FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† †††† Date:† April 5, 2001

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Annual student show Artscapes on display at UIS Visual Arts Gallery

SPRINGFIELD The University of Illinois at Springfieldís Visual Arts Gallery is hosting Artscapes, an annual senior art show, until Tuesday, April 17, when the artists will host a closing reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The show includes sculpture, ceramics, paintings, photography, and graphic design works by five female artists: Sherry Adams, Rajean Gallagher, Jamie Miller, Sarah Quattrin, and Poppy Scarbrough. Each artist is showing several pieces that she created while attending UIS.

Adamsí work reflects a self-interpretation of her innermost thoughts, feelings, hopes, fears, dreams, and nightmares. I am communicating to the viewer that one personís dreams may be anotherís nightmare, said Adams.

Gallagherís current work challenges the unrealistic concepts and ideals behind the limited, conventional representation of a reclining nude. I contend that nudity always captures beauty, regardless of erotic connotation, said Gallagher. I invite viewers to consider the natural occurrences of nudity in everyday life and recognize its beauty.

I look forward to being the artist who creates the work that inspires or influences the audience, said Miller. My goal is to have billboards with my designs on them; companies represented by logos I have created; and posters, pamphlets, and CD covers plastered with my ideas.

The works of art I create are an intimate reflection of my lifeís experiences, said Quattrin. Recreating the earth through the media of clay is an aperture into my personal fulfillment.

Scarbrough incorporates her inner life into her everyday existence through the painted medium. Fantastical locales and psychological spaces are entered through my paint surfaces, said Scarbrough.

The Visual Arts Gallery is located in room 201 of the Health and Sciences Building on the UIS campus. Gallery hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information about the exhibit or the gallery, contact the gallery at 206-6506.