The University of Southern Indiana Art and Design department’s 2019 Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship Exhibition is on display February 10 through March 13 at the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries, located in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center on the USI campus. The Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship is a competitive fellowship awarded to one graduating senior or recent alum from the Art and Design department annually.
The goal of the Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship is to fund a post-undergraduate year, allowing the recipient to focus on their studio practice to expand their artistic vision and enhance their portfolio, to gain maturity as an art maker, and to successfully gain entrance to graduate school in his/her area of expertise.
Justin Cecil was the 2018 recipient of the fellowship award. His exhibition, titled Reflection/Variation, includes fine art prints and other works on paper he recreated during the fellowship. Some of the printmaking materials used to create the artworks (including hand-carved woodblocks, copper intaglio plates and lithographic stones) will also be on display as an educational component.
At the same time, Gallery 3 of the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries will host Las Desaparecidas de Ciudad Juarez: Homage to the Missing and Murdered Girls of Juarez, Mexico by Kentucky-based artist Diane Kahlo. This art installation is a memorial to the thousands of girls and young women who have disappeared and often been brutally murdered in Juárez, Mexico since the early 1990s. Kahlo’s intent is “to create a ‘sacred space’ and a memorial wall of portraits of the victims.” “I painted portraits and built frames for more than 150 victims as well as created other large sculptures and paintings which made reference to Mexico’s indigenous roots to help memorialize these victims of feminicide (the murder of women because they are women),” said Kahlo.
The public is invited to the free reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 17, at the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries. Light refreshments will be served.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public. Call 812-228-5006 or visit USI.edu/liberal-arts/art-center-galleries for more information.