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January Issue 2007
Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, Features Works by Sheri Fleck Rieth
The Milliken Art Gallery at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, will host the exhibit, Tool: Images by Sheri Fleck Rieth, on view from Jan. 11 through Feb. 8, 2007.
"Vanitas art is the use of the still life as an instrument to convey to the viewer the brevity of life," explained Rieth. "From the Greeks and Romans who laid out images of domestic things in mosaic on flattened spaces and called the images asarotos oikos (unswept house), to Donald Sultan's lemons and flowers in the 1980s and 1990s, the objects used to portray this brevity have remained constant, but the compositions and styles have changed. The images I use, like those used in vanitas, will allude to the gradual breakdown of memory, of objects and the human body. The images I use are tools that trigger my memories of personal events, and like the memories, even the tools weaken and fade over time."
Rieth is an associate professor of art at The University of Mississippi, where she teaches printmaking and drawing, coordinates the foundations program, is chair of the gallery program and serves as a Student Art Association Advisor. She was raised in a small town in western Kansas. She has a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Kansas and an MFA in Studio Arts from Memphis College of Art. Rieth worked for ten years as a puppeteer/artist with Puck Players Puppet Theatre in Bloomington, IN, and taught at Watkins Institute of Art and Design in Nashville, TN, where she lived for seven years. She has also taught at Memphis College of Art and the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN, where she lived for seven years.
Rieth has shown in local, national and international exhibitions, is a member of the Southern Graphic Councils, Southeastern College Art Association (SECAC), FATE, College Art Association (CAA), and has served on the State Board of the Tennessee Association of Crafts Artists. Her work encompasses a wide variety of printmaking techniques, drawing, painting and bookmaking.
Founded in 1889 and located in the heart of Spartanburg - home to six colleges and 10,000 college students Converse helps women develop the skills necessary to balance a full life. Students develop their unique voices through our challenging liberal arts curriculum, century-old honor tradition, and Daniels Center for Leadership and Service. Converse's close-knit residential community cultivates a spirit of sisterhood and enterprise among women diverse in backgrounds and interests. The Nisbet Honors Program, independent and collaborative research opportunities, leading national debate teams, study abroad and internship programs, and a 9:1 faculty/student ratio differentiate the Converse learning community.
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