Mixed Media Works by Zigmunds Priede on Exhibit at Park University’s Campanella Gallery

Monday, June 10, 2013

Priede_CalliopeA collection of two-dimension and three-dimension mixed media art produced by Zigmunds Priede is on display in Park University’s Campanella Gallery through Thursday, July 18. The title of the exhibit is "Remnants of Time."

Priede is a widely respected printmaker among his peers in the mixed media arts, recently retired from the faculty at Johnson County (Kan.) Community College. He has served as a professor of fine arts at the University of Minnesota (1964-78), Sweet Briar (Va.) College (1981-83) and JCCC (1983-2005; 2008-2013).

In his artist’s statement, Priede says that many of his works begin with some kind of printing process and are developed through the use of collage, paint and other materials. “The presence of hand, automatism and fortuitous happenings are all significant ingredients. The works are abstract with emphasis on form as foundation and meaning. They form relationships augmented with semiotic associations that need not have specific or exclusive meaning. Diverse viewer interpretations of these associations become an accumulation of meanings over time. Because these works evolve over a prolonged period of time that may extend many years, I choose to call them ‘aggregate time’ works. They represent certain moments of a creative process that is forever ongoing, like the interpretive process.”

The Campanella Gallery is located inside the University’s McAfee Memorial Library, within Park’s Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground. Admission is free. The Gallery is open during the library’s summer hours: Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The library will be closed on Thursday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.

The exhibit was co-facilitated by Penny Thieme, director of VALA Gallery. For more information about Priede and his collection, visit www.zigpriede.com. For more information about the exhibit, contact Donna Bachmann, director of the Campanella Gallery at donna.bachmann@park.edu.