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Visiting artist to speak at URI

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Creator of inventive, irreverent artwork

KINGSTON, R.I. –September 5, 2007 –The University of Rhode Island’s Department of Art and Art History has named Nina Katchadourian recipient of the Italo Scanga Visiting Artist Award.

Katchadourian will visit the University Sept. 17 and 18. She will give a public lecture on Monday Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. in Room A202 in the Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston followed by a reception. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Born in Stanford, Calif., the artist grew up spending summers on a small island in the Finnish archipelago. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Brown University and a master of fine arts from the University of California, San Diego. She works in a variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and sound.

She is represented by the Sara Meltzer Gallery in New York and the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at places such as PS1/MoMA, the Serpentine Gallery, New Langton Arts, Artists Space, and Sculpture Center.

In 2006 the Turku Art Museum in Finland featured a solo show of her works made in Finland and the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs exhibited a 10-year survey of her work and published an accompanying monograph entitled "All Forms of Attraction."

Ian Berry, curator of the Tang Museum, noted: “Nina Katchadourian makes engaging and irreverent artworks that combine investigative practices with a more elusive, poetic logic. Incorporating sculpture, photography, video, and sound, her multi-layered projects are propelled by deliberate attempts to observe, scrutinize, order, and disorder her surroundings.”

In Popcorn Journal, 2001, she inserted a microphone into a concession stand popcorn machine and then used a computer to analyze the sounds into Morse Code. In Mended Spiderweb, 1998, she repaired holes in a spider web with red thread, and then documented the rejected threads after the spider undid her repair. During the fall of 2006 she installed a telescope with a pictorial key at Liberty and William Streets in Lower Manhattan aimed at an anonymous office window where objects were displayed and changed at regular intervals.

The Italo Scanga Visiting Artist Fund was established in 2005 with a donation from URI Art Department alumna Katherine Scanga and the Italo Scanga Foundation. Italo Scanga was an internationally renowned sculptor who taught for many years at UC-San Diego. For further information on the Italo Scanga Foundation see http://www.italoscanga.org and for more information on this event contact the URI Department of Art at 401-874-5821.