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UHCL Art Gallery displays nationally touring exhibition

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UHCL Faith Wilding exhibitionInternational artist Faith Wilding (second from left) attended the opening of her show, “Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries,” that will be exhibited at the UHCL Art Gallery through Dec. 8. Visit the gallery located on the first floor of the university’s Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. – noon. Pictured (l to r) are Art Representative Keith Couser, Wilding, Exhibition Curator Shannon Stratton and UHCL Art Gallery Coordinator of Audience Development and Adjunct Instructor of Art History Jeff Bowen.

Feminist art icon Faith Wilding is sharing a lifetime of artwork by traveling nationally with her exhibition "Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries," which is currently on display at the UHCL Art Gallery.

"Fearful Symmetries" is Wilding's first retrospective exhibition; the name references Wilding's love of art and literature.

Wilding is a William Blake scholar and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a focus on literature from the University of Iowa. The phrase "Fearful Symmetries" comes from Blake's poem "The Tyger," which suggests symmetries in nature are sometimes uncomfortable.

"You can see the symmetries a lot in my work," Wilding said. "They [artwork] are never perfect symmetry. There is always a kind of active symmetry that doesn't always tidily fit together."

This symmetry is apparent in "biodresses" from the "Embryoworld" series, a Xerox collage with watercolor, ink and resin on vellum, with the combination of a medieval armored head and soft lower body that carries a fetus being watched by surveillance cameras.

Along with collages, "Fearful Symmetries" features paintings, sculptures, drawings and sketches.

The exhibition reveals Wilding's themes of "waiting" and "becoming," which have remained consistent in her lifetime of work. At the retrospective's opening reception, Shannon Stratton, the curator of the exhibition, revealed "Fearful Symmetries" was built around these themes.

"There's this imagery always running through the work: the cocoon, the chrysalides, the butterfly, the leaf, the flower, things that are sort of in the process of opening up and are in the act of becoming," Stratton said.

Wilding is well known in the feminist art community for being one of the first 15 students in the Feminist Art Program that was brought to the California Institute of the Arts by Judy Chicago. Both Wilding and Chicago participated in the feminist art installation "Womanhouse." It was inside "Womanhouse" where Wilding performed her memorable poem, "Waiting."

"It ['Waiting'] had an enormous reception; it has been shown everywhere worldwide," Wilding said. "Lots of people, especially young people, have re-performed it. I get asked all the time for permission, and I always give permission."

Even in 2016, 'Waiting' continues to inspire women to take action.

"I always say that I did 'Waiting' so that women wouldn't have to wait anymore, or at least not wait in that passive way. The character keeps going, 'I'm waiting for life to begin,' well I'm sorry, life has already begun! It's great to have expectation, but work towards something."

"Fearful Symmetries" also displays a video of Wilding's performance of "Waiting" alongside her 2007 "undone" version, "Wait-With."

"In 'Wait-With' I talk about waiting with other people as a political act of solidarity," Wilding said. "Like Martin Luther King Jr., waiting and throwing him in jail for the Civil Rights Movement, to kind of [seeing] it as an action to wait with others to make a better world together."

"Fearful Symmetries" is the first nationally traveling exhibition to be on display in the UHCL Art Gallery. However, this is not the first time UHCL has hosted a feminist artist's exhibition.

Chicago's controversial art installation "The Dinner Party" brought many people and opinions to UHCL in 1980. In 2011, Chicago allowed the UHCL community to look behind-the-scenes of "The Dinner Party" with the installation, "Setting the Table."

"UHCL actually hosted the second showing of Judy Chicago's 'Dinner Party,'" Wilding said. "Which maybe had something to do with it [UHCL inviting Wilding]. I worked with her in the early feminist art days, was a graduate student of hers and knew her very well. There is a kind of interesting feminist heritage here [UHCL], so that's really great and I'm very happy to be here."

Jeff Bowen, UHCL Art Gallery's coordinator of audience development, said he is proud to have Wilding's art on display for three months.

"I'm thrilled to showcase such a national icon and influential person who has been creating art since the 1970s," Bowen said. "It's a really great thing for UHCL and the city of Houston."

"Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries" will be on display until Dec. 8 in the UHCL Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Bayou Building.

SJC's The Perm to feature student artwork

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SJC ThePermSan Jacinto College student Michael Escamilla studies an oil painting entitled “Bubble Gum” by artist Rebecca Perez that is part of “The Perm” exhibit at the South Campus Gallery. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations and government affairs department.

San Jacinto College will host "The Perm," an exhibit of artwork by former students of the College through Sept. 23 at the South Campus Gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The South Campus is located at 13735 Beamer Road in the South Belt-Ellington area. The art gallery is located in the Marie Flickinger Fine Arts Center, Building 15, Room 143.

Audience invited to join the fun in SJC melodrama production

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SJC LornaLoveLostFrom left San Jacinto College student Payton Millsap plays the role of Floozy Flannigan, guest artist Cody Hoefar plays the role of Uriah Blackstone and guest artist Angelica Stross plays the role of Lorna Dove in the melodrama “Lorna’s Love Lost,” set to open Sept. 21 at the College’s Powell Arena Theatre. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations and government affairs department.

The San Jacinto College theatre and film department will present "Lorna’s Love Lost," an interactive melodrama that invites audience members to join the fun and participate in live theatre action.

Performances will take place in the Powell Arena Theatre (Building 13) on the Central Campus, located at 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena. Show dates and times are Sept. 21, 22, 23 and 24 with a 7:30 p.m. curtain, and Sept. 25 with a 2:30 p.m. curtain.

"This is an action-packed, entertaining, family-oriented show and it’s the type of play that encourages audience participation," said Dr. Jerry Ivins, the Central Campus theatre and film department chair.

The setting for the melodrama is 1880. Preston Dove is a rich and ailing landowner trying desperately to protect his only child, the innocent and pure Lorna Dove, the heroine of the show. But in the shadows, the mischievous master of disguise, the villain of all villains, Uriah Blackstone, has other plans. Can the hero, Leroy Prince, save the day? Can the evil villain be stopped? Only the audience knows.

"Melodramas are a great tool to train actors in improvisation, physical expression and vocal variety," said Richard Turner, theatre professor at the College and director of the show. "It is a demanding genre to perform. With the audience as active members, you have a living art form than can never be recreated. That is what live theatre is all about. Each performance is different."

General admission is $10 per person at the door, with a discount price of $8 per person for all who purchase tickets by Sept. 20 by calling the box office at 281-476-1828.

To find out more about theatre degrees and courses at San Jacinto College, visit sanjac.edu/career/theatre-film.