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March 2008

Release Date: March 3, 2008

Award-Winning Artist to Exhibit Works at Angelo State

The artwork of award-winning artist Ron Watson will be on public display in Angelo State University’s Art Gallery March 10 – April 18 in the Carr Education-Fine Arts (EFA) Building.

The Art Gallery is located in Room 193 of the EFA Building. Watson’s exhibition, titled “Symmetries,” will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Watson will also present a lecture on his work from 4-5 p.m. March 11 in Room 101 of the EFA Building. Both the exhibit and the lecture are open free to the public.

Watson’s exhibition of paintings, drawings and relief sculpture will display his ongoing interest in structure, as manifest in his creation of webs, lattices and grids that seem to float in space. Constructed of common materials like plywood and oil paint, these structures invite the viewer to appreciate a sense of universal order, which Watson suggests surrounds and, in fact, exists within everyone.

Watson has received numerous awards including an Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His work has been presented in solo exhibitions in Michigan, Texas, Illinois and Florida and is in more than a dozen public and corporate collections including the Veterans Administration Hospital, Wood, Wis., Standard Oil Inc, Chicago, and the National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.

Watson was the founder and initial director of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Mich. He has been a consultant to the Art in Public Places program of the National Endowment for the Arts and was elected president of the National Council of Art Administrators. Educated at the University of Nebraska, Watson is chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Texas Christian University and director of the TCU Art Gallery.

For more information, call the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085.