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Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries

SUZANNE FARIS: DISTRACTION
August 4 - September 4, 2014
West Gallery
Artist Talk and Reception: Thursday, September 4, 12 noon, Rueff Galleries

Through her sculptural and sound-based artwork, Suzanne Faris explores questions related to significance, perception, and expectation through the eyes of memory, while giving consideration to the altered organization of dreams.

Suzanne Faris earned her Bachelors Degree in Art from Purdue University with majors in both Painting and Graphic Design, and a minor in Art History in 1995. After graduation Suzanne had a studio in downtown Indianapolis, IN for four years while working at a variety of jobs that helped pave the way for her future working primarily as a sculptor. The most impactful of these jobs was her position as a sculptor/ painter/ welder/ seamstress at Expo Design Event Company building parade floats. In 1999, Suzanne entered the Masters of Fine Art program in Sculpture at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. Suzanne graduated with her MFA in 2001. In the fall of 2001 Suzanne was offered a position teaching Sculpture at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She taught there for three years and then was offered a tenure-track position at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where she has been ever since. Suzanne is currently an Associate Professor in the Art Department at Colorado State University and both teaches in and coordinates the Sculpture Concentration.

In addition to Suzanne’s grounding in academia, her studio practice has granted her the opportunity to exhibit her artwork in solo and group exhibitions regionally, nationally, and internationally. A few venues include the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Boulder, CO), Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), Space 301 in the Centre for the Living Arts (Mobile, AL), the Erie Art Museum (Erie, PA), the Peter Froggatt Centre at Queens University (Belfast, Ireland), the Edgar Allan Poe Museum (Baltimore, MD) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chile (Santiago, Chile). Suzanne is a member of the artist collective, Artnauts. The Artnauts collective shows extensively in international venues and promotes conversation and social change through art. We have shown at multiple venues in Columbia, China, Palestine, Hungary, Mexico, Guatemala and the United Arab Emirates. Closer to home, Suzanne was selected to complete two projects for the Fort Collins Art in Public Places program and recently had a residency at ART342 in Fort Collins, CO.

Suzanne is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana but now calls Fort Collins, CO her home with her husband and son.

Join us at noon on Thursday, September 4th, for a talk by Suzanne Faris.

REVERB: Alumni Invitational Exhibition
August 25 - 29, 2014
East Gallery

One week only! Purdue alumni Jordan Cleland, Aaron Nemec, and Ingrid Shults (with Tain Barzso) are back at Purdue to exhibit recent projects and sound experiments. REVERB features collaborative installations and solo works by these artists.

About the Galleries

The Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries, along with the Purdue Galleries, provide a vital component to the cultural life at Purdue University and its surrounding community.  The Rueff Galleries have the unique perspective of being a teaching and research space for students and faculty of the Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue. Housed in Pao Hall on campus, the Rueff Galleries offer exhibits and special events that speak directly to its mission of serving the students and faculty, while also expressing perspectives that are national and international in scope. The Rueff Galleries are named after Patti and Rusty Rueff, who were the benefactors instrumental in providing funding necessary to establish the galleries for the Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts.

The Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries regularly show over a dozen exhibitions each semester. Our exhibition schedule for the current term is available under Current Exhibition Schedule. Past exhibition schedules can be viewed under Past Exhibitions.