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Sept. 17, 2007


Artworks Based on South Texas River by Trinity Art Professor to be Displayed at University Gallery


Rivers and Waves (San Juan), 2006

SAN ANTONIO – A series of abstract paintings inspired by a South Texas river will be the focus of a one person exhibition at Trinity University.  Titled “Rivers and Waves,” the exhibit by Elizabeth Ward, associate professor of art and art history, will be on display from Thursday, Sept. 27 until Saturday, Dec. 8, in the art gallery of the Dicke Art Building.  The gallery will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment.


A reception for the opening of the exhibit will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Trinity art gallery.


“Rivers and Waves” reflects the artist’s ongoing interest in natural systems and cycles. Inspired in part by the Medina River, which flows just below her studio in Castroville, the series includes four large oil paintings on panels, four small oil studies on panels, as well as preparatory works in silverpoint and watercolor. The imagery consists of complex linear systems painted over backgrounds of layered oil glazes. Undulating lines create the illusion of wave motion, while the richly painted grounds suggest light reflecting on deep water. Each composition is bisected by a narrow, open area referencing the path of a river as seen from above. The palette of each painting varies to suggest different lighting conditions, seasonal variation, or different times of day.


Ward’s drawings, paintings, and prints have been widely exhibited at numerous venues including the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Weatherspoon Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; and the International Print Center, New York. Her work is represented in many private, corporate, and public collections, notably the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Austin Museum of Art.


For more information or to make an appointment to see the exhibit, call Trinity’s art and art history department at 210-999-7682.



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