In case you missed it, pictures from "Campeche" are now online
The UH-Clear Lake Art Gallery has had a busy few months. In November, the exhibition "Campeche" opened to the public with an evening program that featured poetry readings by Joshua Edwards and UHCL Assistant Professor in Humanities Shreerekha Subramanian and Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts John Gorman. The well-attended event on Nov. 14 also featured an ekphrastic poetry activity led by Dr. Gorman and an opportunity for poets to read their own works during an open microphone session. "Campeche" was pirate Jean Lafitte’s name for the colony on Galveston Island; the exhibition featured works by photographer Van Edwards alongside poetry by his son Joshua Edwards that reflect on living in Galveston.
The two Edwards described the exhibition as a meditation on life by the sea, natural forces and the future, as well as a dialogue between a father and a son. To make the photographs and poems stand out, the gallery staff painted the wall a new color. Anyone who frequently walks through the ground floor of Atrium I surely would have noticed the drastic change from gray walls to a vibrant brownish-red gallery interior. My favorite works in the exhibition were "Gathering Storm," "Gulf of Mexico," and "Eventide." Displayed as a triptych, the three ocean-view photographs show both the power and the serenity of nature.
"Campeche" closed on Jan. 13, and in case you didn’t have a chance to stop by, you can still experience the exhibition on the Art Gallery’s Facebook page.
The Art Gallery will remain closed through the winter as it undergoes a substantial facilities renovation. Some of the upgrades will include new flooring, glass doors, and more exhibition space. While checking out the "Campeche" images on Facebook, be sure to "like" the UH-Clear Lake Art Gallery page to receive updates about the progress of the renovation.
In the meantime, the Art Gallery presents visually stimulating art offsite, including "Reconnecting Through Photography: Czech Republic – Slovak Republic," on view in Bayou Building Atrium I, second floor, from Feb. 15 through April 6, 2012. The exhibition features 32 works from faculty and students of the University of West Bohemia’s Institute of Art and Design in Pilsen, Czech Republic, and of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with FotoFest 2012 Biennial, and is made possible through the generosity of Houston Endowment Inc. and Lunar Rendezvous Festival.
Coordinator of Audience Development, UHCL Art Gallery
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