NKU professor and sculptor to explore art and the world's impermanence in Six@Six lecture

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Friday – Oct. 11, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - “Impermanent are all component things, they arise and cease, that is their nature: They come into being and pass away, release from them is bliss supreme.”

Buddhist monks recite that verse at funerals as a reminder of the nature of life. The next Northern Kentucky University Six@Six lecture, delivered by Professor Steven Finke, will examine the same theme – the impermanence of the natural world – and how it relates to art. Titled “Impermanence and the Land,’” the lecture will be held Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Mercantile Library (414 Walnut St.) in downtown Cincinnati. It is the third of 13 Six@Six lectures in the 2013-14 season.

Impermanence is the natural order; as climates change, ecosystems change, plants and animals leave a place and new species arrive. With that in mind, Finke will discuss how reflection on impermanence is a core practice in many cultural traditions, and artists have produced countless works to aid in these contemplative practices. Finke’s own work integrates forest, sculpture and humans in an aesthetic meditation on impermanence.

Finke is an associate professor of art at NKU, where he has worked since 1988. His work explores impermanence by producing objects and places designed for reflection on mortality in the forest setting where he lives and is trying to do as little damage as possible. His work has been exhibited throughout the region, including the Dayton Art Institute, the Huntington Museum of Art, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the Weston Art Gallery. He has conducted numerous residencies through the Ohio Arts Council's Artists in Education Program.

Along with this lecture, a free art exhibit titled “Imminence” will feature the work of Finke and his wife/fellow sculptor Ana England. Their work is returning to the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery (http://www.westonartgallery.com) located in the Aronoff Center for their second collaborative effort.

They are coming full circle as sculptors from their initial exploration of life's beginnings in the 1997 exhibition “Creation Stories.” With this new body of work, they are exploring impermanence, mortality and grief through diverse, elemental materials such as clay, metal and stone. The exhibit is open through Dec. 1. Located just two blocks from the Mercantile, the Weston Art Gallery will remain open late on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Lecture guests are encouraged to view the exhibit before or after the lecture.

Tickets to the Oct. 22 lecture are $6, and students can attend free with a valid student ID. For more information, visit http://sixatsix.nku.edu.

About Six@Six
This annual lecture series is sponsored by the NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement as part of the center’s mission to connect the campus and community. The series features NKU faculty and students talking about their areas of expertise and passion. A journalist representing the Six@Six partner, the Associated Press, also participates delivering one of the lectures. The lectures rotate among seven venues: NKU, the Mercantile Library, the Campbell County Public Library, the Public Library of Hamilton County, the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, the Carnegie in Covington and the Baker-Hunt Foundation, also in Covington.

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