Two-artist show opens in Memorial Hall’s Main Gallery

Paris Papers II #8, a paper collage by Lili Francuz, is a mixed media juxtaposition of lithographic elements on display in M Hall. — Photo by T.J. Thomson

Paris Papers II #8, a paper collage by Lili Francuz, is a mixed media juxtaposition of lithographic elements on display in M Hall. — Photo by T.J. Thomson

An art show by Fort Collins artists Paul Morris and Lili Francuz is on display in Memorial Hall’s main gallery from Feb. 2 through Feb. 25. The display of  21 works of art is part of the 2010-11 Gallery Series “Open Space.”

Paul Morris is a ceramicist and adjunct faculty member in ceramics at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, Colo. His ceramics have been on display nationally and internationally.

“My intention is to make innovative, vigorous, potent, sculptural objects, explicitly gendered and identifiably 21st Century American,” Morris said.

Morris has a BFA in pottery and sculpture from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo and a MFA in ceramics from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.

Morris won the grand prize at the “A New Decade of Clay: 2010” show with his ewer titled “Brocca Di Fuoco (Rosso e Giallo).”

Lili Francuz is a paper artist who resides in Fort Collins, Colo. She was born in France and grew up in Idaho. She holds a seat in the Fort Collins Lincoln Center Visual Arts Selection Committee.

Her artwork is made of print, paper, and other elements. Francuz uses papers such as advertisements from locations in Paris to create paper collages.

“I use these gathered papers to afford the viewer the opportunity to see discarded elements in a new light; no longer only as items which are mass produced, consumed, and then discarded,” she said.

Francuz incorporates different typestyles and fonts with colors and torn shapes in her collages.

Francuz has both a BFA and an MFA in printmaking from Utah State University.

Brocca di Fuoco, stoneware by ceramicist Paul Morris, is currently being displayed in the main gallery of Memorial Hall, was the 2010 grand prize winner of the “A New Decade in Clay” contest. — Photo by T.J. Thomson

Brocca di Fuoco, stoneware by ceramicist Paul Morris, is currently being displayed in the main gallery of Memorial Hall, was the 2010 grand prize winner of the “A New Decade in Clay” contest. — Photo by T.J. Thomson

Brocca di Fuoco, stoneware by ceramicist Paul Morris, currently being displayed in the main gallery of Memorial Hall, was the 2010 grand prize winner of the "A New Decade in Clay" contest. — Photo by T.J. Thomson

Brocca di Fuoco, stoneware by ceramicist Paul Morris, currently being displayed in the main gallery of Memorial Hall, was the 2010 grand prize winner of the "A New Decade in Clay" contest. — Photo by T.J. Thomson

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