by Jessica Robles,
COS Art Gallery Director
The COS Art Gallery will close out the fall semester with a two-person show “Figurative Narrative” featuring works by Joanna Kidd and Jan Dove. The show will run from November 10 to December 4 with an opening reception on Wednesday, November 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the COS Art Gallery, Kaweah Room 214.
Joanna Kidd is a northern California printmaker, sculptor, and video installation artist. Her work bridges the boundary between these different media, as well as exploring the connection between verbal and visual communication. Her work is strongly influenced by the experience of learning to communicate in another culture and being without words. Her most recent work deals with the themes of perception and interpersonal communication with the goal to create visual representations of inner emotional states with work that provokes an immediate emotional response. She received a BFA in Sculpture and an MFA in Visual Art and Multimedia Techniques from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. She has participated in exhibitions and video festivals in Italy, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, England, France, Sweden, and the United States. She currently teaches printmaking and drawing at Yuba College and the UC Davis Craft Center. You may learn more about Joanna Kidd on her website, www.joannakidd.com.
Jan Dove graduated with high honors and earned her BA in Art from California State University at Hayward and earned her MFA in printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She describes Artist Books as a visual art that finds its expression in the form of books, sometimes incorporating text, sometimes without text. Artist Books can dwell in the realm of the narrative, but they don’t have to. “I consider stories recorded on obelisks and in stained glass to be types of “the book” for the non-reader. I like to test the boundaries of the book form, trying to make the form of my books relate more to the content of the book than to the traditional Western book form,” states Dove. More information about Jan Dove and her work can be viewed on her website, www.jandove.com.
The COS Gallery can be found in room 214, on the first floor of the Kaweah building on the Visalia campus at 915 S. Mooney Blvd. Visalia, CA 93274. Parking is free the night of the reception in lots 3 and 7. Parking passes are also available at the entrance to lots 3 and 7 for the remainder of the show, following the reception. Contact the COS Art Gallery for any questions. The Gallery hours this semester are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Contact the COS Art Gallery for any questions or additional information regarding the show at (559) 737- 4861 or at the COS website: www.cos.edu. Be sure to “like” us on Facebook to receive updates on upcoming events.