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JMU Professors Exhibit Work in Miller Art Gallery March 12 - April 6

February 28, 2018

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Four James Madison University studio art professors – Sukjin Choi, R. John Mertens, Mark Rooker and Greg Stewart – will present “In the Round” in the Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery at Bridgewater College March 12 – April 6.

An artists’ reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 19, with an artists’ talk at 5:30 p.m. Both events will be in the Miller Art Gallery. The talk, reception and exhibition are open to the public at no charge.

“In the Round” features three-dimensional works by the heads of the department areas of ceramics, fiber arts and weaving, metals and jewelry and sculpture.

As a ceramic artist, Choi is fascinated by the way memory is traced through time, allowing the inner self to show on the surface.

“I repeatedly ask myself: Who am I? Where have I been? Where am I going?” she said. “My aesthetic voice in my ceramic sculptures tries to find answers in a delicate, yet crucial blend of traditional Korean surfacing methods and contemporary objects.”

Mertens’ fiber arts and weaving revolve around the intersections of technology, religion, science and myth.

“These pieces combine new media with traditional fibers craft and culminate in performances, installations and powered sculptures,” Mertens noted.

As a metalsmith, Rooker works in multiple media through various techniques, including torch and laser fabrication, die-forming, anodizing, carving, electroforming and enameling.

He also continues to produce sculptural objects, tableware and mixed-media artist’s books.

Stewart’s sculptures will showcase the Blacks Run Beer Project.

According to Stewart, the Blacks Run Beer Project is an effort to convert the polluted waters of Blacks Run into a clean, viable source of drinking water for the City of Harrisonburg.

The Miller Gallery is located on the second floor of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library. The Gallery is open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday.

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