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Ordinary Objects Drawing Exhibition Opens November 3

The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host Ordinary Objects: A Decade of Large Scale Drawing, a solo exhibition by Joan Linder. The opening events will take place on Thursday, November 3, beginning with a lecture by Linder at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, room 117. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Joan Linder is best known for her labor-intensive drawings that transform ordinary objects into conceptually rich images. She uses traditional materials such as a quill pen and a bottle of ink, spending countless hours observing and making marks on paper. The mundane but complex subjects that she draws include kitchen sinks, household appliances, weeds, buildings, and life-size medical cadavers.

Linder is the Department Chair and Associate Professor of Drawing in the Department of Art at the University of Buffalo SUNY in Buffalo, New York. Born and raised in suburban New York, she received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and in Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Japan, and Korea.

Ordinary Objects: A Decade of Large Scale Drawing will remain on display through December 4. Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is located in Randall Hall on Dean Nicholson Boulevard and is open weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on weekends, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The gallery will be closed November 11 for Veteran’s Day, and November 23 through 27 for Thanksgiving break. Admission is free. Please visit our website at:

Media Contact: Heather Horn Johnson, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, 509-963-2665,

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