MURRAY — Murray State University Galleries and the Department of Art & Design present three new exhibits on campus, including “John Utgaard: Sabbatical Show,” “Blurring Boundaries: Continuity to Change – The Women of AAA 1936 to 2018” and “Professional Blend V.”

The sabbatical show by John Utgaard will be on display Sept. 27 through Nov. 1 in the Mary Ed Mecoy Hall Gallery of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building.

“In my current body of work, I’m making forms that have a fairly rigid sense of architectural integrity but with a surface that has evidence of time, erosion and decay — like a grand, formal building now weather stained, overgrown and marked with graffiti,” Utgaard said in an artist’s statement.

Utgaard is a professor of ceramics at Murray State who is influenced by the scope and solitude of the western landscape. He is an alumnus of Southern Illinois University–Carbondale, the Kansas City Art Institute and Alfred University. In addition to having been a resident and Lilian Fellow at the Archie Bray Institute, Utgaard received a McKnight Fellowship from the Northern Clay Center and was honored by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in 2003 as an emerging artist and in 2007 as a demonstrator. Utgaard recently shared his work during several exhibitions, including ones at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, the Archie Bray Foundation and Bradley University.

Another new exhibit opening at the University is “Blurring Boundaries: Continuity to Change,” an art show that highlights the women of American Abstract Artists (AAA) from 1936 to 2018. It will be on display in the Clara M. Eagle Main Gallery of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building from Sept. 27 through Nov. 1.

Past and present merge in this exhibit that is dedicated exclusively to the intergenerational group of female artists in the AAA organization, tracing the history of the group’s founding members through present-day artists. The exhibit highlights approximately 45 works that emphasize the artists’ unique approaches to central tenets of abstraction: composition, color, content and material. The show also showcases the organization’s history as a group founded during the Great Depression at a time when museums and galleries were conservative in their offerings and exhibitions.

Murray State art and design students will also display their work in “Professional Blend V” from Sept. 25 through Oct. 8 in the Curris Center Gallery on the building’s first floor.

“Professional Blend V” is an exhibition featuring a variety of mediums — ceramics, drawings, digital illustrations, paintings, photos, prints and sculptures — by art and design students currently enrolled in Art 399: Professional Practices.

Students whose work will be on display in the exhibit include: Shelby Adams (Mayfield, Kentucky), Jalynn Ashford (Goreville, Illinois), Kora Carlson (Benton, Kentucky), Lu Colby (Murray, Kentucky), Kaytlyn Collins (Symsonia, Kentucky), Jennie Cottrell (Bonnieville, Kentucky), Tiffany Day (Harrisburg, Illinois), Kayleigh Doyle (Earlington, Kentucky), Sarah Guinn (Olney, Illinois), Casey Johnson (Almo, Kentucky), Hanna Kesty (Cadiz, Kentucky), Lily Liu (Xiamen, China), Miz McCann (Madisonville, Kentucky), Michael Nalley (Boonville, Indiana), Siany Riegger (Metropolis, Illinois), Ana Wahlers (Murray, Kentucky), Claire Wilson (Hazel, Kentucky) and Yiyang Xie (Shanghai, China).

Admission to all three exhibits is free and open to the public. 

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