with mug of Sandy Skoglund

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"Fox Games" is one of New York artist Sandy Skoglund's best-known works.

Suggested hed: New York artist, teacher brings "larger than life" concepts to MSU

From Miss. State University

STARKVILLE - New York artist Sandy Skoglund will discuss her career and create examples of her internationally recognized works during a two-day visit to Mississippi State this month.

"Reality Under Siege" will be the topic of her public presentation at 7 p.m. March 22 in the Simrall Hall auditorium. It will follow a faculty "Open Studios" program to begin at 5 p.m. in nearby Etheredge Hall and precede a reception and book signing of her 1998 biography, "Sandy Skoglund, Reality Under Siege," in the Simrall lobby.

Earlier that day, the Rutgers University faculty member will lead a group of some 50 majors in the College of Architecture, Art and Design in the creation of an "installation," the room-sized art form for which she has received considerable acclaim. After completing what typically is a 30-by-40-feet project poking fun at some suburban reality, she captures the design in a large-format Cibachrome photograph.

"She will take a room and place unexpected patterns, textures, colors, and objects in it to create a surreal domestic setting that both confounds and engages," art department head Kay DeMarsche said in explaining Skoglund's work with the student team. "In our case, she will be working with a former campus apartment on University Drive."

In addition to a hands-on learning experience and the special opportunity to work alongside an art master, participating students will receive a Skoglund print.

According to the artist's Web site, her works have ranged in value from $8,500-$75,000 each.

March 23, Skoglund will spend the day with members of the art faculty and other students in the major.

Skoglund was born in Quincy, Mass., in 1946. In addition to receiving a bachelor's degree from Smith College and a master's from the University of Iowa, she has studied at the Sorbonne and Ecole Du Louvre in Paris. Formerly an art professor at the University of Hartford, she has taught photography/installation/multimedia at Rutgers since 1976.

Her distinctive creations are found at museums from New York to Paris to New Orleans and Denver. Among her best-known are "Radioactive Cats," "Fox Games" and "Revenge of the Goldfish."

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