Free Fall exhibit features work of Anita Giddings

The Gallery at Indiana University East will host an exhibit by artist and teacher Anita Giddings, an explorer of between the known and the unknown in the natural world. “Free Fall” is on exhibit from August 27 to September 21.

“Many years ago, while on a trip with my sister, we became lost. We were driving … in an unfamiliar part of the country and the road was obscured with fog. Even though it was three o’clock in the morning and we were hundreds of miles from where we were going, I couldn’t help being fascinated with the scene in front of us. The on-coming headlights of the other cars, the looming hills and trees and the glow of the pavement was a painting in motion. This is the type of experience I find most inspiring,” Giddings said.

Giddings lives in Indianapolis. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Herron School of Art and Design and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana State University. Giddings is currently a senior lecturer of fine arts at the Herron School of Art and Design.

In April 2012, Giddings had her work on display at the Dewclaw Gallery in Indianapolis. She has participated in exhibits at the Four Star Gallery, Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Arts Garden and the Herron School of Art and Design.

This exhibit is a part of the “One Book, Many Voices” project at IU East.

“All art tells a story,” said Katherine Frank, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. “Anita Giddings’s work challenges us to consider our own perspective, physical placement, and subject position.  As part of the ‘One Book, Many Voices’ project, this exhibition helps us to think about self in relation to place and how personal identity and our physical and psychological landscape is shaped by the past, present, and future.”

Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit during gallery hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call Ed Thornburg, gallery curator, at (765) 973-8605 or visit