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Harrington’s exhibit presents collaborative, cross-curricular experience

February 29, 2016
By cnp
Posted in Art

University of the Ozarks Professor of Art Tammy Harrington will present her exhibit, "Reactions: Visual Words," in the Stephens Gallery throughout the month of March as part of the University's Artist of the Month Series.

The exhibit will run from March 4-31 in the Stephens Gallery, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center. There will be a reception to meet the artist in the gallery from 7-8 p.m. on Friday, March 4.

Harrington, who has taught at Ozarks since 2002, said "Reactions: Visual Words," is a collaborative print series that she worked on with 10 of her U of O colleagues during a recent sabbatical.


University of the Ozarks Art Professor Tammy Harrington’s artwork, Enigma, was the starting point for her "Reactions: Visual Words," exhibit, on display in the Stephens Gallery from March 4-31.

"My artwork, Enigma, was the starting point of a creative conversation that I had with 10 of my colleagues," Harrington said. "These colleagues come from a variety of academic areas and my intent was to interact across the disciplines, a cross-curricular experience. These colleagues come from the academic areas of art, English, philosophy, sociology, psychology, business, communications, education, music, and religion."

The participants were William R. Eakin, Elizabeth Gabbard, Sharon Gorman, Joel Hagaman, Brian Hardman, Dawn Holder, Greta Marlow, Michael McManus, Deb Sisson, and Jesse Weiss.

"Each faculty member reacted to the visual imagery of my print, Enigma, and responded in a written format, either poetry or prose, using 50 words or less in length," Harrington said. "From there, I interpreted the writings and created a new print or artwork that incorporated the responsive writing into the artwork composition."

Harrington said her focus was to have the written word lead the creative direction of the artwork.

"The subject matter, tone, mood, and style may be vastly different from print to print," she said. "I looked forward to the stretching of my artistic boundaries and test to my creativity. In addition to the printmaking techniques of relief and intaglio, I hand-set metal type and printed the text on a Vandercook letterpress for this project. The intense pace of creating 10 artworks in a 4 to 6 month time frame was a challenge to me since I tend work at a more measured and methodical pace. The creative cycle has come full circle because I have created 10 new collaborative prints that relate to my original artwork. Looking back at the experience, I am excited about the results and can already feel the influence on my own thematic work and style."

Harrington added, "I would like to thank my colleagues for their participation in this series. I am enriched by their words and energy."

The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no cost for admission.