USI – Art and Life exhibition recognizes careers, collaboration of Waters, Graham

Photo Credit: USI Photography and Multimedia

The University of Southern Indiana McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries will feature Art and Life: The Similar Sensibilities of Katie Waters and Matthew Graham through Wednesday, February 12. A reception for the artists will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 26. Light refreshments will be served and the public is cordially invited to attend.  

Waters, professor emerita of art, taught painting at USI for more than 30 years. She is an exquisite craftsman, whose hyper-realistic concern for capturing light on objects gives the element poetic character.  Forty-one of her paintings and drawings are display, providing examples of her work from her entire career.  Multiple institutions and individuals loaned artworks from their collections to the university for this exhibition, creating a unique retrospective look at Waters’s entire career.

Accompanying the artworks are published poems by Matthew Graham, professor emeritus of English and Waters’s husband. Poems were selected by the couple to help reinforce the aesthetic similarities they feel they share.  Graham was also a professor at USI, teaching English and poetry nearly as long as his wife. During his career, Matthew has published four books of poetry, including The Geography of Home (2019). The Indiana Arts Commission recently designated Graham as the Poet Laureate of Indiana for 2020.

The gallery is honored to host this exceptional exhibition and catalogs that include examples of the works of both Waters and Graham have been created to accompany the exhibition.  These catalogs are free to visitors and guests. The Kenneth P. McCutchan Art Center/Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries, located in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Building, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 812-228-5006.

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