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Maria Gonzalez and Narcel Reedus

September 5 – October 7, 2006

Reception, Friday, September 8 , 6p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Beverly Penn
Maria Gonzalez

Artist Maria Gonzalez combines photographic elements with sound, text and objects in her exhibition titled "BACK TO THE WALL..." She describes her installation as a narrative visual investigation of not only what her source materials represent and document but also what they recall, evoke and imply.
Maria Gonzalez received her MA in creative photography from the California State University at Fullerton in 1978. A recipient of two visual artists fellowship grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, her work is in numerous public collections such as the Miami-Dade Public Library Permanent Art Collection, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Since 1987 she has had numerous solo and group exhibitions and readings throughout the country and over the past few years has taught as a visiting artist for The Wolfsonian-FIU. a museum in Miami Beach, Florida. Gonzalez' exhibition was organized by Andy Anderson, Professor and Writer-in-Residence at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Michael Salter
Narcel Reedus
video installation that includes 294 newspaper headlines from 1963

Born in Gary, Indiana, Narcel Reedus is a writer, director, independent filmmaker and Assistant Professor in the Art and Art History department at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has won national awards for his dramatic short films "For Colored Boys Who've Considered Homicide", "Race Juice: An Elixir for the Soul", "Waddie Welcome" and "The Fight". His films have screened, at the Lincoln Center in New York, in Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Austin, Chicago, Atlanta, and on PBS as well asin international film festivals in Rotterdam, Bermuda, Milan and Berlin. He earned his MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia and is currently in pre-production on the independent feature film "Race Juice".
Reedus presents "1963" a video installation that includes 294 newspaper headlines from 1963 papering on wall of the gallery and a suspended cube of archival footage of the Kennedy assassination, the March on Washington and civil rights leader Medgar Evers who was murdered on the day Reedus was born. He states that his installation "explores the often intense and intangible connection we tend to form with the year in which we are born.

In association with the exhibition, the artists will each present a lecture about their work. Maria Gonzalez is scheduled to speak on Thursday, September 7 at 12:30 pm in the Fine Arts Building auditorium (room 148). Narcel Reedus will present on Wednesday, September 27 beginning at 12 noon in The Gallery.

All events are free and open to the public..

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10p.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 12 - 5p.m.
Located on first floor of the Fine Arts Building, UTA Campus, 502 S. Cooper St., Arlington, Texas.

For more information, contact Benito Huerta 817-272-3143, or Patricia Healy 817-272-5658

The 2006-2007 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, and Hilton Arlington. Technology and equipment for Maria Gonzalez' "BACK TO THE WALL..." was made possible by AndersonFilm.



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