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SFA to open exhibition of 'moving' murals

November 23, 2010 - Sylvia Bierschenk
Rufus Butler Seder's "Running Boy" is one of the optical glass tiled murals that is included in "Rufus Butler Seder: LIFETILES" that the SFA School of Art will open at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - East Texans can meet the creator of the large optical murals that are included in the exhibition "Rufus Butler Seder: LIFETILES" during the show's opening reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition is a joint presentation of the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts, School of Art and the 2010-2011 University Series.

Seder's murals, which appear to come to life, change and move as the viewer passes by, are often called "Movies for Walls." Each mural is composed of hundreds of 3-pound, 8-inch square, lens-ribbed glass tiles the optical artist and filmmaker invented to fulfill his dream of creating motion pictures using no electricity, moving parts or special lighting.

Sometimes spanning over 70 feet, Seder's LIFETILES murals appear in aquariums, science museums, train stations and other public places around the globe.

Seder said he likes to watch people react to his work. "Some people walk or run back and forth, making the pictures 'move,' while others stop, stare, smile to themselves, and sway from side to side. The people can be as fun to watch as the work itself!"

"This is an incredibly unique exhibition," said Alisa Steed, interim director of SFA galleries. "Please join us as we welcome Mr. Seder at our opening."

"Rufus Butler Seder: LIFETILES," which is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Junior Forum and the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, will be on display in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center through Saturday, March 26. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.