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WCSU exhibit: Six acclaimed artists challenge viewers

January 23, 2019

Six critically acclaimed artists from across the United States will show selections from their works in the exhibit “neither here nor there (or And)” Thursday, Jan. 31, through Sunday, March 3, in the Visual and Performing Arts Center Art Gallery at Western Connecticut State University.

Artists featured in the show include Samantha Bates, of Tacoma, Wash.; Gideon Bok, of Camden, Maine; Rachel Hellmann, of Terre Haute, Ind.; Sam King, of Fayetteville, Ark.; Matthew Murphy, of Boston; and Stephanie Pierce, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The artists’ paintings reinterpret familiar imagery and concepts in ways that challenge the viewer to engage actively in response to their creations, the gallery said.

Murphy also is the curator of the exhibition, whose theme is inspired by the writings of the pioneering abstract artist and art theorist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Wassily Kandinsky. The curator noted that the show’s title alludes to Kandinsky’s observation about the artistic process, “Dispersion is replaced by integration. ‘Either-or’ must give way to ‘and.’ ”

An opening reception for the winter 2019 exhibition will take place Thursday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the VPAC Art Gallery. The snow date for the reception is Feb. 7. Reservations to attend the reception are at www.wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com

WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury. The exhibition will be open for public viewing during gallery hours from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays noon-4 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. Free. 203-837-8403, wcsu.edu

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