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Monday, July 8, 2013

Hunger feeds a Variety of Appetities @ Weber State University: July 26

Hunger Feeds a Variety of Appetites

WHO: Weber State University and Universe City
WHAT: Fred Hunger: 2-D to 3-D
WHEN: 5-26 July 2013
WHERE: Shepherd Union Gallery, Shepherd Union Building WSU Ogden Campus

Former Weber State University Department of Visual Arts instructor and current student, Fred Hunger, will be the featured artist during the month of July in the Shepherd Union Gallery, Shepherd Union Building, WSU Ogden campus. Opening night will be held in conjunction with Downtown Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll, Friday, July 5. The artist's reception will be held closing night, Friday, July 26, 6-8pm. The exhibit will open at 5pm on July 5. Regular gallery hours are Mon-Sat 8:00 AM- 9:00 PM. The Union Building is closed on Sundays during the summer.

Considering Hunger started out working as an space engineer, he ended up just where he always wanted to be - working as a full time artist. He has been learning and practicing his arts for more than 60 years. This exhibit will be a tour de force, showing his mastery of many art forms including 6 bronze castings, an acrylic painting, an airbrush watercolor, a wood sculpture, two steel sculptures, 3-D drawings, 4 serigraphs and an oil painting. 

His work is disarmingly simple on first view. He allows the view to delight in the materials used, whether it is paint, paper, canvas, wood, steel or bronze. His elegant designs allow the materials to be celebrated and then used for sometimes humorous purposes. His maquettes (French word for scale model) for large public pieces are built to model train scale so he can perch or place model "people" in them to show the intended size. There is something charming AND amusing in these touches.

Originally from Stockton, California, Hunger now lives in Roy and has a studio in the North Ogden Cannery (behind Great Harvest). When it isn't gardening season, he spends most of his time at his studio in North Ogden or in one of the many studios in the WSU Kimball Visual Arts Center. He takes classes for the studio privileges. Not only does he follow the assignments he also does his own additional work. He likes associating with the faculty and students and finds them to be continually stimulating through the years.

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