MURRAY, Ky. — University Galleries and the department of art and design at Murray State University are pleased to present “Mutual Muses,” a two-person exhibition featuring works by Mimi Garrard and James Seawright, a married couple whose works have inspired each other throughout their creative careers.

“Mutual Muses” includes collaborative works the couple created together in addition to pieces that focus on how Garrard inspired Seawright and how Seawright inspired Garrard. The exhibition will be on display March 8 through April 6 in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery, located on the sixth floor of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Center. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public.

Garrard has created more than 90 works for the stage and more than 1,300 dances for video. Her video dances have been shown in festivals in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. Her work was presented recently during the Dance on Camera Festival at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center as well as at the Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. She received a lifetime achievement award from the Institute of Arts and Letters in Jackson, Mississippi.

A kinetic sculpture created by James Seawright sitting in front of a wall.
Pictured is “Orion,” a kinetic sculpture by James Seawright.

Seawright, born in 1936 in Jackson, Mississippi, was director of visual arts at Princeton University for many years. Recognized as one of the foremost technological artists since the late 1960s, his works are in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum of New York, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the New Jersey State Museum at Trenton and other museums throughout the world. As a boy, Seawright discovered machine tools at a friend’s house, which launched his life-long love of making objects by hand. Seawright became a pioneer of interactive sculptures using mirrors and electronic components in his work.

Photo: Featured image is “I Celebrate Myself,” a dance created by Mimi Garrard featuring dancer Marcus Jarrell Willis.


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