Southeast Missouri State University

Sparky Campanella: Horizon

Sept. 5 - Oct. 26
Artist Talk: Sept. 4, 6 p.m.
Opening Reception: Sept. 5, 4-8 p.m.
Drawing by Katherine Miller

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 25, 2014- “Sparky Campanella: Horizon” opens Sept. 5 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to attend a gallery talk by the artist at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 and an opening reception from 4-8 p.m. Sept. 5. The exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 26. Admission is free.

“Horizon” is a series of color photographs focusing on the point where nature and urban worlds collide, and the graphical partnership that represents a desire for a reconciliation of their conceptual standoff. Campanella, of Los Angeles, will be exhibiting 14 different pieces at 40-by-50 inches, offering a rare large-scale opportunity to truly show the consistent bifurcation between man and nature, and the signature style that has put his photography on the map.

Campanella is a self-taught fine-art photographer whose landscapes show a human presence in complement to the natural. He credits the duplicity in his upbringing for his appreciation of the symbiosis between the battling concepts reflected in his work. Although he discovered his connection to the camera from his first experience as a toddler, his Pittsburgh bred values and practical career interests led him to follow in his father’s footsteps into the business world. Campanella earned his economics degree at Duke University and an MBA at Stanford University. He quickly found success in a corporate career during the peak of the Silicone Valley years, before returning full circle to his artistic aspirations. Perhaps more compelling is Campanella’s very human explanation about reaching that crossroads.

“My switch was based on a number of things, mainly that I was feeling my mortality and really wanted to connect with people artistically, instead of only through the left-brain domain of business. I finally found that courage to leave behind financial security, start at the bottom of ladder again and commit to a career driven by passion not paycheck,” he says.

Campanella has been awarded residencies at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Anderson Ranch in Colorado. He maintains an active exhibition record of group, juried and invitational exhibitions, including SFCamerawork in San Francisco, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Koelsch Gallery in Houston, David Weinberg Gallery in Chicago, Western Gallery in Carmel and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The exhibition is organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 1-4 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email museum@semo.edu.

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