Explore SHSU With The 'heART of Huntsville'

The Huntsville Item (Aug. 6) reports that a four-part series is in the works to explore and discuss the art and architecture of the SHSU campus.

On the east side of the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center (GPAC), for example, visitors can find Jason Lawrence’s “Firedance,” a tangled burst of red, rust, and orange hand-blown glass greeting the morning sunlight. On the exterior of the GPAC’s southwest side, Tim Prentice’s kinetic sculpture reflects the setting sun at dusk while its six-hundred separate panels susurrate in the wind.

In between, the GPAC offers an art-lover’s feast, featuring work by Stanley Lea, Jesus Moroles, Kathleen Ash, Charles Pebworth, Rebecca Finley and others — with James Surls’ “Around the Flower Wall” as the visual centerpiece.

While Austin Hall anchors SHSU’s quadrangle, the Peabody Library, Estill Library, and the Administration Building complement the historic — and most aesthetically pleasing — region of the university’s campus. But SHSU has more recent architectural achievements about which to boast. Indeed, the Gaertner Performing Arts Center — so impressive for its art holdings — also impresses architecturally.

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These art holdings and architectural marvels will be featured in the first week of “the heART of Huntsville,” a program designed to explore and promote the arts and architecture in the community. This four-week program meets on Tuesday nights: Sept. 15, Sept. 22, Sept. 29, and Oct. 6. The cost is $25 and space is limited.

Also, to commemorate the event, local artist Lee Jamison painted “Austin Hall at Dusk,” signed and numbered prints of which will be offered to participants in the program at a reduced price.

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