts, Print, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and from the Art Directors Clubs of New York, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Washington, D.C. Clients include Columbia Records, Motown Records, Mobil Corp., Time, Citibank Corp., Rolling Stone, Random House, Esquire, and GQ, and Collier's work also is housed in numerous public and private collections. He has illustrated three children's books: "In My Backyard," which he authored; "The Sleeping Beauty"; and "Petrouchka." He currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Shirley.

Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Delessert began his career as a graphic designer and publisher working in Switzerland, Paris and New York. His captivating imagery for more than eighty illustrated volumes has established his international reputation as one of the fathers of modern children's picture books, and he has won many honors and awards. These include gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York, and the coveted Premio Grafico from the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Delessert has also written and illustrated his own books for children, including the award-winning "A Long Long Song" and "Ashes, Ashes." His illustrations for adults appear in such leading periodicals as the New York Times, Fortune, and The Atlantic Monthly. He has exhibited at the Library of Congress and has sculpture installations in a number of parks. Children are familiar with Delessert's animated film productions through the adventures of Yok-Yok, as well as the special creations he has made for the ever-popular " Sesame Street."

Ascencios received degrees from the New School for Social Research at Eugene Lang College and Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris. Her works first appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Review of Books, Rolling Stone and Time, as well as other publications. Ascencios' paintings also can be seen in the competitive annuals of the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts and the Print Annuals. The Society of Illustrators has awarded her one gold and two silver medals. She has taught drawing and painting at the School of Visual Arts and has given talks on painting at Parsons School of Design, Maryland School of Art and various other institutions throughout the country. Ascencios has lived in New York for fourteen years and currently keeps a studio in Brooklyn.

Tim Bower has been a freelance illustrator for the last fourteen years. His clients include The Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, and Entertainment Weekly. His versatility has garnered acknowledgment and publication in the annuals of The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, The Society of Publication Designers and The American Institute of Graphic Arts. He lives and works in New York City.

Fox earned degrees from the Kansas City Art Institute the School of Visual Arts in New York. He works as a freelance illustrator and comic book artist for a variety of national and European clients, including Interview, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Spin, Wired, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, and the Village Voice. He has done work for D.C. comics, and his artwork has been featured in products from Real Skateboards and Instant Winner Skateboards. He has been featured in the last five American Illustration Competitions, volumes 20-24, and his work also has appeared in Communication Arts and Print magazines. In addition, Fox has exhibited in galleries in New York City, San Francisco, Kansas City, Houston and Orlando, as well as at the Sang-Myung University in Seoul, Korea. He has taught drawing at the School of Visual Arts in New York and also at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Currently, he resides in Milwaukee with his family.

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 gallery exhibits, call Foster Gallery director Tom Wagener at (715) 836-2328.



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