Artist Talk: Althea Murphy-Price

Date/Time
Date(s) - August 29, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location
Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, University Center for the Arts


Althea Murphy-Price will speak on Thursday, August 29, at 5 p.m. at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition Accidents & Adventures: A retrospective of Prints by Barbara Tisserat .

Althea Murphy-Price, Printmaker and Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Althea Murphy Price received her Master of Arts in Printmaking and Painting from Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana, and her Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art Temple University in Philadelphia PA. She has presented and exhibited her work internationally and nationally in such cities as Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD, Richmond, VA, St. Louis, MO, Cincinnati OH, Charleston, SC and Beijing, China. Juried and group exhibitions include the 2009 International Printmaking Exhibitions in Jingdezhen China, the 79th Annual International Print Center Competition in Philadelphia, PA, the 2007 and 2005 Boston Printmakers Exhibition and the 2009 Piccolo Spoleto Invitational Exhibition, in Charleston , SC. In addition to her exhibition record Murphy-Price has also been an artist in residence at the Frank Lloyd Wright School, University of Hawaii, Hilo and The Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been featured in the 2009 Spring issue of Art Papers and the book Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process by Beth Grabowski and Bill Fick.

Artist statement – Surface, takes a form of metaphor and physical expression in my work and this significance is central to ideas of which human perception revolve.  Both our interior and exterior perception of ourselves and others dictate how we exist in the world.  Our perceptions are based on generalities, and surface values.  Surface also inspires much of my process, which encourages ones close observation, and solicits the desire to touch for understanding.  I seek to better understand ideas of feminine identity and beauty through my experiences as a member of a marginalized society.  I use deception, desire and decoration to question topics of truth, fascination and attraction.  Often, I use manufactured hair (both synthetic and human) to exercise its role as embellishment and as signifier of racial identity. In this work, hair functions as both subject and material, and represents both assimilation and individuality.  My work takes alternative approaches to traditions of drawing, collage, sculpture and printmaking to create a surface quality that implies complexity.