Martin Museum of Art to Feature Two New Exhibitions

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Aug. 12, 2015

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WACO, Texas (Aug. 12, 2015) – The Martin Museum of Art will concurrently feature two new exhibitions Aug. 11 through Sept. 20. The exhibitions, Line & Space and Shifting Currents, will be featured in Gallery I and in Gallery II, respectively.

Line & Space will feature drawings by Doris Schläpfer and Erin Wiersma. Schläpfer was born in Switzerland and studied at the Art School in Lucerne, Switzerland, and Saint Martin’s School of Art in London. Her work has been exhibited in England, Switzerland, Italy and France. Wiersma teaches art at Kansas State University and creates her paintings and drawings through a meditative process of tracing, eliminating, finding and forging drawn lines on the surface of the paper.

Line & Space and Shifting Currents offer a varied and wonderful start to the 2015-16 year at the Martin Museum of Art,” museum director Allison Syltie said. “The work on display offers Baylor art students an opportunity to learn and grow as artists and provides the community with a meditative and artistic journey through a vast array of media. We encourage everyone to enjoy our exhibitions and to attend our receptions, gallery talks and panel discussions to be held in September.”

Schläpfer and Wiersma will participate in a panel discussion from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

The Shifting Currents exhibition will feature the art of Bonnie Stahlecker and David Morrison who are husband and wife. Stahlecker uses bookbinding, letterpress and intaglio printing techniques to create sculpture pieces. Morrison, who teaches printmaking at the Herron School of Art at Indiana University, creates rendered drawings and prints with microscopic detail.

“These exhibitions provide an opportunity to explore contemporary artists in the field of drawing, printmaking and bookbinding,” said Jennifer Spry, the museum’s educational coordinator. “Line & Space contrasts drawings of different subjects and styles by the European artist, Doris Schläpfer, and the American artist, Erin Wiersma. Shifting Currents offers the work of David Morrison and Bonnie Stahlecker, a husband and wife sharing an exhibition space which displays a balance between synergy and independence.”

Stahlecker and Morrison will participate in a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, with artists’ remarks at 6 p.m.

The Martin Museum of Art is located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University Campus at 60 Baylor Ave. Admission is free and events and open to the public. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The museum is closed on Mondays, during Baylor University holidays and between exhibitions.

by Spencer Cutright, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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The museum’s mission is one of education and service by bringing outstanding art exhibitions, speakers and guest artists to Baylor University and Central Texas. The museum serves as a valuable teaching tool for students and faculty. Exhibitions complement the courses of art history and studio art taught within Baylor’s department of art. The permanent collection consists of approximately 1,300 objects representing a variety of art that has been donated to or purchased by Baylor. The collection contains art by such well-known artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Kathe Kollwitz, Francisco de Goya, and Edouard-Leon Cortes. Included in the collection are approximately 300 paintings by famous watercolor artists, among them George Post, Phil Dike, Edgar Whitney and John Marin.

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