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Annual member art exhibit featured in galleries

The Annual Members Art Exhibition will be on view from July 27 through Sept. 9, in the Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. The reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with comments by this year's judge, Jeannine Kitzhaber, UW- River Falls art professor.

Current and new members of The Phipps were encouraged to display one piece of their work in any media -- painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, fiber, ceramic, jewelry, glass, mixed media -- in this annual exhibition, which is on view in Galleries Two and Three and the Overlook Gallery. All submitted work that met the guidelines is displayed.

Every year an artist or arts professional from the region is invited to critique the exhibition and recognize individual works with awards of distinction. Kitzhaber serves that role this year. She has a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in studio art, with an emphasis in painting and drawing from the University of Minnesota, where she also studied art history and English. Kitzhaber has experience and knowledge in digital, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and mixed media. In addition to teaching, she is a regional and national artist. Kitzhaber has judged and curated numerous exhibitions. Her most recent judging was the Banfill-Locke Members Show in Fridley, Minn., and she is currently curating the UWRF Faculty Art Exhibition, which will be shown in The Galleries at The Phipps Center from Oct. 19 through Nov. 25 this year.

Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters. The Phipps will be closed Sept. 1-3 for Labor Day.

For further information, contact Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director, at (715) 386-2305, ext. 103.