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September 7, 2001

UW-RF Art Professors in Brittingham House Exhibit

The works of three UW-River Falls art faculty members are included in a seven-month display in Madison, with one of the works being selected for permanent exhibition by the University of Wisconsin System.

On display is the artwork of art department Chair Michael Padgett of St. Paul, Professor Morgan Clifford of Stillwater and Associate Professor David Heberlein of River Falls. Padgett's ceramic piece "Falling Into You," was one of four from around the states selected for the prestigious honor of being included in the System's permanent exhibit.

Seventeen art faculty members from the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System are represented in the first Brittingham Art Invitational. Brittingham House in Madison is the official residence of System President Katharine Lyall. Thousands of dignitaries, academic leaders and alumni from across the nation regularly visit Brittingham House as Lyall's guests.

All three UW-RF artists' works will be displayed there through April 8. In addition, one of three photos representing Heberlein's entries has been put on display in Van Hise Hall, which serves as the administrative headquarters for the UW System and serves as the board room for the Board of Regents.

Said Lyall of the invitational, "We have a tremendous amount of talent in our art departments on all of our two-year and four-year campuses, and the Brittingham Art Invitational is a wonderful opportunity to display this talent to the state."

Padgett said he was pleased by the selection.

"Obviously, I'm honored and feel very proud to be accepted as part of the permanent collection. I'm also delighted that River Falls is represented in the exhibit by three of our faculty. We're all excited that System has chosen to highlight the contributions of art on our campuses across the state."

UW System artists were invited to submit artwork for consideration last spring. A selection committee chose the final 46 pieces to be exhibited.

"It seems particularly appropriate for these works to be exhibited in a university system setting," said Guest Curator Christie Charbonneau Wells, an oil painter and former curator of the Indiana State University Permanent Art Collection.

"For the individual artist, creating art often involves an immersion in self that can be an isolating experience. This exhibition provides an important opportunity to view current work and establish a dialogue among artists and a broader community."

The artwork on display includes a wide variety of media and stylistic approaches, including ceramics, drawings, etchings, lithographs, paintings, photographs, printmaking, textiles, weaving and woodcuts.

The pieces exhibited by UW-RF's faculty members are:

Morgan Clifford, "The Classroom," a brocade structure done on a warp that had her handprint stenciled on it prior to weaving.

David Heberlein, three photographs of tourists in American National Parks and Monuments, including St. Helen's National Volcanic Monument; Death Valley National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Michael Padgett, the ceramic works, "Falling Into You"; "Spill Vase No. 1," and "Dancing Figures No. 1."

UW-RF Chancellor Ann Lydecker said she was extremely pleased to see the works of Padgett, Clifford and Heberlein during a visit to Brittingham House this week.

"All of their works are very prominently displayed in Brittingham House and will be appreciated by everyone who visits there," Lydecker said. "I'm extremely proud of their artistic contributions and their reflection on our faculty and University."

In addition to Padgett's piece, art selected for the permanent display represents the work of faculty at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake, UW-Madison and UW Parkside.

The artists were honored by the UW System Board of Regents on Thursday. Their artwork can be viewed online at

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