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Enjoy Lecture and Gallery Exhibit Speakers: Architect Paul Preissner and Artist Michelle Westmark

(Elgin, IL – September 27, 2010) Judson University’s School of Art, Design and Architecture Lecture and Exhibition Series will host a lecture by Architect Paul Preissner at 4:30 p.m., Friday, October 1 and an exhibit talk and reception with Michelle Westmark, the curator of Judson’s latest gallery exhibit, “A Reasonable Facsimile.” Preissner’s lecture will be held in the Herrick Chapel while Westmark’s gallery talk, to be held from 6-8 p.m., Friday, October 8, will be held in the Draewell Gallery.

PreissnerPreissner is the founding partner of Paul Preissner Architects, and is an assistant professor at the UIC School of Architecture. His architectural work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Venice Biennale, the Rotterdam Biennale, and the Shenzhen Biennale. Part of Preissner’s work recognizes the notion that the drawing in architecture is being superseded by the animation, or the rendered image. His interest is to find a new role for drawing within architecture as a medium to communicate the architectural effect of the project, instead of just its plan [www.paulpreissner.com].

The Draewell Gallery exhibit features photographs from 12 different photographers from October 1-29. Michelle Westmark’s talk on October 8 will explore the inspiration and concepts behind the artwork. Westmark says the project was inspired by Charles Baudelaire, a French poet and art critic who claimed that a photograph could never be an authentic copy of real life.

Westmark ArtworkWith this inspiration, Westmark invited 12 photographers from around the country to interpret one another's photographs through a visual conversation. The exhibit will feature artwork created by Conor King (Colo.), Lindsay Borden (Wash.), Sarah Christianson (Calif.), Yasmin Etemadi (Calif.), Sarah Baron (N.C.), Sarah Stacke (N.Y.), Salma Khalil (Del.), Rachel Loischild (Mass.), Jason Flack (Mass.), Carl Sweets (Ill.), Brett Kallusky (Minn.) and Westmark (Minn.) as well.

Westmark began the photo conversation by sending a 4"x6" postcard version of her image to the next photographer on the list for their own photographic interpretation. The back of the postcard included a title, date, location, and instructions. The recipient photographer had two weeks to photographically respond to the image’s subject, content, or formal elements. They would then send a 4"x6" postcard version of their photograph to the next photographer on the list until all twelve photographers had received a photograph and made their own photographic interpretation and contribution. The project explores the increasing complexity of communication, perception, and interconnection as it is influenced by an increasingly globalized and digitized world.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information about the School of Art, Design and Architect’s Lecture and Exhibition Series, visit www.JudsonU.edu.

Located in Elgin, Ill., Judson University offers a Christian, liberal arts education through its four-year Bachelor of Arts degrees for art as well as more than 60 other majors/minors, graduate programs, online, certification and accelerated adult degree programs. A special Preview Day of programs, including Judson’s School of Art, Design and Architecture, will be held November 5. 

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