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Weber Gallery hosts collaborative exhibit

September 07, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
The Weber Art Gallery at the University of Pikeville is currently featuring “The Pfeilstorch Incident and Other Conspiracies: An Exhibition of Collaborative Works by Steve Ward, James Riley, Mark Hackworth, Saul Gray-Hildenbrand, Anna King and Delos Schueler.”

In this unique exhibit, each piece displays the relationship between language and imagery through shared metaphors. Creation of the artwork and the creative process varied for each piece. In some instances, a narrative inspired an image and other times an image informed the narrative or poem. In many cases, the artists began with a shared metaphor which controlled the development of both the visual art and the written words.

“The relationship between language and three-dimensional space is a connection each of these pieces explores through the presentation of various, shared metaphors both in literary and visual form,” state the artists. “The Pfeilstorch Incident is not a collection of work as much as a true collaboration by various artists on a number of individual pieces brought together by language, the word as image incorporated into various forms of visual presentation. Each piece exhibits the shared expression between language and some other media such as oil, photography or sculpture.”

Ward is an artist in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he lives with a philosopher wife, two dogs, six chickens, two cats, countless goldfish in a pond and a garden that always needs weeding.

Riley is a professor of English and coordinator of the English program at UPIKE. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and two Al Smith Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council.

Hackworth is currently an assistant professor in photography and 2D studies at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. He has previously taught at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio; Kendal College in Kendal, England; and Denison University in Grandville, Ohio.

Gray-Hildenbrand was born in Petrosky, Mich. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree from Grand Valley State University and studied abroad at Kingston University in London. Gray-Hildenbrand works in a variety of media including oil painting and installations. His work is influenced by folk, modern art and contemporary art.

Schueler is a landscape designer and flower farmer in Phoenix, N.Y.

An Athens, Ohio, native, King has been surrounded by art her entire life. Her passions include making musical instruments and sculpture. She teaches ceramic programs in schools, after school programs and camps. She has an associate’s degree in art, design and marketing from Hocking College and is enrolled in an art therapy program at the University of Rio Grande where she hopes to help people heal from their hardships through art.

The exhibit will be featured at the gallery through mid-October. An artists’ reception will be held Friday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. in the gallery.

The exhibit is free and the campus and community are cordially invited. Located in Record Memorial Building, level two, gallery hours of operation are Monday from 9-9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact Pat Kowalok, professor of art and division chair for humanities at (606) 218-5758 or Petra Carroll, associate professor of art at (606) 218-5759.


“The Pfeilstorch Dossier” by Steve Ward and James Riley is included in the exhibit currently featured in the Weber Art Gallery at UPIKE.

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