2011 Alumni Art Show

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Nightingale Gallery of Eastern Oregon University is excited to open our 2011-12 exhibition season with our triennial Alumni Exhibition. The exhibit runs September 30 through October 28. There will be an opening reception Friday, September 30, 6-8pm in the gallery. The exhibit features work by 11 EOU Art Program graduates.

The work of these alumni cover a wide range of media from drawing to painting to mixed media to sculpture. The exhibiting artists represent a span of forty years of Art Program graduates. Those showing include nationally recognized 1970 graduate Don Gray as well as up and coming 2009 grads Mariah Boyle and Devin Farrand. Other exhibiting artists include: Shannon Berg (2006), Elizabeth Garton (2011), Jaime Gustavson (2000), Dawn Lepper (2006), Austin McDonald (2005), Jessica Parries (2011), Jessie Street and Marguerite Torres (both 2009)

In addition to presenting a diverse selection of our alumni’s creative work the gallery is pleased to welcome back to campus several of the above mentioned artists. Devin Farrand a sculptor and recent MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and currently living and working in Los Angeles will present a public presentation on his current body of work Wednesday, September 28 at 6pm in Zabel Hall room 142.

Farrand will also take part in a panel discussion on graduate school experiences for art majors. Other panelists include Mariah Boyle, a current MFA candidate at Washington State University; Shannon Berg, a recent graduate of Montana State University’s graduate program in art; Jaime Gustavson, a 2007 graduate of Vermont College Union Institute’s low-residency MFA program; and Jessie Street, art educator and 2009 graduate of EOU’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Each of the 5 bring to the conversation a unique perspective and is representative of a variety of approaches to post-graduate education in the visual arts. The panel will be informative for both current EOU Art majors and others who are considering pursuing a graduate degree. The panel will take place at 6pm on Thursday, September 29 at 6pm in room 116 of Loso Hall. Both presentations are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

“We are pleased to have such talented artists out in the world representing the strengths of our program and this University,” said Cory Peeke, Nightingale Gallery Director. “We are even more pleased they have chosen to share their creative endeavors and insights with our current students and the regional arts community”

The Nightingale Gallery is located in Loso Hall on the campus of Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, OR. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 11AM-4PM. For more information please visit our website: http://www.eou.edu/art/nightingale/index.html or follow us on Facebook.

To request images of artwork for publication or to schedule an interview with one or more of the artists please contact Gallery Director Cory Peeke at cpeeke@eou.edu .