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University Art Department to Present Biennial Faculty Exhibition

By:    Published 11:50 am / August 28, 2009

“Sergio Vieira de Mello: Rally Paris-Darfur” is a collection of intricately designed vinyl decals, a re-imagining of the iconic Paris to Dakar off-road motorcycle rally. The body of work is by New Catalogue, a collaboration between Boise State photography professor Jonathan Sadler and artist Luke Batten. The biennial faculty exhibition includes a piece from this project.

“Sergio Vieira de Mello: Rally Paris-Darfur” is a collection of intricately designed vinyl decals, a re-imagining of the iconic Paris to Dakar off-road motorcycle rally. The body of work is by New Catalogue, a collaboration between Boise State photography professor Jonathan Sadler and artist Luke Batten. The biennial faculty exhibition includes a piece from this project.

The Art Department will present its biennial faculty show Sept. 5-Oct. 23 in the Visual Arts Center, which encompasses Gallery One of the Liberal Arts Building and Gallery Two of the Hemingway Western Studies Center. The show kicks off the Visual Arts Center’s exhibition season.

The collection features the creations of 25 faculty artists working in a wide range of media including ceramics, metals, sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, photography and graphic design. It demonstrates not only the diversity of the Art Department, but also the dynamism of its faculty members, who teach and exhibit their work nationally and internationally.

While the show celebrates veteran faculty members, it also provides a venue for newer faculty to introduce themselves and their work to the community. One such artist is Jonathan Sadler, an assistant professor of photography at Boise State. His collaboration with artist Luke Batten, called New Catalogue, resulted in “Sergio Vieira de Mello: Rally Paris-Darfur.” It is a collection of intricately designed vinyl decals, a re-imagining of the iconic Paris to Dakar off-road motorcycle rally. The work was created as a memorial to Sergio Vieira de Mello, a widely respected Brazilian United Nations diplomat who was killed by a car bomb at the UN headquarters in the Canal Hotel in Baghdad in 2003. The faculty exhibition will include one of the works from this project.

Faculty artists will attend opening receptions from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 in both galleries, with free parking available in the Liberal Arts Parking Lot, next to the Special Events Center. Admission to the reception and the galleries is always free. For more information, contact gallery director Kirsten Furlong at (208) 426-3994 or kfurlong@boisestate.edu, or visit the Visual Arts Center Web site.

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 12-4 p.m., closed Sundays and university holidays.