Chuck Mathena Center Exhibit Features Work of Concord University Artist Lauri Reidmiller

For Immediate Release: 
Sep 08 2010

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Chuck Mathena Center Exhibit Features Work of Concord University Artist Lauri Reidmiller

ATHENS - Concord University Assistant Professor of Art Lauri Lydy Reidmiller, Ph.D. is exhibiting her silk paintings in a solo exhibition, ELEMENTS, at the Rotunda Art Gallery located in the Chuck Mathena Center through Oct. 6, 2010. An artist reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The exhibition showcases the premiere of her new body of work and a selection of some of her favorite pieces including Serenity I and II. “Silk painting is almost the opposite of other types of painting techniques. Silk painting is a direct and unforgiving painting method,” she said.

“I feel that the paintings created for this show offer insight into the aesthetic characteristics of traditional Japanese perspectives,” she said. “It is an art form first introduced in the Far East. Kimono art in Japan, Chinese paintings on silk and beautiful intricate batiks from Indonesia show us that throughout the centuries, artisans have been creating art that is both decorative and functional.”

Reidmiller has extensively exhibited her artwork in Ohio and since relocating to West Virginia, her work was selected for the West Virginia Art & Craft Guild 7th Juried Competition in Parkersburg. Her paintings have also been exhibited at the Ellen Von Ellmes Gallery in Richlands, Va., the Artisan Center in Wheeling and the Alexander Fine Arts Gallery at Concord University.

Recently, her paintings Serenity I and II were selected from 395 entries for the 67th Allied Artists of West Virginia Juried Exhibition at the Clay Center in Charleston. She was also the recipient of The Helena Thacker Award at the 2010 West Virginia Women in the Arts Exhibit at the Randolph County Community Arts Center earlier this summer.

“My paintings often demonstrate asymmetrical balance and uniform fields of color. Surface design is emphasized rather than the illusion of depth which also reinforces the aesthetics of traditional Japanese screen painting,” Reidmiller said.

The Rotunda Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The gallery and the reception are open to the public. Directions to the Chuck Mathena Center are available by calling 304-425-5128 during business hours or at


Reidmiller and examples of her work are shown in the following two photographs.