posted September 23, 2008

Katherine Sullivan Has Work in Solo Exhibition

The University of Indianapolis is featuring a solo exhibition of work by Katherine Sullivan of the HopeCollege art faculty.

The exhibition is on display in the university's Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery, and opened with a reception on Friday, Sept. 5, and is continuing through Friday, Sept. 26.  In conjunction with the exhibition, Sullivan has been invited to the university as a visiting artist, to present a public lecture on Monday, Sept. 29, concerning her work and to engage in conversation with several classes of art majors on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 29 and 30.  Local interest in the exhibition has included interviews with area media.

The exhibition of 19 pieces - seven paintings and 12 works on paper--is titled "Katherine Sullivan: Body Electric."  As described by the university, "the exhibition features a series of figurative images that engages the language of contemporary painting, simultaneously representing the formal tensions inherent in the medium as the figures appear to be both still and moving, recognizable and abstract, spatial and flat, graphic and painterly."

Sullivan is an assistant professor of art at Hope, where she has taught since 2003.  Her work has been featured in a variety of solo exhibitions, including at the SaugatuckCenter for the Arts, where she is also serving as an invited lecturer; the Handwerker Gallery of Ithaca College in New York; and the Gebben Gray Gallery in Fennville.

She has held three residencies in painting since 2006, most recently a one-month artist's residency at the VirginiaCenter for the Creative Arts (VCCA) in December 2007.  In 2006 she was awarded artist's residencies by both the Vermont Studio Center in Johnstown and Cooper Union in New York City.

The gallery of the college's De Pree Art Center featured her work in an exhibition in 2004, and she has also collaborated with the college's department of dance on a variety of projects during her time at Hope.

Sullivan received her BFA from the University of Michigan, and in 2001 received her MFA in painting and drawing from BostonUniversity, where she was a recipient of the Richard Ryan Memorial Award.  She has done additional study at the Chautauqua Institute, the New York Studio School and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

The Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery of the University of Indianapolis is located at 1400 E. Hanna Ave. in Indianapolis, and is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays.  Sullivan's lecture on Monday, Sept. 29, will be at the center at 6:30 p.m.  Admission to the gallery and the Sept. 29 address is free.