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University Art Gallery exhibit features works by artist Mara Adamitz Scrupe

February 8, 2010

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The work of environmentally and socially attuned artist Mara Adamitz Scrupe will be featured in the exhibition "How to Make a Place in the World" Feb. 18-March 25 at the Indiana State University Art Gallery.

This exhibit explores the process of knowing and documenting place in a series of multidisciplinary art installations grounded in research about specific lands, landscapes and human communities including the Appalachian piedmont region of central Virginia where Scrupe has lived and worked for more than 20 years.

The public is invited to attend a reception honoring this distinguished artist on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. Scrupe will also present a visiting artist lecture about her work and career on the same evening beginning at 5:30 pm. in the Recital Hall of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts. The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.

Scrupe's works serve as metaphor for larger issues surrounding preservation of human and natural communities; the resulting installations employ sound, video, sculptural objects and handmade books to investigate human commitment to land and community, and the ways that profound knowledge and love of specific places can impact human efforts toward preservation of endangered lands.

These installations track natural phenomena such as weather patterns and the passing of seasons as well as landscapes and their native flora, birds and animals that have traditionally informed human understanding of natural environments and inspired emotional and spiritual connections with and commitment to out-of-the-way places and communities. In general terms, the artworks reflect upon the choices that are made as people set down roots -- or choose not to -- and the meanings and memories imprinted upon familiar landscapes by people as crucial elements in the process of knowing and valuing nature and community, particularly in the transitory and nomadic times in which we live.

Scrupe was born in Minneapolis. She lives and works in Philadelphia and on a farm in rural Virginia. She is associate professor and coordinator of the multi-disciplinary bachelor of fine arts program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has exhibited her projects nationally and internationally has completed numerous research fellowships.

The University Art Gallery, located in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, 301 N. Seventh St., is open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. All gallery events are free.

The Visiting Artist/Scholar Series brings a slate of distinguished artists, art historians, and art critics who exhibit and share their insights with Indiana State students and the larger community. These artists and scholars are supported in part from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Williamson Memorial Artist in Residence. For more information about this exhibition, contact Erin Caldwell, interim director of the gallery at 812-237-3787 or  .


Contact: Erin Caldwell, University Art Gallery, Indiana State University, 812-237-3787 or  

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812-237-3783 or