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Diverse Directions Robert Russell & Alex Barde

Main Gallery

May 16 2015 - Jul 3 2015

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About this exhibit: Presented by Pittsburg State University (PSU) and the Spiva Center Board of Directors, Diverse Directions: Robert Russell & Alex Barde is an eclectic mix of contemporary painting and mixed media works by the two former PSU professors. The exhibition opens in the Main Gallery on Saturday, May 16 and runs through Friday, July 3.

The exhibition features Russell’s vibrant, large-scale abstract paintings and works by Barde that incorporate a variety of media, including photography, painting, drawing, and fiber and light installations.

Russell began his teaching career at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and joined the PSU faculty in 1967, retiring in 2001. He served as artist in residence at Hanover (Ind.) College; Idaho State University, Pocatello; Roswell (N.M.) Museum and Art Center; and Area Arts Program Title I, Green Bay, Wis. He has been featured in solo exhibitions at Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, Tex.; Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City; Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa; National Office of the Institute of Business Designers, Chicago, Ill.; Humboldt State University, Arcata, Calif.; University Art Museum, University of Oklahoma,Norman; and South Dakota Memorial Art Center, Brookings.

His work is held in public collections at Dickenson (N.D.) State College; El Paso (Tex.) Museum of Art; Springfield (Mo.) Art Museum; and Roswell (N.M.) Museum and ArtCenter; and in corporate collections that include AT&T and Hallmark Inc., both in Kansas City, and Mobil Oil Corp. and Continental Corp., both at New York City.

Barde, whose PSU career spanned 33 years from 1966 through 1999, taught printmaking, design, drawing, lettering and photography. Prior to joining the PSU faculty, he taught at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Among Barde’s accomplishments are fellowship awards in photography and in painting from the Mid-America Arts Alliance and National Endowment for the Arts. Solo exhibitions include Cox Gallery, Drury College, Springfield; Mind’s Eye Gallery, University of Idaho, Pocatello; University Art Gallery, University of Barcelona, Spain; and University Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

DiverseDirectionsRobert Russell &Alex Barde is sponsored by Pittsburg State University and the  Spiva Center Board of Directors with additional financial support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Uncommon Threads A Dozen Shades of Gray

Regional Gallery

May 16 2015 - Jul 3 2015

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About this exhibit: Art quilts that examine the aging process will grace the Regional Focus Gallery when Uncommon Threads: A Dozen Shades of Gray is presented from May 16 through July 3.

The exhibit by members of Uncommon Threads Art Quilt Group is designed to educate viewers on issues facing people as they age and to promote understanding, respect and dignity of our elders. 

It features a mixed style of quilt panels that tell stories of life experiences, all related to aging. Some of the panels are geometric in design, while others are figurative or landscapes. Each is connected through a continuous gray line—the “life line”—that moves across the panel faces.

Members of Uncommon Threads have been exploring fiber art for 13 years. The group includes artists in all stages of development, though most have exhibited widely at the national and international level. Regional venues include Driskill Art Gallery at Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar; the Lumberyard Arts Center, Baldwin City, Kan.; and various Springfield galleries, including Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Hawthorn Gallery, Pool Art Center Gallery at Drury University, Evangel University Gallery, and Missouri State University’s Gallery of Art and Design. Members’ works are featured in both public and private art collections and have traveled with major juried exhibitions. Most members call southwest Missouri home, though some reside in Arkansas, Colorado and Florida. 

A DozenShades of Gray is sponsored by Steven W. and Diana Graddy with additional financial assistance from the Missouri ArtsCouncil, a state agency.