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UIS Visual Arts Gallery to feature language inspired paintings by Michigan artist

September 24, 2003

SPRINGFIELD - "Written on the Body," an exhibit of paintings by Michigan artist Jim Cogswell, will be on display at the Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Illinois at Springfield from October 2 through 27. The gallery will host an evening with the artist on Thursday, October 2, beginning with a talk at 5 p.m. followed by a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The talk, reception, and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Cogswell's oil paintings portray a life-long struggle with the "asymmetries and tensions" between language and vision. The child of missionary parents, he spent a bilingual childhood in Japan and his first exposure to the "diverse and ravishing beauties" of language occurred through a calligraphy brush while studying Chinese in Hong Kong. Exploring a variety of media, Cogswell has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. In 1999-2000, he received the Michigan Arts Award for a collaboration with performance artist Evelyn Velez-Aguayo and composer Bright Sheng on a performance/installation piece dedicated to victims of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Cogswell is currently an associate professor of painting and drawing at the University of Michigan's School of Art and Design.

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, please contact Emily Laverty at 206-6506.

 

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