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.
Meagan Stirling, lecturer and art gallery director, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4564 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3729 or email@example.com.