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Carrie Longley: Corporealis Exhibit Explores Art and Science

The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host Corporealis, a solo exhibition by visiting ceramic artist Carrie Longley. The exhibit opens to the public on September 28. On October 5, Longley will give an artist talk at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, room 117. Her lecture will be directly followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Carrie Longley’s artwork investigates the relationship between art objects and scientific specimens. Her small-scale sculptures are biomorphic in form, combining clay with wire, wax, and pig intestine to resemble once-living creatures. They are carefully enclosed in glass domes with wooden bases as if intended for display in a 19th century natural history museum.

The exhibition also includes a 3-D printed model of a sculpture that was a collaboration between Longley and Dr. Katy Börner, Professor of Information Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. The artwork was created as a science map, a visual representation of scientific data, where changes in the data determined the shape of the sculpture.

Carrie Longley is the Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department and Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana.  She holds a BA in Studio Art from Wittenberg University and an MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. 

Corporealis will remain on display through October 22. 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. Admission is free. Please visit our website at:

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

Image Captions:
Carrie Longley, Vasculum Whalus, 2012, Ceramic, wire, and mixed media, 12 in. x 12 in. x 31 in.