The Murray State University Galleries and the Department of Art & Design have organized a solo exhibition, Dimensional Presence, that’s been curated by Director of University Galleries, T. Michael Martin. This exhibition features recent two-dimensional and three-dimensional works by New York-based, Turkish artist Serdar Arat. This exhibition opened on November 15, 2018 and will run through February 17, in The Clara M. Eagle Gallery on the MSU campus. 

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Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Arat has been living and working in New York since 1980. He is a Professor of Art at Concordia College where he has been exploring (in his words, “distilling”) both the political upheavals and the highly personal narratives of this time.

“The consequences of political and personal experiences are inseparable, and the life of mind merges with that of the spirit,” states Arat.

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His work presents diverse cultural connotations. The obscurity and the illuminance appear almost as universal metaphors, and the viewer is challenged to establish one’s own connections.

For more information about the artist please visit: serdararat.com

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Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public.  

Serdar Arat

Serdar Arat was born in Istanbul in 1955. He graduated from the Faculty of Administrative Sciences at Boğaziçi University in 1977 and completed his higher education at the State University of New York in Albany in 1984. His first solo exhibition was held in New York in 1986. Since then, he has had many solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions in various cities in the US.

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Apart from engaging in painting, Arat also designed stage decors for theatrical performances by Virginia Woolf and George Büchner. He has received several awards for his painting.

Arat served as a faculty director and curator of the Osilas gallery at the Faculty of Fine Arts of New York Concordia College for 16 years. His works have been purchased by several museums and corporate collections around the world.

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Currently, Arat serves as a curator of the Wedeman Gallery in the Yamawaki Arts and Culture Center. He also builds arts programming both within and beyond the curriculum at the Department of Art and Graphic Design of Lasell College in New York.