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Sep 30, 2010    #089
Contact: Laura Byerley
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UMKC Gallery of Art presents observations of nature

Sue Friesz's exhibition runs Oct. 14 to Nov. 20

"Plant Structure," a painting, print and sculpture exhibition by Sue Friesz will be on display at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Art and Art History Gallery of Art from Oct. 14 to Nov. 20. The Gallery of Art is located in Room 203 of the Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo. The gallery is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, Oct. 14 Friesz will speak at a 5-7 p.m. Gallery of Art reception.

A UMKC alumna, Friesz received a bachelor of arts degree in Studio Art in 1982. She received a master of fine arts degree from Central Missouri State University in 1997. Exhibiting her work locally and nationally, Friesz was featured in "New American Paintings" in 2002 and 2005 and received an Avenue of the Arts grant in 2010. She has contributed to several corporate collections, including Sprint and Gould Evans Goodman Associates, LC.

Friesz's work draws on a strong respect and concern for nature. This exhibition focuses on native plants and their seemingly simple, yet complex growth systems. Friesz describes her process as "finding elegance in the simple lines and shapes derived from each plant." The exhibited paintings, prints and sculptures deconstruct Friesz's observations of nature and reassemble them somewhere between abstraction and realism.

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