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“Merge” is next exhibit at UIS Visual Arts Gallery

February 4, 2005

SPRINGFIELD -  Photographers Bea Nettles and Fern Logan will display their works in the joint exhibit "Merge," February 14 to March 10 at the Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Illinois at Springfield. An Artists’ Program and Reception -- scheduled for Thursday, March 3, in the gallery -- will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature talks by the artists, a performance by faculty member and poet Marcellus Leonard, and a song by UIS alumna Denise Yates. The program, reception, and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The exhibit is presented in conjunction with Black History Month and Women’s Heritage Month.

"Bridge" by Bea Nettles

Nettles has been exhibiting and publishing her autobiographical works since 1970. Her photographs have been included in major international exhibitions, and she has had more than 50 solo shows at such places as the International Museum of Photography at the Eastman House in Rochester, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Nettles’ work is also represented in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Canada. She is currently a professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

"Tattoo" by Fern Logan

Logan’s work has been shown at the Brooklyn Museum and twice at The Smithsonian Institution, as well as at many galleries, and is in permanent collections across the country. She is currently an assistant professor of cinema and photography at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. SIU Press published The Artist Portrait Series: Images of Contemporary African American Artists, a monograph of Logan’s best-known work, in 2001. She studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and completed her M.F.A. at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Leonard is an associate professor and chair of UIS’ English program. His primary teaching interests are creative writing and African-American literature. He is the author of several poetry chapbooks, has edited literary magazines, and is the founder of Glass Cage Press.

Yates is perhaps best-known at UIS for her vocal performances at commencement each year, and for her impromptu a cappella song during then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit to campus in 1996. She is currently a doctoral candidate in counseling at the University of Florida and an academic skills specialist at the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago.

UIS co-sponsors of the event are the Women’s Center and the Visual Arts Gallery, with additional support from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and the Diversity Task Force. Additional support is provided by the Illinois Arts Council.

The Visual Arts Gallery is located in Room 201 of the Health and Sciences Building on the UIS campus. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For further information about the exhibit or the gallery, contact Emily Laverty at 206-6506 or the Women’s Center at 206-7173.


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