Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Closing reception scheduled for Acer exhibit at museum

KINGSVILLE - June 27, 2006

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

A closing reception will celebrate the exhibit Acer from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 14, at the John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The exhibit, by Todd Lucas, associate professor and co-chair of the art department, includes 21 framed pieces photographed digitally depicting examples of plants from the genus Acer that includes the maple tree. The exhibit continues to be on display in the museum’s west wing.

“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 and is located on Santa Gertrudis Avenue between Armstrong Avenue and University Boulevard. For more information, call 361-593-2810.

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