Visiting artist presentation is Oct. 4

Internationally renowned New York artist Audrey Flack is a visiting artist at the art department through Oct. 6. Her presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Edmond A. Hughes Fine Arts Center, is free and open to the public.

The presentation will be followed by a reception for the artist and a viewing of her Daphne sculpture at the Colonel Eugene E. Myers Art Gallery (also located in the Hughes Fine Arts Center). A book that she authored, "Art and Soul," will be available for sale at the reception.

A major figure in painting during the era of the women's movement, Flack was highly acclaimed as one of America's most accomplished photorealist painters of the late 1960s and 1970s. In the early 1980s, however, she astonished dealers and critics when she made the shift from painter to sculptor. This shift coincided with the artist's
desire to reach a broader audience especially through public art. Many of her sculptures involved recreations of ancient goddess types, classically-inspired subjects intended as fresh icons that address contemporary issues. Among Flack's major works within this genre is the monumental sculpture, Daphne, was recently acquired by the University of North Dakota through generous funding provided by the Colonel Eugene E. Myers Foundation.

As a visiting artist, Flack will install her Daphne sculpture in the Colonel Eugene E. Myers Art Gallery. With the assistance of students and faculty, she will also produce original prints and initiate a documentary video about her career and a publication related to her Daphne sculpture.

Major funding for Audrey Flack's visit to UND (and the events and projects that accompany it) is provided by the Colonel Eugene E. Myers Foundation and the Charles D. and Elynor B. Nelson Foundation-with additional support from the art department and the Chester Fritz Library; and participation from the Departments of English, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Music, and Theatre.

For more information contact Arthur Jones, professor and chair, art department.