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Last modified: Monday, September 14, 2009

IUís SoFA Gallery, Art Museum to open complementary Itter exhibitions

Sept. 14, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery will present "William Itter: A Retrospective Paintings and Drawings 1969-2009," an exhibition of works by Itter, an IU professor emeritus who joined the faculty in 1969. The exhibition will open Oct. 16 and will continue through Nov. 20.

On Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m., Itter will give a lecture in Radio/TV 251 titled "Cubes Curves Facts Fantasy: A Paradigm" as an introduction to his retrospective, followed by an opening reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the SoFA Gallery and the IU Art Museum's Solley Atrium.

The Itter exhibition will open in conjunction with "Form and Surface: African Ceramics, Baskets and Textiles from the William Itter Collection" at the IU Art Museum. A catalog of the exhibition will be made available, and all events are free and open to the public.

"Layered Land"

"Layered Land" by William Itter

"We are honored to be able to host this comprehensive retrospective of William Itter's work," said Betsy Stirratt, director of the SoFA Gallery. "Informed by his extensive study of textiles, ceramics and other objects from Africa and all over the world, Itter distills his complex and wide-ranging vision into beautifully executed and complex paintings and drawings."

The Itter retrospective features paintings and drawings from Itter's career as painter and educator. His work represents imaginary places based on his observation and memory of themes from nature, and he often uses landscape and interior still-life themes as a metaphor for memory.

"I enthusiastically anticipate this retrospective of 40 years of creative activity to present a dynamic exhibition for all in the School of Fine Arts, Indiana University and Indiana communities," Itter said.

Itter taught and directed introductory studio courses in drawing, color-design and painting until he retired in 2006. He developed a program for Fine Arts graduate associate instructors who taught Fundamental Studio courses for which he received the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1999.

As a professional artist, Itter has exhibited his work primarily in Chicago and Cincinnati galleries and various other shows in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, where his work is included in both public and private collections.

For more information, contact the SoFA Gallery at (812) 855-8490, e-mail, or visit online. The SoFA Gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.