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ETSU Ball Hall Auditorium Room 127
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Known for her Surrealist and fantastical conceptions, painter Julie Heffernan will bring her perspectives on visual art and her work to ETSU Oct. 11 for a 7 p.m. lecture at Ball Hall Auditorium, Room 127. The lecture is free and open to the public and a light reception will follow in Slocumb Galleries in Ball Hall. “Alluring and timeless, Julie Heffernan’s paintings are self-portraits that place her in an enchanting world of make-believe,” says Paul Laster in a review featured on Flavorwire website. Heffernan is an associate professor of fine arts at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, N.J., and holds an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale School of Art and Architecture. She has been actively exhibiting her oil paintings around the world since 1988. Her work has been displayed in London, Zurich and throughout the U.S. and published in The New York Times, Harper’s and The New Yorker, as well as numerous art forums. To create her lavish, fantasy-filled paintings, Heffernan uses traditional materials of oil and canvas and less-traditional influences such as pre-sleep daydreaming – something she calls “image streaming” -- to create complex, multi-layered compositions, often featuring a central figure, such as the artist or a young man who resembles her. Yet her works, which are lush with color, wildlife, flora, fauna and fruit, are not as far from reality as they seem. Her elaborate tableaus frequently include social and political themes. “Heffernan is able to unfold layer upon layer of meaning in her sensual, psychological dramas,” writes Rachel S. Rosen in San Francisco Art Magazine. “As prolific as she is profound, Heffernan is able to draw in the viewer and keep her engaged in the search for meaning long after the viewing experience has ended.” Lecture-goers and art enthusiasts will appreciate the complexity of Heffernan’s process and results, says Anita DeAngelis, ETSU art professor and director of Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, which is co-sponsoring the lecture with the Department of Art and Design. “Julie Heffernan’s work moves well beyond what we normally consider as self-portraits. Her work borrows from historical styles in portraiture, still life, and landscape,” DeAngelis says. “The complex paintings are covered with images of animals, foliage and fairies, and the surfaces are meticulously crafted. Heffernan’s work symbolically references issues of gender, feminism, motherhood, and class structure.” For information about the ETSU Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, call 423-439-TKTS (8587) or visit www.etsu.edu/cas/arts/ or www.Facebook.com/ETSU.MBMSOTA.