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'An Interior Life' art exhibit by Travis Head


'An Interior Life' art exhibit by Travis Head


January 9, 2014

Intricate drawings on display Jan. 15-March 7 

An art exhibit featuring intricate drawings by Virginia artist Travis Head will be on display Jan. 15-March 7, in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center for the Arts on the Luther campus.

The drawings displayed in the exhibit "An Interior Life" are primarily rooted in the notion of "souvenir" art and commemorate the artist's experiences as well as what Head describes as the "personal mythology" made from his past.

"I think back to specific souvenirs and keepsakes from trips or significant events in my life and understand my affection for the actual objects as the encapsulation, in physical form, of a set of places and feelings and people. This impulse to collect, organize and protect experiences is the most basic reason why I make things," said Head.

Head will visit campus during the exhibit, giving an artist's talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Center for the Arts, room 203. An artist's reception will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery.

Head earned a bachelor's degree in studio art from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., and the master of arts and master of fine arts degrees in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. While at the University of Iowa he was the recipient of a teaching fellowship and the Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship.

His work is included in the Drawing Center's Viewing Program, which allows emerging artists to include their work in a curated Artist Registry that can be consulted by art professionals from across the globe.

Head's drawings and artist's books have been exhibited nationally and his collective, "The Fylfot Fellows Correspondence Club," has been displayed in Norway and Qatar.

Head is assistant professor at Virginia Tech's School of Visual Arts in Blacksburg, Va.