Photography and mixed media featured in Coe art exhibits

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2008-10-07 13:40:57 - General

The photography of Coe Associate Professor of Art Lucy Goodson and mixed media/installation by Jamie Burmeister are featured in upcoming Coe College art shows. The works will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus. An opening reception will take place in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Oct. 17, from 5 - 7 p.m. Both the reception and the exhibitions are free and open to the public, with gallery hours from 3 - 5 p.m. daily from Oct. 18 through Nov. 7.

Details of the exhibits are as follows:

A photo by Lucy Goodson

Lucy Goodson photography exhibit
Lucy Goodson has been an art professor at Coe since 1985, specializing in photography and printmaking. She earned associate's and bachelor's degrees in art from Black Hills State College in Spearfish, S.D., and an MFA in printmaking from Indiana University at Bloomington.

For more than 20 years, Goodson has exhibited her photos and other works at dozens of exhibitions throughout the Midwest. Her work is regularly on display at galleries and shows throughout the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor. Goodson has also been the recipient of many grants and has presented a variety of workshops on photography and other art-related subjects. Goodson's photographs reference the natural world for inspiration and information.

"Most of my images refer to the transient properties of time and space. My hope is not to ‘arrest' the ephemeral in the photographic object, but rather to have the photograph function in the enigmatic and hopefully dualistic role of timeless and temporal within the same element," said Goodson. "Photography has the ability to reassign the relative interpretation of objects or space. What is vast is collapsed, and what is small is enlarged. Our perception of ‘importance' and our regard for assigning value to these images is perhaps an echo of the decisions we make while navigating through our lives."

An example of the artwork of Jamie Burmeister

Jamie Burmeister mixed media/installation exhibit
Jamie Burmeister's artworks have been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the U.S. Burmeister has produced sculpture for various public exhibits including the Washburn University Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in Topeka, Kan., and "Wind and Water" and "Elements" in Omaha. In addition, Burmeister has completed commissions for the "Snuff Out Tobacco" campaign and the city of Omaha, and is currently working on his largest commission to date for the new south Omaha library.

Burmeister is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Nebraska Art Council's 2007 Individual Artist Fellowship and the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award for Best Public Art Artist in 2007. A resident of Gretna, Neb., Burmeister is an art instructor at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. He holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Creighton University, a master's in health education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

At Coe, Burmeister will display a variety of mixed media and installations. He will merge new digital technologies with old mechanical technologies, animating humble materials in an effort to change their context. The resulting videos, sculptures and installations are metaphors for various aspects of the human condition.

"Through experiments with sculpture, installation, mechanics, electronics, the Internet, interactivity, and sound and video, I have put together a diverse body of work that revolves around my conscious experience of the world," noted Burmeister. "All of these pieces have elements of humor, absurdity and the mundane. Many of the pieces are interactive, creating situations where the viewer becomes a part of the piece. The experience of the work is unique depending upon how the viewers choose to interact with it."

Burmeister named Kocher Visiting Artist
In addition to his exhibit, Jamie Burmeister is this year's Kocher Visiting Artist at Coe. Burmeister will exhibit his work and be on campus for a three-day residency, Oct. 27-29. The Kocher Visiting Artist honors Marvin D. Cone Professor Emeritus of Art and Curator of the Coe Art Collection, Robert Kocher, and his wife, Joan.
Burmeister's schedule as visiting artist includes the following activities:
Oct. 27 - 3-4 p.m.: Discussion of his work with students and the general public in the Sinclair galleries.
Oct. 27 - 4-5 p.m.: Presentation/discussion of "The Business Side of Art," Dows 203
Oct. 28 - 9 a.m.-noon: Informal critique/discussion sessions with individual art students, Dows Studios
Oct. 28 - 1-3 p.m.: Meet with the Introduction to Art class in the Sinclair galleries.
Oct. 29 - 10 a.m. - noon: Demonstration/workshop on graphical programming used in his work, Dows Computer Lab
Oct. 29 - 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Informal critique/discussion sessions with individual art students, Dows Studios

For more information on the exhibit, call 399-8581.