Sculpture Exhibit by Austin Artist to Open Aug. 26

Aug. 24, 1998

The University Art Gallery in Baylor University's Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center will open its 1998-1999 season with an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Austin artist James Tisdale. The exhibit will run from Aug. 26 through Sept. 23.

Tisdale, who is artist-in-residence at the Austin Museum of Art, works with terra-cotta clay to sculpt large-scale, highly representational pieces. The exhibit will feature seven or eight of the sculptures.

"The work Tisdale is doing is unique in the area of figurative ceramics," said Paul McCoy, associate professor of art and director of the University Art Gallery. "The scale of his pieces, some of which are larger than life size, makes this a riveting exhibit."

Tisdale earned his master's degree in fine arts from the University of Georgia, and received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1995. He has been at the Austin Museum of Art since 1994, and he regularly conducts workshops throughout the United States.

"Tisdale is at an early point in his career, but he is highly respected and very well-known for his ceramics," said McCoy. "This is a valuable exhibition for our students and for the community."

The University Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon until 5 p.m. Saturday and during theater performances. Admission is free.

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