Austin Artist's Paintings on Display at ACU's Shore Art Gallery

for immediate release Nov. 3, 1997

Abilene Christian University's Shore Art Gallery will host a solo exhibition of large-scale oil paintings by Austin resident Sydney Philen Yeager titled "Body/Language" through Dec. 4. The show opens today.

Yeager will give a public gallery talk Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. during a reception in her honor.

A 1996 recipient of a Mid-America Arts Alliance Fellowship in Painting, Yeager maintains an active private studio in addition to teaching at Austin Community College and Laguna Gloria Museum School.

She received a Master of Fine Arts in 1987 from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1995, she was selected for inclusion in New American Paintings, No. V, by Open Studios Press. Her solo exhibitions include Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin (this fall); Rachel Harris Gallery, Fort Worth; Amarillo Art Museum; Inman Gallery, Houston; Lyons-Matrix Gallery, Austin; and McMurtrey Gallery, Houston.

Yeager's large-scale oil on canvas works are described by Rebecca Levy, art critic for the Austin Chronicle, as "multiple layers of information, allowing the viewer to dive in deep or float on the surface of each work."

In her artist statement, Yeager relates that "Painting in today's critical climate is an act of faith, or conversely, of irony and cynicism ... In my opinion, painting is still an affirmative act ..." She states that she feels her closest ancestors are the 17th Century still life painters. "Like them, I take my cue from daily life, and like them, I find my delight in the physical tempered by awareness of my own mortality. Painting is my antidote, my affirmation of my own 'realness'..."

Shore Art Gallery, located southwest of Moody Coliseum, is open to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. No admission fee is charged.

If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Malissa Endsley, director of media relations, at or call 915-674-2692.

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Last update: November 13, 1997