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University Art Gallery to open with Louis Ocepek exhibition

The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University will open for the fall with a reception for the Louis Ocepek Retrospective exhibition.


eption will be held at the gallery in Williams Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. The Louis Ocepek Retrospective exhibition will run from Sept. 22 to Nov. 18.

Ocepek, who has taught graphic design at New Mexico State for 16 years, was head of the university's art department from 1988 to 1994. He is a widely recognized artist who has had 12 solo exhibitions and been part of 60 national and international exhibitions. In April he received the Westhafer Award, the university's highest academic award. He has announced he will retire from New Mexico State after this year.

The retrospective exhibition will present a cross section of Ocepek's work, arranged in chronological order. It will include his work in graphic design and illustration, mixed media and printmaking. Its painting and drawing section will include watercolor, acrylic and gouache paintings and works on paper, said museum educator Jacqueline Mitchell.

"The art of Louis Ocepek is informed by a modernist aesthetic reaching back to the early 20th century European movements of futurism, constructivism, suprematism and cubism, as well as the latter 20th century movements, such as pop art, and the work of Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol," wrote Charles Lovell, former director of the University Art Gallery.

"He was also influenced by the industrialization of Detroit and the tool and die making patterns in the working-class neighborhood of his youth. In 1988, he started to experiment with Apple and Amiga computers and his most recent work in art and design incorporates conventional and digital media," he added.

For more information, call the University Art Gallery at (505) 646-2545.