Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents four new exhibitions in the Center for the Visual Arts

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(Ashland, Ore.) – The Visual Arts program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents four new exhibitions in the Center for the Visual Arts Galleries. Works are on display from February 2-26, 2015. An opening reception will be held Thursday, February 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Admission is free.

A.N. Quast concludes her academic career at SOU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis installation of sculpture titled “From the Cold Months” in the Thorndike Gallery. Quast’s body of work explores themes taken from folkloric narrative, ritual and practice. These works utilize natural, ephemeral materials in the context of installation to create a specific environment or experience, placing the viewer in a situation to relate to specific lore. Quast investigates ideas about preservation, duration and memory through the content of the work and choice of materials.

In the Retzlaff Gallery, graduate student Angie Wallace will also offer an installation. Wallace uses a wide range of materials and processes in her visual exploration of human experience. Her work deals directly with self-destructive behaviors and emotional well-being. She tackles themes in her sculpture that can be uncomfortable or deeply personal.

In the Art Chairs Gallery, SOU students Jess Volk and Muuqi Maxwell offer a group photography show titled “The Rest of the Room.” This exhibition reproduces writing and images that have been discovered on the walls of public restrooms. The primary aim of this project is to see what emerges when aspects of communication that were meant for display in semi-private spaces are made completely public.

Audrey Kramm, an Emerging Media and Digital Arts student, displays her capstone show in the Boise Cascade Gallery. This display of photography, graphic design and new media, titled “of, relating to, or based on mental concepts,” is based on inspiring situations. Kramm combines scenery that invokes serene contemplation with odd or eccentric details in a large format to provoke mental interaction by the viewer. Kramm explores traditional graphic design and typography and the way digital developments impact the arts.

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