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University Of Virginia Art Museum Shows Work Of Mixed Media Artist Monica Angle Beginning June 4

May 10, 2005 --

WHAT:    Exhibition, Opening Reception & Artist’s Gallery Talk “Monica Angle: Loose Leafs”

WHEN   Exhibition — Saturday, June 4 through Sunday, July 17

Opening Reception — Saturday, June 4, 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Artist’s Gallery Talk — Saturday, June 4, p.m.

WHERE: U.Va. Art Museum, 155 Rugby Road

Painter, printmaker, book and mixed media artist Monica Angle has created a luminous body of new work on paper that she says addresses “my memory of a place or an object as a myth that explains our experience of the world. By focusing on places and objects to which I can only return through memory, I explore how such images become icons in my personal mythologies.”

The 10 works in the University of Virginia Art Museum exhibition, dating from last year, are all composed of monotypes, which are hand-printed layers of watercolor ink on Japanese paper over acrylic paintings. An illustrated catalogue, with an essay by Minnesota-based curator and writer Thomas O’Sullivan, accompanies the exhibition.

Angle is “a colorist and experimenter in media,” said U.Va. exhibition curator and museum director Jill Hartz. “Monica Angle’s ‘Loose Leafs’ synthesize the artist’s broad interests and technical abilities. These mixed media pieces present an unusual tension: their saturated colors, which overwhelm our senses, are contained within a carefully organized format; they convey a purity and freshness of spirit within a challenging complexity of materials and processes. Regardless of how a viewer begins a dialogue with these powerful and delicate ‘leafs,’ the journey becomes meditative and joyful, restful and refreshing.”

Angle received her A.B. in folklore and mythology from Harvard College and her M.A. in cultural geography from Pennsylvania State University. She also attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she pursued printmaking studies.

A former resident of Minnesota who recently moved to Buffalo, N.Y., Angle has shown her work, in both solo and group exhibitions, at university and city galleries in Minneapolis. Her work may be found in numerous public collections, including the Walker Art Center, Minnesota State Historical Society and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Library. More information about the artist may be found at her Web site www.monicaangle.com.

The public is invited to the opening reception for “Loose Leafs” on Saturday, June 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Angle will present a short gallery talk at 6 p.m.

The museum is open to the public free of charge Tuesday through Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For details about the exhibit or information about the museum, call (434) 924-3592, or visit the museum Web site: www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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