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Diboll Gallery opens summer exhibit by Sandra Murchison and Christian Van Campen

May 28, 2010

Sandra Murchison - "Patton," oil, wax, and collage, 24" x 24", 2009

The Collins C. Diboll Gallery at Loyola University New Orleans will feature an exhibit this summer showcasing a colorful array of prints, mixed media pieces and sculpture by Sandra Murchison, associate professor and chair of the art department at Millsaps College, and New Orleans artist Christian Van Campen. The exhibit opens to the public Monday, May 31.

Murchison’s exhibit, “Delta: Collected Works,” includes a series of prints and mixed media pieces inspired by the historical markers of the Mississippi Blues Trail located in the Mississippi Delta.

“I began collecting information and working on this series earlier this year,” said Murchison. “After capturing the text from the markers, I layer the fragmented stories into collagraphs and painted collages.”

This work builds on Murchison’s previous work with historical markers and her general interest in how the United States remembers its past.

“I have committed myself to making a rubbing for each marker in the Mississippi Delta for this ongoing project,” said Murchison. “My focus is specifically on the state of Mississippi and the way the state aims to construct a specific past and identity rooted in music.”

Van Campen is a self-trained artist who has been living in New Orleans for the past 10 years. His exhibit, “Found,” features a series of sculptures constructed from various discarded metal he has discovered throughout the city.

“What moves me most as an artist is the simple sorrowful pang I have for the silent, inanimate, lackluster future of discarded objects and forgotten things,” said Van Campen. “Knowing that they once served a purpose, great or small, propels me to resurrect them and give them a sense of being again.”

Loyola’s Diboll Art Gallery is located on the fourth floor of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sundays from noon - 6 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

For more information or to request an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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