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Faculty Art Show to Open
Fall Season at Foster Gallery

RELEASED: Sept. 1, 2006

'To Love Anything' by Ned Gannon
'Transaction' by Jian Luo
Works on display in UW-Eau Claire's Faculty Art Show include "To Love Anything" by Ned Gannon (top photo) and "Transaction" by Jian Luo (bottom photo).

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery, located in the Haas Fine Arts Center, will open the fall season in its traditional way, with a Faculty Art Show featuring the results of the past year's research by studio art faculty from the department of art & design. The exhibit will open Thursday, Sept. 7, with an opening reception in the gallery from 7:30-9 p.m. The show runs through Oct. 5.

This fall the featured faculty artists are assistant professors of art & design Ned Gannon and Jian Luo. Gannon teaches color and composition classes, life drawing, watercolor and illustration courses. He has curated one exhibit for Foster Gallery and is currently working on a second. Luo teaches graphic design, Web design and 2/3-D animation courses.

Gannon will be exhibiting a series of paintings collectively titled "Thirteen Ways to Look at the North Crossing." According to Gannon, the paintings focus on a hill recently blasted through to allow a new highway to connect traffic routes.

"Initially, the location held a strange fascination for me, ambivalent feelings of awe, admiration, repulsion, and regret," said Gannon. "Eventually, the paintings grew from mere representation into metaphors for some of my own psychological and spiritual states. One of my intentions with some of the works was to make images that contained both weight and whimsy."

Luo said he creates artwork that deals with the relationships between an individual and the environment or society or work that explores the interaction between both physical and virtual or psychological space in a particular environment. He is exhibiting six pieces: two larger works on paper with mixed media and four pieces on canvas with oil and aluminum board.

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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