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Visiting artist instills values in students

Annie Boyden Varnot, The School of Fine Arts’ current visiting artist, will be giving a lecture from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at University Galleries in CVA 110.

Annie Varnot’s exhibition, “W/hole,” will open on Tuesday and run until March 13.

Her art uses everyday materials and discarded objects to explore the balance between health and disease and life and death. Although sculptural in form, Varnot’s work is also influenced by her background in drawing and painting.

Following a breast cancer diagnosis, she created the exhibit, which is on display while she is at ISU. “W/hole” is an installation made of hundreds of hollowed chicken eggs and plaster.

She hopes her exhibit offers others “a poetic suggestion of life and death while also referencing the here and now.”

“For the visiting artist lectures, we bring in artists from all around the country for two to six weeks. While they’re here, they give a lecture, hold an exhibition of their work, meet with students and also teach a seminar course once a week,” Kendra Paitz, curator of Art II, said.

Paitz said students do not have to be art majors to attend visiting artist seminars.

Varnot is an artist from the east coast. She received her MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her B.S. from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Baltimore and Mandelieu-La Napoule, France.

She has received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Change Inc. and Artists’ Fellowship Inc. Varnot has also received residency fellowships from the Jentel Artist Residency Program, Camargo Foundation, Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Program, La Napoule Art Foundation and Headlands Center for the Arts.

The lecture will give students a glimpse into the artistic process of professionals and inspire aspiring artists.

“This lecture, like all lectures by visiting artists, is free and open to the public,” Paitz said.

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