University Galleries of Illinois State University is pleased to announce the opening of three new exhibitions. Ebony G. Patterson: they were…, Terttu Uibopuu: E.S.E (East South East), and Rana Young: The Rug’s Topography will be on view February 23 through April 1, 2018. A public reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2018. All events at University Galleries are free and open to the public.

EBONY G. PATTERSON: they were…
they were… presents mixed-media works and a three-channel video by Ebony G. Patterson, an artist based in Kingston, Jamaica and Lexington, Kentucky. Patterson uses vibrant colors, elaborate patterns, and opulent materials to grab the viewer’s attention and prompt a closer look and deeper engagement with the underlying issues of violence and visibility. Patterson states that her work has to do with “witnessing, access, and social politics,” not only in Jamaica but across cultures.
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Terttu Uibopuu, <I>Rummu jail</I>, 2016. Archival pigment print, 32 x 42 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Terttu Uibopuu, Rummu jail, 2016. Archival pigment print, 32 x 42 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

TERTTU UIBOPUU: E.S.E. (East South East)
Titled after Terttu Uibopuu’s most recent series of photographs, E.S.E. (East South East) is the largest solo exhibition of the New York-based artist’s work to date. The exhibition features twenty-five photographs taken throughout the United States and Estonia, each revealing in its human, natural, or architectural subjects a quiet fortitude amidst the adversity of ongoing recovery from political occupation, natural disaster, or recession.
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Rana Young, <I>Untitled (silhouette)</I> from The <I>Rug’s Topography</I>, 2016. Archival pigment print, 22.5 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Rana Young, Untitled (silhouette) from The Rug’s Topography, 2016. Archival pigment print, 22.5 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

RANA YOUNG: The Rug’s Topography
The Rug’s Topography presents selected photographs from Lincoln, Nebraska-based artist Rana Young’s 2015–2017 series of the same name. Young refers to the photographs as “blended self-portraits” of herself and her former partner of six years. They were made as she and her partner navigated both the dissolution of the romantic portion of their relationship and one partner’s decision to transition from male to female.

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Patterson’s and Uibopuu’s exhibitions are sponsored by the Harold K. Sage Foundation and the Illinois State University Foundation Fund. Young’s exhibition is co-sponsored by MECCPAC, A Dean of Students Office Diversity Initiative. Programs at University Galleries are supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. The open reception is sponsored by Hyatt Place, Bloomington-Normal.

Free parking is available in the deck directly above University Galleries after 5:01 p.m. Please contact or 309-438-5487 if you need to arrange an accommodation to participate in this program.