Faculty displays art

The 43rd Annual Art Faculty Exhibition is currently on display at the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery located in Building F of the Art Complex. The showing will run through Feb. 14 and features 26 works by 13 artists.

The 26 pieces in the exhibition include sculpture, painting, ceramics, animation and mixed media.

SHSU art professors Martin Amorous, Chuck Drumm, Michael Henderson, Patric K. Lawler, Tony Shipp, Michael Collins, Marie Weichman, Karen Devers, Laura Fisher, Tedd Pettibon, Petrina Sowa and Don Stevenson all have works on display as part of the exhibit.

The show gives students, faculty and Huntsville residents a chance to view, and possibly purchase, some of the art being produced by SHSU art faculty.

A reception will be held today from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery. The public is invited and featured artists will be in attendance. People attending the reception will have an opportunity to talk to the artists individually about their work.

Tedd Pettibon, adjunct professor in the department of art, has a sculpture entitled “Appian Way Revisited” in the exhibition. The piece was created using steel, concrete and canvas.

Pettibon said he is also currently showing another sculpture in an outdoor exhibit at North Harris Community College, where he also teaches. He said he is always working on at least one piece of art and like to use a variety of media.

“The length of time it takes to make a piece is not an accurate judge of its value or significance,” Pettibon said. “Some pieces take many months to complete and others take just days.”

Adjunct professor of art, Petrina Sowa, has an oil painting included in the show. Her work is titled “Self Possessed.”

Sowa said she recently had another piece on show at the 2002 “I-45 Combined” exhibit at the Lowell Collins Gallery in Houston. In addition, she has shown works at Montgomery County Community College, where she also teaches.

Like Pettibon, Sowa said she is usually working on several pieces at once.

“I usually work on three or four compositions at a time,” Sowa said.

When she does not know what to do next on one piece she moves to another and revisits the first when she gets an idea.

In the 43rd Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, Michael Collins’ oil paintings share gallery space with Pettibon’s sculpture and dreamlike video presentations created by Henderson.

Members of the art department said the variety of media and style make for a unique showing.

Students, faculty and community members may view the pieces on display by visiting the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery during its open hours, Monday through Friday, from noon until 5 p.m.

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