The University of Texas-Pan American Art Gallery will host a fine arts exhibit, "Departures," Jan. 2 to Feb. 3 in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building. The exhibit features new drawings by artist Jeffrey Whittle.
Whittle - who studied art at the University of Georgia in Athens and received his bachelor of fine arts in drawing and painting in 1992 - will give a slide talk Thursday, Jan. 17 at noon in Room 228 of the Fine Arts Building. A reception will follow that evening at 7 in the University Gallery.
"I am very excited about this group of drawings and the opportunity to exhibit them at The University of Texas-Pan American," Whittle said. "Only one of the drawings in this exhibition, titled 'Departures,' is a direct response to the tragic events of September 11. That drawing was difficult to make, yet even more difficult not to make. Art can hopefully be therapeutic. "
In 1997, Whittle received a master of fine arts from Cornell University. Additional studies include a semester abroad at the Lorenzo di Medici Art Institute, Florence, Italy and a semester at The Cooper Union in New York City.
Whittle has exhibited his work individually and in shows throughout the United States. He is a recipient of individual artist's grants from the Iowa Arts Council (2000) and the Georgia Council for the Arts (1994)."
Last summer, he was invited to be an artist-in-residence at Crater Lake National Park by the Eastern Frontier Society in Maine.">
In addition to creating and exhibiting his work, Whittle has taught drawing, painting and art appreciation at Hobart/William Smith Colleges and at the University of Northern Iowa. During the spring of 2000, he was a visiting lecturer at The University of Texas-Pan American.
Admission to all exhibitions is free. The galleries are open Monday through Friday except University holidays.
For more information or for special accommodations, contact Gallery Director Dindy Reich at (956)381-2655 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org