Work of artist Julia Curran now on display at Bailey Gallery

Ben Bailey Art Gallery - 04/19/18 - 05/31/18

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590


St. Louis artist Julia Curran’s recent work is on display at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Her exhibit is titled simply Julia Curran: Recent Work and will be exhibited through Thursday, May 31. The Bailey Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In addition to the exhibit, Curran spent a week on campus visiting with students and working on a silkscreen edition print.

Curran describes her work as a “satirical deconstruction of American pop culture and socio-political history and how fear and the desires to own and to control drive toxic masculinity and extreme capitalism.

“From William Hogarth to Jose Guadalupe-Posada; from Emory Douglas to Swoon, printmaking has a rich history of engagement with social and political issues through serious commentary, call to action, satire and accessible imagery. As a printmaker addressing the historical and contemporary absurdities of American culture, I am an active participant in this tradition,” she said.

“Because of growing up in a diverse urban community in St. Louis and living abroad, I have formed a unique perspective on American society through witnessing the effects of late capitalism on our humanity and well-being and I have developed a strong interest in art that deals with these issues,” Curran said.

“I have seen that the value of art lies within its ability to give voice to people’s aspirations and self-expression, and how creative channels such as art enable people to express and see themselves in new ways,” she said. “As an artist and printmaker, I believe my job is not only to create socially conscious art, but to work to make fine art accessible to people as a tool of self-expression.”

Curran said her work has been in exhibitions around the United States, Mexico, France, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Estonia. She co-founded the Franco-American Printmaking Exchange Project based in Riom, France with a Fulbright grant. She completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

For more information, call 361-593-3401 or visit www.tamukart.blogspot.com .

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