Ed Shay’s watercolor, “Aborigines”, will be one of
his works on display in the Bing-Davis Gallery in
Edgar Fine Arts Hall at Upper Iowa University
through November 5.
FAYETTE, Iowa (September 26, 2011 -- Upper Iowa University will host the opening reception for Ed Shay’s “Ghosts: A Retrospective of Watercolors” on Thursday, September 29, from 3:30- 5 p.m. in the Edgar Fine Arts Hall on the UIU campus. The event begins with a lecture by Shay at 2:00 p.m.
Shay is a visiting professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His work centers around watercolors, oils, and cast bronze sculptures.
“As it is my job is to make the work, I don't wish to say too much and impose my limited views on a viewer's creative speculations,” Shay says. “However, I will say this: these pieces are the archeological finds of my psychic past. They are ghosts. They are metaphors. They are visualized dreams. They present a record of how I saw the world psychologically at different stages of my life. As the work became more personal, I discarded literal imagery and began to build theatre sets in my back yard to reflect a more intimate psychological reality. This initiated a process of looking inward, rather than outward, for a sense of what was important.”
“I make work to see how I think, to have a discussion with myself; the process is always one of self-discovery. No matter how similar in tone or subject a work may seem to a previous work, for me the result is always revelatory,” he adds.
Shay earned his bachelor of fine arts, painting and printmaking at Murray State University, Murray, Ky., and his master of fine arts in painting and printmaking from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Previously, he was a professor of art at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where he was head of the graduate school of art and design for five years. He has been coordinator for the Scottish Summer Workshop since 2003. He has been a visiting art professor at several other universities as well.
Shay’s work has been on exhibit in a wide variety of galleries and can be found in permanent, private, corporate, university, and selected museum collections. More information is available online at www.edshay.com.
Shay’s “Ghosts: A Retrospective of Watercolors” will be on exhibit at UIU through November 5. The UIU Bing-Davis gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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