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Visiting artist Jane Marshall exhibits in Space Gallery

Sept. 26, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Visiting artist Jane Marshall is exhibiting artist books and prints in Western Michigan University's Space Gallery in Knauss Hall, Oct. 2-30. Space Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Among the public collections in which her works appear are the New York City Library Rare Book Collection; the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, Ind.; the Beech Museum, Kansas State University; Elvehjem Art Museum, Madison, Wis.; and the Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Ind.

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, she will give a slide lecture on her prints, drawings and paintings at 7 p.m. in 2302, Sangren Hall. There is a reception for the artist on Friday, Oct. 4, from 3 to 6 p.m. in Space Gallery. The lecture and reception also are free and open to the public.

During her visit to the WMU Department of Art, Marshall will demonstrate her color reduction woodcut technique and producing a print in the printmaking studios.

Marshall says, "Most of my art work represents stories or myths, some of my own creation, and others linked to history. The themes are more about universals--joy, humor, sorrow and the dilemmas of choice, struggle and survival.

"I see art as a language, whether it's cave painting, Medieval, or contemporary. When I was at Cornell, I had the opportunity to examine their collection of Medieval art books and these have continued to influence my style, since the images were stories to tell the people," she says.

Marshall resides in Birmingham, Ala. She earned B.S., M.S. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she studied with Warrington Colescott. Although she has taught at numerous colleges and universities in the past, she is now a full-time studio artist.

For additional information, contact the Department of Art Exhibitions Office at 269 387-2455.

Media contact: Jackie Ruttinger, 269 387-2455, jacquelyn.ruttinger@wmich.edu

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