March 30, 2012
A two-person art exhibit featuring paintings by Sue Hettmansperger and drawings by Crit Streed is on display through Wednesday, April 25 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery in the Center for the Arts on the Luther campus.
A gallery reception will be held for Hettmansperger and Streed Wednesday, April 25 at 3 p.m. in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery. The reception is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Hettmansperger's entanglement series walks the line between abstraction and representation. The imagery of the series traces the interior of the human body, botany, digital distortion, and manufactured objects, collapsing their boundaries.
The internal rationale of the painting changes and shifts, as though the form travels through a topologically stretched space, altering its shape in accordance with unseen mathematical operations. Resulting hybrid images reflect the complex relationship of humans to their environment.
Streed's drawing practice is an examination of surface appearance and conceptual substructures. It is an investigation of drawing as performance. She is interested in the topography of drawing, the visual surface as magma, and the shift in identity as the drawing evolves.
Streed acknowledges her own organic interconnectedness through the act of drawing by what the drawing reveals to her. She pursues a notion of perfection, but often the success of the work is realized because of human imperfection.
Hettmansperger is a professor of art at The University of Iowa. She holds the bachelor of fine arts and master of arts degrees from the University of New Mexico.
She has had numerous one-person shows at A.I.R. Gallery in New York City, most recently in 2011.
Group venues have included the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Figge Museum of Art, the Des Moines Art Center, the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago and the Evanston Art Center.
Her work was included in the publication New American Paintings-Midwest in 2010 and 2005.
Hettmansperger is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. In 2008, she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Painting.
Artist residencies include the Corporation of Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, the Roswell Art Museum and MacDowell Colony.
Streed is an emeritus professor of art at the University of Northern Iowa. She holds the bachelor of arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa and the master of fine arts and master of arts degrees from The University of Iowa.
She is an alumni member of the National Artist A.I.R. Gallery in New York City. Other venues that have shown her work include the Des Moines Art Center, Galapagos Art Space, Hertzen Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg, Russia; Atlantic Center for the Arts, Nelson-Atkins Museum and Chicago Art Institute.
Streed has had one-person shows and installations in several locations, including New York, Tennessee, North Carolina, Iowa, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Portugal.
She is the recipient of a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and received numerous faculty competitive grants and awards from the University of Northern Iowa, including a Professional Development Assignment in Guatemala in 2007.