Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

August 20, 2003

Artist Harold Balazs to Install Sculpture, Exhibit Works at Whitworth

Artist Harold BalazsSpokane artist Harold Balazs will install a steel sculpture on the Whitworth campus in September and will exhibit his works in Whitworth's Koehler Gallery Sept. 2-28. The exhibit, "More Stuff for the Résumé," will feature all new works that Balazs has created exclusively for the Whitworth gallery.

Hours for the Koehler Gallery, which is located in the Fine Arts Building, 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 Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 5-7 p.m. in the Koehler Gallery. Balazs will talk about his work at 6 p.m., during the reception. His talk will take place in the Eric Johnston Science Center auditorium, which is located east of the Fine Arts Building. For more information about the exhibit or the opening reception, please call (509) 777-3258.

Balazs, who has created 14, 40-inch cement sculptures to line the interior of the Koehler Gallery, is well known in the Spokane area for his 1978 Centennial Sculpture, which appears to float on the Spokane River in Riverfront Park, and for the Chinese-lantern concrete sculpture behind the Spokane Opera House. Balazs' works have also been featured in Coeur d'Alene's annual "Art on the Green" celebration and are known throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Montana. In his 45-plus years of creating art, Balazs has spent three terms as a Washington state arts commissioner.

Balazs' Whitworth exhibit is in conjunction with the installation of his nine-foot steel public sculpture in Whitworth's Harriet Cheney Cowles Memorial Library courtyard, which was designed 10 years ago by Northwest Architects to feature just such an artwork. The sculpture will be dedicated Saturday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. in the library courtyard as part of Whitworth's Homecoming weekend festivities. The event is free and open to the public.

Tad Wisenor, Whitworth's director of alumni and parent relations and former chair of the Whitworth Art Committee, says Whitworth is honored to display the works of such a respected local artist.

"Balazs is clearly one of the most important and active artists in the Northwest; Whitworth has always valued his willingness to open his studio to the college's art students," Wisenor says. "When the art committee at Whitworth discussed its top priorities, commissioning a piece from this iconic Spokane sculptor was at the top of its list.

"We are excited to finally fulfill the original vision for the library courtyard with this installation," Wisenor says. "And we are grateful to Northwest Architects for their role in making this project possible. The committee's hope is that Balazs' sculpture will challenge and amuse students and visitors who experience it."

Contacts:

Tad Wisenor, director of alumni and parent relations and former chair of the Whitworth Art Committee, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4401 or twisenor@whitworth.edu.

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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