Artists Offer ‘Personal Response’ in New Exhibit

Beginning Monday, Oct. 13, The Gallery at UTA will host concurrent solo exhibitions from two Texas artists.

Philip Van Keuren of Dallas and Liz Ward of San Antonio may produce different types of artistic work, said Gallery Director Benito Huerta, but they have a similar approach and focus.

“Though expressed through distinctly different mediums, both artists share a poetic sensibility in their imagery to convey a personal response to the impact of time and human action on the environment,” Huerta said.

In “Certain Named Parts,” Van Keuren presents a series of black and white photogravures that recollect his perceptions of “symbolic meanings from both the built and natural world,” he said in a press release. His images detail and abstract familiar sights from gardens, museums and parks as visual notes of place while also evoking thoughts of memory, time and mortality, Huerta said.

Conversely, Ward’s “Time and Temperature” is a grouping of meticulous watercolors and silverpoint drawings that communicate the artist’s concern for “what nature so effortlessly creates and we so thoughtlessly destroy,” she said. Her colorful organic abstractions that reference specific examinations of nature — the gradual growth of tree rings, the melting of glaciers, the flow of water over time — are haunting allusions to incremental damage and irreparable loss, Huerta said.

Van Keuren was born in Dallas and received his BFA and MFA degrees in studio art from Southern Methodist University where he has taught since 1989; he served as the Pollock Gallery Director from 1990 to 2013. He currently is Professor of Art at the SMU’s Meadows School of Art. His artwork and poetry have been featured in numerous exhibitions and readings throughout Texas and in cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as Reykjavik, Iceland. His book, “Monody: Selected Poems 1978-2009,” was published in conjunction with the 2009 exhibition “Philip Van Keuren: Forty Years of Works on Paper 1969-2009” at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas.

Ward’s work is included in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Austin Museum of Art, the Menil Collection and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and corporate collections including American Airlines, American Express and Houston Industries, as well as over 200 private collections. She was born in Lafayette, La., and has taught at Trinity University since 1999; she became chair of the Department of Art & Art History there in 2012. She received her BFA from the University of New Mexico and her MFA in painting from the University of Houston. Her work has been exhibited widely in Texas and throughout the United States and internationally in Paris, France and Bern, Switzerland.

In association with the exhibition, Ward will discuss her work in an hour-long gallery talk on Thursday, Oct., 16 at 12:30 p.m. in The Gallery at UTA. In addition, there will be a reception on Friday, Oct. 17 from 5:30-8 p.m. with brief remarks by both artists beginning at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public, and runs through Nov. 15.

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 Huerta or Patricia Healy at (817) 272-5658 or www.uta.edu/gallery.

The 2014-2015 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington and Nerwin & Martin.

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