Visiting artist to lecture at Fort Hays State University

03/29/12 ema

HAYS, Kan. -- New York-based artist Dawit L. Petros, currently an artist in residence at the Salina Art Center, will lecture at noon on Tuesday, April 3, in Rarick Hall, room 114 on the Fort Hays State University campus.

Petros investigates boundaries in artistic, geographical and cultural contexts. His mixed-media installations use the formal language of minimalist abstraction to reveal autobiographical narratives.

For his residency at the Salina Art Center, Petros has embarked on a series of migratory walks criss crossing Salina and its immediate area. He is exploring the city and making photographs of colors, surfaces, buildings, objects, fields, waterways and other features to be included in the long-term, site-responsive project, "Chrome."

Petros has exhibited his work in group exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, the Wedge Gallery in Toronto, Photographic Resource Center in Boston, the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and many others.

He has received Fulbright and Bombardier Internationalist fellowships as well as an Art Matters Foundation grant and has participated in residencies at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, N.Y., and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

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