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TWU Visual Arts presents John Weinkein Memorial Exhibition
DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University department of visual arts presents “Questioning the Trees and the Bushes,” an exhibition in honor of John Weinkein, former professor and chairman of the department, who passed away March 26 after a short battle with cancer.
The exhibition, which began Aug. 11, continues through Tuesday, Sept. 1 in the East and West galleries of the TWU Fine Arts Building, located at the corner of Oakland Avenue and Texas Street on TWU’s Denton campus. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A reception is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 1 in the foyer of the Fine Arts Building. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, call 940-898-2533 or visit www.twu.edu/visual-arts.
The exhibition includes drawings, paintings and mixed media assemblage. Professor Weinkein’s works were inspired by a wide range of sources — from non-Western European cultures, Australian, African, Asian and his own personal folk heritage. Foremost among these influences were Native American images and objects he researched in museum collections.
He once stated, “I have found much of the work from small-scale societies has a high degree of significance for me, particularly in terms of how ‘art’ objects function so centrally in many cultures. My own artistic responses often reflect aspects of the visual forms, intentions and functions of these sources. The inner necessity of people making objects that play a vital role in their lives, particularly spiritually, holds a great attraction for me. This serves as a major motivating force and provides a unique conceptual basis for my own processes and products.”
Professor Weinkein served in many roles during his tenure at TWU, including director of the School of the Arts. He also participated in numerous national and state art exhibitions. He lectured, researched and wrote on a wide array of subjects and was a member of the College Art Association, the Texas Art Schools Association and the Texas Art Education Association.
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