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Kutztown Students, Community to Collaborate with Australian Artist

January 13, 2014
KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's Miller Gallery will host Australian artist Hannah Bertram as its Artist in Residence Jan. 21 - Feb. 6, 2014.  Bertram will work with students and community members to create a large scale site specific art installation.

Installation dates: Jan. 21 - Feb. 6, 2014
Installation Exhibition on View: Feb. 6 - March 14, 2014.

Bertram will be creating a large scale decorative ephemeral work made from the dust of Kutztown and Australia. Throughout her practice, Bertram has used the complex idea of "ornament" - something that simultaneously adds value and is functionally unnecessary - to transform banal materials into extremely detailed temporary installations. Bertram's work is intentionally designed to decay, deteriorate and exist in states of becoming and disappearing, investigating the ambiguity of value, the transformation of materials and the passing of time. 

Bertram was one of more than 100 applicants from 16 countries to apply for the gallery's residency program.  The resident artist is chosen by a gallery committee comprised of representatives from the Fine Arts, Art Education, and Communication Design Departments at Kutztown University.  She is represented by 10 Chancery Lane Gallery in Hong Kong and exhibits projects with Dianne Tanzer Gallery and Projects in Melbourne, Australia.

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Students, faculty and community members are invited to commit to shifts of 3 - 6 hours per day during the installation.  For more information about signing up to volunteer contact the artist's assistant Nicole Didusch at

For more information about the Miller Gallery and the residency program, contact Acting Director Karen Stanford at

The Miller Gallery open to the public when university classes are in session.  The hours of operation are Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday 12 - 4 p.m.; and Sunday 2 - 4 p.m.   The gallery is closed on Mondays.  Admission is free.  For more information and directions: