PLYMOUTH — The Lamson Learning Commons at Plymouth State University will present an exhibition of works by Professor Kimberly Anderson Ritchie, December 12 through March 6 at the Library and Learning Commons on Highland Street in Plymouth. An opening reception and gallery talk will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, at the art display wall on the main level of the facility.
Ritchie is coordinator of printmaking in the PSU Department of Art. She says her curiosity, love and respect for the natural environment has directed her artwork, which focuses on an array of environmental issues. Some works use the issue as a starting point, while others clearly demonstrate the concern.
The works in Silent Witness focus on global climate change and the impacts on lichen. Ritchie says, "When one change happens in the environment it affects something else, even if it is on the opposite side of the globe. As a small, fragile, many-times-overlooked but crucial part of the ecosystem, lichen is a silent witness to the effects of global climate change. This work is bringing attention to the fragility of our changing environment."
Ritchie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Appalachian State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Colorado State University. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, and recently created a collaborative children's book at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
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