E&H and ETSU Host Lectures by William King Museum Artists

Posted on: Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
by Brent Treash

In coordination with the exhibition Fantastic Mechanics Sean Pace and Robert Sulkin, William King Museum announces two lectures by the artists at area colleges.

This two-lecture series is part of a collaboration by Emory & Henry College and East Tennessee State University. Each college will feature one of the artists from this exhibition.

Sulkin will speak at Emory & Henry College's Board of Visitors Lounge on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Pace will speak at East Tennessee State University in the Art Annex on Wednesday, March 27 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Pace of Asheville, North Carolina, and Sulkin of Roanoke, Virginia, are imaginative engineers in the studio.

Pace creates mixed-media sculptures that often have a complex network of motors and gears. With human intervention, they can be set into motion and facilitate surprising activities such as painting an abstract picture or shooting a rubber chicken.

Sulkin concocts elaborate readymade sculptures, then photographs them as still lifes in black and white, some with mathematic formulas and other notations superimposed on the final image. These document the musings of a fictional inventor trying to devise solutions for the world's complex problems.

To different ends, the fantastical machines of Pace and Sulkin invoke absurdity and conjure magic.

Emory & Henry College is located at Exit 26 along I-81 at Emory, Va. and the ETSU Art Annex is along Seehorn Drive, Johnson City, Tn.

For more information about this and all other events at William King Museum, please visit us on the web at www.WilliamKingMuseum.org or reach us by phone at 276-628-5005.

Contacts at the sites of the lectures: ETSU, Slocumb Galleries Director Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay via email +\5kW|bx7PMXuS}64]#[jL~`JbUZR2BLk\cu* or call 423.483.3179; E&H, The 1912 Gallery Curator Anna Nenonen via email +\5kW|bx7PMXuS}6]#[hKuZGkHgR228~5b+ or 276-944-6866.

William King Museum is located at 415 Academy Drive, off West Main Street or Russell Road, in Abingdon. The Museum features five exhibition galleries, artist studios, a museum store and outdoor sculpture garden. Educational programs in the visual arts are offered year-round for both children and adults, and school audiences are served by in-house and outreach programs. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the William King Museum is a partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and a member of the Virginia Association of Museums and is funded in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.