Two New Solo Exhibits at Kittredge Gallery

January 10, 2007

Art Work by Michael JohnsonTacoma, Wash. - Michael Johnson presents a body of new mixed media sculpture, on display Jan. 16–Feb. 15 in Kittredge Gallery. In a series of sculptures that are both wall-hung and free-standing, Johnson demonstrates an ease with form and color, as well as a gift for integrating unlikely materials. These flawlessly constructed objects are clean, spare, and poetic.

Michael Johnson is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Ohio (M.F.A.), and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth,  Mass. (B.F.A.). He has taught sculpture and three-dimensional design in the University of Puget Sound art department since 2001. Johnson is an outstanding educator while being an active participant in the national and international sculpture scene.

An artist reception is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. in Kittredge Gallery. The public is cordially invited to attend.
Read the Tacoma Weekly's review of the latest Kittredge Gallery exhibits >>

art work by Karen GanzAlso showing in Kittredge Jan. 16–Feb. 15, is Threshold, a selection of recent paintings and drawings by Seattle-based artist Karen Ganz

Painted on shaped, split canvases, the show  exhibits select works from Ganz’s current series referencing guns and money. Retro cartoon figures, paint drips, and layers of exuberant drawing are all recognizable elements of Ganz’s style. The artist’s hand is plainly visible in these works that poignantly depict the chaotic dilemmas in which we place ourselves.

Ganz earned an M.F.A. in painting at the University of Iowa and her B.A .from the University of California, Berkeley. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally. A gallery talk by Karen Ganz is set for Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 2:30 p.m. in Kittredge Gallery. The public is cordially invited to attend.

The Seattle Times selected the Ganz exhibit as a hot ticket. Read the review >>

Kittredge Gallery exhibits and artist talks are free and open to the public.

Location: University of Puget Sound, in Kittredge Hall, Ste. 118, at N. 15th St. and N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, WA 
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