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Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition set at TWU


DENTON — 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.

“Because 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 exhibition.

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 Grant.


For Further Information Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: kgarcia@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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