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Mentalfestations: BFA Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, November 14th, 2014 6-8pm
Visual Arts Center – Gallery One (Liberal Arts) and Gallery Two (Hemingway Center)
Exhibition continues through December 11th, 2014

Fall 2014 Exhibitions

The Last Supper: 600 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates
Julie Green

Visual Arts Center – Gallery One (Liberal Arts Building)

Faux:   Alexis Pike and Jacinda Russell
Visual Arts Center – Gallery Two (Hemingway Center)

Opening reception for both exhibitions: Friday, September 5th, 2014 6-8pm
Visual Arts Center galleries Liberal Arts Building (174) Hemingway Center (110)
Free parking available for opening reception in Liberal Arts Parking lot
Exhibitions continue through October 23rd, 2014

The Last Supper: 600 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates by Julie Green is an exhibition of 600 ceramic dinner plates painted with images of the last meal requests of death row inmates in the United States. The artist has been painting up to 50 images per year since the late 1990’s utilizing cobalt mineral paint on found ceramic plates. Born in Japan, Julie Green is a Professor at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Green spends winter months working on The Last Supper; to date, 600 final meals of U.S. inmates have been painted on ceramics. In summer, Green paints personal narratives in egg tempera on panel and on kiln-fired porcelain. Green has had twenty-eight solo exhibitions and recently received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and National Public Radio.
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Faux: Alexis Pike and Jacinda Russell
Photographers Alexis Pike and Jacinda Russell each present a series of photographs considered collectively as Faux.  Russell’s series Nine Fake Cakes and Nine Bodies of Water comments on the illusion of what is fake and what is real, what is happy and what is sad, and what is desirous but unattainable.  Pike’s series Claimed : Landscape questions the manner in which the Western landscape has been defined through photography and uses her own work to claim an identity and perception of the American West.
Alexis Pike, Ladder in Snow—St. Anthony Idaho, 2008
Russell Sooke Potholes
Jacinda Russell, Sooke Potholes Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, 2010