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UW-Eau Claire Faculty Art Exhibit
to Open Sept. 11 in Foster Gallery

RELEASED: Aug. 28, 2008

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 and creative work by studio art faculty from the department of art & design. The exhibit will open Thursday, Sept. 11, with an opening reception in the gallery from 7:30-9 p.m. The show runs through Oct. 2.

artwork by Scott Robertson Lia Johnson artwork
Artwork by Scott Robertson (left, entitled "Harlequin") and by Lia Johnson (right) will be featured in UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery during the fall Art Faculty Show.

Lia Johnson and Scott Robertson are this fall's featured faculty artists. Johnson's doctoral thesis in curriculum and instruction tracked belief change using narratives and text analysis. This thesis informs her art, which is conceptual and consists mostly of sculpture created from mixed media — rubber, metals, fibers, found objects and text. Johnson is inspired by an interest in the materials and the stories embodied in them. She uses these materials in an intentional way to express some rudimentary and universal emotions.

Robertson has created a series of six ink drawings for the exhibit. The subject of the series is the interplay between structure and the organic elements. Robertson's approach to this series is similar to automatic surrealism, in which the artist begins with a mark and then lets the drawing instrument be guided by his or her subconscious. He begins with very limited marks and intricate cross-hatching that are often closely related and continuously repeated, creating a pattern. The patterns are all based on inspirations from nature.

Johnson's sculptures and Robertson's ink drawings can be viewed at the Foster Gallery from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6-8 p.m. Thursday evenings and 1-4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information about gallery exhibits, call Foster Gallery Director Tom Wagener at 715-836-2328.

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