College of Arts News
Downtown Art Gallery opens "In Her Closet" works by Clare Murray Adams on Aug. 29Posted Aug. 20, 2012
Kent State University's School of Art Galleries presents In Her Closet, works by mixed media artist Clare Murray Adams, Aug. 29-Sept. 29, 2012 at the Downtown Gallery. An opening reception will take place on Thurs., Aug. 30 from 5-7 p.m. and is open and free to the public. The Gallery is located at 141 E. Main St. in downtown Kent, Ohio. Free parking is available behind the gallery. For more details, visit the School of Art Galleries website.
The title, "In Her Closet," references the way in which individuals often keep hidden certain aspects of their personality. The exhibit features manipulated digital prints on cotton with stitching and embellishment, as well as dresses made of silk organza with stitching and found object embellishments. This exhibit challenges the viewer to interpret the dresses, shadows, and the deeper meanings that clothing can suggest.
"Ideas of family, feminist concerns, elements of time, and universal emotional issues are continual themes for exploration. Earlier work was strongly rooted in quilt making and surface design. More recent work relies on the processes involved in making 3D constructions, in collage and in encaustic painting or working with wax. My long interest and attraction to fibers is still evident in my work, if not in process, then certainly in concept," describes Adams on her website www.claremurrayadams.com.
"This body of work challenged me structurally and conceptually as I interpreted emotional qualities of identity metaphorically in the physical architecture of the clothes I created," said Murray Adams '93.
Murray Adams currently serves as a professor of art and is former chair of the visual art department at Malone University. She received her bachelor of fine art in 1993 from Kent State University and a master of fine art with a concentration on fibers and mixed media from Vermont College of Norwich University in 2001. Her artwork has been exhibited regionally and nationally in fiber and mixed media exhibits where she has often taken home honors or awards. During the past two years, she had had five one-person exhibits in Ohio, Indiana, New York and California.
The Downtown Gallery's hours of operation are Wed.-Fri. 12-5 p.m. and Sat. 10-4 p.m. and located at 141 East Main St. in Kent, Ohio. For more information call 330-676-1549