Grad students open art show on campus

Thursday, January 20, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 1:05 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 4, 2008

Graduate students in MU’s fine arts program have unveiled their recent work at a group show called “In Transit,” now at the Bingham Gallery on campus. The exhibition features sculpture, painting, ceramics, fibers, photography and mixed media.

Curt Erlinger, one of 14 artists in the show, said the exhibition gives him the chance to get his work out of the studio.

“The studio is very insular, and the work seems to hibernate,” he said. “It will feel good to put it out there.”

Erlinger is showing two or three light boxes he worked on during fall semester. He said they are electrically lit cubes containing bird images that he either sculpted or photographed.

William Hawk, an art professor and the director of the gallery, said it is largely the students’ job to organize the exhibition.

“‘In Transit’ is a reference to being in two states of existence, because we are all students, but we are also moving on to other things,” said Eric Troolin, a sculpture student.

Many of the students “in transit” will soon become some of the fresh faces in the art world, he added, and the show is an opportunity to see some new work.

“You never get any time off from art,” Troolin said. “It’s constantly full speed ahead.”

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