Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Aug 24 2003

Award-Winning Textile Artist to Exhibit at Concord Through September 22

Athens, W. Va. – Concord College is hosting textile artist Jo Ann Giordano in the Arthur Butcher Gallery of the Alexander Fine Arts Center, Monday, August 25 through Monday, September 22. Her show is titled “Art/Cloth/Narrative.”

A native of New Jersey, Giordano currently lives near Cleveland, Ohio, and attributes her affinity for fabric to the influence of her paternal grandparents, who were custom tailors trained in Italy. Giordano received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Interior Architecture and spent her senior year with the European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. That year abroad sparked a lifelong interest in travel, which led to subsequent trips throughout Europe, Mexico, South America, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. Travel and foreign cultures often influence her artwork and teaching.

Giordano became interested in textiles after studying Japanese dyeing techniques with an artist in New York in the 1970s. She returned to college to study textile art at Purdue University and Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she earned an MFA in 1988. She has been exhibiting her artwork nationally since 1981. Exhibition credits include Quilt National ’85 and the American Craft Museum in New York. She has participated in numerous juried and invitational shows, including international shows in Mexico, Japan and the Russian Federation. In addition, her work has been featured in regional and national publications. She has received awards for her work and was granted an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 1995.

Since 1979 Giordano has been teaching art in a variety of educational settings. She is currently an adjunct professor of textile art at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, and is on the continuing education faculty at Cleveland Institute of Art.

“This is a very high-quality show, a tour de-force,” stated Steven M. Glazer, director of the Arthur Butcher Gallery. “Giordano’s work relates to our curriculum on several different levels: her fiber work relates to the classes that are taught in crafts and weaving, she silk screens on fiber which relates to the printmaking classes we teach at Concord, and she uses computers and graphic arts programs, and we teach those courses. Her work includes social commentary, including a piece on Hiroshima and the dropping of the atomic bomb, toxic wastes and how we have dealt with this issue, and gender issues.”

“A recurring theme in my art work has been a concern for the natural environment . . . . The use of delicate, translucent materials suggests the vulnerability and fragility of the natural world. . . . My interest in historical textiles and decorative arts is reflected in the work, particularly in the use of patterning,” stated Ms. Giordano.

WORKSHOP AND RECEPTION SCHEDULED

Ms. Giordano will be at Concord on Monday, September 22, conducting a “hands-on” workshop from 10 a.m.-12 noon, and again from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. in the art department. Workshops are limited to the first 15 who sign up. A reception will be held from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Butcher Gallery.

The exhibition is free and open to the general public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Arrangements may be made in advance for special showings to civic or community groups by contacting Karen Hays, 1-304-384-5360 or haysk@concord.edu.

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PHOTO: Wall hanging, “Fragile Earth,” constructed, screen print, blue print, photo transfer, marbling, appliqué, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers.

Concord College Notes: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5231 if special accommodations are required.

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