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"Preserving the eARTh" art exhibit
University Center: Fiskum Art Gallery
“Preserving” exhibit is is on display in the
Fiskum Art Gallery from
Tuesday April 19 - Friday, April 29. The reception will occur on Thursday April
21 from 3:00pm - 4:30pm. This exhibit features works from UW-Whitewater faculty
artists: Michael Banning, Renee Melton, Bethann Moran and Teresa
Faris, along with selected works from their students. These artists were chosen
for their work that fits the theme of environmental awareness.
Teresa Faris and her students have been working with recycled materials in class projects for the past year. Teresa exhibited pieces in the recent Faculty show that were reworked goblets and she has a long series of works that her pet cockatoo assists with. The bird chews up wooden toys that are then incorporated into Teresa’s work.
Michael Banning is featured based on his very realistic watercolors of urban environments. He paints scenes of crumbling infrastructure in a way that makes them seem quite beautiful; a work that showed aging factories behind a chain link fence was displayed in the Faculty Show.
Bethann Moran creates what she unabashedly describes as beautiful paintings of what one would consider to be very familiar backyard environments. Flowers, garden hoses and the accoutrements of a family home are all incorporated into her recent works. In the past, she created paintings on reclaimed cookware like baking sheets, but has moved onto traditional stretched canvas for the newer works.
Renee Melton is a designer and artist who has incorporated recovered/discarded works on paper and done her own artwork over the found images. Renee has won national awards for her design work including the publications she created for our Women of Metal exhibit in September of 2008.