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Holding on to Hope, an oil on panel work by Sunny Jacquet, is an example of the manner in which the painter plucks objects from reality into a context that encourages observation. Paintings by Jacquet will be in the group exhibit by Texas Woman’s University alumni in the East Gallery next month.
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TWU art alumni show what they’ve gone on to create

Alumni are in the spotlight next month in the Texas Woman’s University galleries.

Painter Joseph Melancon, an alumnus of the TWU Master of Fine Arts program, will open a solo show Tuesday in the West Gallery. Meanwhile, the East Gallery in TWU’s art building will have a group show of TWU alumni — Sunny Jacquet, Penny Bisbee, Mark Collop, Tim Harding, Tammy Wascovich and Leigh Ann Williams.

Melancon is a Florida artist with roots in Louisiana and a graduate art education at TWU. He works primarily in acrylics, looking at his art as a sort of personal archaeology that is more playful than serious.

Melancon works in expressive realism, sometimes bringing three-dimensional objects into his painting to merge the subconscious and the observed.

Bisbee and Jacquet have each stirred the imaginations of viewers and critics with their thoughtful compositions — Bisbee with her figures falling pell-mell through colorful views, Jacquet by using plump, audacious pears as metaphors in her design-oriented still works.

Collop, on the other hand, injects both the humorous and the absurd into his installations, which make use of cartoon-like objects and familiar settings to catch viewers’ attention. Wascovich explores portraits on an expansive scale, and Williams works in bold brush strokes.

Melancon will give a lecture about his work at 4 p.m. Tuesday, with an opening reception for all of the artists at 5 p.m.

— Lucinda Breeding

ART BY ALUMNI

•  What: An exhibit of paintings by Joseph Melancon, and a group show of works by TWU alumni

•  When: Both shows open Tuesday and run through Oct. 26. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

•  Where: East and West galleries on the first floor of the TWU Fine Arts Building, located at Oakland Street and Pioneer Circle

•  Details: Admission is free.

•  On the Web: www.twu.edu/visual-arts

 


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