5983 Macon Cove
Memphis, TN 38134-7693
Union Avenue Campus
737 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103-3322
901/333-STCC * www.southwest.tn.edu
DATE: March 11, 2002
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, (901) 333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, (901) 333-4247
Evolution of Contemporary Baskets as an Art Form will be Displayed at
Southwest; Show will feature faculty member, Patti Lechman
The Fine Arts, Languages and Literature Department at Southwest Tennessee
Community College (Southwest) will present a special art show, Evolution
of Contemporary Baskets as an Art Form. This cultural outreach initiative
is set for 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, at Southwest's Union
Avenue Campus, 737 Union Avenue, in Conference Room 100, of the Jess H.
Parrish Library/Administration Building. The exhibit will feature the
works of Patti Lechman, an award winning instructor, in the Fine Arts,
Languages and Literature Department. It is free and open to the public.
Lechman has won several awards as a fiber artist. She is one of a mere
handful of artists consistently faithful to the basket making revival
established in the 1960's by Ed Rossbach. In fact, she is referred to by
some art critics as being one of the Grandams of this medium.
In 1998, Lechman had her work, Mithunam Knotted Nylon with Glass Beads
accepted as part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of
Art in New York. Well-respected by her colleagues and fellow artists,
Lechman is often described as being compassionate and having a commitment
to excellence both in her fiber art creations and teaching duties.
Southwest Tennessee Community College is the largest community college in
the state of Tennessee. Southwest is a comprehensive, multicultural,
public, open-access college whose mission is to anticipate and respond to
the educational needs of students, employers, and communities of Shelby
and Fayette counties and the surrounding Mid-South region.
For more information about the Evolution of Contemporary Baskets as an Art
Form showing, call Southwest at (901) 333-5156.
Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents