MURRAY, Ky. — The department of art and design at Murray State University will host Matthew Weedman as the Elena Diane Curris Visual Arts Distinguished Speaker on April 12 at 5 p.m. in the Clara M. Eagle Main Gallery. During his presentation, Weedman will discuss “The Monster in the Image.”

“We’d like to thank the Curris family for making Matthew Weedman’s visit to Murray State possible,” said T. Michael Martin, director of University Galleries. “Because Weedman also works in cinema, this affords an excellent opportunity for art and design students to interact with a transdisciplinary artist. This highlights experiential learning and forges a deeper connection to the arts through the department’s Visiting Artist Series.”

Throughout his career, Weedman has worked to re-contextualize objects, sounds, images and environments through photography, video, sculpture and performance processes. Using found objects and data, Weedman aims to locate the inherent mystery and sense of wonder embedded in the world and in people. Additionally, Weedman is a founding member of the Flinching Eye Collective, whose live experimental sound and multimedia show toured around the U.S. and received an Idea Fund grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Weedman has since served as a co-writer and producer for a documentary film with Tom Garrett and John McLaughlin that is titled “The Magic History of Cinema.”

Weedman currently lives in Indiana, working at Wabash College as an assistant professor of art and as the Byron K. Trippet Scholar. He holds bachelor’s degrees in film studies and in photography and new media as well as a master’s degree in sculpture and post-studio practices from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The Elena Diane Curris Endowment for the Visual Arts was created at Murray State in memory of Elena Curris, the daughter of Jo Hern Curris and Dr. Constantine Curris, the sixth president of Murray State. Elena Curris earned an associate degree in communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and a bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications and photography from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Over the course of her career, Curris worked with Mirabella magazine, the Ralph Lauren Corporation and California State University at Long Beach. She also maintained a lifelong passion for photography and the arts. The Elena Diane Curris Endowment for the Visual Arts was created to support the strength and reputation of the University’s visual arts programs.


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