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Carroll professor wins award in Wisconsin Visual Artists exhibition

January 22, 2014

WAUKESHA, WIS.—The Wisconsin Visual Artists Southeast Chapter Juried Membership Exhibit is currently displayed in the Marian Art Gallery of Mount Mary University. Peggy Thurston Farrell, associate professor of art at Carroll University, won an award for “Circle of Samsara.” Four equal awards were presented to the top pieces.

In her Symbols series, Farrell explores the relationship between ancient spiritual symbols and contemporary, virtual symbols. She said, “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 has Master of Art and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received the Women of Distinction Art Commission Award in 2010 from the Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County and a Waukesha Public Libraries Commission Award in 2008. Farrell’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout Wisconsin and the United States, and at the Saitama Museum in Japan.

The WVA Exhibition will continue through Feb. 21, 2014, at the Marian Art Gallery, 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All visits are free and open to the public.

WVA is a nonprofit membership organization of artists working together to promote and support visual art in Wisconsin. For more information, visit

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“Circle of Samsara” by Peggy Thurston Farrell


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