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The Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University will present Sherry Markovitz: Shimmer, Paintings and Sculptures, 1979-2006, through Dec. 13. A conversation between Markovitz and SMA curator, Josine Ianco Starrels, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. in the museum. An opening reception for the artist will follow from 5 to 7 p.m.

This retrospective exhibition and accompanying publication, curated by the Museum of Art/Washington State University staff, will be the first career-survey exhibition and trade book devoted to Sherry Markovitz's beaded assemblages, drawings and paintings. Born in America in 1947, she received her MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle in printmaking. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Seattle Art Museum, the American Craft Museum in New York, and the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, N.C.

Markovitz says her interest in beadwork came from a desire to confront the stereotypes of "women's work" and celebrate the many traditions of beading in cultures all over the world.

The 100-page book includes an in-depth interview with the artist by Museum of Art curator, Keith Wells and assistant director, Anna Maria Shannon, an interpretive essay by independent curator, Josine Ianco-Starrels and a comprehensive essay on Markovitz's career development by Museum of Art director, Chris Bruce.

Museum of Art/WSU director, Chris Bruce says, "Markovitz is best known for her seductive, obsessively-beaded animal heads, and her ostensible 'craft' forms that often obscure deeper psychological exploration that comes through in her recent doll figures."

Bruce writes in the introduction to the book, "Through more than a quarter century of work, there has been a remarkable consistency which stems from Markovitz's powerful intensity of focus, combined with an absolute acceptance of beauty that she regularly expands to opulence."

Museum of Art associate director, Anna-Maria Shannon said the response to the exhibition from other museums in the Pacific Northwest is a testament to the museum's ability to extend its reach outside the confines of the Palouse and to continue participating in the national art dialogue.

For more information about the lecture, opening reception, or exhibition call (541) 552-6245 or visit our website at www.sou.edu/sma.

The Schneider Museum of Art and SOU Art Building are located on the campus of Southern Oregon University on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, in Ashland, Oregon. Museum Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays, 12 to 4 p.m. There is a $3 suggested donation.