Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

January 25, 2005

Whitworth Art Exhibit "Blur Purlieu" Explores Themes of Community and Culture

Nineteen artists - all current or former residents of Idaho - have created a collection of prints that reflects on the theme of community. The "Blur Purlieu" exhibit will be displayed Feb. 7-March 4 in the Koehler Gallery at Whitworth College.

The Koehler Gallery is located in Whitworth's fine-arts building. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free. An opening reception for the "Blur Purlieu" exhibit will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8, from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery. Artists Candace Nicol and MaLynda Poulson-Jones will present a lecture, "Blur Purlieu, Community Constructs and Psychological Boundaries," during the reception at 6 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall, Room 203. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258.

The "Blur Purlieu" portfolio was organized by Nicol and was first exhibited at the 32nd Southern Graphics Annual Conference 2004, in New Jersey. "Blur" means to obscure, to smear and "purlieu" means environs or neighborhood.

"The title inspired artists associated with Idaho to confuse or smear the definite boundaries created by groups of people," Nicol says. "Nineteen participants were invited to create imagery that examines the evolution of community through the culture of its people. The artists participating in this print exchange have drawn from their own experiences of being placed in a new community."

Participating artists include May Aboutaam, Stephanie Bacon, Karen Bubb, Laurie Blakeslee, Katie Cepek, Stephanie Dickey, Kirsten Furlong, Megan Jensen, Dan Kolsky, William Lewis, Barbara Madsen, Larry McNeil, Kimiko Miyoshi, Candace Nicol, MaLynda Poulsen-Jones, Brent Smith, Cerese Vaden, Sue Wilson and Melanie Yazzie.

In addition to presenting the opening-reception lecture, Nicol, of Reno, Nev., and Poulson-Jones, of Boise, Idaho, who both work in drawing and printmaking, will meet with Whitworth art students while on campus. Poulson-Jones will present her artwork to a group of painting and drawing students and will talk to them about their work. Nicol will present a demonstration on experimental techniques in printmaking.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Gordon Wilson, associate professor of art and department chair, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4471 or gwilson@whitworth.edu.

Dee Anna Christiansen, academic program assistant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3258 or dchristiansen@whitworth.edu.

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

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