March 31, 2009

School of Art and Design to host print artist

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Print artist Jana Harper will visit Southern Illinois University Carbondale on April 6 as a Visiting Artist to the School of Art and Design.

Harper will present a public lecture at 6 p.m. at Lawson Hall, Room 141. This is a free event.

Art students may participate in the “Nature Games” weekend workshop. Harper describes the project as an exploration of “place, stillness, perception and play in the natural environment.” The workshop happens in Thompson Woods and in the studio. Participants work together and solo to draw, build and create. The weekend activities will be documented in a limited-edition artist book, and each participant will receive a copy. For more information about registering for the workshop, contact the School of Art and Design at 618/453-4315.

Harper is senior lecturer in the Kranzberg Illustrated Book Studio at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Recent exhibitions of her work include venues in St. Louis, Chicago, Phoenix, Ariz. and Miami, Fla.

Harper earned a Peaked Hill Trust -- Artist in Residency award at the Cape Cod National Seashore in 2008. She has earned awards in Italy and France, and closer to home in St. Louis, as well as various awards in Arizona and the Nell Mendahl Scholarship in Utah. Her work is part of collections including the King St. Stephen Museum in Skékesfehéhervár, Hungary; the Kohler Art Library Archives at the University of Wisconsin; and the Janet Turner Print Collection at California State University in Chico.

The Visiting Artists Program in SIUC’s School of Arts and Design brings artists of various media to campus for workshops and lectures. The Fine Arts Activity Fee funds this program.