Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

January 30, 2008

Whitworth Exhibit Feb. 12- March 20 to Feature Works of Robert Grimes

Whitworth will open its spring exhibit season with a show featuring the works of Northwest artist Robert Grimes. The exhibit, "Robert Grimes: Paintings and Mixed Media Works," will be held Feb. 12-March 20 in the Koehler Gallery, located in Whitworth's Fine Arts Building. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (the Koehler Gallery will be closed Saturday, Feb. 29). An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. in the gallery. Grimes will present a lecture at 7 p.m., at the close of the reception. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258.

Born and raised in Colorado, Grimes graduated from Indiana University in 1967 with an MFA in sculpture. He has worked as an instructor, a designer, a jeweler, an illustrator and always as a fine artist. Grimes is represented by The Art Spirit Gallery, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; his works have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibits throughout the Northwest.

The attention to detail Grimes cultivated as a jeweler serves him well as a sculptor. He alternates between rounded shapes carved out of solid wood and cross-hatched areas of angular activity reminiscent of Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase." Grimes paints his freshly-hewn surfaces in oils and further modifies them with chiseled lines and areas of bas-relief; his pieces often take months to complete. As a lifelong student of the arts, Grimes displays in his work a vital appreciation for both the history and philosophies of art, as well as for old, powerful objects.

"I always thought that if I hadn't become an artist I would have been an archaeologist," Grimes says. "But since I don’t have the time or resources to find old things, I create them myself. A lot of my work comes from the archaeophile in me."

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

 

Contacts:

Meagan Stirling, lecturer and art gallery director, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4564 or mstirling@whitworth.edu.

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

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