Lee Emma Running, an artist from Grinnell, Iowa, will create a site-specific exhibit at Upper Iowa University, using the Bing-Davis Gallery, the lobby of Edgar Fine Arts Hall, and the building’s windows. Here is detail from the work, “Specific Night,” which utilizes salt, vinyl, and shadow.
FAYETTE, Iowa (February 18, 2011) — Upper Iowa University will host artist Lee Emma Running in an exhibit entitled “Specific Night” from February 24-March 25. Lee will create a site-specific installation, which will take place not only in the Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery but also extend throughout the lobby of Edgar Fine Arts Hall and incorporate the large windows that face the UIU campus.
“Everything I create investigates the beauty and complexity of natural phenomena,” Running said. “I use the simple tools of projection, tracing, stenciling and cutting to identify and expand characteristics of biological ephemera. I utilize both close handwork and digital manipulation to inspect found detritus, like a twist of animal hair, a network of leaf veins, or a cluster of roots. Transforming the scale of these bits of nature reveals their intricate networks and identifies the universal nature inherent within them.”
The artist is an assistant professor of art at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. Running earned a master’s degree of fine arts from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree of fine arts from Pratt Institute in New York, New York.
Running’s work has been shown at a variety of U.S. venues, including the Des Moines Art Center’s annual “Iowa Artists” exhibition. In 2010, Running was an artist-in-residence at the Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, WY.
“Specific Night” will open with an Artist Talk on Thursday, February 24 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 310 of the Edgar Fine Arts Hall, with a reception to follow in the gallery from 3:30-5:00 p.m. The Bing- Davis Memorial Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
For more information, contact Elissa Cox, UIU assistant professor of art, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-425-5850
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