Aug. 7, 2019 / Kuharic exhibition opens Aug. 20 at Shircliff Gallery
VINCENNES, Ind. – An exhibition featuring paintings by Katherine
Kuharic opens on Aug. 20 at Vincennes University’s Shircliff Gallery
An artist talk and artist reception will be held on Sept. 6 in the
gallery 11 a.m.-noon. The gallery will be open on Sept. 6 for the
First Friday Downtown Art Walk 5-7 p.m.
Kuharic’s work is a twisted synthesis of old-fashion American kitsch
and contemporary concerns of gender, race, celebrity, and the status
quo. Her images present simultaneously nostalgia and cynicism; a
reanimation, equipped with disembodied limbs and organs, of what it
means to be part of American culture. Her use of traditional patriotic
symbols such as the American flag, cowboy hats and cornfields coupled
with the carnival of unusual figures of tattooed nudes, giddy children
and bizarre conglomerations of viscera distinguishes her works from
other artists trying to capture America on canvas, if only by the
sheer innovation of what they compound. Overall, Kuharic’s work
marches a pack of strange curios across a jingoist stage, marrying
effortlessly impressions of conventional and counter-culture.
A South Bend, Indiana native, Kuharic completed her Bachelor in Fine
Arts in painting and drawing at Carnegie Mellon University, then
studied with Robert Storr and Louise Bourgeois at the School of Visual
Arts in New York City. Kuharic has held faculty positions at Yale
University School of Art, Washington University in St. Louis School of
Art (where she served as coordinator for the Undergraduate and
Graduate Painting Program), and at Hamilton College where she served
two terms as the Kevin Kennedy Professor of Art. While at Hamilton,
she developed the Senior Concentrator Program, the New York City
Studio Tour, and the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Kuharic’s work
has been represented by the prestigious P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York
for 25 years. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo
exhibitions and publications. She was awarded the Richard Diebenkorn
Fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Richard
Diebenkorn Residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in
Sausalito, California in 2018.
Kuharic’s exhibition runs through Sept. 20.
The Shircliff Gallery of Art is located in Room A103 of the Shircliff
Humanities Center at the corner of First and Harrison streets on the
VU campus. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and
noon-4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.
For more information, contact Professor Arthur Fields at 812-888-4316
or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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