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Transylvania’s Kenan Visiting Artist Zoé Strecker exhibits installation piece "Auction Block" in Morlan Gallery Feb. 19-March 26

Auction Block
 Auction Block (detail)

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Zoé Strecker’s Auction Block, an installation sculpture that includes choreographed audio recordings, ceramics and mirrors that create the visual illusion of infinity, opens Friday, Feb. 19, in Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery. The opening reception, from 5-8 p.m., is part of Lexington’s Gallery Hop. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs through March 26. Gallery hours are weekdays, noon-5 p.m.  (The gallery will be closed during Transylvania’s spring break, March 15-19.)

Strecker says that humor plays a serious role in the investigation of the web of dramatic tension involved in the buying and selling of objects. She asks, “What has value for whom?  When and why does value shift? How does social pressure affect our judgment as economic creatures?”

The acclaimed artist will discuss her exhibit from 12:30-1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, in the gallery. The talk is free and open to the public.

Strecker is currently on the faculty at Transylvania, where she serves as the Kenan Visiting Artist and teaches ceramics. She has an MFA in ceramic sculpture from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a bachelor’s in English from Grinnell College. She is most known for her public art commissions in Kentucky (Harrodsburg and Berea) Memphis, Tenn., Fairbanks, Ala., and Boulder, Colo. She has twice received Kentucky’s most prestigious art award, The Al Smith Fellowship, among many other grants and awards.

Strecker has appeared on Kentucky Educational Television documentaries and is a frequent columnist and editorialist for Business Lexington. Her selected poetry appears in Through the Gap: an Anthology of Contemporary Kentucky Poetry and she wrote the popular travel guide Kentucky Off the Beaten Path: a Guide to Unique Places.

For more information, contact gallery director Andrea Fisher at (859) 233-8142 or visit