"Selections from the Permanent Collection" exhibition at the Martin Museum of Art will open May 31 through June 18

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    Nicolai Fechin Ballerina Vera Fokina 5' x 4' oil on canvas Gift of former U.S. Senator William Blakley
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    Mark Anderson Memory of Time 20.5" x 16.5" foam relief print Gift of Mark Anderson
May 25, 2011

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From large metal sculptures to a tiny print of a metallic owl to a life-like painting of people cutting meat, The Martin Museum of Art's "Selection from the Permanent Collection" exhibition showcases many different forms of art.

Located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, the "Selections from the Permanent Collection" exhibition will open Tuesday, May 31, and run through Saturday, June 18.

"We are one of the few actively collecting museums in Central Texas," said Cheri Smith, collections manager of the Martin Museum of Art. "We try to bring in more modern contemporary art."

Summer exhibitions such as the "Selections from the Permanent Collection" show allow programs from rural Texas areas to bring students to see art they otherwise would not have been able to see, said Smith.

The exhibition will showcase artwork from the museum's permanent collection as well as recent acquisitions from the 2010-2011 academic year.

One highlight of the exhibition is a digital chromogenic color photograph by Dornith Doherty. The large visually striking piece title "Cumulus" was created in 2007 by the Dallas-based artist. Doherty has been featured in more than 65 national and international exhibitions and is currently an associate professor of photography at The University of North Texas.

Pieces for the exhibition were chosen based on how well they exemplify principles taught in the art department, how well-known the artists are to the public and art community and by how the pieces flow together, said Smith.

Artists included in the exhibition are Richard Aerni, Phillip Ahnen, Dr. Mark W. Anderson, Romare Bearden, Jerry Dodd, Dornith Doherty, Jane Dudgeon, Ted Egri, Kelly Fearing, Nicolai Fechin, Dan Hammett, Paul P. Hatgil, Mauricio Lasansky, Stephen Magada, Walter McCown, Robert Rauschenberg, Hugo Shi, James Surls and Darlene Wall.

Dr. Mark W. Anderson, professor and chair of the department of art, and Hugo Shi, assistant professor of art, are Baylor faculty members whose work is shown in the exhibition.

Anderson's modern piece titled "Memory of Time" and Shi's life-like painting titled "Meat, Metal, Dreams and I" were contributed to the permanent collection as a part of the John S. Belew Collection, a collection of works by Baylor faculty members and pieces purchased by the museum.

Types of art displayed in the exhibition include prints, photographs, oil paintings, ceramic pieces, sculptures encaustic painting, which uses paint made with egg yolk.

Other highlights include two small Kelly Fearing pieces and a Robert Rauschenberg painting. Both artists recently passed away. Their featured pieces serve to remember their artistic contributions.

The Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center is located at 60 Baylor Ave.

Hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays; Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays; Closed, Sundays and Mondays.

For more information visit www.baylor.edu/martinmuseum or call (254) 710-6390.

by Emilly Martinez, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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