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UPIKE faculty present ‘Voices and Visions’

January 29, 2018 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
From the classroom to the canvas, University of Pikeville art students are gaining perspective into what inspires their professors and experiencing their finished work. “Voices and Visions,” an exhibit including recent works of UPIKE art professors Petra Carroll, Patricia Kowalok and Paula Smith, is currently on display in the Weber Art Gallery on campus.

“This exhibit shows a range of potential with regards to working in art. From the selection of media to subject matter to personal interpretations, the artwork is trying to connect to anyone in an audience in terms of memories, stories, associations and dreams. I am very proud of all of this work and how it is a testament to an individual’s voice,” said Kowalok, chair of the division of humanities and professor of art.

All work is two-dimensional and feature a range of media and techniques.

In addition to teaching and creating art, Carroll’s professional experience also includes business and gallery work. On campus, she serves as an associate professor of art and teaches two- and three-dimensional design, sculpture, art appreciation, studio studies and internships. Carroll earned her master of fine arts degree from Winthrop University in South Carolina.

“Art creates the space to explore the landscapes of shifting memory and the realms that exist somewhere just beyond the reach of the analytical conscious mind,” said Carroll. “It lies in the periphery of sight, on the edges of certainty, and somewhere between emotional rational thought and the haunting echoes of the remembered and of dreams.”

Kowalok has taught art on campus for 30 years. She earned her master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa. Classes she teaches include art history, drawing, painting, and currently a special topics course on making artist books.

“I have always found making art to be a magical experience,” said Kowalok. “I take a bit of graphite, some color and I transform a flat, blank space of paper to a vision that I have, that I can share. These particular images are founded in specific places, in my imagination, and are inspired by the painting ‘The Nativity’ by Piero della Francesca. As a body, they speak of my interest in light, marks, scale and associations.”

A longtime educator, Smith has inspired art students for nearly three decades. She has taught at the junior high and high school levels in Pike, Floyd and Fayette counties. She has also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Pikeville for more than 10 years. Smith earned her master’s degree in studio art and Rank I from Morehead State University.

“Any artist knows that creating art is a process, but at some point, the process fades away and the inner being, the creator, the mind and soul take over,” said Smith. “Then and only then can we say, ‘I am an artist.’”

The art show will run through March 12. The artists will discuss their work during a reception on Friday, February 16, from 4-6 p.m.

The Weber Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Record Memorial Building. Gallery hours are: Monday and Wednesday 9-9:50 a.m., 10-10:50 a.m., noon-12:30 p.m., and 2:30-4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 9-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.; and Friday 9-9:50 a.m., 10-10:50 a.m., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and 1:15-2:45 p.m. For more information or additional gallery hours, contact Kowalok at (606) 218-5758.
Petra Carroll
Paula Smith
Patricia Kowalok

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