Amy Blakemore / Sarah Williams
The Gallery at UTA
October 14 through November 16, 2013
The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present a two person exhibition featuring Sarah Williams’ haunting paintings of isolated buildings, void of human presence in the quiet ‘after-hours’; along with Amy Blakemore’s offbeat photographs of ordinary events and people that provide an introspective view of human activity.
Blakemore’s photographs range from landscapes to portraits to still lifes, and document situations in which objects are seen in focused yet casual compositions that evoke questions of intentionality and design versus opportunity and intuition. Her use of low-tech, and often unpredictable cameras is a hallmark of her work that heightens her emphasis on strong composition and masterful printing of the images.
Sarah Williams creates works that draw attention to what she calls, “the seemingly mundane, anonymous scenes existing on the periphery that tend to be ignored.” Her evocative paintings of isolated nightscapes use light and concentrated focus to elicit a sense of eerie mystery from everyday rural scenes.
Amy Blakemore received an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and from 1985-86 was an artist resident of the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. She has been head of the Photography Department at the Glassell School, MFAH since 1987. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally for the last thirty years, including in the 2006 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and at the 2005 Pingyao International Festival for Photography in Pingyao, China. A twenty-year retrospective of her work, Amy Blakemore Photographs 1988-2008, was organized by Alison de Lima Greene at the MFAH (2009), and traveled to the Seattle Art Museum (2010) and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (2011).
Sarah Williams received her M.F.A. in painting and drawing from the University of North Texas, Denton in 2009. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. In her relatively short professional career, she already has had thirteen solo exhibitions in venues from throughout Texas and Missouri to Los Angeles, as well as participating in thirty-eight group exhibitions. She was a Hunting Art Prize Finalist in both 2010 and 2011.
In association with the exhibition, Sarah Williams will discuss her work in an hour-long gallery talk on Thursday, September 5 beginning at 12:30 pm in The Gallery at UTA.
The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 am until 5 pm Monday through Friday and noon until 5 pm on Saturday. The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX. For more information contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy (817) 272-5658 or www.uta.edu/gallery.
The 2013-2014 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, Nerwin & Martin Fine Art Services and the Wishful Wings Foundation.