posted September 27, 2010

Gallery to Feature Work by Katherine Sullivan

The gallery of the De Pree Art Center at Hope College will host "The Docile Body" by Katherine Sullivan, from Friday, Oct. 8, through Friday, Nov. 19.

The exhibit will begin with a talk by Sullivan on Friday, Oct. 8, at 4:30 p.m., followed by an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Exhibiting work from her sabbatical during the 2009-10 school year, Katherine Sullivan reflects in a series of paintings on the dialectics of power.

"With images drawn from both Abu Ghraib and the dramatic works of Bertolt Brecht, the series considers the cyclical nature of torture and violence, the sexuality implicit in much torture depiction, and the dynamics which prevail between those who hold power and those who are subject to it," explained Sullivan.

Sullivan is an associate professor of art at Hope, where she has taught since 2003.

She received her BFA from the University of Michigan in 1997. In 2001 she received her MFA in painting and drawing from Boston University, where she received the 2000 Richard Ryan Sr. Memorial Award and the 2001 Graduate Teaching Award. She has conducted additional study at programs including Chautauqua Institute, the New York Studio School, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Sullivan's most recent fellowships include Cooper Union, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and Ragdale. She has recently had solo exhibitions of her work at Ithaca College's Handwerker Gallery in Ithaca, N.Y., and the University of Indianapolis in Indiana. She spends her summers painting in Newfoundland, Canada.

Most recently, Sullivan received third place in the 2009 Young Painters Competition at Miami University. She has received many other awards for her work including 2008's Best in Show, "Interpretations of the Figure," at the University of Indianapolis.

The De Pree Art Center is located at 160 E. 12th St., on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The regular gallery hours are Mondays through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Gallery hours may be reduced during breaks and holidays. The gallery is handicapped accessible.