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Alumni art exhibits on display this summer

April 23, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Two art exhibits by Western Michigan University alumni are on display in the Monroe-Brown Gallery at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts through Friday, June 26.

Both exhibits are open to the public free of charge during the Richmond Center's summer gallery hours, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

"Through a Crack in the Lake"
By Patricia Opel and Tim Norris
Collaborative paintings

From tribal shamanism to 20th-century Surrealism, floating or swimming in water has been used as a symbol of sleep, birth, death and passage to other spiritual realms. Many artists have used submergence under water as a metaphor for the subconscious. For Opel and Norris, this universal symbolism connects to local history in their collaborative paintings on the subject of Great Lakes shipwrecks and ecology. The show's title, a borrowed maritime expression, describes the sudden and complete disappearance of a ship in a storm. It can also suggest a mythic descent into the subconscious.

"Word Play"
By Paul Marquardt
New media

Marquardt uses photography and digital processes to produce large printed artworks filled with content about who people are and how they live. His pieces are juxtapositions of society's actions and goals, politics and social norms, and the varied signals that stream between individuals as they live together in small communities, large urban populations, or personal dream states.


For additional information, contact the Frostic School of Art Exhibitions Office at (269) 387-2455.

Media contact: Don Desmett, (269) 387-2455, donald.desmett@wmich.edu

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