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January 7, 2003

GUEST CERAMICIST FOCUSES ON NATURAL SUBJECT MATTER

LA CROSSE, Wis.— The Viterbo University Art Gallery will be featuring the ceramics of Bloomington, Ind. artist Marcy Neiditz from Wednesday, Jan. 22 through Friday, Feb. 21, with an opening reception on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 7:30-9 p.m.

 Focusing on abstract organic sculptures, Neiditz is inspired by nature. "My subject matter is a representation of plant life and the microscopic world. I am interested in transforming and mutating the imagery to discover new, anthropomorphic forms. Branches, roots, bones, microorganisms, and abstracted body parts are some of the ingredients that occupy my imagination," said Neiditz.

 Her inspiration also stems from her first career as a landscape designer in Los Angeles in the late 1970s through the 1980s. Eventually, her love of ceramics won out and she returned to school and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in ceramics from California State University in Long Beach in 1996. Her master’s degree in ceramics from Indiana State University in Bloomington followed in 2000. After receiving her master’s degree, she served as a visiting professor of art at Hanover College in Indiana and, later, as acting gallery director and instructor at Clarion University in Pennsylvania. She returned to Bloomington, Ind., her hometown, last fall and is a full-time artist and co-owner of a co-operative gallery called Gallery North on the Square.

The reception is free and open to the public. There is no admission charge to the Gallery, which is located on the third floor of the Viterbo Fine Arts Center on the corner of Jackson and Ninth Streets in La Crosse. The Gallery is open during regular school hours or at other times by request.

The Viterbo University Art Department offers degree programs in Studio Arts, Art Education, and Graphic Design.

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