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Seven BFA candidates to exhibit in Foster Gallery

RELEASED: April 20, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — Seven students who are candidates for University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire bachelor of fine arts degrees will display their work in a senior BFA art show April 24-May 16 in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The public is invited to the opening reception from 2-4 p.m. April 24.

The exhibit will include a variety of drawings; oil and acrylic paintings and watercolors; digital photography, photo and performance art installations; ceramics; and graphic design pieces, including posters, packaging, brochures, identity systems and inkjet prints.

Patrick Finley, Waunakee, will exhibit Web and printed graphics influenced by mass media, including magazines, packaging and posters. "They are constantly changing, which in turn, pushes me to never settle and always adjust to the times," said Finley. "As our culture changes, I believe that designers need to change with it. As the Web is growing and changing every day, I try to grow and change with it."

Amanda Bulger, Cecil, used wood, bike tires and other found objects for her sculptural drawings. She describes her three dimensional drawings as "exploring the movement of line off the page."

Brian Gilman, Altoona, will display a vertical tryptich — three paintings — and one other single painting, made with gouache and acrylic paints.

"This is a culmination of everything I have learned over the last five years and is nothing short of my very best work," said Gilman. "I like to deal with fantastical situations. My subject matter deals heavily with mythology and fantasy, which I feel is very relevant because of the strong interest in things like Harry Potter and 'Twilight.'"

Gilman cites his greatest artistic influences as early 20th-century illustrators Howard Pyle and his protégé N.C. Wyeth.

Paintings by Eric Lee, Mondovi, reflect his interest in the American character and the rise and fall of civilizations. His subject matter is derived primarily from the post-industrial cities of the Great Lakes Basin. Lee works mainly in oil in conjunction with experimental techniques involving furniture stain, ashes, concrete, ignited gunpowder, digital components and a variety of papers.

"I explore how people can value virtual experiences as much as physical experiences," said Kaleb Durocher, Wisconsin Rapids, who will be exhibiting a video installation. "I address the differences between paint on canvas and pixels on a screen. I take a visual language we normally encounter while watching television, browsing the Internet or playing a video game and transpose it with fine art."

Other exhibitors include Kelsey Curkeet, Fall River, who will exhibit large format photographs representing the dichotomy of order and chaos; and Jaden Enge, Waunakee, who will exhibit watercolor paintings.

Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4:30 p.m. weekends.

For more information about gallery exhibits, contact Foster Gallery director Tom Wagener at 715-836-2328 or wagenetk@uwec.edu.

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