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Stop Date: October 26, 2008
July 10, 2008

Pleasant Valley High School Art Students Choose Prints for The Turner’s “E/scapsim” Exhibition, Sept. 29-Oct. 26

Pleasant Valley High School art students have teamed up with the Janet Turner Print Museum to present an upcoming exhibition entitled, E/scapsim: The Natural World.

E/scapsim: The Natural World runs Sept. 29-Oct. 26 in The Turner, located upstairs in Laxson Auditorium. An opening reception takes place Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 4-6 p.m.

E/scapsim: The Natural World is a thoughtful look at the natural world and beyond.

Inspired by the work of Ansel Adams, whose photos will be concurrently on display at Chico State’s University Art Gallery, fourteen Pleasant Valley High School students, their instructor Reta Rickmers, and Turner Curator Catherine Sullivan selected prints from The Turner’s collection that reflect the imaginative power of nature.

“This was trully a collaborative effort,” said Sullivan. “The students began the process by looking at the works of Ansel Adams — how he makes everything look monumental using a minimal color plate — and then selected prints from The Turner collection to compliment Adams’ images.”

Adds Rickmers:

“My objective for the students was to get them to look closely at original art work and give them the opportunity to write about their experiences with the art.”

Sullivan described the process of selecting prints as a “hands-on, up-close-and-personal experience” for the students. The students selected from a group of fifty 19th-21st century prints pulled from The Turner collection of more than 3,000 fine art prints. Featured artists in the exhibition will include Romare Bearden, Waif Mullins, David Lucas, and Harold Altman. Printmaking processes include lithography, intaglio, serigraph, and relief.

“In selecting the prints the students practiced a broad range of curatorial skills including critical thinking, analytic writing, and aesthetic judgment,” noted Sullivan.

As a professor of art, Janet Turner used her collection both as a study collection to provide and encourage art appreciation and to inspire future generations of artists.

“E/scapism is an example of a targeted art experience, making the collection available to students as well as to interested groups and individuals,” said Sullivan.

Complimenting the E/scapism exhibit, PV art students’ work, including scratchboards, linocuts, and dry point etchings, will be on display in Chico State’s Ayres Hall cases during October.

The Turner is located on the mezzanine level of Laxson Auditorium and is open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. and during Saturday Artwalk, October 4th, from 4-8 p.m. For more information please call 898-4476 or visit the The Turner website,