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February 8th, 2012
Public invited to Thursday art reception at Texas State galleries

STAFF REPORT

Texas State’s School of Art and Design will host a reception Thursday to unveil two new exhibits.

One exhibit will explore the idea of artistic freedom of expression and include works from several Houston artists. The other will include works by conceptual sculptor and ceramic artist Del Harrow.

The reception, which will include refreshments, will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the university galleries in the Joann Cole Mitte building and will be open to the general public.

Harrow’s exhibit, to be featured in Gallery 1, is entitled, “Aggregating Volumes/Gradient Fields.” Harrow, an assistant professor of art at Colorado State University, creates site-specific installations, sculptures, and limited edition objects. He explores themes such as the historical practice and mythologies of individual “Modern” Artists, verbal and visual systems of abstraction, and the visual experience of images in relation to the physical experience of objects. He uses ceramics and the idea of “media specific practice” as a point of reference from which to address specific subjects, and the idea of complexity in general, with a process untethered to any signature form. His work will be on display in Gallery 1 until March 8.

Gallery 2’s exhibit is by Houston’s BOX 13 art collective and is entitled, “Right To Assemble.” The exhibit’s subject matter was chosen because the university’s Common Experience topic this year is “Freedoms: The First Amendment.”

The Common Experience is a year-long initiative of Texas State University intended to cultivate a shared intellectual conversation throughout the campus, to enhance student participation in the intellectual life of the campus, and to foster a sense of community. Events on campus throughout the school year will examine how the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition.

BOX 13 is an artist-run nonprofit established for the creation and advancement of experimental contemporary art in Houston. BOX 13 artists featured in the exhibit will include Karen Brasier-Young, Elaine Bradford, Michelle Chen-Dubose, Dennis Harper, Michael Henderson, Kathy Kelley, Jonathan Leach, Emily Link, David McClain, Jennifer L.F. McNichols, Kelly McQuilken, Tudor Mitroi, Kia Neill, Emily Peacock, Kristy Peet, Mark Ponder, Britt Ragsdale, Whitney Riley, and Emily Sloan. Their works will be on display in Gallery 2 until March 8.

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