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'Meaning and Metaphor' Exhibit to Open
at UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery

RELEASED: Jan. 28, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The Foster Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present "Meaning and Metaphor," a new exhibit opening Jan. 31. An opening reception will begin at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in the gallery.

art work by Anita Kunz art work by Jason Holley
Works by Anita Kunz, left, and Jason Holley will be among those included in the 'Meaning and Metaphor' exhibit Jan. 31-Feb. 21 in the Foster Art Gallery. (Contributed photos)

The exhibit, which will be on display through Feb. 21, will feature the work of four renowned illustrators: Guy Billout, Anita Kunz, Jason Holley and Daniel Bejar.

Billout will talk to students about his work at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 in Room 105 of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The show will demonstrate how illustrators take contemporary issues and condense them into powerful single images that make a statement and reflect the times in which we live, said Ned Gannon, an assistant art professor and curator of the exhibit.

"I chose the artists in this show to demonstrate a diversity of approach, technique, aesthetic and concept," Gannon said.

Born in France, Billout worked as a graphic designer for advertising agencies in Paris before moving to New York, where he turned to illustration in the 1970s. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including contributions to the Atlantic Monthly for 24 years. He has received three gold and three silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York. He also has written and illustrated nine books for children, four of which were selected by the New York Times as one of its 10 best illustrated books of the year. Currently, he teaches an illustrative concepts course at the Parsons School of Design in New York.

Canadian by birth, Kunz has contributed to magazines and worked for design firms, book publishers and advertising agencies throughout Europe and Asia. Her clients include Time, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ and The New York Times. She has illustrated more than 50 book jacket covers. Kunz leads workshops and lectures at universities and institutions throughout the world. She has been honored with many prestigious awards and medals, and her paintings and sculptures appear in numerous galleries and permanent collections. In fall 2003, she was the first woman and the first Canadian to have a solo show at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Kunz was recently named one of the 50 most influential women in Canada by the National Post newspaper.

A contemporary visual communicator based in the Hudson Valley of New York, Bejar's images have appeared in publications such as Esquire, GQ, Time, Playboy, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. He has exhibited at the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration and has been featured in a variety of art and design annuals. He received the Society of Illustrators Silver Medal for editorial illustration and a Silver medal from the Society of Publication Designers for their Publication Design Annual. He has lectured at the Rhode Island School of Art & Design.

California-based illustrator Holley has worked for Rolling Stone, Time, Mother Jones, The New Yorker, Outside and others. His work is regularly included in competitive illustration annuals such as American Illustration, Communication Arts and The Society of Illustrators. Experienced in visually communicating complicated ideas, Holley said that he approaches his illustrations like a conversation, bringing his own point of view to the table. His art has been featured in "Tall Stories" at The Wignall Museum in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and at Dinter Fine Art in Chelsea, N.Y.

Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call Foster Gallery director Tom Wagener at 715-836-2328.

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