‘ARTISTS UP CLOSE’ AT UH TO
FOCUS ON WORK OF SIEMON ALLEN
When gallery visitors view a work of art, they may wonder about
its inspiration or think about how it was created. To provide arts
audiences with further insight into the creative processes of artists,
the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University
of Houston has launched the “Artists Up Close” series
in collaboration with the UH School of Art and Blaffer Gallery—the
Art Museum of the University of Houston.
As part of the series, South African artist Siemon Allen will present
a lecture and slide presentation at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 in the
Fine Arts Building, Room 110. Allen’s talk will focus on his
development as an artist, with a special emphasis on his work featured
in the exhibition, “A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary
Africa Abroad,” which runs through Nov. 11.
Terrie Sultan, director of Blaffer Gallery and chair of the Mitchell
Center’s board of directors, sees Allen’s participation
in “Artists Up Close” as an opportunity “to extend
the outreach of the exhibition -- a way to make the exhibition more
real, more intimate to viewers, especially students,” by giving
them a chance to meet and ask the artist questions about his intention
and the motivation behind his work.
The “Artists Up Close” series offers free public performances,
readings and demonstrations by artists featured in Blaffer Gallery
exhibitions. Other artists scheduled to participate in this series
include Chitra Ganesh, Jean Shin and Mika Tajima from the upcoming
spring show, “One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now.”
In addition, these artists will work with UH art students through
For more information on “Artists Up Close,” visit www.mitchellcenterforarts.org.
||“Artists Up Close” lecture and slide presentation
||1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5
||Fine Arts Building, Room 110
University of Houston - Entrance 16
Houston, TX 77204
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