MURRAY, Ky. — Printmaker Althea Murphy-Price has been named the Patricia L. Summerville Lecture Series Artist at Murray State University for fall 2018.

Murphy-Price will edition her work and present a public lecture Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. in room 631 of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building. She will also edition a screenprint with the help of Professor Nicole Hand’s advanced printmaking class in a workshop Nov. 6–8 in Fine Arts 1006. All events are free and open to the public.

Murphy-Price’s work has been recognized for its nonconventional approach to the traditions of printing. Murphy-Price began her studies in fine arts at Spelman College before receiving her master’s degree in printmaking and painting from Purdue University. She later studied at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts.

Murphy-Price maintains an active exhibiting practice at venues throughout North America and abroad, including the Weston Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio; Howard Museum of Art in Baltimore, Maryland; Wellesley College in Boston, Massachusetts; Wade Wilson Art Gallery in Houston, Texas; Print Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina; and the Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, Tennessee. International exhibits include those in Jingdezhen, China; Shanghai, China; Tokyo, Japan; and Tidaholm, Sweden.

In addition to her exhibition record, Murphy-Price has been an artist in residence at the Frank Lloyd Wright School, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Vermont Studio Center and Venice Printmaking Studio. Her writings and work have been featured in publications such as Art Papers, CAA Reviews, Contemporary Impressions Journal, Art in Print, “Printmakers Today” and “Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process.” She is a professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she has taught for the past seven years.

The Patricia L. Summerville Lecture Series is an endowment to the Department of Art & Design at Murray State. Patricia L. Summerville graduated from Murray State in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in education after attending for only three years. She then earned three additional degrees, including a master’s degree in education with a major in supervision from the University of Akron in 1976, a master’s degree in health administration with a major in hospital administration from Xavier University in 1982 and a Juris Doctor from the Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 1994. She was admitted to the bar the following year. Summerville’s career included teaching art, serving as an administrator for hospitals and health care facilities and practicing law. In 2018, Summerville received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Murray State University Alumni Association.

All events are free and open to the public. Contact Nicole Hand in the Department of Art & Design at 270-809-5387 or nhandbryant@murraystate.edu for more information.

Pictured is “Barrette no. 2” by Murphy-Price, which is a shape made up of many multi-colored barrettes.
Pictured is “Barrette no. 2” by Murphy-Price.
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