Summer 2015 will bring two concurrent exhibitions to
the University Museum: Experiment: Poland/USA Fiber Art Collaboration and Color
on White: Collage by Barbara Westman.
Poland/USA Fiber Art Collaboration began in July 2013 as
“…an international, intercultural art conversation and collaboration” between
the Fibers Studios at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and
the Academy of Fine Arts, Gdańsk, Poland.
The resulting artworks, utilizing
textiles, paper, wool, wire, plastics, synthetics, and wood in addition to
others, demonstrated “contrasts” through a series of diptychs. The contrasts are
evident through the qualities of the materials used and the composition of the
materials. As described by the coordinators, Barbara Westman, Agata
Zielińska- Głowacka, and Aleksander Windyński, “...even the contrast of two people’s
personalities, emotions, life events, ecology, and more” can be seen in the works. The collection was
first exhibited in Poland and the United States in 2014.
In Color on
White, Westman’s collages express her interest in the relationship between
colors. Westman describes her work as an “exploration of color” in “how colors
blend together or settle together.” Utilizing a “flat, white background helps
to focus on the relationship of colors and shapes.” Westman explains that “each
viewer will react differently to my artwork and will find a unique
interpretation of it.”
and Color on White will run June 8–July 16, 2015. An opening reception will be held June 6 from 6:00–8:30 p.m., with Barbara
Westman’s artist’s talk beginning at 7:00 p.m.—all in the University Museum,
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
For more information, telephone 724-357-2397.
This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Student
Cooperative Association at IUP. The University Museum receives state arts
funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a
state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National
Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.