Alice Leora Briggs / James Sullivan
The Gallery at UTA
February 17 through March 29, 2014
Reception is Friday, February 28, 2014 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Arlington-The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present this two person exhibition featuring surreal drawings that spotlight dark scenes from life in a Mexican border town by Alice Leora Briggs; along with James Sullivan’s contemplative sculptural works of human figures and other organic forms that quietly question the process of creating and re-creating.
Utilizing a variety of intriguing techniques such as sgraffito and burn drawings, Alice Leora Briggs (Lubbock) creates images with a surface beauty that starkly contrasts with the chilling content — the politics and violence of Juarez, Mexico. Briggs received her MFA in 1981 from the University of Iowa. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and she had been the recipient of prestigious grants and awards throughout her career including Fulbright Scholar to the Slovak Republic in 2011, Dallas Museum of Art Dozier Travel Award in 2008, Artist Residencies in Snowmass, Colorado (2010), El Paso, Texas (2008), Banner, Wyoming (2007), Austin, Texas (2007), and grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Utah Arts Council to name a few. In addition, her work is in the permanent collections of institutions including the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, El Paso Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson Museum of Art and many others.
James Sullivan (Dallas) makes two and three-dimensional work that draws comparisons between the human body and organic forms in nature and contemplates the relationship between parts and the whole. Sullivan, who received his MFA in Sculpture from California State University, Long Beach in 1979, is a professor of sculpture and design at Southern Methodist University in Dallas where he has also served as chair of the Division of Art. His work has been included in solo national and international exhibitions including the Museum of Modern Art, Passau, Germany, Amerika Haus, Berlin, Germany, Galerie Muhlenbusch, Dusseldorf, Germany, Raw Space/ARC, Chicago, Illinois, The Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas, The Meadows Museum of Art, Dallas and the Longview Museum of Art, Longview, Texas. He has also participated in over 40 group exhibitions throughout the United States and Germany and has taught as Visiting Professor at the Hochschule der Kunste Berlin, and acted as Visiting Critic in drawing at the Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, from 1984-2002.
In association with the exhibition, Alice Leora Briggs will discuss her work in an hour-long gallery talk on Thursday, February 27 beginning at 12:30 p.m. in The Gallery at UTA.
The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX. For more information visit 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.