Julia (Hoerner) Lathrop | Dawn Wilde | Kay Williams Johnson

Exhibit Dates | October 25 - December 14, 2013

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INFLUENCE features three emeriti and former UCCS Visual Art faculty members: Julia (Hoerner) Lathrop, Dawn Wilde, and Kay Williams Johnson. All three artists are masters in their respective practices, including painting, digital art, printmaking, collage and mixed-media. As Visual Art faculty and colleagues at UCCS from the mid-1980's into the 1990's, the three artists forged a legacy as influential teachers and mentors to their students and inspiration to each other.

This exhibit is part of the Gerry Riggs Memorial Exhibition Series, honoring long-time GOCA director and art champion Gerry Riggs. 

Artist Biographies

Julia Lathrop (formerly Hoerner) was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Lathrop was awarded M.F.A. from Yale University in Painting in 1965 and B.F.A. from Newcomb College at Tulane University in 1963 and taught as Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs from 1984 to 1998. Crossing boundaries between photography, painting, digital and video art, Lathrop developed a pioneering digital arts program during her tenure at UCCS, paralleling her cutting edge studio practice.

Julia (Hoerner) Lathrop has exhibited extensively internationally, nationally and regionally - selected exhibits include Julia Hoerner: Paintings, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario, 1974; Julia Hoerner: Digital Painting, Architecture Gallery, Texas A&M University, 1988); The Third Australian Video Festival, Sydney, Australia, 1989; Art and Technology, UMC Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1997; and FotoFest exhibition "Water: A Personal View", J.P. Morgan-Chase Bank, 2004. Lathrop's works are part of multiple museum and university collections, including Texas A&M University; the Yale University Art Gallery; The Museum of Fine Arts of New Mexico, Santa Fe; The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lathrop currently lives in Anacortes, Washington.

Dawn Wilde was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta region and was awarded M.F.A. from American University in 1977, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in 1967 from Memphis State University, Tennessee, and B.A. in Art and Drama in 1956, from Baylor University, Waco, Texas. She served as Instructor of Fine Arts at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs from 1983 to 1998.

Wilde has exhibited extensively nationally and regionally - selected exhibits include Solo Exhibition, Discovery Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1976; Solo Exhibition, Watkins Gallery, The American University, Washington, D.C., 1978; Sandy Carson Gallery (Four-person Show), Denver, Colorado, 1990; "Neo Geo", Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Invitational, 1995; Millennium Collection, UNIFEM and The National Association of Women Artists, Visitors Lobby, The United Nations, 2001; Small Works Invitational Exhibit, SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, New York, 2005; 2004 Rocky Mountain Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Ft. Collins, Colorado, Juried Exhibition, 2004; and Colorado Springs Abstract, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 2009. Her works are included in multiple private, corporate and public collections including The American University, Washington, D.C., US West, Denver, Colorado; Shanghai Friendship Association, Shanghai, China; and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Dawn Wilde currently lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Kay Williams Johnson was born in Victoria, Texas and was awarded B.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981 (with high honors) and M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1985 with an emphasis in Printmaking and Painting. Williams Johnson served as Instructor of Fine Arts at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs from 1996 to 2001 and again in 2006. Kay Williams Johnson's work spans printmaking, collage and mixed-media sculpture with an richly developed visual vocabulary informing all aspects of her creative practice.

Williams Johnson has exhibited her mixed-media works extensively both nationally and locally - selected exhibits include: Constructions, Prints, Installations; Designer Space, Austin, TX, 1983; Paintings, Prints, Poetry: In Collaboration with Jane Hilberry, The Downtown Studio, Colorado Springs, CO, 1991; Hands, Bowls, Bridges: Mixed Media, Coburn Gallery at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, 1993; and Something New: Contemporary Regional Artists, Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO, 1997. She worked freelance for the Colorado College Poets and Writers Series after 2006 and won a Print Magazine Regional Design Award for a children's book illustration in 2008.  Kay Williams Johnson currently lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Image Credit: Dawn Wilde, "Santorini", 76x76" 2007
. Collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.


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