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Distinguished Alumni Exhibit at USU

An art exhibit featuring work by seven distinguished alumni from Utah State University is the final event in a year-long celebration marking the 100th birthday of the university’s Department of Art.

Sponsored by the art department and the Caine School of the Arts, the Department of Art Distinguished Alumni Exhibit opens March 23 and continues through April 25 at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art on campus (approximately 1100 E. 675 North, Logan).
 
An opening reception is Monday, March 23, from 5-7 p.m.
 
The artists and scholars with work in the exhibition represent continuity from one century to another and span 30 years of education in studio and scholarly disciplines, said Art Department Head Carolyn Cardenas.
 
“What makes this alumnus show so remarkable is that everyone included in the exhibition has parlayed his or her student experiences into a successful professional career,” Cardenas said. “I believe that these extraordinary individuals have in common a solid foundation in the arts that was perpetrated through the art department at USU. The faculty members here are still committed to developing excellence in the practice, teaching and scholarship of the visual arts.”
 
The artists included in the exhibition were chosen by current faculty in the department of art and include Heather Ferrell (art history and photography, BFA '94), Brad Schwieger (ceramics, MFA '84), Scott Rockwood (graphic design, BFA '75), Jon Rappleye (painting, BFA '92), Steve Smith (photography, BFA '86), Abigail Knowlton Israelsen (printmaking, BFA '00) and Shelia Nadimi (sculpture, MFA '95). The show is also co-curated by Ferrell.
 
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Writer: Sally Okelberry, (435) 797-1500; sally.okelberry@usu.edu
Contact: Carolyn Cardenas, carolyn.cardenas@usu.edu
USU Alumni art exhibit, ceramic vase by Brad Schwieger

Brad Schwieger, Split Vase, 2008. Soda fired stoneware, wheel thrown and altered, press molded, nichrome wire, multiple slips and glazes, 16" x 8” x 7”. Courtesy of the artist.

USU Alumni art exhibit, photo by Steve Smith

Steve Smith, "Cul du Sac," Ivins, Utah, 2007. Ink jet print, 15” x 22”. Courtesy of the artist.

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