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Art Gallery to Present the Three Dimensional Work of George Lorio

"George Lorio Sculpture Exhibition"

"Border Frontera" - George Lorio

Brownsville, TX – The Art Gallery in the Rusteberg Building is proud to present the sculpture work of George Lorio, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Brownsville.

Professor Lorio has been teaching at the University for 7 years and has held teaching positions at other colleges in North Carolina, Florida, and Michigan. Lorio has much experience exhibiting in various cities nationally in juried, solo, and group exhibitions. His work has been displayed in cities in New York, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, and other states. Lorio has been awarded several fellowships and grants, including the "Piedmont Hub Arts Council Grant." "North Carolina Individual Artist Fellowship," and "National Endowment for the Arts/Fine Arts Council of Florida, Individual Artists’ Fellowship."

Lorio’s work is best described in his own words. The following is taken from an older artist statement:

"I use wood as the medium for the works; the process of formation is slow and laborious. The carved surfaces are not renderings but fictions about water. The wood is warm to the touch and I cloth the surface with a skin of black. I am very aware of the grain of the wood like the current of water; the grain provides the strength of the structure. I wish this strength to be subtle, below the surface; hence, I paint them. In all these sculptures, I use a metaphor of natural forms to reflect on my life experiences. My constructed works become poetic allusions to the recognizable attributes of natural shapes. The imagery employs motifs derived from the surrounding landscape embracing myth and allegory. The botanical works allude to the rapid, fleshy growth of seasonal cycles, which have a sinuous organic line quickly formed and responding to the brief opportunity for life."

The show will be opening on March 18, 2008 at 6:30 PM. The last day to view the show will be April 4, 2008. Admission will be free for everyone. Please contact us at (956) 882-7097 for more information or please e-mail us at gallery@utb.edu.

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