Sunday, April 4, 2004
Rachel Schmidt, Kristy Summers, Marie Bower and Katie Reese have a lot in common.
But you wouldn't know it by looking at their latest exhibition, "All Roads Lead to Sculpture" at Ad Astra Galleria, 205 W. Eighth St.
"We are all KU graduates, female and formalist sculptors," Schmidt says. "But we are also so different. Our personalities really come out in our pieces, and I think we all have different motivations for what is behind our work."
The foursome started out on different paths artistically, but began to concentrate on sculpture after taking a class with Kansas University art professor Richard Gillespie.
"All Roads Lead to Sculpture" was a mantra Gillespie posted on a sign outside the student studios at KU. The artists thought naming the show for that poster would be a fitting tribute to the man who got them started on their own roads to sculpture.
Although Schmidt, Summers, Bowers and Reese all have exhibited their work before, this is their first group show.
- Friday, April 23, 2004, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Ad Astra Galleria, 205 W. Eighth, Lawrence
- All ages / Free
The friends were surprised to see that their individual personalities came to life when they put their work together in the same room.
"Even in our personal lives, we all like the same things and get along and hang out a lot. And then you see the inner workings of us coming out in these pieces, and we are completely different," Schmidt says.
"It's like, 'Why are we friends?'" Bowers, Lawrence resident, jokes.
The exhibit, which runs through April 25, has allowed the artists to showcase a variety of their pieces.
"For me, a lot of it is seeing (my work) all together in a setting outside of my kitchen," says Reese, of Topeka.
Bowers sees the show as a unique opportunity for the community to view indoor sculpture.
"I think there is something for everybody who comes to this show," Bowers says. "Somebody should be able to find something that they really like or really dislike. I think it could really provoke some dialogue."
Schmidt, Summers, Bowers and Reese see this exhibit as an opportunity to show together before they each take new roads to expand their careers.
"We all approach sculpture really differently," Schmidt says. "We all express our ideas through sculpture, and I think we are all going to go off on our own individual ways."