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Works by Bethany Springer.
January 18 - April 13, 2011
Joy Pratt Markham Gallery Project Room
Mirage, Bethany Springer, 2010
An Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas who works in sculpture and multi-media installation, artist Bethany Springer explores our sense of self in connection to both our heritage and where we currently live. Rather than offering a didactic viewpoint, her work presents contrasting and even jarring images that raise compelling questions about our changing sense of identity in a technologically-connected world.
From the consulting curator: "Whereas Anita Huffington's artistic mastery and preoccupation with timeless themes embodied the lessons of her 50-year career in the arts, Bethany Springer's installation, Watermarks, offers a glimpse of a promising young artist who works with materials and ideas that speak to our current climate of accelerating technological change and globalization. While differing in experience, thematic concerns, and style, both artists share an essential trait; they express their passionate and authentic vision with analytical rigor and excellent craftmanship." - Andrea Packard
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Bethany Springer received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Georgia, Athens and BA from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. She has been a Visual Arts Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and a resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE. Springer has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Arkansas Arts Council, Iowa Arts Council, the University of Arkansas Community and Family Institute, and the Center for Digital Technology and Learning at Drake University in Des Moines.
Selected exhibitions of her work include On the Street Gallery in Memphis, Maryland Art Place (MAP) in Baltimore, Boston Center for the Arts, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT, Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, and City Gallery East in Atlanta.
Springer is currently an Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.