August 10, 2007

Audience will aid artists in exhibit at Sacramento State

The “Area: Blurring the Lines” exhibit will include artist Therese Lahaie, who specializes in animated glass pieces (pictured). The “Area: Blurring the Lines” exhibit will include artist Therese Lahaie, who specializes in animated glass pieces (pictured).

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The audience will be invited to join the creative process when five artists design their work during an upcoming exhibition at the Sacramento State Library Gallery.

Curated by professors Andrew Connelly and Robert Ortbal, “Area: Blurring the Lines,” will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, Sept. 4 – Nov. 17. A symposium and reception will be held from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10. Admission is free.

The exhibit is a first for Sacramento State, giving some audience members a chance to work with the artists in designing each of their exhibits.

The artists begin by choosing and outlining their portions of the gallery and then will work with students and faculty to create their pieces during the following three weeks.

Students will have the greatest amount of participation, working directly with the artists, Ortbal says. Public input will be on a more improvisational basis, depending on the individual artist.

The artists chosen for the program are Mari Andrews, Tony Bellaver, Therese Lahaie, Tim Jag and Ramekon O’Arwisters. Their works range from sculptures made with found objects to animated glass pieces to exhibits involving the symbolism of commercial products.

The symposium will explore the theme of crossing the boundaries of public and private spaces.

“This benefits the students by enabling them to work side by side with a group of very talented artists,” Ortbal says. “It gives them access to the artists’ process from start to finish.”

For more information on the exhibit, call the Library Gallery at (916) 278-4189. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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