WAUKESHA, WIS.— Peggy Thurston Farrell, assistant professor of art at Carroll University, created a silkscreen print that was accepted into the Southern Graphics Council International Traveling Print Exhibition. “Beware” was one of 47 prints selected from 400 entries by Frances Myers, an internationally known juror and professor of printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Beware” will be premiered at the SGC International Conference in New Orleans, La., in March 2012. The international exhibition will be shown from spring 2015 to spring 2017.
“Beware” is part of Farrell’s “Symbols” series. She said, “My current interest in symbols began with a trip to China in spring 2001. While traveling, I couldn’t help but notice the ubiquitous use of symbols, for birth, death and good luck found on clothing, jewelry, calendars, placemats, buildings and public transportation. To primitive man, symbols were a natural part of everyday life, but to modern man they are meaningless – or are they? In this body of work, I explore the relationship between ancient and contemporary symbols. As I silkscreen and collage layers of images from many parts of my life and travels, and repeat the symbols again and again, they create something more. New symbols emerge and challenge how and what we see.”
Farrell is a resident of Waukesha and joined the Carroll faculty in 1991. She has Master of Art and Master of Fine Arts degrees from UW-Milwaukee. She received the Women of Distinction Art Commission Award in 2010 from the Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County. Farrell’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout Wisconsin and the United States, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, the University of Tennessee's Fine Arts Gallery and the Philadelphia Print Club. She also has exhibited at the Saitama Museum in Japan. In 2011, Farrell was part of the three-artist “Tribute” at EFFJAY PROJEKTS in Sheboygan, Wis., the Wisconsin Visual Artists Biennial Exhibition at the Anderson Art Center in Kenosha, the Carroll Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition at Carroll University, Milwaukee Artists Resource Network Treasure Hunt, and the Wisconsin Visual Artists Juried Membership Exhibition at Alverno College in Milwaukee.