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Starts: 01/14/09 10:00 AM
Ends:  03/13/09 05:00 PM

January 23, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT: Nick Massella
(202) 994-3087; massella@gwu.edu
LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY:
(202) 994-1525

WHEN CIVILIZATION MEETS THE WILDERNESS - ARTIST'S 10-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE COMES TO GW'S LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY
JAN. 14 - MARCH 13, 2009

EVENT: 

Sarah McCoubrey has turned seemingly mundane objects like a concrete mixer, road signs, a Weber grill, and childrens' toys into statements on modern society. Her collection will be on display at GW's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. The exhibition features 22 paintings and preparatory drawings from the past 10 years and a 62-page illustrated catalogue.

WHEN: 

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 14 - March 13, 2009
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WHERE: 

The George Washington University
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
Media and Public Affairs Building, 2nd Floor
805 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue and Orange lines)

COST: 

This exhibit is free and open to the public. Members of the media wishing to attend should contact Nick Massella at (202) 994-3087 or massella@gwu.edu.

BACKGROUND:

Sarah McCoubrey's work depicts the blurred line where civilization meets the wilderness. The landscapes on exhibit are reminiscent of the Hudson River School painted with the precision of Northern Renaissance panel paintings. She turns the traditional subject of landscape painting into a statement on modern society by including vestiges of human habitation.

"Hers is the average countryside of rusted tanks and fading signs, telephone wires, and tagged trees," wrote Vincent Katz, from the essay "Sarah McCoubrey: Looking for the Normal" in the catalogue Sarah McCoubrey: A Ten-Year Retrospective.

As an associate professor at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, McCoubrey has developed an appreciation for the region?s gray northern skies.  Combined with her travels to Irelend, she has embraced the quality of northern light in her landscapes. 

In 1988, McCoubrey's work was included in a regional exhibition, Landscape Transformed: A Washington D.C. Tradition, in GW's Dimock Gallery.  Following the exhibition, McCoubrey taught in the University's Department of Fine Arts and Art History.

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is the professional showcase for art at GW. Luther W. Brady (B.A. '46, M.D. '48), the gallery's namesake and benefactor, is a world-renowned oncologist who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at GW. He also received the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from GW in May 2004 and has served as a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

For more information on the exhibit, please call GW's University Art Galleries at (202) 994-1525.

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