IUCA+D exhibition series to examine role of drawing in art creation

The IU Center for Art and Design in Columbus will soon kick off a series of exhibitions aimed at examining the role of drawing as an investigatory tool of the artist and designer.

The first exhibition features visual artists Regina Granne and Russell Roberts, whose work will be on display from Dec. 14 to Jan. 18 at the center, 310 S. Jackson St. in downtown Columbus.

Lady Liberty

Regina Granne’s drawings of Lady Liberty.

Both artists are known for using drawings to initiate their investigation of visual art, said T. Kelly Wilson, IUCA+D director and associate professor with IU’s Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design, part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“This exhibition series will include all forms of designers and artists in the effort to survey the breadth and scope of drawing in the contemporary design and art environments, and to examine how the act of drawing is involved with creation,” Wilson said. “We’re pleased to welcome both Regina and Russell here to open this series.”

Granne teaches painting and drawing at Parsons School of Design in New York City and is the 2012 recipient of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award for achievement in art from Cooper Union college. Roberts studied at Vassar College, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Boston University, and he is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Wilson will conduct free drawing workshops for adults and children. Visit the center’s Facebook page for details early in the new year.

The exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at the center’s gallery. Gallery hours from are 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or by appointment by calling 812-375-7588.

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