by Mary Snyder Behrens and Roy R. Behrens
September 1 - October 22, 2004
There is a Gallery Reception on Saturday, October 16, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome.
Mary Snyder Behrens was born and raised in Milwaukee where she studied at Mount Mary College. She later earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Since the early 1980s, her work has appeared in scores of group exhibitions, both juried and invitational, at galleries and art museums throughout the United States and in England, Canada and Japan. Her work has also been featured in more than 20 solo exhibitions at American universities and art centers and is held in various private and corporate collections. She has received grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Iowa Arts Council. "Recently, I have incorporated into my work the effluvia of American consumerism," states Mary Snyder Behrens, "detritus washed up by the rain on my farm and strewn along the gravel roads. My interest in these accouterments is to beautify decay, to glorify the mundane, and to lay in state forever the vestiges of human excess."
Roy R. Behrens teaches graphic design, illustration and design history at the University of Northern Iowa. He edits Ballast Quarterly Review, is a contributing editor of PRINT magazine and is art director of the North American Review. He has illustrated the book jackets, short stories, and poetry of dozens of major American writers, including Joseph Langland, Jerzy Kosinski, Joyce Carol Oates, and Margaret Atwood. He has published several hundred articles and six books, including most recently "False Colors: Art, Design and Modern Camouflage" (2002), and "Cook Book: Gertrude Stein, William Cook and Le Corbusier" (2005). Described by Communications Arts magazine as "one of the most original thinkers in design," he was among the nominees in 2003 for the prestigious National Design Awards, given by the Smithsonian Institution. He has been featured on the PBS television program "Nova," The BBC television program "Equinox," BBC Radio and Iowa Public Television.