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New Media Art to Be Featured in
Foster Gallery Exhibit Opening Nov. 6

RELEASED: Oct. 29, 2008

New Media Art posterEAU CLAIRE — A new exhibit, "Changing the Way We Think ... New Media Art," will run Nov. 6 through Dec. 3 in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The exhibit is curated by assistant professor of art and design Jian Luo, whose own work is included in the show. An opening reception will run from 7:30-9 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Foster Gallery.

According to Tom Wagener, director of the Foster Gallery, new media art originates from an "increasingly technologically dependent society" and "not only challenges traditional creative media and ways of thinking, but also posits new questions concerning all realms of contemporary life."

The artists featured in this show are Silvia Ruzanka, Shawn Decker, Doreen Maloney, Dmitry Strakovsky, Yuichiro Nishizawa, Taylor Hokanson, Matt Frieburghaus, Christopher Furman and Luo.

The featured artists work in a variety of digital platforms. For example, the work of Frieburghaus, an assistant professor of digital media at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., consists mostly of animation, video and sound. Maloney, an associate professor of new media at the University of Kentucky, is primarily a video artist. Decker, an associate professor in the art and technology of sound at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, is an artist and composer who writes music for performance and soundtracks and works primarily with interactive computer-based performance with sound and electronic media installations. Strakovsky, an alumnus of SAIC, is an assistant professor of new media at the University of Kentucky at Lexington. His work encompasses robotic/kinetic installation, sound art, video, performance and digital prints. The work of all these artists has been featured in various international venues.

Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Entry to the gallery is free and open to the public.

For more information about gallery exhibits, contact Wagener at 715-836-2328.

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