Ozarks to host California artist's exhibit

Release Date: 2/24/2009

Clarksville, Ark. --- Andrew Kosten, an instructor of drawing and design at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, will have his exhibit, The Bearer of Bad News: Recent Work by Andrew Kosten, on display at University of the Ozarks throughout March as part of the university's Artist of the Month series.

Kosten, who earned a master’s degree in printmaking from the University of South Dakota, has taken part in a multitude of juried, fine art competitions, both nationally and internationally. In his artist statement, he said he uses the physical metaphor to shed light on the frequent and mundane mishaps of an all too complacent public consciousness.

“Themes that have remained somewhat consistent in my work include the influence of the corrupt over the unsuspecting, the hilarity and whimsical nature of the human psyche, and the function of the individual in relation to their culture or environment,” he said. “Frequently, I attempt to translate these themes or particular narratives with a perceivably naive or childlike use of allegorical symbolism in order to establish certain contradictions in subject that may lead the viewer to question the imagery even further.”

Kosten’s work can be viewed at www.andrewkosten.com.

The exhibit will run from March 4-31 in the Walton Fine Arts Center’s Stephens Gallery. The exhibit is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. For more information, please contact at the university at 479-979-1349.