Well-known New York City artist Audrey Flack will be a special guest of the University of North Dakota on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Flack is slated to attend a reception in her honor from 4:30-6 p.m., in the UND Education Building, where her giant sculpture, Daphne, is now on display. An avid musician, Flack also is scheduled to play banjo and sing with Jeanne and Tom O’Neil, at 5 p.m., as part of the reception. UND President Robert Kelley will be on hand to provide introductions for Flack and the musicians.
Also, Flack’s book Art and Soul will be available for purchase at the event.
Flack’s visit to UND is supported by the Myers Foundations as part of the Department of Art & Design’s Visiting Artist Series, according to Arthur Jones, chair of the department.
More about Flack:
A pioneer of photorealism and a nationally recognized painter and sculpture, Flack has been a part of more than 70 public commissions, solo and selected exhibitions, selected catalogs and public collections at places such as the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Metropolitan Museum of New York and the National Museum of Art in Washington, D.C.
Her colossal head of the Greek mythological nymph Daphne is a signature piece of UND’s campus-wide and downtown art collections (video). Daphne is one of two casts produced by Flack in 1996. It is constructed of cast urethane and tree branches and stands 70 inches high.
Flack has been a major figure in the art world and feminist movement since the late 1960s. At the height of her acclaim, Flack decided to take a different direction with her art and pursued sculpting.
Flack holds a graduate degree and an honorary doctorate from Cooper Union in New York City and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Yale University. She attended New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where she studied the history of art.
She was awarded the St. Gaudens Medal from Cooper Union and the honorary Albert Dome Professorship from Bridgeport University. She is an honorary professor at George Washington University and is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Flack has taught and lectured extensively around the world.
Among her public commissions are a Monumental Gateway to the city of Rock Hill, S.C., comprising four twenty-foot high bronze figures on granite pedestals; and” Islandia,” a nine-foot-high bronze sculpture for the New York City Technical College in Brooklyn.
Flack lives and works in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island.
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