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September 27, 2002

UW-RF Art Faculty Selected for UW System Show
By Karyn Nelson
UW-RF News Bureau

The works of three UW-River Falls art faculty members are included in the Second Brittingham Art Invitational, a nine-month exhibit running Sept. 9 to June 1at Brittingham House and Van Hise Hall on the campus of UW-Madison.

Art Professors Carol Lee Chase, Bernice Ficek-Swenson and Randy Johnston were three of the forty-four faculty members from 15 of the 26 campuses in the University of Wisconsin System who were invited to exhibit their work in the show.

Chase teaches painting and drawing, and Ficek-Swenson teaches graphic arts. Johnston, who teaches pottery, received a $40,000 Bush Artist Fellowship in 1998 to pursue studies in pottery. He also had the distinction of being one of only two clay media artists to receive an award in the history of the Fellowship.

Brittingham House is the official residence of System President Katharine C. Lyall. As the "front door" of the UW System, the Brittingham House annually hosts more than 2,500 visitors for dozens of official UW and charity events. Van Hise Hall, a 19-story building, is the tallest building on campus. UW-System offices, housed in the tower, overlook the city of Madison.

"The UW System is fortunate to have so many talented artists as members of the faculty and staff," said Lydall. "The Brittingham Art Invitational allows us to showcase their remarkable and diverse works for the public."

Art department Chair Michael Padgett was pleased with the selection. "I am delighted that the UW-RF art department has again been selected with three faculty to participate in the Madison exhibit. Each of these artists brings a unique perspective to their discipline and compliments the goals and objectives we set in providing our students with outstanding professionals to learn from."

Padgett's work was represented at the Invitational last year. His ceramic piece "Falling into You" was one of four from around the state selected to be purchased for the System's permanent collection.

UW-System artists were invited to submit artwork for consideration last spring. A selection committee chose the final 63 pieces to be exhibited.

The artwork on display includes a wide variety of media and stylistic approaches, including ceramics, drawings, etching, lithographs, paintings, photographs, printmaking, textiles, digital prints and sculpture.

The pieces exhibited by UW-RF faculty members are:

Carol Lee Chase, two oil/wax paintings on panel,titled "Sentiment" and "Luster."

Bernice Ficek-Swenson, two photogravure etchings, titled "Putting Out Ashes X" and "Putting Out Ashes VII."

Randy James Johnston, "Stacking Box Form," a ceramic piece.

UW-RF Chancellor Ann Lydecker expressed her approval of the selection. "The art, which is prominently displayed in Brittingham House and on the 17th floor of Van Hise Hall, makes a strong statement about the talent of the faculty in the art departments within the UW System. We can be extremely proud that three of our own UW-RF faculty have contributed to the exhibit, demonstrating the variety of talent available to students on our campus and to the greater community."

The artwork can be viewed online at www.wisconsin.edu/art

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