Artist to give lecture and juror student art show

For immediate release: April 18, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Chicago-based artist Catherine (Cat) Chow will give a lecture and serve as a guest juror for Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Personal Adornment Day and Makeup Extravaganza, an exhibition featuring a fashion show, performances and an installation art show. All events are free and open to the public.

BU students from Karl Beamer’s three-dimensional design, Karen Anselm’s theater makeup and Meredith Grimsley’s mixed media classes will present wearable art and makeup works on Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. in the Haas Gallery of Art. A reception will take place at 7 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony. Awards for Best in Show, Most Innovative, Avant Garde and Honorable Mention will be given for wearable art and makeup.

Chow will give a lecture about her personal work on Friday, April 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Kehr Union Hideaway. Her Collaborative Dressing workshop will follow the lecture from noon to 3 p.m. in Old Science Hall. Anyone who wishes to participate in this free workshop may e-mail Meredith Grimsley, assistant professor of art and art history, at to register.

Participants will be divided into groups and are asked to bring five swatches from alternative materials that will be used to produce a wearable garment. Materials such as thread, tape, wire, scissors, a ruler, string or a hot glue gun could also be useful.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Chow is a Chinese-American artist and fashion designer who creates garments out of ordinary objects such as tissues, measuring tape, bobbins, hospital I.D. bracelets and even money. One of her most famous works, “Not for Sale,” is a dress made of 1,000 one dollar bills. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and in Europe, most notably at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.