POUGHKEEPSIE, NY--The Vassar College Art Library will present the exhibition Artist's Books and Drawings by Travis Head, on view from January 4 through February 2, 2010. New Paltz-based artist Head noted that there is a "commemorative drive to my work that parallels the impulse someone might have to make a journal entry, take a photograph, or cross-stitch a picture celebrating a wedding or the Fourth of July." The exhibition, free and open to the public, will be open weekdays from 8:30am to 5:00pm. The Art Library may be accessed through the Main Library or Taylor Hall.
The exhibition will include a selection of Head's drawings and small, pocket-size Moleskin books. He said that he used these books "as sketchbooks, as a staging area for ideas intended as larger drawings, paintings, and sculpture. However, increasingly I’ve come to think of the books as finished works in themselves and to include them in my exhibitions."
Travis Head was born in 1980 in Portsmouth, Virginia. In 2002, he received a bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, and an MFA in painting and drawing, with a minor in printmaking, from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He now lives in New Paltz, New York, where he works as an artist assistant for Catherine Murphy, Harry Roseman, Thomas Nozkowski, and Joyce Robins. His work may be viewed on his website, http://www.travishead.com.
About the Vassar College Art Library
The Vassar College Art Library is a rare example of a complete early modernist interior from the pre-World War II period in the United States. Built in 1937, the interior was designed by John McAndrew, an architect as well as educator, who taught architectural history and drafting in the Vassar College Department of Art from 1931 to 1937. McAndrew's space has now been carefully renovated to recover its original function through the introduction of new visualization technologies as well as through a restoration of the original interior on designs by another architect/educator, the late Paul Spencer Byard, and his partner Charles A. Platt, of the New York-based firm of Platt, Byard, Dovell, & White ( http://artlibrary.vassar.edu/index.html ).
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