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CBU Presents Exhibitions by Katie Hargrave and Gustavo Plascencia

The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University announces new exhibitions of artwork by Katie Hargrave and Gustavo Plascencia opening on August 17. A public reception for the artists will be held on Friday, August 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Both will be on exhibition through September 19. Hargrave will also present an artist’s lecture in the gallery on August 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Katie Hargrave is a multi-media artist interested in the production of American identity through politics, history, mythology, and narrative. Her exhibit — entitled “It’s not personal” — elevates stories from popular culture, those hidden in the archives, and everyday conversations from passersby and participants.

Hargrave is a professor at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga; she received her MFA in Intermedia from the University of Iowa, MA from Brandeis University, and BFA from the University of Illinois. Her work has been shown at DIY spaces, university galleries, non-profits, and festivals. She is a member of the collaborative groups “The Think Tank that has yet to be named” and “Like Riding a Bicycle.”

"I am interested in systems as broad as politics, history, our built environment, and our learning systems," Hargrave says. "The act of exploring, deconstructing, and decoding these systems is political, if subtly. We all have power; we all own this world.”

Using media as varied as fiber, performance, printed matter, installation, sound, and video, her work has been shown at Proof Gallery in Boston; Gallerie Analix in Geneva, Switzerland; the Manifesta Biennial in Murcia, Spain; the Philadelphia Art Alliance; and the Athens Institute of Contemporary Art. Her work is also currently included in “Art of the South” at Crosstown Arts.

Gustavo Plascencia was raised in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. He attended the Escuela de Artes Plasticas Ruben Herrera before immigrating to the USA. He received his MFA at the University of Colorado in Boulder in Photography and Media Arts and his BFA from the University of Texas at Arlington. He was recently on the faculty at the Memphis College of Art, where he was director of MFA programs, and currently teaches at the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas.

His exhibition — entitled “Earth Ruminations” — contains images and objects drawn directly from the environment, made using traditional, alternative, and hybrid photographic processes such as lumen prints and cyanotypes. “I sometimes scanned them halfway through the process to capture the in-between stages of the process to highlight the ephemeral nature of my data collection and its contents,” Plascencia says. “I used organic materials to create these images; yet these images are reminiscent of turn-of-the-century sky and space imagery.”

The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery is located on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library in the center of the CBU campus on the Buckman Quadrangle, easily accessible from the Central Avenue parking lot. All exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. More information at

Posted by Cory Dugan at 8:22 AM