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SFA to open 'Neal Cox: Grids and Panoramas'

August 9, 2010 - Sylvia Bierschenk
Neal Cox's "Untitled Grid," a 6.25 inch by 4.25 inch pen and ink on paper, is one of the pieces to be included in "Neal Cox: Grids and Panoramas," which the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will open at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches.

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Art will open "Neal Cox: Grids and Panoramas" at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

The exhibition features recent works by Neal Cox, SFA assistant professor of art, and is the artist's first solo show in Nacogdoches. The opening includes a 6:30 p.m. gallery talk by Cox.

Cox created three different types of panoramas for the show. For the first and most traditional type, he used a camera that photographs its surroundings in a complete 360-degree circle. For the second, he used a camera that does the opposite; it photographs-from 360 degree-what is at the center of the circle.

The third type deals more with a survey of the passage of time, or a sequence of events, explained Cox. "This panorama is a time elapse video pieced together from thousands of frames captured from a low-resolution webcam focused on the slopes of a nearby mountain."

The grids included in the show are all composites of various series of objects, arranged in a grid-like pattern. Some are a series of watercolors, others are eight linocuts printed on paper, and the third type is a series of digitally printed photographic composites.

Cox has been a member of the SFA faculty since 2007. The native of Provo, Utah, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from Brigham Young University. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he later taught and served as the master printer for the UTSA Collaborative Editions program.

Cox has also taught drawing and printmaking at the Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation in Boerne and printmaking at the Santa Reparta International School of Art in Florence, Italy.

"Neal Cox: Grids and Panoramas," which will run through Saturday, Oct. 2, is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Junior Forum and SFA Friends of the Visual Arts.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.