The Gallery at UTA is currently presenting a two-person exhibition featuring Sarah Williams’ haunting paintings of isolated buildings and Amy Blakemore’s offbeat photographs of ordinary events and people. The exhibition runs through Nov. 16.
Williams creates works that draw attention to what she calls, “the seemingly mundane, anonymous scenes existing on the periphery that tend to be ignored.” Her evocative paintings of isolated nightscapes use light and concentrated focus to elicit a sense of eerie mystery from everyday rural scenes.
Williams received her MFA in painting and drawing from the University of North Texas in 2009. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. In her relatively short professional career, she already has had 13 solo exhibitions in venues from throughout Texas and Missouri to Los Angeles, as well as participating in 38 group exhibitions. She was a Hunting Art Prize Finalist in both 2010 and 2011.
Blakemore’s photographs range from landscapes to portraits to still lifes, and document situations in which objects are seen in focused yet casual compositions that evoke questions of intentionality and design versus opportunity and intuition. Her use of low-tech, and often unpredictable cameras is a hallmark of her work that heightens her emphasis on strong composition and masterful printing of the images.
Blakemore received an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and from 1985-86 was an artist resident of the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. She has been head of the photography department at the Glassell School since 1987. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally for the last 30 years, including in the 2006 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and at the 2005 Pingyao International Festival for Photography in Pingyao, China.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street in Arlington. For more information contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy (817) 272-5658 or http://www.uta.edu/gallery.
The 2013-2014 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.