Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 1, 2002

Artist Ken Yuhasz to Exhibit Neon Sculpture at Whitworth

Here Comes the SunSpokane artist Ken Yuhasz will display his neon sculpture in an exhibit, "Found: Neon Objects," Sept. 2-26 at the Koehler Gallery at Whitworth College. The exhibit will feature common objects found in the Inland Northwest's farming communities, such as a steer skull, a plow and other farm tools, which Yuhasz has embellished with neon- and argon-filled tubing to create art that represents his perspective of western icons.

The Koehler Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Wednesday, Sept.18, from 5-7 p.m. in the Koehler Gallery. Yuhasz will give a talk about his work at 6 p.m. during the reception. For more information about the exhibit or opening reception, please call (509) 777-4711.

Yuhasz owns Acme Glass Works in Spokane, a design studio where he produces neon signs and sculpture. Raised in Los Angeles, Yuhasz moved to Moscow, Idaho, in 1983, where he operated a graphic-design business and then a commercial neon-sign business. In 1989 he began using neon to create works of art and continued to develop as an artist after he relocated to Spokane in 1991.

Yuhasz's sculptures have been featured in a solo exhibit, "From the Attic," at The Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d'Alene, and in collaborative exhibits including "Emerging Artists" at the Sutton West Gallery in Missoula; the All Media Juried Show at the Chase Gallery in Spokane; "Neon: Current" at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center in Las Vegas, Nev.; and "Northwest Neon" at Spokane's Cheney Cowles Museum, now known as the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

This fall, Yuhasz's work will be included in a group exhibit at the Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles. The exhibit will run from Sept. 2002-March 2003. In October, Yuhasz will join ceramicist Virginia Carter and fused-glass and metal sculptor John Jankovsky for a show at the Chase Gallery.

Contacts:

Ken Yuhasz, artist and owner of Acme Glass Works, (509) 328-5233 or acmeglassworks@yahoo.com.

Scott Kolbo, assistant professor of art and 2002-03 director of the Koehler Gallery at Whitworth College, (509) 777-4711 or skolbo@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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