WMU art professor to exhibit “Marea” photo series at Kellogg Community College starting Jan. 20

Kellogg Community College will showcase large-scale photographs taken by Western Michigan University Frostic School of Art professor Patricia Villalobos Echeverría in an exhibit beginning Jan. 20 in Battle Creek.

The exhibit, titled “Marea,” will run through Feb. 17 in the Eleanor R. and Robert A. DeVries Gallery of the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, on campus at 450 North Ave. The exhibit is free and open to the public for viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

An opening reception for the exhibit, also free and open to the public, will be held with the artist from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the gallery. Face masks will be required for opening reception attendees.

The exhibit consists of six images from Villalobos Echeverría’s “Marea Series.” According to the artist, the series “speaks about migration, exile and the tenuous relationship of the contemporary body to locale. Its title functions as a double entendre – in Spanish, it’s the noun for tide, as well as the verb for being dizzy or seasick.”

In a statement on her website – patriciavillalobos.com – Villalobos Echeverría says as an artist she is interested “in engaging various publics and contexts with works that encompass the perceptual, the sensorial and the experiential.”

“My intention is to reveal what might live in our memories and imaginaries,” Villalobos Echeverría says, “and how it might become evident, shared and layered inviting participants to be transported to a space of coexistence – simultaneously historic, remembered, retold and imagined, and interwoven within our own contemporaneity.”

An art professor at WMU’s Frostic School of Art since 2010, Villalobos Echeverría is an internationally exhibited and award-winning artist who was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Nicaragua. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1988 and earned a Master of Fine Arts from West Virginia University in 1990.

For more information about the exhibit or other KCC arts events, contact KCC’s Arts and Communication offices at 269-965-4126.

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