Faculty, “Divine Inspiration” Exhibits Open Jan. 12

Two exhibits, one featuring the work of four new Wake Forest University faculty artists and another titled “Divine Inspiration: Religious Prints from the Wake Forest University Collection,” will open Monday, Jan. 12, in the university’s Fine Arts Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center.

The faculty artists will be on hand to discuss their work at the opening reception Friday, Jan. 16, from 7-9 p.m.

John Pickel, who heads up Wake Forest’s new digital art and photography program, will display a multimedia installation titled “Gaze in the Military.”

Mary Ann Zotto, visiting assistant professor of art, will exhibit her vivid watercolors and oils. Zotto has previously taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Her works have been exhibited at galleries across North Carolina and her paintings are included in the art collections of Wachovia Corporation and Kimberly-Clark.

Molly Stouten, a drawing instructor, will show paintings as well as artwork she creates in the form of books. Stouten has been teaching art since 1985. Her work is represented in the Southern Folk Life Collection at the University of North Carolina and at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Chris Flory, who is on Wake Forest’s slide library staff, will exhibit oil paintings incorporating images of fruit. She has exhibited in several area galleries since earning her master of fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

“Divine Inspiration: Religious Prints from the Wake Forest University Collection” will be housed in the upstairs gallery. Consisting of 30 original prints, it was put together by students of the History of Prints class taught by Bernadine Barnes, associate professor of art. The theme coincides with the university’s Year of Religion in American Life. Prints range in date from the mid-15th century through the late 20th century, and include works by artists such as Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt and Mark Chagall.

The prints depict scenes from the Old Testament, the life of Christ and other religious subjects. Pages from 15th century religious books reflect the earliest use of printmaking.

Admission is free to the exhibits and opening reception. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 -5 p.m. For information, call 336-758-5585.

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