IT&E Hosts Major Art Exhibition

Posted: February 24, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Gabrielle DeFord

Engineering schools rarely function as art galleries, especially for major art shows. However, on Friday, Feb. 25, the School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E) opens an exhibition of 45 works by 12 internationally renowned artists.

Called “Beginnings and Endings,” the exhibition represents the application of state-of-the-art technology to the creation of fine art. The works represent a range of styles, techniques, and influences–from Anna Chupa’s voodoo-derived controversial and colorful iconoclasm to Roman Verostko’s algorithmic interpretations of scripture. Diane Fenster’s large Canto series lyrically combines images and text with reflections on mortality, while Jean-Pierre Hebert’s images are complex, intricate patterns of texture and color. Tammy Knipp, Michael O’Rourke, Anna Ullrich, Phillip George, Madge Gleeson, Chris S. Johnson, John S. Banks, and Sherriann Burnham compose the rest of the roster.

The participating artists belong to the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Special Interest Group in Graphics (SIGGraph). ACM SIGGRAPH is the largest international computer graphic arts and animation organization in the world. ACM, founded in 1947, is known as “The First Society in Computing,” and SIGGraph is best known for its annual, national educational and advanced technology conference where world-class work is presented and recognized.

“These artworks have the ability to stimulate us–especially our students and faculty–to think about information technology in new ways,” says Stephen Nash, associate dean of IT&E. “They provide a new point of view on the tools we work with every day.”

The opening reception begins at 5 p.m. in Science and Tech II, Room 100. The exhibition runs until June.

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