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Faculty’s Expression of Art on Display

Thursday, March 26, 2009

img_5840Joe Yorty had the task of setting up two gallery spaces within the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.

“I wanted to create a dialogue between each of the pieces,” said Yorty, art studio technician for University of San Diego’s Department of Art and a 2002 USD alumnus.

He, along with the other artists who double as faculty members in USD’s art department, has succeeded.

More than a dozen works are on display through May 24 at the IPJ gallery rooms located near the Garden of the Sea entrance. Gallery hours for this free exhibition are Wednesdays and Thursdays noon to 6 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

The show’s artwork varies. Among the forms present are photography, paintings, sketches, sculpture and new media. Faculty members with work in the show are Adam Belt, Alison Wiese, Maryann Luera, Neal Bociek, Saba Oskoni, Duncan McCosker, Adriana Cuellar, Marcel Sanchez, Bekkah Walker, Mike Rich, Christopher Adler, Andy Cross, John Halaka, Iana Quesnell and Bill Kelly.

Yorty’s contribution to the exhibit is a series of photos of camper shells. Each of the six photographs he took represents its own story of America’s working class, he said.

Other standout pieces include Halaka’s large oil painting, “A Journey With No Return,” Quesnell’s animation sketches of the “The Blue Danube Waltz”; Wiese’s series of aluminum signs done on high intensity sheeting and Bociek’s “Re-Evolution,” a large sculpture made of steel, brass and plexiglass.

— Ryan T. Blystone

For more information about USD’s Department of Art, go to: www.sandiego.edu/finearts.

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