Art of the State and Jim Snodgrass: A Creative Life at the Hite Galleries

The University of Louisville Hite Art Institute is pleased to announce the opening of two exhibitions in the Hite Galleries in Schneider Hall on Belknap Campus. Art of the State and Jim Snodgrass: A Creative Life will open Friday, June 15. A reception for the exhibitions will be held in the galleries Thursday, July 26 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Art of the State is an exploration of government sanctioned artwork curated by the Spring 2012 Curatorial Practice seminar. During the seminar, students visited a collection of Soviet era artwork as part of its course work. This visit proved provocative through the questions it provoked regarding the roles of the state and the individual artist in creative activity. Where do the lines between art, personal expression and propaganda lie? How is this influence of the state integrated into the artwork? And what can be deduced about the state and the artist by looking at this work? What is authentic and what is manufactured to influence the audience? These questions carry over into today’s world on many levels, and are therefore investigated through relevant artworks in this exhibition of prints, posters, and photography.

Jim Snodgrass: A Creative Life is an exhibition about engaging creativity over a lifetime curated by 2012 Masters candidate Solveig Espe Slavin-Olson. James Grove Snodgrass was born in 1929 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He received his BFA from Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis. He has worked as a painter and sculptor in New York City, Indianapolis, and Louisville and shown his work in esteemed shows across the Nation. He currently resides on his Corydon farm in Kentucky where he continues to paint, take commissions from clients, and work with restoration and framing.

Art of the State and Jim Snodgrass: A Creative Life will run through August 11, 2012.