About the artist:
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.
DiverseDirections: Robert 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.