UA art professor Sky Shineman to give public talk on September 19

Surfacing (Vision)
Oil and spray paint on canvas
Sandpapering, bleaching, pleating… these aren’t typical techniques artists employ in creating paintings. But Sky Shineman uses these and other unusual methods to achieve intriguing effects in her work. She will give insight into her creative process in a public talk on Thursday, September 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the downtown Birmingham Public Library (BPL) located at 2100 Park Place. The event will be held in the Arrington Auditorium and is co-sponsored by BPL and the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. It is free and open to the public. After the talk, Shineman will conduct a tour of the exhibit of her work which is currently on view in the Fourth Floor Exhibition Gallery of the library. The exhibit, titled “Surfacing : The Paintings of Sky Shineman” runs through September 19, 2013 and is on view during regular hours of operation.

"In painting I am interested in physical processes and phenomenal imagery,” Shineman says of the work in the “Surfacing” series. “By employing reductive methods such as sanding and bleaching, I attempt to bring awareness to the tactile qualities of the painting object while creating imagery that is connected to its making. Ideally the process and the product overlap and enrich one another providing a multi-sensory experience. The complex relationship between how something looks and how it has come to being is the compelling question behind the Surfacing series.”

Shineman received her MFA in Studio Art from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and BS in English Education from Ohio State. She has shown in various galleries, museums, and art shows around the country including the Alabama State Council on the Arts Gallery in Montgomery, Alabama and the SICA7thAnnual International Exhibition at the Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts in Long Branch, New Jersey. Her many honors include the University of Alabama Research Grants Committee Award for a project titled Personal Modernism: Relating Through Painting (2012) and the Best in Show Purchase Award at the 26th Annual West Alabama Juried Show (2010).