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October 24, 2013

Join discussion on ‘What Does Art Have To Do With Rivers?’ Oct. 24

Across the ages artists have found inspiration from the world’s waterways. Take a trip through a world of painting and sculpture, explore imagery from historical works and jump into the present, with what artists are doing today, at the next Art and River Chatter, “What Does Art Have To Do With Rivers? Part III.” Presenters will be Marianne Richter, executive director, Swope Art Museum, and artist Michael Tingley.

The final event for 2013, presented by Art Spaces Inc. and Our Green Valley Alliance for Sustainability, will take place at 5:15 p.m. today in Logan’s Rib-Eye at 100 S. Fruitridge Ave.

This series of informal conversations have delved into many topics about public art and environmental issues related to the Wabash River and other rivers. People of all ages are invited to join Art Spaces and OGVA, and get to know other people through lively discussion. The presenters kick off the evening with images and ideas to get the conversation started. Beverages and food are available for purchase from the restaurant menu.

Richter has been executive director of the Swope Art Museum since September 2011. Prior to the Swope, she held positions as operations manager and curator of the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio, curator of the collection of the Union League Club of Chicago and curator of American art at the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio.  

Richter has a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, a master’s in art history from the University of Delaware, and she pursued doctoral studies in art history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is especially interested in modern and contemporary American art. Locally, Richter also serves on the board of directors of Downtown Terre Haute Inc.

A Terre Haute native, Tingley moved back to Indiana after years living in New York City, where he maintained a studio practice and worked as an art handler, art fabricator and as a graphic designer for publications including Esquire and Rolling Stone. He attended classes at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Eisenhower College, the School of Visual Arts, and Indiana State University where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

He was employed for 13 years as an art educator for various Indiana correctional facilities where he taught art appreciation, art history and courses in various studio and design disciplines. Since 1975 Tingley has exhibited his art throughout the United States and in Germany. His work is currently on view at Arts Illiana in Terre Haute and will be featured in “Flotsam and Jetsam,” opening at the Swope Art Museum on Nov. 1.

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