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The Art of Textiles on Exhibit at UK

Published: Oct 18, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 18, 2013) — The world of fiber art is in the spotlight in “Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber” on display at the  Art Museum at the University of Kentucky through Jan. 5, 2014.

 

“Innovators and Legends” explores the extraordinary originality of the world of fiber and textile art in an exhibition that features both established masters and the young artists they have inspired. This nationally touring exhibition includes more than 70 works by 50 artists who work in sculpture and two-dimensional forms, figurative and abstract compositions, and in every imaginable material, from silk to horsehair and Tyvek to hemp.

 

The exhibition captures a moment in the ongoing transformation of fiber arts from the functional and decorative to the innovative and experimental. It examines the creative potential of the diverse materials and techniques being used today. Artists explore contemporary themes such as the construction of identity, sustainability and political thought, while they continue to draw upon the beauty and visual richness achieved through color, pattern, texture and form.

 

Artist and guest curator Geary Jones asked icons such as the university's own Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, the Alumni Endowed Professor of Art at the UK School of Art and Visual Studies, as well as celebrated artists Gerhardt Knodel, Tom Lundberg, Nancy Crow and Sherri Smith to recommended peers and former students for inclusion, establishing a base of teaching and reciprocal inspiration upon which to build the exhibition.

 

"Innovators and Legends" provides an invitation to further exploration and study, not only of the history of the field, but the artwork of other artists around the world.

 

This exhibition was organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art in partnership with Jones. The Art Museum at UK’s promotional partner is Meridian-Chiles.

 

General admission for “Innovators and Legends” is $8, $5 for senior citizens, and free for all students, UK faculty, staff and alumni.

 

The Art Museum at UK is located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. The hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. On Friday nights from 5 to 8 p.m. the exhibition is free to the public.

 

The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for the people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from their permanent collection.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

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