Solo Exhibitions by Fenci and Woodson at the Martin Museum

Oct. 23, 2007

Media Contact: Karin Gilliam, director, Martin Museum of Art, (254) 710-6390

Ceramicist Piero Fenci and landscape painter Jim Woodson will be featured in solo exhibitions at the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University from Oct. 25-Nov. 20 and Nov. 26-29.

Fenci cites a range of diverse inspiration for his ceramic art: Etruscan ceramics, Japanese folk ceramics, origami, Shaker hatboxes, Pre-Columbian architecture and industrial machinery. Three pieces in the exhibition, each titled "Turbine" are reminiscent of industrial machinery, yet are clearly delicate art objects.

Fenci was born in Santa Barbara, Calif., and earned his master of fine arts degree in 1975 from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. Since 1975, Fenci has been teaching at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. He received the SFA University Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for innovation and excellence in teaching, research and service in 1998. He displays his work in numerous exhibitions around the country and is included in many private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

Landscape artist Jim Woodson paints Texas scenes familiar to him from his childhood. Woodson is an associate professor of art at Texas Christian University, where he has taught since 1974. He draws inspiration not only from a lifetime growing up amidst the Texas landscape but also by his extensive travels in New Mexico. His large, complex landscapes with their expansive views of scenes in the Big Bend area of Texas and the mountains of New Mexico seem eternal and unchanging. Yet mirage-like splatters and abstract marks suggesting movement and changing perception.

Woodson has had two solo exhibitions at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. In 1999 his work was selected for inclusion in the international invitational exhibition, "Bienniale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea" in Florence, Italy. His work can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout Texas. Woodson's home and studio are in Fort Worth.

The Martin Museum of Art is located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon - 5 p.m. on Saturday. The museum is closed during university holidays. Admission is free and all events are open to the public. For more information call (254) 710-1867 or visit the museum web site at www.baylor.edu/martinmuseum.

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