Nature Focus of Year's First Art Exhibition
by Beth Swift
January 17, 2005
Get directions to Wabash College Fine Arts Center
The first art exhibit of the new year will feature a Wabash College
The Art Department's first 2005 exhibit is titled "Nature Observed and
Expressed." The exhibit illustrates the varied ways artists are
influenced by and respond to nature.
The show features three artists - Betsy Stirratt, Linda Salerno, and
alumnus Joe Trumpey '88. An opening reception is set for 8-9:30 p.m.
today in the Fine Arts Center.
Trumpey was an art and biology major at Wabash and received his Master's
of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan in scientific
illustration. He recently served as the Chief Science Illustrator for
Grzimek's Animal Encyclopedia, a set of 17 volumes with 5,500
"Imagine an assignment: Research and illustrate over 5,000 species of
animal life ... make sure each painting is researched, sketched,
reviewed, painted, scanned, revised, reviewed again, composited and
constructed as a digtal file. Complete all 5,000 paintings in three
Trumpey calculated that it would take 22 years to do the project on his
own. Instead, he brought together 15 artists with degrees in natural
science and fine art. They worked together as Michgian Science Art to
complete the task in October 2003. Trumpey teaches in the Art and Design
School at the University of Michigan.
Stirratt, who serves at Director of the School of Fine Arts Gallery at
Indiana University, Bloomington, describes her paintings using terms
such as measured luxury, voluptuousness and desirability. Her work is
influenced by current graphic and interior design as well as natural and
biological forms and phenomena.
Salerno says the genesis of this body of her work came in 1990. While in
Italy, Salerno was surrounded by a garden and longed to record the magic
she saw. She began by making imprints of the plants there with a tube of
black paint and plain paper.
The exhibition will run through Feb. 19. Gallery hours are 8-5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, and 10-2 p.m. Saturday. Gallery admission is free.
Beth Swift is Wabash College's Archivist.