October 23, 2010 11:31:00 PM
Intricate art pieces created by Mississippi artist Lee Renninger of Gulfport are on display in the Eugenia Summer Gallery inside the Mississippi University for Women Art and Design Building. The exhibit, "Lee Renninger: Recent Installations," will be up through Thursday, Nov. 4. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m Monday through Friday.
"Lee is one of the most recognized and awarded artists in our state and is a perfect fit for MUW''s gallery," said gallery director Alex Stelioes-Wills. "We have a mission to highlight the best art of the state, to promote women artists and to promote Southern artists. As a program with vibrant fiber and ceramics courses, we have a special affinity to Lee''s work."
Countless ceramic pieces go into each installation created by Renninger; most take four to six months to complete.
Stelios-Wills said, "The exhibition is gorgeous. It is amazing how much presence and mood these pieces have. Technically, it is a very minimal show, because there are nine pieces in the gallery total. But there is nothing minimal about the feel of this show. Each piece commands attention."
Renninger, a Florida native, lost her house and almost all of her work when her home and studio were flooded by Hurricane Katrina, the director said.
"I am very happy to have this show here at MUW. In the last 10 years, the Eugenia Summer Gallery has done a great job highlighting some of the best artists of Mississippi," he stated. "We have shown the work of Lee Barton, Van Bankston, Elayne Goodman, Gwen McGee, Terri Jones, and Maude Schuyler Clay. Lee Renninger is a Mississippi artist of the same caliber. I''m surprised we haven''t exhibited her until now."
The gallery is located on the southwest corner of the MUW campus, directly east of the Stark Recreation Center. For more information, contact Stelioes-Wills at 662-329-7291, or e-mail [email protected]
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.