Exhibitions to feature guest artists Meanley, Kerrane

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The College of Arts + Architecture’s Department of Art and Art History will host exhibitions featuring works by guest artists Jennifer Meanley and Rian Kerrane in the Rowe Arts Building Galleries starting Monday, Oct. 8. An opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Meanley, a New Hampshire native, is assistant professor of painting and drawing at UNC Greensboro. Her exhibition “If by Land and Sea” will present recent collages and prints that, in the artist’s words, “depict spaces and moments of reflection.” Light and color “function rhythmically and luminously,” Meanley said. “These elements denote places of reverberation in which people and animals appear and reappear in various permutations of themselves, and in which the landscape appears to roll out like a botanical wave.”    

An Irish mixed-media sculptor, Kerrane is based in Denver, where she is associate professor and area head for the sculpture program at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her display “Opposition Papers,” which makes use of discarded home décor, “explores how our surroundings define us as much as we define our surroundings,” stated Kerrane. “I often refer to my collecting instincts as the primordial need to learn. I am the self-appointed archeologist of these contemporary shards with an impetus to honor their innate qualities and histories.”

Meanley and Kerrane will discuss their work at the Oct. 10 opening reception. The exhibits will be displayed through Wednesday, Nov. 7.