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Birke Art Gallery to showcase Marshall alumnas work

On September 21, 2012

The Birke Art Gallery, located on the first floor of Smith Hall, will feature artwork by Rebecca Gilbert in an exhibition titled Treasure: Dirt and Stars starting Monday, Sept. 24, and running to Oct. 12.

Gilbert, a Philadelphia-based printmaker and Marshall University graduate, will attend the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery.

Gilbert will also give a public presentation at 7 p.m. in Smith Hall, room 154. Light refreshments will be served.
My presentation will elaborate on my use of imagery, process of developing ideas and creating art, the process of woodcut and have a few carved woodblocks from works in the exhibition on view for people to examine.

John Farley, Marshall University gallery director, said how the exhibit will be an example for students.

It will be particularly beneficial for our art and design students to experience firsthand the work of a successful alumna like Rebecca Gilbert, Farley said. Her career serves as a real-world example of the exciting possibilities that are out there for graduates of our program.

Gilbert described her work and message to viewers.

I am very much interested in building as a process and an idea using basic elements such as dirt, sticks, rocks and wood. Its a natural, human process that I am drawn to that helps me keep life and my role in the world in perspective, Gilbert said. I want to instill in my viewers a sense of optimism.

The Birke Art Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sarah Smith can be contacted at

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