Multimedia Exhibition Showcases Current and Recent Visiting Artists

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State’s Department of Art is hosting a pair of Jan. 18-Feb. 26 exhibitions by artists who are current and recent participants in its Residency Program for Artists and Scholars.

The concurrent shows are Mark Clare’s Remote Control, a mixed-media social commentary inspired by the military, and In-Out, works in various media by current resident artists Frank Poor and Kristy Deetz, as well as Deborah Aschheim, who served a fall 2010 residency.Mark Clare's

A free opening reception for the exhibition takes place 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 in the Illges Gallery.

The London-born Clare, who lives in Ireland, produced his work during his February 2010 CSU residency. Remote Control, right, is based on his sculpture modeled after a portable air traffic control tower, similar to ones used by the U.S. military in the Korean War.

Clare's residency project, Utopian Socialism, explored America's relationship with the current trends of modern socialist thought through a combination of photography, audio and video interviews. Columbus-area residents were invited to share their thoughts and views on the subject at the Rankin Arts Center. The interviews and photographs also are part of his Illges gallery display.

Clare’s work has been supported by a grant from the Irish Cultural Council.

Poor’s work consists of sculpture. He is teaching a special topics course, “Memory Mapping,” focused on the connection of memory to object-making, as part of his CSU residency this spring. A Rhode Island College faculty member, Poor completed his undergraduate studies at Georgia State University and has exhibited his work in several solo and group exhibitions in Atlanta, as well as around the Northeast.

Deetz, chair of the art discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, works in painting, encaustic and bookmaking. Her encaustic and oil paintings revise traditional images of drapery and still life and explore how image and process reveal and conceal substance and spirit.

Aschheim’s display includes architectural drawings of Columbus’ former Kervin’s Department Store parking garage at 1st Avenue and 11th Street, which she produced during her CSU residency. Presently, she is the inaugural Hellman Visiting Artist in Memory and Aging in the Department of Neurology at the University of California San Francisco medical school.


The exhibitions and other Department of Art programming is made possible by the support of The Mildred Miller Fort Foundation, The Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Foundation, CSU student activities fees and CSU Friends of Art.


Illges Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, go to or call 706-507-8300.