UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art to open INFLUENCE

Daisy McConnell, (719) 255-3504, dmcconne@uccs.edu Karin Larkin, (719) 255-3124, klarkin@uccs.edu
Santorini by Dawn Wilde
Santorini by Dawn Wilde

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art will open an exhibit of three former UCCS faculty members at a 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 public reception on campus.

The works of Kay Williams Johnson, Julia (Hoerner) Lathrop and Dawn Wilde will be featured as part of the INFLUENCE exhibit. The public reception will feature artist gallery talks starting at 5 p.m. and refreshments. The event is free. On-campus parking is available at no charge during the reception.

All three artists are masters in their respective practices, including painting, digital art, printmaking, collage and mixed-media. As art faculty and colleagues at UCCS from the mid-1980’s into the 1990‘s, Lathrop, Wilde and Williams Johnson forged a legacy as influential teachers and mentors to students and inspiration to each other. A printed catalog will accompany this exhibition.

This exhibit is part of the Gerry Riggs Memorial Exhibition Series which honors long-time GOCA director and community art champion Gerry Riggs. The exhibit will remain on display through December 14. Gallery hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. On-campus parking is free after 4 p.m. on Friday and all-day Saturday.

Artist Biographies
Julia (Hoerner) Lathrop
was born in Chicago and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta. She earned a master’s in fine arts from Yale University in 1965 and bachelor’s of fine arts from Newcomb College at Tulane University in 1963. She taught at UCCS from 1984 to 1998, crossing boundaries between photography, painting, digital and video art. She developed a pioneering digital arts program during her tenure at UCCS that ran parallel her cutting edge studio practice.

Lathrop has exhibited extensively internationally, nationally and regionally. Selected exhibits include Julia Hoerner: Paintings, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario, 1974; Julia Hoerner: Digital Paintings, Architecture Gallery, Texas A&M University, 1988; The Third Australian Video Festival, Sydney, Australia, 1989; Art and Technology, UMC Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Colorado Boulder, 1997; and FotoFest exhibition Water: A Personal View, J.P. Morgan-Chase Bank, 2004. Lathrop’s works are part of multiple museum and university collections, including Texas A&M University, the Yale University Art Gallery, The Museum of Fine Arts of New Mexico, The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Lathrop lives in Anacortes, Wash.

Dawn Wilde was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta region and was awarded a master’s of fine arts from American University in 1977, a master’s in education in 1967 from Memphis State University, and a bachelor’s in art and drama in 1956 from Baylor University. Wilde served as a UCCS instructor of fine arts from 1983 to 1998.

Wilde has exhibited extensively nationally and regionally. Her exhibits include Solo Exhibition, Discovery Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M., 1976; Solo Exhibition, Watkins Gallery, The American University, Washington, D.C., 1978; Sandy Carson Gallery (Four-person Show), Denver, 1990; Neo Geo, Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, invitational, 1995; Millennium Collection, UNIFEM and The National Association of Women Artists, Visitors Lobby, The United Nations, 2001; Small Works Invitational Exhibit, SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, 2005; 2004 Rocky Mountain Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Ft. Collins, Colorado, Juried Exhibition, 2004; and Colorado Springs Abstract, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 2009.

Wilde’s works are included in multiple private, corporate and public collections including The American University, US West, Denver; Shanghai Friendship Association, Shanghai, China; and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Wilde is a member of the National Association of Women Artists and the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media. She lives in Steamboat Springs.

Kay Williams Johnson was born in Victoria, Texas and was awarded a bachelor’s of fine arts from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1981 and master’s of fine arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1985. She served as instructor of fine arts at UCCS from 1996 to 2001 and again in 2006. Williams Johnson’s work spans printmaking, collage and mixed-media sculpture with a richly developed visual vocabulary informing all aspects of her creative practice.

Williams Johnson has extensively exhibited her mixed-media works. Selected exhibits include: Constructions, Prints, Installations; Designer Space, Austin, Texas, 1983; Paintings, Prints, Poetry: In Collaboration with Jane Hilberry, The Downtown Studio, Colorado Springs, 1991; Hands, Bowls, Bridges: Mixed Media, Coburn Gallery at Colorado College, 1993; and Something New: Contemporary Regional Artists, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 1997. She worked freelance for the Colorado College Poets and Writers Series after 2006 and won a print magazine regional design award for a children’s book illustration in 2008. Williams Johnson  lives in Colorado Springs.


GOCA is a regional hub of contemporary art, culture, and conversation. By featuring world-class artists, hosting artist and expert talks, and offering meaningful events the gallerys engage UCCS students, faculty, staff and Pikes Peak Region community members in contemporary culture and life.

For more information, high resolution images and/or interview requests with GOCA Director Daisy McConnell please email dmcconne@uccs.edu or call (719) 255-3504.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 10,500 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.