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February 24, 2009

Purdue Galleries presents 'Urban Legends and Rural Myths'

"Have You Seen Patches?" photograph
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Purdue Galleries will present an art exhibition of "Urban Legends and Rural Myths," from March 9 to April 26 in the Stewart Center Gallery.

Fifteen contemporary artists from across the United States are represented, with works that suggest new myths and tall tales.

Ranging from famous examples of cryptozoology like Bigfoot to new interpretations of invented entities and events, these artists explore the public's collective imagination with campiness and sociological references, said Galleries Director Craig Martin.

"Mrs. Harkness
Produces a Ship"

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The exhibit includes inkjet photographs by Milana Braslavsky of Reisterstown, Md.; cinematic-style beast images by SuttonBeresCuller - John Sutton, Ben Beres and Zac Culler, of Seattle; Victorian-style mixed media installations by Kristen Gallerneaux of Detroit; mixed media sculptural totems by Ronald Gonzalez of Johnson City, N.Y.; assemblage sculptures by Gary John Gresl of Brown Deer, Wis.; enigmatic C-print scenes by Joe Johnson of Columbia, Mo.; wistful dinosaur paintings by Joshua Kaplan of Astoria, N.Y.; photographs of floating deities by Colin Kim of Sunnyside, N.Y.; praying mantis dioramas by Judith G. Klausner of Somerville, Mass.; lithographs of amalgamated creatures from the "Association for Creative Zoology" by Beauvais Lyons of Knoxville, Tenn.; wolf-themed multi-process prints by Florence Alfano McEwin of Green River, Wyo.; C-print images by Tiff Mich of Safety Harbor, Fla.; mythic mixed media sculpture by Rob Millard-Mendez of Evansville, Ind.; paintings of the artist's dog "Button in the Garden of Earthly Delights," by Catya Plate of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and drawings by Michael Wong of Minneapolis.

Catya Plate acrylic
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Artwork was selected for the exhibition by Martin, Elizabeth K. Mix, contemporary art historian at Butler University, and Tess Cortés, gallery coordinator of the Robert & Elaine Stein Galleries at Wright State University.

From 6-8 p.m. March 6, Galleries will present an opening reception for "Urban Legends and Rural Myths" in the Stewart Center Gallery. Several of the exhibiting artists are expected to attend, Martin said.

A printed handout will be offered, which features notes from a discussion on the exhibition by the curators.

In conjunction with "Urban Legends and Rural Myths," Purdue Galleries and Tippecanoe Arts Federation are presenting a communitywide project called "Tippecanus Rex" (Tipp-eh-can-us Rex).  The two exhibits are a joint project supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

"Tippecanus Rex" will highlight the invented history of the Tippecanoe County region through visual, performing, musical, and literary art. It will be presented from April 1 through May 10 at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation. 

Artists, writers and performers of all ages in the 14 counties served by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation are invited to participate. The entry form for "Tippecanus Rex" can be downloaded at, or 

On continuing display in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Purdue Memorial Union is an exhibit of objects from the Galleries' permanent collection titled "Shrouds, Masks and the Floating World."  Textiles from Pre-Columbian South America, ceremonial masks from the West Guinea Coast of Africa and Japanese relief prints from the era of ukiyo-e (the "Floating World") will be on extended display through 2009.

The Robert L. Ringel Gallery and the Stewart Center Gallery are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday; and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. For class or group visits, contact Mary Ann Anderson from Purdue Galleries, at (765) 496-7899. All Purdue Galleries exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089,

Source: Craig Martin, (765) 494-3061,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;


SuttonBeresCuller (John Sutton, Ben Beres, Zac Culler of Seattle), "Have You Seen Patches?," photograph (Courtesy of the artists) 

Kristen Gallerneaux (Detroit, Mich.), "Mrs. Harkness Produces a Ship," screenprint. (Courtesy of the artist) 

Catya Plate (Brooklyn, N.Y.), "Button in the Garden of Earthly Delights XIV," acrylic, blood on wood, (Courtesy of the artist)

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