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Jane Nodine to Exhibit Her Encaustic Paintings in Wuppertal, Germany

February 29, 2012

Jane Allen Nodine, professor of art at the University of South Carolina Upstate, in Spartanburg, SC, has been invited to exhibit her encaustic paintings at Gallerie Kunstkomplex in Wuppertal, Germany, from Mar. 3 – Apr. 7, 2012. This solo exhibition of 20 of her most recent works is titled Wachsspuren, or, Traces of Wax.

In addition to the exhibit, Nodine was invited by the director of Gallerie Kunstkomplex, Nicole Bardohl, and German artist Bodo Berheide, to visit Wuppertal during the first week of March to attend the opening reception of the exhibition on Mar. 8 and discuss her research in encaustic painting with the Wuppertal community. Wuppertal is located near Dusseldorf and has a population of approximately 350,000.

Nodine met Berheide in April 2011 when he visited USC Upstate to present a scholarly lecture on his sculpture project, Figura Magica, a six-ton cast-iron sculpture of an oversized, elongated horseshoe magnet, which garnered international attention as it made its world tour before stopping in Wuppertal. Berheide visited Nodine’s studio in Spartanburg, became interested in her work, and invited her to exhibit in Germany.

“I will present historical and technical material on the process of encaustic hot wax in a historical and contemporary context, and I will have an opportunity to visit several galleries, museums and university programs in the region,” says Nodine.

The term encaustic is derived from the Greek “enkaustikos,” which means “to heat” or “to burn.” The encaustic medium consists of beeswax mixed with resin to impart hardness that renders a material artists can use to embed various marks, materials, pigments, and textures. This historical process, used by ancient Greeks and Romans, has attracted the attention of many contemporary artists, such as Jasper Johns, because of its rich surfaces and sculptural properties. The encaustic process originated in Egypt in approximately 100 A.D.

For further information, contact Nodine at 864/503-5838 or e-mail to (jnodine@uscupstate.edu).

Columbia Museum of Art Awards Mac Arthur Goodwin Award to Dr. Mary Lou Hightower

May 18, 2011

University of South Carolina Upstate (Spartanburg, SC) Associate Professor of Art Education, Dr. Mary Lou Hightower, will accept the prestigious Mac Arthur Goodwin Award from the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, at their annual meeting on May 19, 2011.

The award is made annually to a South Carolina resident who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to arts education through service and direct involvement with arts programming. Recipients have demonstrated effectiveness by facilitating programs, collaborations and initiatives that are regarded as successful and are considered innovative by their peers as well as their constituents. Recipients also demonstrate a vision for visual arts education that involves partnership and collaboration between two or more groups.

“I am very honored to receive this award. Working with museums on educational materials and providing free classes for children at the museum has added to my students’ overall experience at USC Upstate,” says Hightower.

The purpose of the award is to honor those who foster progress in visual arts education through the successful utilization of community arts resources; to create a greater awareness of the arts resources, such as museums and arts centers, within South Carolina; and to encourage collaboration among community organizations that implement visual arts programming.

The award, established in 2002, is named for Mac Arthur Goodwin, a longtime South Carolina artist and arts educator. Goodwin is known for the tremendous strides he has made in development of visual and performing arts education.

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Lou Hightower at (864) 503-5817 or e-mail to (mhightower@uscupstate.edu).


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