Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
PORTALES — The 2004 edition of Scene/Unseen National Juried Art Exhibition is scheduled to open in Runnels Gallery at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales on Tuesday, Nov. 9. It will remain open free to the public through Tuesday, Nov. 23.
About 200 entries submitted from 31 states were adjudicated by the juror, Ed Knippers, a celebrated U.S. painter in the figurative genre. Mr. Knippers holds an MFA degree from the University of Tennessee following earlier studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
A widely traveled and heavily decorated artist, he selected 24 works in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional genres for Scene/Unseen '04. Featured artists include, Gen Aihara (New York), Gary Barton (Utah), J.S. Bird (Oregon), Denyce Celentano (Louisiana), James Cook (Arizona), Nicholas Croghan (Kentucky), Sheryl Robin David (Pennsylvania), Jim Guest (Minnesota), Mitch Kern (Louisiana), Hojin Kwak (New York), Wade Kramm (Rhode Island), Hae Kyong (New Jersey), Eric LoPresti (New York), Amanda Manley (Ohio), Barbara Matteson (Washington), Ryan O'Malley (Louisiana), Jerry Shutte (Arizona), Emily Trick (Kentucky), Vilas Tonape (Delaware), Bernie Wilke (Pennsylvania), and Christopher Lyon (Colorado).
The public is also invited to a reception in Runnels Gallery at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11. The ENMU Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Tamara Raatz will perform at the gallery reception. Featured will be works of classical composers for flute, oboe, and clarinet. The instrumentalists will be Roxanna Martinez (flute), Suzanna Martinez (oboe), and Victoria Fernandez (clarinet).
Following the reception at 7 p.m. will be an awards ceremony in Buchanan Hall in the Music Building where juror Ed. Knippers will present awards to Best-In-Show, Second Place, Third Place, and Honorable Mention winners. He will also present a slide lecture in which his selection criteria will be explained. The ceremony will also include a performance by the ENMU Brass Ensemble under the direction of Dr. John Kennedy. The ceremony is open free to the general public.
For further information, contact Dr. Haig David-West, department chair and professor of art, at 505.562.2778.