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 February 2011

Paper in Particular turns 32

Paper in Particular turns 32 Crowd-pleasing show in Larson Gallery, Brown Hall, runs through March 4.

To say, "The 32nd Annual Paper in Particular (PIP) Exhibition will display the very best in art which incorporates paper as a primary element" doesn't begin to capture the variety, bright colors and sheer fun of this year's show.

"There is a huge variety of styles this year. It's a comedic show … unlike some years, it's not heavy at all," said Art professor Ben Cameron, who originated the show three decades ago and keeps it vital. "April [Katz, the show's judge] was catholic [meaning comprehensive or universal] in her choices. She chose all kinds of art. This show has everything in it."

This includes:
• A cartoon-like painting of a blue-jeaned boy (perhaps) who says, "Ginger" as he walks a deer down the street (Mike Parsons, "Slow Down Ginger")

• Teacups sculpted of paper (Andrew Decaen, "Red Zinger Cup")

• A big, bright slice of pizza inhabited by a rubbery, big-nosed figure (Gregory Porcaro, "Pizza-faced Pete Created All In His Likeness")

• Some very serious rabbits in a classroom, one performing complex equations and the other scrutinizing a nautilus shell (Jon Cartledge, "Measuring Shells")

• A felled tree, made of paper of course, each layer of which is a note (Lindsey Wollard, "Timber")

Plus bears, Alice in Wonderland, landscapes, social commentary and a whole lot more.

Cameron said one of the show's secrets is procuring a nationally known judge. This year's judge was April Katz, associate professor of art and design at Iowa State University. Katz has exhibited extensively throughout the country and internationally and won dozens of awards. Her work has also been selected for PIP six times, most recently in 2010.

The show is physically mounted by art students, but Katz also involved students in the selection process. Alexis Doggett, a senior graduating this semester with not one but two Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography and printmaking, was one such student. Doggett says she hopes to teach after graduate school

"April was really good, really tried to get our opinion on the artwork," Doggett said, a process that helped them all learn; and that the 5-plus hours spent hanging the 90-some pieces was tiring but fun—"It’s like home decorating on steroids," she said..

PIP opened Feb. 1 in the Larson Gallery in Brown Hall; the well-attended reception was Feb. 4. The show runs through March 4.