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Friday, April 11, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - Visitors to The University of Texas at Arlington’s annual glass art show and sale Wednesday, April 16, will have an opportunity to bid on works by Texas State 3-dimensional artist David Keens in the silent auction. In addition to Keens’ work, there will be pieces by well-known glass artists Justin Ginsberg and Martin Janecky.

Paperweights, vases and other functional items priced as low as $10, along with dazzling display creations priced at several hundred dollars or more, will be among the pieces of blown glass and fused glass by faculty and students that will be sold at Studio Art Center, 810 S. Davis St. Ample free parking is available near the building.

Keens, who has taught at UT Arlington since 1974, says the quality of student work has increased dramatically in the last couple of years and shoppers will have the opportunity to buy professional pieces for a fraction of what they would pay in galleries. Although the sale does not begin until noon and is over at 1:30 p.m., patrons from around the state historically arrive in the early morning to preview and choose art. Some of the finer pieces will be available in a silent auction, which will close at 1 p.m.

Keens’ art is exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Contemporary Crafts Museum in New York City and Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., He has exhibited throughout Europe, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico and the Philippines. His work is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, as well as other public and private collections throughout the United States. One of his larger installations, “Blooms of Enlightenment,” is exhibited at the Euless Public Library. See http://www.ci.euless.tx.us/eulesstoday/flame.htm and http://www.uta.edu/public-affairs/images/keensart.

For student works, 50 percent of the proceeds goes to the students, and 50 percent goes directly into the glass art program budget to buy materials for the construction of new equipment. Faculty and staff build all of their equipment. The annual sale is a major source of funding for this program. For more information, call (817) 272-2804.

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