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“Hotel Granada,” by Mary Manusos, Woodblock print on hand poured colored paper.

Illustration by: Mary Manusos

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School of Art + Design celebrates Mary Manusos with ‘States of Being’ Exhibition

The School of Art + Design celebrates the work of Professor Emerita of Art Mary Manusos with the exhibition “States of Being” on view through Sept. 30 in the Trisolini Gallery in Baker Center. An artist talk and alumni reception scheduled for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, is free and open to the public.

The exhibition consists of more than 40 recent works, created by Manusos from 2013–2017, including etchings and wood block prints. These works, from flower forms to architectural landscapes, are printed on hand-made papers and informed by an interest in Latin American cultures in San Diego and abroad.

“The works I create are influenced by the marriage of my past, my opinions about our current affairs and our future. I make references to these states in my works more and more. East meets west, past versus present, now versus later, soft versus hard reality. This is what I rely on in my works with layers of liquid colored paper pulp, paint and printed images of etchings and woodcuts,” Manusos said.

Dr. Inez M. Flores, historian and critic from Mexico City, Mexico, said the artist’s work “embodies a complex pattern of meaning in spite of the apparent simplicity of the selected motifs. Manusos' greatest achievement rests in eliminating any dated quality from her work; the work remains timeless. Here is a spontaneous and contemporary art created by someone aesthetically mature. A clear art produced by a youthful artist, that is totally devoid of prejudices.”

Manusos began teaching at the School of Art, now known as The School of Art + Design, in 1976 and has been a key member of the printmaking program ever since. She earned both an M.F.A. and an M.A. at the University of Wisconsin  and a B.A. from San Diego State University. She is represented by The Old Print Shop (New York City), CJ Gallery (San Diego), Judith Racht Gallery (Three Oaks, Mich.) and Susan Street Gallery (Solana Beach, Calif.).

The School of Art + Design has planned a series of related events in September coinciding with this exhibition, including “Alumni INKAHOOTS,” a three-day series of studio demonstrations and talks by visiting alumni artists, scheduled Sept. 20–22 in the Seigfred Hall print shops.

On Saturday morning, Sept. 23, Manusos will give the keynote lecture to kick off the 2017 printmaking alumni symposium, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium, on the fifth floor of Seigfred Hall. These events are all open to the public and free.

The Trisolini Gallery is located on the fourth floor of Baker Center, 1 University Drive, on the campus of Ohio University. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.