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"Captive on the Carousel of Time" by Elizabeth Busey Is Nov. Atrium Exhibit
Updated November 10, 2014 7:58 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - During the month of November, the City of Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) will showcase linoleum block prints on cotton rag paper created by Elizabeth Busey in the Showers Atrium of City Hall, 401 N. Morton St.

Elizabeth Busey began her career as a printmaker at age 12, creating Christmas cards on her parents' kitchen countertop.

She continued her printmaking studies at Indiana University as an adult and was particularly inspired by a workshop led by Karen Kunc from the University of Nebraska. Busey creates art in her Bloomington studio on an etching press her husband built out of recycled steel.

Her work has been shown in galleries and public and nonprofit spaces throughout the Midwest. Most recently, her work was included in the 2013 Boston Printmaker's Biennial at Boston University and will be featured in the upcoming 57th Mid-States Art Exhibition in Evansville, IN.

Each print is created using one linoleum block, where ink is rolled on the block and then printed on cotton rag paper. She begins with a very minimal outline of the subject, allowing the image to develop in the conversation between carving away the block and printing each stage with transparent layers of color. As the print develops, more linoleum is carved away - or reduced. This process allows Busey to create a rich two-dimensional exploration of the three-dimensional world. Her work highlights and synthesizes patterns from the microscopic lace of plant cells to the spiral illumination of the universe. This interest in patterns in nature has been fueled by her travels throughout North America, Europe and Australia.

The exhibit will be on display Nov. 5 - 28. Exhibition hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. - noon, as well as additional evening and weekend hours when City Hall is open for meetings.

This project is another effort under the City's strategy to leverage and expand the economic development potential of the arts in Bloomington. According to the 2012 Americans for the Arts study, Bloomington's nonprofit arts sector contributes $72.3 million to the local economy annually through direct spending by arts organizations and their audiences. For more information on the study, visit

For more information about the exhibition program, please contact Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts Miah Michaelsen at (812) 349-3534.

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