Clara M. Eagle Gallery

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The American Abstract Artist movement was founded in 1936 in New York City, at a time when abstract art was met with strong critical resistance. Women played an integral part in forming the AAA, and Murray State's Clara M. Eagle gallery is housing an exhibit that honors these groundbreaking female artists. Emily Berger, an abstract artist featured in the exhibit, and T. Michael Martin, director of university galleries, visit Sounds Good to discuss the traveling exhibit.

Murray State's new Clara Eagle Gallery Director Mike Martin kicks off his first semester curating the four campus galleries with works including 'Anthropogenic Landscapes' by Armin Muhsam, Paintings/Drawings/Sculptures depicting "Silver Linings" by Adrian Hatfield, 'AIR of UT' featuring works by professors and alumni at UT Knoxville and 'My Home' large-scale photos of interiors by Louis Chan. Martin brings artists Hatfield and Chan to Sounds Good to speak with Kate Lochte about their work.

Today is the last day of a two-artist show featuring artworks in wood and photographs in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery. There's a talk by photographer Noah Doely at 4 p.m. with a show-closing reception following. So there are only a few hours left to see the exhibitions. A couple weeks ago, we met Doely on Sounds Good. Today, we meet Murray State's new assistant professor in furniture design and woodworking, Sarah Martin. She and Kate Lochte take a walk through her exhibition, titled "Sites" in the Gallery on the sixth floor of Doyle Fine Arts.

Photographer Noah Doely's exhibition "Above and Below" shows in Murray State's Clara M. Eagle Gallery through November 7 along with works by Murray's new wood faculty person, Sarah Martin. On Sounds Good, we meet Doely, who teaches photography at the University of Northern Iowa. The images in Eagle Gallery create a scenes of peaceful quiet in its open space. Those which take the viewer into caverns, gazing at light streaming from above, convey timelessness., cropped

Former U.S. Peace Corps rural AIDS educator, Tony D'Souza is tonight's presenter for the Murray State MFA Residency Reading Series that's open to all at 7:30 in Clara Eagle Gallery.  His fictional works, like Mule: A Novel of Moving Weight grow from non-fictional stimuli, and have won him prestigious literary awards, national publication, and academic fellowships.

Two decades after his debut collection "Here We Are in Paradise" heralded Tony Earley as one of the most accomplished writers of his generation, his latest work coming out in August re-affirms his story-telling prowess. We meet Mr. Earley on Sounds Good today, in advance of his 7:30 p.m. Sunday presentation for the Murray State MFA Reading Series.

Acclaimed Poet Alan Shapiro Reads at Murray State

Apr 1, 2014

Highly lauded poet, Boston native, UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Alan Shapiro reads from his latest book at Murray State this Thursday (April 3) in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery. Shapiro has won numerous awards for his work including two from the National Arts Foundation. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation. On Sounds Good, Shapiro reads from his work and talks about how he became a poet after his high school basketball career ended.

Artist Bill Conger presents "Coming Dark - Selected Works 2004 through 2014" at Murray State's Clara Eagle Gallery, through March. Peoria-based artist Conger uses mixed media to craft minimalist and haunting work, recollecting themes of love, memory and time. Colin Nesbit, Executive Director of the Clara Eagle Gallery also joins the conversation about Conger's upcoming exhibit.

Essayist, journalist and translator Riley Hanick is Murray State's Watkins Chair in Creative Writing. Next Wednesday, January 8, he is among featured writers for the MSU/MFA in Creative Writing Reading Series. His work has appeared in The Sonora Review, Seneca Review, No Depression and other publications. Kate Lochte spoke with Hanick for Sounds Good to learn more about his first book.

The darkly comic novel King of Cuba is Cristina Garcia's latest work. Garcia  is one of the writers featured at next week's Murray State MFA in Creative Writing January Reading Series. She reads Tuesday, January 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Clara Eagle Gallery, sixth floor,  Doyle Fine Arts Building. Born in Havana, and raised in New York City, Garcia has written six novels; she's edited two anthologies; she's authored works for young readers; a collection of poetry, and a young adult novel.