Clarksville, Ark. --- The University of the Ozarks' Stephens Art Gallery will host an exhibit by David Mudrinich titled "Images From the Tallgrass Prairie" throughout the month of September as part of the university's 2008-2009 Artist of the Month Series.
Mudrinich is an associate professor of art, painting and drawing at Arkansas Tech University. The exhibit will run from Sept. 2-30 in the gallery, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center on campus. There will be a reception to meet the artist from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, in the gallery.
Mudrinich said the exhibit, “Images From the Tallgrass Prairie,” presents a series of artworks based on his experience investigating the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska, Okla.
“This preserve is a rare and sensitive ecological area that is contained within the watershed of the Arkansas River,” he said in his artist statement. “As an artist, I have always been intrigued with a ‘sense of place’; the various characteristics that make any particular location unique. That experience includes not only visual appearance, but also the sounds, smells, wind, temperature, texture and history of the place. By creating art on location, subject to these influential elements, I feel I can gain a deeper understanding of that particular place.”
Mudrinich said the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve contains more than 38,000 acres of original prairie, with 772 spieces of plants, 203 bird species, a herd of 2,500 bison, coyotes, jackrabbits, ticks, chiggers, oil and gas.
“It is a place that can be both beautiful and bleak at the same time,” he said. “Though I have been visiting there for two years now, I feel that my inquiry has just begun.”
Mudrinich earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and his M.F.A. from the University of Georgia.