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Traveling exhibition focuses on art made of paper

By Hillary Brown courtesy of UGA Today

Jerushia Graham’s “From Where I Stand” will be part of the Cut and Paste: Works of Paper exhibition.

The state of Georgia has long been known for its five P’s in agriculture—poultry, peaches, peanuts, pecans and paper—but only one of these has attracted a wide array of Georgia artists. Organized by the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia and Athens’ Lyndon House Arts Center, the exhibition Cut and Paste: Works of Paper will travel the state of Georgia starting this summer, featuring 11 Georgia artists, each of whom works in paper.

From Steven Anderson’s “Tree Rings,” featuring torn, scratched and sanded paper drawn on with markers and pens, to Jerushia Graham’s complex and delicate cut paper pieces, Elizabeth Lide’s three-dimensional paper-pulp vessels, Teresa Bramlette Reeves’ life-size paper-doll dresses and Lucha Rodriguez’ cascading wall sculptures, all of them push the limits of this fragile medium.

Cut and Paste is part of “Highlighting Contemporary Art in Georgia,” a triennial series of traveling exhibitions that began in 2016 with Pushing the Press: Printmaking in the South. Each exhibition is organized by the Georgia Museum of Art and the Lyndon House and made available at minimal cost to interested venues in metropolitan areas big and small across the state, in keeping with the University of Georgia’s statewide public outreach mission. Curator Didi Dunphy, who is the program supervisor at the Lyndon House, assembled both exhibitions with assistance from museum staff.

An accomplished artist, Dunphy received a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco Art Institute in the contemporary arts and has had exhibitions in major venues. She is a former visiting scholar and professor in the contemporary and digital media arts at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art, serves as gallery director at the Hotel Indigo-Athens and Indigo’s GlassCube project space and is a guest curator for the Albany Museum of Art, Albany, Georgia. She is a member of Americans for the Arts, the American Alliance of Museums and the College Art Association and has served on a number of advisory panels for the Georgia Council for the Arts.

The exhibition opens at the Lyndon House, where it runs June 1-July 27. The opening reception is June 6 from 6-8 p.m. It then travels to the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Aug. 17-Nov. 14; the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Dec. 5, 2019-Feb. 14, 2020; the Albany Museum of Art, Albany, Feb. 27, 2020-June 27, 2020; and Telfair Museum of Art’s Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, Aug. 1, 2020-Feb. 21, 2021.

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