Arlington - The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present Texas artists, Philip Van Keuren (Dallas) and Liz Ward (San Antonio) in concurrent solo exhibitions. Though expressed through distinctly different mediums, both artists share a poetic sensibility in their imagery to convey a personal response to the impact of time and human action on the environment. In Certain Named Parts, Van Keuren presents a series of atmospheric black and white photogravures that recollect his perceptions of 'symbolic meanings from both the built and natural world.' His images detail and abstract familiar sights from gardens, museums and parks as visual notes of place while also evoking thoughts of memory, time and mortality. Time and Temperature by Liz Ward is a grouping of meticulous watercolors and silverpoint drawings that communicate the artist's concern for "what nature so effortlessly creates and we so thoughtlessly destroy." Her colorful organic abstractions that reference specific examinations of nature - the gradual growth of tree rings, the melting of glaciers, the flow of water over time - are haunting allusions to incremental damage and irreparable loss.
Philip Van Keuren was born in Dallas where he continues to live and work. He received his B.F.A. and M.F.A degrees in studio art from SMU where he has taught since 1989 in addition to serving as the Pollock Gallery Director from1990 to 2013. He currently is Professor of Art at the Meadows School of Art and Director Emeritus of Pollock Gallery at SMU. His artwork and poetry has been featured in numerous exhibitions and readings throughout Texas and in cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as Reykjavik, Iceland. His book, Monody: Selected Poems 1978-2009 was published in conjunction with the exhibition Philip Van Keuren: Forty Years of Works on Paper 1969-2009 at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas in 2009.
Liz Ward's work is included in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Austin Museum of Art, the Menil Collection and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and corporate collections including American Airlines, American Express and Houston Industries, as well as over 200 private collections. She was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and currently lives and works in the San Antonio area where she has taught at Trinity University since 1999 and where she has been chair of the Department of Art & Art History since 2012. She received her B.F.A from the University of New Mexico and her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Houston. Her work has been exhibited widely in Texas and throughout the United States and internationally in Paris, France and Bern, Switzerland.
In association with the exhibition, Liz Ward will discuss her work in an hour-long gallery talk on Thursday, October 16 beginning at 12:30 pm in The Gallery at UTA. In addition, there will be a reception on Friday, October 17 from 5:30 to 8 pm with brief remarks by both artists beginning at 6:30 pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Gallery hours are 10 am until 5 pm Monday through Friday and noon until 5 pm on Saturday. The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX. For more information contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy (817) 272-5658 or www.uta.edu/gallery.
The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10 A.M. - 5 P.M., Saturday 12 - 5P.M.
Located on first floor in room 169 at the north end of the Fine Arts Building, UTA Campus, 502
S. Cooper St., Arlington, Texas.
For more information, contact Benito Huerta 817-272-5658
The 2013-14 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, Nerwin & Martin Fine Art Services and the Wishful Wings Foundation.