October 13, 2012 11:46:02 PM
"Intersections of Gender and Place," which features artwork by four Southern women artists, is open in the Eugenia Summer Gallery on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. The community is invited to a reception Friday, Oct. 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Featured artists include Meg Aubrey, Kate Kretz, Lesley Patterson-Marx and Whitney Stansell. The exhibit is the first in a planned series based on an earlier research topic by Dr. Beverly Joyce, MUW associate professor of art, according to Alex Stelioes-Wills, gallery director.
"I am very excited about this exhibition because these are four prominent regional artists who are on trajectory to become prominent national artists," said Stelioes-Wills. "They make contemporary work that is fresh, exciting and challenging, but also accessible to a general audience."
Stelioes-Wills said he was a big fan of each artist. "I am anticipating all of the potential interconnections between themes and imagery. This exhibition is going to be fun, witty, beautiful and challenging -- even shocking for some. I hope everyone gets a chance to see it."
Aubrey, an Atlanta-based painter born and raised in Massachusetts, is a professor of foundations studies at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. She holds a master of fine arts from Savannah College of Art and Design and has been awarded the Hambidge Residency Award from the Fulton County Arts Council, the Encore Series Award from Savannah College of Art and Design and was selected as a finalist for the Forward Arts Emerging Artist Award for 2011.
Patterson-Marx, born in Louisville, Ky., has a master of fine arts in studio art from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and has taught book arts and printmaking to high school students at the University School of Nashville. Her work has been featured in publications including Readymade Magazine and New American Paintings MFA Annual and has been exhibited nationally in galleries including Wendy Cooper Gallery in Madison, Wis., and Cynthia Broan Gallery in New York City.
Stansell, a native of Greenville, S.C., received her master of fine arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta in painting. She combines painting, drawing, fibers and printmaking to create work that explores memory, history and imagination.
Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution and the Atlanta Peach magazine's 30th anniversary of Lucinda Bunnen's Movers and Shakers in Georgia. She is an adjunct professor at the Art Institute of Atlanta and recently completed an artist residency at the Atlanta Printmakers Studio.