Artist, Arts Educator Booker to Lecture

Contact: Whitney Hale

Photo of a sculpture by Chakaia Booker
Sculpture by Chakaia Booker

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Booker earned her bachelor’s in sociology from Rutgers University and her master’s in fine arts from The City College of New York. She currently resides in New York City.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2005) -- The University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts welcomes prominent artist and arts educator Chakaia Booker to campus this week. Booker will present a lecture on her work at noon Friday, April 8 in 118 UK White Hall Classroom Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Booker comes to UK as part of the Department of Art’s 2004-2005 Visiting Artist Series. As part of her campus visit, Booker will critique UK art students’ work, take part in sculpture classes, and be available to the Art Department’s students and faculty, as well as presenting the Friday lecture.

While in Lexington, Booker will also take part in the Lexington Arts and Cultural Council’s Distinguished Speaker Series. The lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 7, will be held at ArtsPlace.

Booker creates sculptures using random discarded items such as tires, steel and wood, transforming them into works of art that range from interpretations of the human body to dramatic abstractions. Considered a rising artist, she has had several solo exhibitions in New York, as well as shows in New Orleans and St. Louis.

Booker earned her bachelor’s in sociology from Rutgers University and her master’s in fine arts from The City College of New York. She currently resides in New York City.

The 2002 recipient of the Pollock-Krasner grant, Booker’s work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Newark Museum, Harlem’s Studio Museum and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, to name a few. She also was a participant in the Whitney Biennial and the White House’s “Twentieth Century American Sculpture” exhibition in 1996. She has been the subject of many reviews and articles, including pieces in The New Yorker, The New York Times, ArtNews, Sculpture, and Art in America.

For more information on the lecture, contact Garry Bibbs at (859) 257-3719.


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