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Site-specific artwork exhibit to open Nov. 17
with panel discussion

RELEASED: Nov. 11, 2010

Site Specific Artwork exhibit posterEAU CLAIRE — Site-specific artwork designed by six University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire art students will be on display in UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library from Nov. 17-30. "Culture as 'site,'" an exhibition and panel discussion of site-specific artwork, will take place from 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the second floor breezeway of the library.

Seniors Ivan Venttzke, Wausau, True Lor, Eau Claire, Kyle Pherson, Cumberland, Dan Olson, Bloomington, Minn., and Laura Kelleher, Brookline, Mass., will be on hand to discuss the sculptures they created this semester in "Sculpture II: Site-Specific Art," a new class that will be offered every third semester through the art & design department. Senior Cory Ploessl, Deerfield, will also display his work. Ploessl was not in the course but worked with Jason Lanka, assistant professor of art & design, through a faculty-student research grant. Lanka and McIntyre Library staff will host the panel discussion.

The course is an exploration of the history, context and creation of site-specific art. According to Lanka, site-specific artwork is created "to exist in a specific place, where artists try to integrate the context of site into the viewer's interpretation of content."

The students will discuss the inspiration for their artwork, the process of creation and the relationship of their pieces to the concept of site-specific art and sculpture.

This panel discussion coincides with the "Four Seasons/Four Corners" exhibit by artist Roy Staab, currently on display in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Art students assisted Staab in the installation of "Eau Claire Currents," the site-specific environmental art piece currently hanging from the campus footbridge. Following their collaboration with Staab, students began creating their own pieces.

"McIntyre Library is thrilled to collaborate with art & design instructor Jason Lanka to give students a new forum for presenting their work. We think this a great chance for students to introduce their work and inspiration to the campus community," said library director John Pollitz. "I hope everyone who uses the library enjoys the change of scenery."

For more information, contact Jason Lanka, assistant professor of art & design, at lankaja@uwec.edu or Robin Miller, reference and instruction librarian, at millerob@uwec.edu.

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