Masters and their students

Two print exhibitions, "SKIN" and "Cross Currents: International Prints from the University of Alberta," offer a retrospective look at the artistic production of UA Professor Emeritus Walter Jule and the faculty and students of the master of fine arts program at the university in Edmonton, Canada.

The collections of prints will be displayed through Feb. 16 at the Schneider Museum of Art on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Geographically remote, yet highly multicultural, UA and Edmonton are recognized as international centers for the arts, particularly print making. The university has one of the oldest and largest art and design programs in its country.

Jule was a key player in initiating exhibition programs, student exchanges and artist residencies at UA, and since the 1970s more than 40 artists have participated as guest artists, teachers and lecturers. Jule's influence on young artists spread as graduates of the program became teachers and artists around the globe.

Jule will present a lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Meese Auditorium of the SOU Art Building. A reception will follow at the Schneider Museum.

"SKIN" features a retrospective of Jule's artistic works that ranges from 1968 to today and offers a look at the artists development over his long career.

"Cross Currents," the concurrent exhibition of work by former students and artists of UA's print making program, offers a look at the multicultural character of Edmonton's society. The collection includes works from private collections and loans from the artists.

Together the two exhibits reveal traditional print making techniques as well as contemporary photographic and digital mediums, which are shaping new work in graphic arts.

The Schneider Museum of Art is located on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on First Fridays. Admission is a $3 donation. See or call 552-6245.

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