March 7, 2003

Southwestern College Presents “Speaking Figuratively”

Figural Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition on Display from March 12-April 10

Chula Vista — The Southwestern College School of Arts and Communication is proud to present “Speaking Figuratively,” a figural ceramic sculpture exhibition on display at the SWC Art Gallery* from March 12 to April 10, 2003.

“Speaking Figuratively” features the work of 9 artists, who work in clay and use the human figure in a wide variety of expressive metaphors.

“The human figure has been a major subject in all facets of the visual arts for thousands of years,” said Judith Nicolaidis, art professor in the School of Arts and Communication and curator of the exhibition. “This exhibition will showcase a wide variety of expressive uses of the human figure, often in combination with additional symbolic and realistic elements.”

“Speaking Figuratively” will feature approximately 45 art works art works ranging in size from intimate, 6-9 inches high, to grand, 6 feet high. Works by seven of the artists–Susan Banks, Donna Billick, Vicki Chock, Miriam Davis, Esther Shimazu, and Laura Van Duren—are provided by the John Natsoulas Gallery of Davis, California. The show will also include pieces by Fabiola Renau from Ensenada, Baja California, and collaborative works by Robert Matheny and Armando Muñoz, from San Diego and Tijuana, respectively.

The exhibit opens in conjunction with the annual national conference of the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), titled “Borders in Flux,” taking place from March 12-15, 2003 at the Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley.

“Figuratively Speaking” will be on display from March 12 through April 10, 2003 in the SWC Art Gallery. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, March 13, 2003 from 6-9 p.m. in the Art Gallery patio. Free parking will be available for this event.

Southwestern College Art Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6:00-9:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Extra Gallery hours during the NCECA conference are Friday and Saturday, March 14 & 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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