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Internationally known glass artist, 2007 Texas State Artist holds solo exhibit

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - Glass artist David Keens will have a one-artist show July 11 through Sept, 14 in the Main Gallery of the Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St. There will be an opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday, July 11. Keens will present a Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17. Then, at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, Keens will conduct a glass-blowing demonstration and tour of the Studio Arts Center, 801 S. Davis St., at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Keens, a professor of art and art history, has taught at the university since 1974, and is responsible for building its prestigious art glass program. He has received a full National Endowment for the Arts Craftsman Fellowship, as well as other research grants and awards. The Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Texas Legislature named Keens the official Texas State Artist in 2007.

His work has been exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute; Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.; Minnesota, Phoenix, and Dallas Museums of Art; the Contemporary Crafts Museum in New York City, and many others. Internationally, he has exhibited throughout Europe, in Great Britain, Belgium, Holland, Finland and Norway, as well as in Japan, Mexico and the Philippines. His work is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, Cam Ocagi in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as other public and private collections throughout the United States, including the White House in Washington D.C. Visit www.uta.edu/art/faculty/keens_david/keens_david.htm for more information on his work.

While the Keens exhibit is in the Main Gallery, the Allan Saxe Mezzanine will feature the first exhibit of works by students in the newly established Master of Fine Arts program at UT Arlington. It will include work from film and video and visual communication students. This exhibit is curated by Benito Huerta, associate professor and director of the Gallery at UTA. Visit http://arlingtonmuseum.org/ for more information on the museum.

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