2010 “Exploring Media” Show
Professor Tim Waldrop is at it once again currently organizing an annual exhibit titled “Exploring Media,” which makes use of non-traditional materials as a theme. For the upcoming 2010 exhibit, the chosen medium is glitter. Professor Waldrop noted that Glitter is an interesting addition to the list of “unorthodox materials” from previous years. He also stated that Martha Stewart Living is involved in sponsoring the project. The company is very enthusiastic about the exhibit and has made a generous donation of their glitter products. Professor Waldrop will be documenting the exhibit with photographs so the images and story can be posted on the Martha Stewart Living blog and possibly mentioned as a brief story on the television show.
This year’s exhibit will take place from February 23 thru March 11, 2010 in Western’s University Art Gallery. The show will be organized into two spaces. One will showcase works by faculty and students, while the other will feature works by invited professional artists. The student works included in the exhibit will be juried. Jamie Vasta is one artist who has agreed to loan work for this exhibit.
Ms. Vasta works almost exclusively with glitter as the primary material in her paintings. She is represented by Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco. Tim Liddy is another artist who will be included in the show. He is a painter who lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri and teaches at Fontbonne University. Liddy is represented by Kidder Smith Gallery in Boston and by William Shearburn Gallery in St. Louis.
Associate Professor of Art, Tim Waldrop, began the Exploring Media exhibit series approximately four years ago as a way for Western’s students to become more experimental with materials. He started by contacting specific corporations/manufacturers who could donate “unorthodox” materials for students to experiment work with. In the first year, the primary material used to create work was expanding polyurethane foam, graciously donated by Convenience Products of Fenton, Missouri. The next year Duck Tape was used, again, with a generous donation in a wide variety of colors from Henkel Consumer Adhesives. Last year’s exhibit featured art made with cardboard donated from Uline Corporation. Numerous professional artists took part in last year’s show, including Scott Fife, an artist known for his cardboard sculptures. Fife, who is represented by Tony Wight Gallery in Chicago and Platform Gallery in Seattle, was invited to campus as a visiting artist.
Each of the previous Exploring Media exhibits were well received by the students and the community. Professor Waldrop was fortunate enough to receive a grant last year to help with funding the upcoming exhibit. Part of his grant budget was allocated for shipping/return shipping of artists’ works and for bringing visiting artists to campus. Please feel free to contact Professor Waldrop if you have any questions or would like additional information regarding the exhibition.