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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sculptor David Purcell @ SUU's Art Insights (CC: March 3)

Michael French
Public Information Coordinator
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Southern Utah University
Office: 435-865-8667
Cell: 805-260-8797

Photo credit: "Eroded" by David Purcell. Courtesy of David Purcell.


WHAT: SUU’s Arts Insights spotlights the sculptures of David Purcell who has the distinction of being an Artist-in-Residence at Zion National Park. Purcell shares his unique landscapes and his creative process his Art Insights appearance.

WHO: Art Insights
Southern Utah University, Department of Art and Design

WHEN: Thursday, March 3, 2011

TIME: 7:00pm

WHERE: Centrum Arena, Section K, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

TICKETS: Phone: Arts Hotline: (435) 865-8800 or visit: www.suu.edu/arts

PRICES: Free and the General Public is encouraged to attend.

MARCH 3, 2011

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: A sculptor who has the distinction of being an Artist-in-Residence at Zion National Park, David Purcell talks about his craft and shares his creative experiences during his appearance at SUU’s Department of Art and Design’s weekly lecture series, Art Insights, on Thursday, March 3, 2011. The lecture begins at 7pm at SUU’s Centrum Arena. Admission is free and the general public is encouraged to attend.

While in residency at Zion National Park, David Purcell investigated the landscape through thorough study, using observation, drawing, photographs and topographical maps to create a series of sculptures informed and inspired by the landforms that make up Zion National Park. His process allowed him to take information directly from topographic data as well as to create forms more creatively through careful observation of more complex landforms that cannot be described through traditional maps. Purcell received his Bachelors of Arts from Goucher College and then attended the Glasgow School of Art. His awards and honors include the Rosenberg Art Scholarship, and the Gertrude Sherby Rand Prize. Purcell has also participated in a sculpture residency at the Vermont Studio Center. He has exhibited at various shows on the east coast.

Art Insights is a weekly program hosted during the fall and spring semesters by SUU’s Art and Design faculty. Students and community members meet weekly to experience presentations and discussions by visiting artists and art educators from around the nation who share their work and insights and attend gallery openings.

Learn what it is to be the Zion National Park’s Artist-in-Residence when sculptor David Purcell shares his experiences at Art Insights. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800, or visit www.suu.edu/arts.

The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespearean Festival, the performance group Acclamation, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean at (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at cpvamktg@suu.edu.

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