Nationally Known Art Critic Lectures at Colorado State University

Art critic Terry Barrett will come to Colorado State University Sept. 15 as part of the Critic and Artist Residency Series.

Through the series, the art department brings national and international artists and art critics to campus. Barrett will lecture on "Interpreting Art" at 7 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Theatre on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Barrett is a professor in the department of art education at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He has published three books: "Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images," "Criticizing Art: Understanding the Contemporary Talking About Student Art. He also has published several book chapters and many essays on art, art criticism and art education.

Barrett’s book, ‘Criticizing Photographs,’ is clearly written and comprehensive, said Bill Wiley, a faculty member in Colorado State’s art department. It is a survey of the attitudes and approaches necessary to fully appreciate photographs and to recognize the role criticism plays in the understanding of a work of art.

Barrett also is an accomplished photographer and has published photographs in more than 25 books.

The Critic and Artist Residency Series was created from an anonymous $1 million endowment given to the art department early in 1997. The program was developed by the art department as a way to put students, faculty and the community in touch with the latest creative thinking and practices in the art world.

In addition to the Critic and Artist Residency Series, the endowment is being used to maintain and enhance the Stanley G. Wold Visual Resource Center, an electronic library housed in the Visual Arts Building on campus.

For more information, call the Hatton Gallery office at (970) 491-7634.