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Oogly Boogly Opens at Gaddis Geeslin Gallery

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery presents Oogly Boogly, an exhibition of works by Lauren Clay, Shaun Griffiths, Heather Joy Puskarich, and Jessica Simorte.

The artists all recently joined the faculty of the Department of Art at SHSU. The exhibition is an opportunity for students, other faculty, and members of the community to become familiar with their work.

Lauren Clay is from southwest Louisiana and received her MFA from Wichita State University. She teaches ceramics in the Department of Art at SHSU. She is also Culture Services Administrative Assistant at the Wynne Home Arts Center. Ms. Clay creates ceramic sculptures that are inspired by architectural frameworks such as arches, skeletons, and cages. These structures provide contrast to the fragility and vulnerability of the ceramic material. She describes the patterns in her sculptures as dissolving forms that lend “an unkempt corruption to the elegance of the work.”

Shaun Griffiths received his MFA in Glass from Alfred University in New York. He is teaching Digital Photography and Performance and Video in the Department of Art. Mr. Griffiths will exhibit video installations that investigate the intersection between perception and knowledge. In his work, he manipulates the artistic conventions of portraiture and interiors in ways that are “simultaneously physical and mental, imaginary and real.”

Heather Joy Puskarich and Jessica Simorte are new faculty members teaching in W.A.S.H., the Department of Art’s foundations program.

Ms. Puskarich has an MFA in Glass, Sculpture and Dimensional Studies from Alfred University. She says that her work explores “ideas of beauty and consumption by utilizing consumer and industrial waste such as confectionaries, glass, metal, textiles, cosmetics, etc.”

Jessica Simorte earned her MFA in Two-dimensional Studies from the University of Cincinnati Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning Program. She is an abstract painter of environments that are ambiguous and non-specific. Her paintings are arranged in groups or clusters so the imagery in the paintings can create references and analogies. She says that, “by looking at interiors through the filter of materials and physicality, the work ultimately focuses on drawing and painting as a means of navigating physical and intangible places.”

Oogly Boogly, will be on exhibit at the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery October 26 – November 25, 2015. A public reception for the artists will be held Thursday, October 29, 6-7pm.

The artists will give lectures about their work on Thursday, October 29 and Thursday, November 12, 5-6pm in the Art Auditorium. The Art Auditorium is located in Art Building E. The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is in Art Building F. Both are located at 1028 21st Street, Huntsville, TX 77340.

The Gallery is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 12-5pm. All events are free. The Gallery is located on the campus of Sam Houston State University at 1028 21st Street, Huntsville, TX 77340.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at 936 294-4572 or mhenderson@shsu.edu

Information and graphic provided by SHSU.

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