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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Soviet Era Art: 1917-1991 EXHIBIT @ SUU (CC: SEPT 8 - NOV 19)

FOR CALENDAR EDITORS: Soviet Era Art: 1917-1991  

WHAT:                          This incredible retrospective of Russian art from the last century provides a remarkable overview of Soviet artists from the period -- capturing the people, the history and movements in art. This exhibition is on loan from the Springville Museum of Art and is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery.

WHO:                           Soviet Era Art: 1917-1991   

WHEN:                         September 8-Novermber 19, 2011

TIME:                           Tuesday-Saturday, Noon to 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:                       SUU Campus, Braithwaite Liberal Arts Center, lower level

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


SUU's Students Are the Key to the Success
of Soviet Era Art: 1917-1991
at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery
through November 19, 2011

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: An incredible retrospective of Russian art from the last century is being showcased at SUU’s Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery titled the Soviet Era Art: 1917-1991. Behind this marvelous collection of work is the input and creativity of some of Southern Utah University most gifted students from the areas of Art and Design and the MFA Arts Administration program.

This exhibit was a collaboration of SUU students under the guidance of Reece Summers, Director of the Braithwaite. Recent graduate Debra Johnson, an SUU art history major, who also served as the gallery’s education assistant for several years, curated the exhibition and devised its educational component for area schools. Leaving to pursue her masters at Scotland’s Glasgow School of Art, Johnson turned over the reins to two gifted graduate students in the MFA Arts Administration program. With extensive gallery experience in both their resumés, Ernesto Perez and Jennifer Feld were responsible for the unique chronological layout of the work and the lighting of the exhibition. Undergraduate graphic design major Kurtis Hansen designed all the promotional materials, using Portrait of Natasha by Aleksei Federov as the art branding all the advertising and marketing materials. Finally Amie Conner (another MFA Art Administration Graduate Assistant at the Braithwaite) wrote the press releases for the exhibition and chose all the merchandise for the exhibit.

Soviet Era Art is the first truly student organized and executed exhibition for the Braithwaite,” says Summers. “As Southern Utah University looks ahead to the building of the Southern Utah Museum of Art on campus, our goal in both the graduate MFA Arts Administration program and the newly developed undergraduate Museum Studies minor is to mentor the students and ensure they develop as art professionals, who are capable of working in art institutions upon graduation.” 

On loan from the Springville Museum of Art, the exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit will continue through Saturday, November 19, 2011. The gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Admission is free and the General Public is encouraged to attend.
Soviet Era Art: 1917-1991 offers a stunning overview of Soviet artists from the period – artisans who capture the people and the history through various movements in art. This outstanding exhibit features dozens of oversized paintings with noteworthy works by Aleksandr Georgievich Gulyaev, Engels Kozlov and Federov Aleksei to mention only a few. These paintings vividly capture a period dominated by social upheaval, turmoil and a vast array of visually striking subjects for artists to depict. A highlight of the exhibition will be the first public viewing of “Musical Interlude,” a large canvass by Leonid Georgiekich Filatov that was recently acquired by the Springville Museum of Art.   

For nearly 35 years, the Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery have helped to enrich lives in southern Utah through their sponsorship of world-class exhibitions and outstanding arts education programs. Additional support for Soviet Era Art: 1917-1991 is provided by AT&T, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and Cedar City Recreation Arts Parks.

Soviet Era Art: 1917-1991 is not to be missed! For more information about this exhibit, visit www.suu.edu/pva/artgallery or call (435) 586-5432. The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery’s mission is to exhibit, collect and preserve historic and contemporary works of art significant to the interior American West. In addition, the Gallery hosts art exhibitions that represent the principal artistic styles and periods of world cultures.
Show your support of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery by visiting the online store at www.suu.edu/pva/artgallery/store.html or stop by the SUMA Gift Shop at the Braithwaite, Tuesday-Saturday, Noon-7pm. The gift shop will feature select merchandise related to the Soviet Era Art: 1917-1991exhibition.

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 Shakespeare Festival, 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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