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Woodbury Art Museum Features Kent Christensen At ‘Art Of Our Century’ Exhibit

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April 23, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert

Written by: Heather Wrigley

For the third year in a row, Utah Valley University’s Woodbury Art Museum will present “Art of Our Century,” a selection of contemporary works from artists in the Western region of the United States, May 10-July 12. This year’s exhibit will feature artists from Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and California and includes a spotlight artist, Kent Christensen.

“The chance to see a collective show next to a retrospective will afford visitors the chance to see various levels in artistic development,” said Melissa Hempel, interim director of the museum. “It is important for the museum to offer Utah County visitors a larger view of contemporary art, and along with a prized local artist’s lifelong body of work, it is a significant pairing.”

Christensen lives and works in New York City and Sundance, Utah, but he spent his childhood in California, where he acquired a fondness for orange crate labels, popular culture and local fast food. His artwork investigates cultural and personal associations with food, place and culture. It also embraces the traditions of still life painting, religious iconography and pop art.

Other artists’ whose work will be presented include Megan Ah You, Cynthia Clark, Elayna Clegg, Steve Jackson, Brun Jordan, Lloyd Knowles, Jenny Meyer, Larissa Norman, Tammy Rodeback, Esther Schwepker, Rand Smith, Deborah Snider, Blair Vaughn-Gruler and Jane Zich.

The goal of “Art of Our Century” is to engage the aesthetic dialogue of today and reflect contemporary visual imagery, ideas and experience. Derek Dyer, executive director of the Utah Arts Alliance, will jury the show.

An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, May 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The museum’s Permanent Collection selection, “Westward Bound” will also be on display. It includes western-themed paintings and bronze sculptures.

The Woodbury Art Museum is located in Orem’s University Mall, 575 W. University Parkway, on the second floor in the southeast corner of the mall. Admission is free. For more information, call 801-863-4200 or visit uvu.edu/museum.

Sundance Drumstick, Kent Christensen

Rutilated Shingleverse, Blair Vaughn-Gruler

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