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   from the issue of February 3, 2005

Sculptor Driscoll is Hixson-Lied visiting artist

Ellen Driscoll, head of sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, will be in the UNL Department of Art and Art History from Feb. 7-10 as the second visitor in the new Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Driscoll will give a free public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in Richards Hall auditorium, Room 15. Full itinerary information on her visit is available at (402) 472-5522.

"My work in sculpture, drawing, and public art explores the role of imagination, adaptation, and re-invention as compensation for loss, such as when a tree sprouts new growth from the site of a lost branch or grows around a wire fence incorporating this foreign agent in its biological path, or when our brain chemistry adapts itself through the re-wiring of its circuitry after accident or injury. How is a new self constructed when part of the body or the mind has been lost?" Driscoll said.

The Boston native earned her bachelor's degree in fine arts from Wesleyan University and an MFA in sculpture at Columbia University. She has also taught at Princeton University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the State University of New York at Purchase, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Her work includes installations such as The Loophole of Retreat (Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris, 1991), and Passionate Attitudes (Threadwaxing Space, New York, 1995); public art projects such as As Above, So Below for the new Grand Central Terminal North (1999), Turnscope, an interactive piece created in collaboration with artist Nick Tobier for the Gallery at Green St. on the Orange Line T stop in Boston (2001), and a theater production done as part of the 1998 Henson International Puppet Festival at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island, New York entitled Ahab's Wife.

Recent projects include Catching the Drift (2003), a women_s restroom for the new Brown Fine Arts Center at Smith College, and Ghost (2003), for SmackMellon Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Driscoll has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Anonymous Was a Woman, Radcliffe College's Bunting Institute, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Berkshire Taconic Foundation. Her work is included in major public and private collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of Art.



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