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Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition set at TWU
The Fifth Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition
will be held Monday, Jan. 23 through Friday, Feb. 17 in the
Texas Woman’s University Fine Arts Galleries, located
at the corner of Oakland and Texas streets on TWU’s
Denton campus. The work of Holly Mathews, last year’s
solo exhibition winner, will be on display during the event.
Gallery hours are
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on weekends by
appointment. An opening reception, which is free and open
to the public, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.
For more information, contact exhibition coordinator Jessica
Cook at (214) 417-5918 or the TWU Department of Visual Arts
at (940) 898-2530.
Mathews is an emerging artist from Chicago. Her work, titled
“Cycles of Use,” addresses issues of American
culture and iconography. It provides a collective view of
how images are used and discarded, and in turn, how they take
on new meaning.
For this exhibition,
Mathews collected and bought more than 20 framed photographs
that had been donated to thrift and secondhand stores. She
photographed them in their original frames, along with the
amount of money paid for them, to show their assigned value
in a secondary market.
these framed photographs cannot die, they exist in a cycle
of use,” Mathews said. “We can only guess the
reasons why they ended up for sale at a secondhand store.
Whatever function they had is now obsolete to their former
owners. I am giving them a new function as cultural signifiers.
When I leave Chicago, I intend on donating these items back,
thus returning them to this cycle.”
The annual Joyce
Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition provides a national venue
for the presentation of artistic expression as seen through
the eyes of the camera. Photographers from throughout the
United States were invited to submit entries for the exhibition.
Blake Fitch, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography
in Winchester, Mass., will serve as juror for this year’s
Proceeds from the
exhibition will help fund the Joyce Elaine Grant Photography
Exhibition and Endowment, which will provide scholarships
for future graduate students in the TWU Department of Visual
Arts. The exhibition and endowment were established in 2001
by a small group of TWU graduate students and are named in
memory of the mother of TWU photography professor Susan kae
Tel: (940) 898-3456