Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Art co-chair Todd Lucas portrays plant family in museum exhibit

KINGSVILLE - May 17, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

HD plant leaf print by Todd Lucas

The John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will feature an art exhibit by Todd Lucas, associate professor and co-chair of the art department. The exhibit begins Friday, May 19, and continues through Wednesday, July 19.

The exhibit, entitled Acer after the family of plants that include the maple tree, consists of 21 framed pieces photographed digitally by Lucas.

“I have long had a fascination with maples and other plants in the Acer family, their seeds, their colors, their many variations,” Lucas said. “Five years ago, I began collecting and growing maples from seed, allowing me to witness and take part in their life cycles from germination to fall color and leaf death.

“As a body of work, Acer is essentially a series of exercises and experiments in design. I have purposely limited the subject matter in order to focus on such design elements as repetition, flow, color and placement.

“The use of scanner photography and large format digital printing allows the viewer to examine the nuances and patterns present in the leaves and seeds,” Lucas said.

The Conner Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 361-593-2810.

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