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Current Exhibition :

Texas Woman’s University Presents
Supranatural Realistic
Helen Altman | Celia Eberle | Kana Harada
Beverly Penn | Linda Ridgway

January 12 to February 4, 2015
Reception for the artists: January 20, 5-8 pm

 TWU Department of Visual Arts welcomes five artists working mainly with sculptural and assemblage elements for our next exhibition. Each artist uses nature, natural materials and human nature as a springboard to create work that reorganizes nature, plays games on assumptions and takes the commonplace and turns it on it’s head. Very different approaches to sculpture and an inventive use of materials bring these artists together in Supranatural Realistic.

 Helen Altman uses commonplace materials and objects in creating her work. Skulls out of seeds, leaves and twigs are a rumination on the beginning and end of life and the purpose of our stay here; birds out of wire, unable to fly due to hollowness and weight underscore the fragility of existence and the ‘human predicament’. Altman states, ‘It is a happy moment for me when I can create objects that are simultaneously convincing and yet blatantly absurd in their obvious artificiality.’ Helen Altman lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas. She is represented by Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

 Celia Eberle works are based in her view of human experiences. Using natural elements to embody complex emotions and human foibles, she creates very intriguing objects that attract and repel with the same frequency. She uses mythology to inform her work because it ‘represents a vast store of knowledge concerning the human condition. It provides answers to our most important questions, but we largely choose to ignore it, because we must do what we feel rather than what we know.’ Celia Eberle lives and works in Bardwell, Texas, near unusual neighbors. She is represented by Cris Worley Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

 Kana Harada works in a fragile medium to embody ‘the great beauty deep within all of us.’ Her works have nature as inspiration, but spiral out into fantasies of shape and line in three dimensions. She is inspired by, ‘the spirit of the trees and wondrous flowers I have encountered in the lush forests at the foot of Mt. Fuji and across the U.S.’ Kana Harada lives and works in Dallas, Texas. She is represented by Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

 Beverly Penn takes a scientific, organized approach to nature in her works. Showing the growth cycle of plants, making constellations of stems and flowers and leaves in bronze and using scientific/industrial elements to underscore the empirical nature of her investigation, her works are an elegant revision of natural growth.  She states, ‘The impulse to arrange the wild variety of the natural world to fit an intellectual symmetry is a fundamental human urge.’ Beverly Penn is a tenured Professor at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She is represented by McMurtry Gallery in Houston, Texas & dberman Gallery in Austin, Texas.

 Linda Ridgway uses nature to reiterate past memories and feelings from her past. Her memories of being read poetry by Robert Frost have informed the development and presentation of her work. She uses nature as a ‘metaphor for life… as did Frost’ as a muse for creating her work. Linda Ridgway lives and works in Dallas, Texas and is represented by Talley Dunn Gallery, in Dallas, Texas & John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, California.

Free Event : Culture Card Event 

Culture Card Events

Supranatural Realistic / January 20, 5:00pm - 8:00pm / Fine Arts Building
Beverly Penn / Lecture on Supranatural Realistic / February 4, 4:00pm - 5:00pm / West Gallery
April Watson Lecture / February 17, 4:00pm - 5:00pm / West Gallery
JEG 14th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition / February 17, 5:00pm - 8:00pm / Fine Arts Building
John Weinkein Juried Student Exhibition / March 24, 5:00pm - 7:00pm / Fine Arts Building
Visual Arts BFA Graduating Student Exhibition / April 8, 5:00pm - 8:00pm / Fine Arts Building
Graduate Open Studios / April 15, 11:00am - 2:00pm / Patio Building
Visual Arts MFA Graduating Student Exhibition Part 1 / April 16, 5:00pm - 8:00pm / Fine Arts Building
Visual Arts MFA Graduating Student Exhibition Part 2 / April 29, 5:00pm - 8:00pm / Fine Arts Building

Gallery Hours

  • Monday - Friday 9 am to 4 pm
  • Saturdays by Appointment

Upcoming Shows

February 16 to March 11 / JEG 14th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition / JEG Solo Exhibition
March 20 to April 2 / TWU Student Juried Exhibition / East & West Galleries
April 7 to April 11 / BFA Graduating Students Exhibition / East & West Galleries
April 15 to April 23 / MFA Graduating Students Exhibition / East & West Galleries
April 29 to May 8 / MFA Graduating Students Exhibition / East & West Galleries

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Visiting Artists & Lectures

Beverly Penn Lecture on Supranatural Realistic / Wednesday, February 4, 4:00-5:00pm / West Gallery
April Watson Lecture / Tuesday February 17, 4:00-5:00pm / West Gallery

Gallery 010

Gallery 010 is the student run exhibition space in the lower level of the Student Union.

Spring 2015 Semester Exhibition Schedule

Nicola Brady / Transitions in Light / January 12 - January 23
PAC Photographic Artists' Coalition / Coalition Collective / January 26 - February 6
Brittany Cooper & Blair Rankin / Colorful Corrosion / February 9 - February 20
Andrew Scott / Exploration in Sight / February 23 - March 6
Karalee Brown / Impassioned Figure / March 9 - March 27
Kimberly Schaefer & Carrie Adamson-Riefler / Nearly Human / March 30 - April 10
LaRae Rippetoe / Descent into Darkness : when dreams and reality collide / April 13 - April 24
Martha Roberts / Divination / April 27 - May 8

Exhibition Archive

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About East | West Galleries

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday / 9am-4pm

Mission Statement

The East | West Galleries at Texas Woman’s University are dedicated to understanding and promoting contemporary art as a tool and a catalyst for education. The East | West Galleries consistently present exhibitions and programming that examine the cultural and social contexts around us, challenge contemporary perceptions of art making, and provide a framework for intellectual and creative inquiry.

By inviting established and emerging contemporary artists, designers, critics and curators of national and international stature from off-campus as well as within, and setting them in direct dialogue with students and local audiences, the East | West Galleries establish immediate relevancy in the University and community.

The East | West Galleries vision is well-aligned with Texas Woman’s University’s commitment to “educate and empower our students, especially ensuring opportunities for women and minorities, to become leaders in our society through excellence in the visual arts.”

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Two 1700 sq. ft. galleries complement the east and west wings of the Fine Arts Building offering large, well lit spaces for artists exhibitions. Each year internationally, nationally and regionally recognized artists are invited to exhibit works in solo and group exhibitions, offer lectures to the University students and local community and lead critiques of student works in class and studios.

The galleries are also used as exhibition spaces for M.F.A, M.A. and B.F.A. student qualifying exhibitions at the end of each semester.

Located at 300 Texas Street, Denton, Texas 76201; in the Fine Arts Building on the TWU/Denton campus at the corner of Texas and Oakland streets. (map)

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Vance Wingate / - Gallery Coordinator / 940-898-2533

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