April 9, 2014

Writing about Art: Words that Help and Words that Hurt
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: University Art Gallery
Description: Elana Hagler will present a 30-minute talk, followed by a general discussion, on the topic Words that Help and Words that Hurt. Words can be detrimental when they take the place of the act of experiencing an artwork, and the writer gets too caught up in ideas that are disconnected from the original art object. Words can also be helpful in the various ways that they can provide context and enrich the viewer's immersive experience of the artwork. By discussing her own writing in addition to the works of other writers, Elana will explore a variety of issues that arise in relation to writing about art.

Elana Hagler was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and immigrated to the United States at the age of five. She received her Bachelor of Arts in both Studio Art and Psychology from Brandeis University, Boston, and continued her studies for two years at the Master Class of the Jerusalem Studio School and in Umbria, Italy. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Elana has won multiple prizes in painting and drawing and has exhibited her work across the United States and internationally. She has taught fine art at Cornell College, the Delaware College of Art and Design and at Swarthmore College. She currently teaches online for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and is a staff writer for the popular art blog Painting Perceptions.

Elana's work is included in the Western Illinois University Art Gallery exhibition Painting the Familiar and the Ordinary: Contemporary Still Life, on display through April 19. The exhibition was made possible through generous support from the Performing Arts Society. The presentation Writing about Art: Words that Help and Words that Hurt is co-sponsored by the Department of English and Journalism and the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program.
Related Web Site: University Art Gallery
Contact Information:
 Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson
 Phone: 309.298.1587
 Email: am-hayes-hawkinson@wiu.edu
Source: Art Gallery

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